Matthew Starner

Matthew Starner is pastor of Journey of Faith Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they help people take their next step on their journey with Jesus.

True Confessions of a 1st Year Pastor

One year ago today I became a pastor. I stood before God and my congregation and took my ordination vows and was ordained as a pastor. I’m still getting used to being called “Pastor Matthew” (and let’s face it, since most of my congregation knew me for a long time…

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A New Chapter Begins

This past Sunday was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I’m still coming down from – my ordination and installation as pastor at Journey of Faith in Grand Rapids and the beginning of a new chapter in my life and ministry. If you had told me even four years ago…

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Old Guidelines for New Worship

For worship leaders today, we’re posed with an interesting dilemma. We’ve got access to literally thousands upon thousands of songs to choose from when we’re putting together worship services. Whether it’s songs from throughout the church’s history or new expressions of the faith – all in a variety of styles – how do we sort out the songs that are beneficial to our church and those that don’t measure up?

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Modern Worship Resources: Advent

The season of advent is a season of preparation and anticipation as we look back to Jesus’ first arrival at Christmas and await His promised return. It’s also the season that kicks off the church year. It’s a very important season, though it is often overshadowed by the celebration of…

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The Future of Contemporary Worship

I think it’s time we consider abandoning the idea of Contemporary Worship in the modern church. This is probably the last thing you ever thought would come from me, especially seeing as I’ve been serving on worship teams and ministry teams to do contemporary worship since 1997 when I was but…

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