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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Worship Leader: You Shouldn’t Play that Song

A few months ago, I spent some time with another worship leader here in Grand Rapids evaluating our worship song libraries. I revamped my library in Planning Center a couple years ago, but it was due for a revision. There were categories were missing, categories that needed to be split up,…

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How We Pick Worship Music

As a follow-up to the last post about worship styles, I though I would share about the process I use at Journey for selecting music for worship.  I’m sure a lot of people think that it’s as simple as me sitting in my office picking my favorite songs. (If only…

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Where I Go for New Worship Songs

As I mentioned in my last post, there’s no shortage of songs that you could play in worship. The challenge is finding good ones and that’s why it’s important to have a process by which you can objectively evaluate your potential songs. Most people already think we worship leaders just play…

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