Over at worshipmythbusters.com Episode #7 “Women in Worship Leadership: Where Are They?” is posted. Join the conversation over there!
Over at WorshipMythBusters.com Episode 6 is up! Here is a teaser…
I was a younger man, at about 24 years. This small church I served as their stipended worship leader tasked me with a Christmas program with a worship team and choir. The newspaper printed a story about the empty food banks and how the recession had hit people hard. Yes, the last recession had hurting people, too. Then it struck me. Why not ask our members and the friends they bring to help us fill up bins of food for this food bank! After all, we are called to feed of the poor and instead of using tickets to get in any kid could grab a can of tomatoes from her parent’s cupboard. No planning was needed other than bringing basic food items. Then came the conversation with the pastor of that church. I shared my plan. “Pastor, here is my idea. All the food banks are hurting. This particular one was hit the worst. So, let’s give something to them beyond just putting on a traditional Christmas pageant.” He replied in an instant, “Rich, that’s what liberal churches do. And, this food bank is not openly Christian.” I was dumbfounded. All I knew was this seemed like a great opportunity to be Jesus. What I was hearing made no sense. Today, it still does not. In fact, being “liberal” was a fear I now…
Over at Worship Mythbusters, Episode 5 is LIVE! “Original music & worship: Are we just a cover band each Sunday?” Go join the conversation at WMB!
The topic for Episode #4 is “I Am Disappointed With Worship” where our expectations of worship at our weekend gatherings are challenged in a round table with 4 worship leaders.
I am excited about the Episode 3 and the guests at Worship Mythbusters. Go and check it out!
Are worship leaders teachers? Check this out then click over to Worship Mythbusters Podcast Episode #2!
The first EPISODE at WorshipMythbusters.com is up and online right now. Are our worship services too “spiritual” or not human enough? is the title.
Something new is happening around here. I have been writing about worship leading and issues relating to that online for years now and want to bring that conversation the focus it deserves. So, I am launching soon a site at worshipmythbusters.com that will continue this thoughtful discourse about the activity we do each week in our churches. Now, RKWeblog.com is not going anyway, it is birthing something new from herself, however! If you are not familiar with Worship Mythbusters, it is a conversation designed to debunk damaging thinking that gets in the way of our worship in our local church worship services. I have always been baffled as a worship leader, pastor and musician serving in this area about how difficult clarity is to achieve. But, don’t lose heart because history shows us we are not alone. There were wars started over the moving of church furniture in the past. We may be beyond wars with swords, but have a long way to go still. So, I am inviting you to participate in this biblical, controversial, and challenging conversation in its next incarnation. And, some of you are going to be crowdsourced on this and will be hearing from me—this is your conversation after all. Please join our Facebook Page and Twitter or see us at worshipmythbusters.com. Are you in?
Worship Mythbusters is a series of posts debunking myths about worship in the local church today. Join the discussion with fellow worship leaders, pastors and worshippers. Are you ready for your thinking to be challenged? Without question, the most visible, budgeted, debated and yet most poorly defined activity we engage in weekly is our weekend worship service. Yet, who can clarify whether or not a worship service was a “win” or not? And, who owns whether it was a win or not? There are a lot of problems that arise when things are left fuzzy in leadership–especially so when everyone has an opinion about the matter. Without a purpose and definition, we all lose to bad behavior in our churches. After all, our passive-aggressive rejection of being pinned down on this topic from those of us who lead leave the people in our church to make up their own mind about it. We enable ignorance and pay the price later. The “deliverables” a worship team are measured by are partly subjective. Music, an activity in most churches, is an art form. But, what makes it “good” or effective? How much production excellence can volunteers with little time and resources achieve? The church around the corner has the latest gear, why don’t we? Is a worship leader only a guy with a guitar, or can it…