I spent my first year of little league in the outfield wasteland of right field. I think every novice player starts there. It’s where you pay your dues, where the coach decides if you have ADHD (I don’t think they had invented it back then), and where you learn to daydream. About twice a game I would get a ball hit my way – usually a grounder. I was dependable, showed up for practice, paid attention, and always struck out when it was my turn at bat.
The next year, I didn’t have to play right field anymore. Continue reading
Do you prefer to watch a performance or be part of it? I’ve always been more of a watcher myself. I remember the first time I saw the barrier between watcher and participant crossed. It was when I watched the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas one night. Whether I was getting doused with paint, or unrolling toilet paper with my neighbor, it became obvious that I couldn’t just watch. I didn’t willingly submit to the chaos, but ultimately it proved to be an unforgettable evening.
We are seeing this transition happening in our worship services as well. Continue reading
What is your default worship service greeting? “Good morning! Let’s all stand and worship!” That’s the one I use when I haven’t thought of anything else to say. There is actually nothing wrong with it, but it’s the lazy way out. Continue reading
It’s not a pretty sight. We look at our churches’ offerings and we struggle to stay optimistic. We see other churches cutting back on expenses and even laying off staff. We wonder who will be next.
As a worship leader, how can you be assured that you are going to keep your job? Well – you can’t. But there is one thing you can do that will make it very hard for them to let you go. Continue reading