NEXT: Fresh New Worship – April 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 9.44.56 AMAs I’ve noted before, it can be hard to find solid, new corporate worship songs for your congregation, especially if you don’t subscribe to the “one-size-fits-all” mentality of only pulling from the CCLI Top 100. I collect new songs year round, listen, play along, & analyze to see which ones float to the top – that’s to say, I’ve done some of the work for you. I hope this curated list of new worship songs helps you better serve your congregation.

Being a fan of more upbeat music, I found myself very surprised that April’s list is so mellow, & uniquely feminine. Even if you find nothing here to use at your church, these would make great quiet time songs. [Read more…]

SEASONING: Rory Noland’s “Seven Characteristics of a Seasoned Worship Leader”

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 5.03.47 PMAdding a little seasoning to jump off of content of my eBook Unseasoned,  I asked none other than seasoned Worship Leader/Author Rory Noland if I could share a few quotes from his latest piece from Worship Leader Magazine.

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NEXT: Fresh New Worship – February/March 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-05 at 3.47.58 PMTaking a month or two off to really sit with some new music (you can read 2015’s “end of the year best-of” HERE), the NEXT playlist/blog is back in play. I’ve found a few lesser-known gems from newer artists, & a few major worship teams who consistently bring some of the best new songs to the fold.  Also, as a reminder, I only make these Spotify lists so you can be introduced to new-to-you songs. If you like any of them, be encouraged to purchase them from iTunes.

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Did I mention that I wrote a book?

294128_184177244991931_1864152103_nBack in 2010 I was honored to be part of something unique: The Forge Conference, spearheaded by Joel Klampert. Created with the vision of equipping those serving in the trenches, & “forge”-ing supportive relationships/community among worship leaders, I was afforded the opportunity to share my experience with mentoring inexperienced worship teams as a break-out session. [Read more…]

NEXT: the Best New Worship Songs of 2015

Screen shot 2016-01-07 at 1.11.50 PMI can’t tell you how hard this list was to compile. I perused my past “NEXT” posts, worship set-lists, CCLI’s top lists – anything I could find – & have attempted below to craft my “Top” new worship songs of 2015. Did I miss any? Be encouraged to share below!

 

 

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Advent 101: What it is, Who it’s for, & How to Celebrate it

AdventThe word wasn’t even in the periphery of my vocabulary growing up. Even after I began following Jesus, it seemed like a code word – something people “in the know” tossed around as though they all were in on the secret: “Advent”.

Many Christians don’t talk about it at all. The day after Thanksgiving they kick into Christmas-mode & ride the Christmas train up through New Years Eve. Often those who do speak of Advent talk about it as an assumption. If you get up the nerve to ask about it, you tend to get the “you-seriously-don’t-know?” look. [Read more…]

A Christmas Gift Guide for the Worship Pastor

NO PARKING(2)Some people are just harder to buy for than others. As a Creative & a Worship Leader I will admit that I’m one of those people. Folks like myself love gifts that help us more effectively be who we are. I’ve compiled a collection of unique, fun, & helpful “dream gifts” for the worship leader from a wide variety of price points. If someone you love serves a local church with his or her musical gifts, this list if for you. [Read more…]

NEXT: Christmas Worship 2015

 

Screen shot 2015-11-23 at 10.31.45 PMWith Christmas fast approaching, I’d like to pitch a few last-minute options for those of you who still have a few question marks in their Holiday set-lists. Though these might not all be quite as “indie” as I usually shoot for, they are all quality new songs worth considering. [Read more…]

We, the Least: on Honor

NO PARKINGHave you ever spent time with someone and afterward just felt very happy to be you? You knew you were loved, no matter what, & your name was “safe” in their mouth? It’s true of all of us: when I like being me around you, I like you. This is the natural impact of a person of honor. Considering the sorts of people who were drawn to Jesus, & how many were, I think it’s fair to say that Jesus was a person of honor.  [Read more…]

NEXT: Fresh New Worship – October 2015

Screen shot 2015-11-07 at 10.39.20 PMEnjoy this curated list of (mostly) newly released worship songs for corporate worship, youth worship, specials, “soaking” songs, as well as personal listening.

I know it’s already November, but one song I wanted to include hadn’t hit iTunes until the first week of November!

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