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Only Jesus Powers Ministry

Worship leading is big business these days. Each week, I walk across the hallway to check my mailbox. And nearly every time, my mailbox is crammed with catalogues and print pieces urging me to buy the latest product or attend the newest conference in order to be an effective worship leader. One such advertisement informed me that it had finally …

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How Not to Kill Your Volunteers at Easter

Easter Sunday is one of our culture’s most populated church service holidays. It’s an incredible opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who may not hear it during the other 51 weeks of the year. At the same time, it can be one of the most stressful times for ministry leaders – and volunteers alike! It’s easy …

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The Church Needs More Theologically Minded Worship Leaders

It’s no secret that modern-day worship leaders are largely perceived as theological lightweights. We aren’t exactly known for our rigorous study of Scripture or creedal precision. Are we hip? Probably. Talented? Maybe. But theologically astute? Unlikely. Knowing About God vs. Knowing God Growing up in church, I’ve encountered worship leaders from across the denominational spectrum, too few of who know …

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Confession and Repentance

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9 If you’re worth your salary as a worship leader, you know this line from the Bible. You know confession is a form of worship, and you might even participate in confession in your worship services …

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Gifts and Influence

It’s said that a man’s greatest strengths are often his biggest weaknesses. How true this can be for those of us who make our living leading people in the church. God has given each of us gifts that He expects us to use for the glory of His name, being conformed to the image of His Son and His mission …

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The King Shall Come – Coram Deo Church Song Story

One of the most rewarding aspects of overseeing our church’s new album Swallowed Up Death was getting a front row seat to watch many of our gifted songwriters and musicians engage in the creative process and contribute to the project in significant ways. What resulted was an album of ten songs by six different writers! It was a great joy …

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Coram Deo Church – Swallowed Up Death Album Review

There are very few congregational worship albums that from top to bottom possess excellent, accurate theological truth, a diverse blend of styles, and instrumentation that is not only unique but performed with excellence and beauty. Swallowed Up Death Corum Deo’s, Swallowed Up Death, is an album that fits that description. The team, headed by David Potter and based out of …

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The Character First Worship Leader

What Matters Most? Every week, we stand before God’s people, striving to lead with excellence. But in the weekly grind of ministry, do you ever stop and think about what matters most? Like, when you stand before the judgment seat of Christ, what will be most valuable to you? Will He care about how awesome your guitar tone sounded? Or …

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Why Liturgy is Important

I grew up in a tradition where you could say that there was no emphasis put on liturgy at all, at least a formal liturgy. But we all follow a liturgy. Whether it has come from hundreds of years of tradition or it’s just from how we are feeling as we put together service elements, we all operate with a …

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For the Win – Leading Boldly in Our Weakness

So, here it is. I’m an Ohio State fan. (I know, haters are going to hate.) Recently, the OSU football team defeated the Oregon Ducks to win the National Championship! I really enjoyed that. I like winning. Most of us have this drive to succeed—a desire to do well. A desire to win. Now, enter the worship leader. I’ve often …

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