IMG_6040-e1364515497136Do you ever think that we over-complicate worship?

Oftentimes we can get so caught up in massive creative pursuits that I fear, sometimes, God is on the outside wondering when we’ll welcome Him in.

In this interview, I had the honor of talking with worship pioneer Don Moen about this and so much more.

Don was the Creative Director and President of Integrity Music for 20 years. A prolific songwriter and recording artist, he’s been involved with over 50 projects, 17 of them his own.

He was a major catalyst in launching the careers of Paul Baloche, Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, & Hillsong United.

Don’t miss this conversation!

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6174750180_d2e12d4cee_zI’m not going to beat around the bush. Let’s strike right to the heart.

The best way to counteract today’s culture of materialism, sexual immorality, and self centeredness is…worship.

There’s no better medicine for our hearts than the act of consistent gazing upon the glory of Jesus.

I know, today’s post title seems epic, dramatic even. But when you consider what is after our attention on a daily basis, I don’t believe that it is.

Life is a battleground – a war over your heart, your worship. And thousands of lovers are pining for yours. Continue Reading…

jesus-culture-stageWorship ministry isn’t just about your personal worship.

It’s not just about caring for our own hearts. Otherwise we could just stay in the congregation, right? Worship ministry is also about the hearts of the people we serve.

We have a calling and a responsibility to lead, love, and pastor people in their pursuit of God. We need to connect.

That’s what today’s podcast is all about and I’m glad you’re along for the ride.

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707859840_ceb4dd2ccc_bI was in shock the moment I saw it.

There in the spotlight - a pack of cigarettes – protruding from the front pocket of our scheduled drummer.

I wasn’t leading worship, but I stood at the back and saw this happening right before my eyes.

This guy was new, for sure. He was a little rough around the edges with his personality. He had an older style. But we could deal with that because we were in need of drummers.

I wasn’t sure what to do. I pictured myself in the hot seat with my supervisor getting reprimanded for allowing this guy to play, let alone exposing his smoking habit for the whole church to see. Continue Reading…

Kurtis-Parks-pic-001-470-wplokIf you lead worship or plan services, you’re always looking for creative ideas.

It’s one thing to look for creative ideas. It’s another to create a culture where it happens on a regular basis – empowering the creative people in your church to create and serve the vision.

That’s what I discuss with Kurtis Parks – Worship Pastor at National Community Church.

Kurtis is doing a phenomenal job leading his team to create on a regular basis, write original songs, and serve their church with unity, excellence, creativity, and authenticity.

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bob-sorge-bw_mediumFew people have been speaking into the worship of the local church more consistently and more dynamically than Bob Sorge.

Ever since I read his landmark book Exploring Worship over a decade ago, I’ve been hooked on his writings. They’ve fed my spirit in my life’s darkest seasons.

If you’re not familiar with Bob’s story, Bob had a vocal injury during a surgery over 20 years ago that has left him in constant pain ever since. He can only speak for one hour a day before the pain takes over.

What happens to a pastor who can’t speak and a worship leader who can’t sing?

It’s incredible to see where God has brought Bob and the rich truth that comes forth in his teaching. I was able to ask him a few questions.

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no-other-name-another-album-card-hillsong-collectedIt was my honor to talk with a few guys from Hillsong Worship.

We discuss a lot – the new album, a behind the scenes look at their worship teams, and their all-out passion for the name of Jesus.

Those talented lads are:

  • Dean Ussher – Creative Pastor at Hillsong Melbourne, songwriter, worship leader
  • Ben Fielding – Songwriter, Worship Leader, Tours, Based at Hillsong Sydney
  • Eric Liljero – Creative Pastor at Hillsong Stockholm, songwriter, worship leader

The Hillsong movement is truly extraordinary. What the world sees (and hears) is their music. But excellence, heart, and passion come through in all they do.

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4762384399_f126047d2b_zThere’s no hiding that I’m a fan of worship leaders writing original worship songs.

I wouldn’t say it’s a distinguishing, necessary skill for all worship leaders. You can still be an incredible worship leader in your church without ever writing a song.

However, I encourage everyone to try. You never know if there may be a gift inside that you’ve never allowed to grow.

With that being said, leading your own songs can be a sticky situation. So many doubts rush through our minds: Continue Reading…

maxresdefaultMost people think becoming a great musician needs to take eons of years.

Sure, investing the time to develop a relationship with your instrument is important.

But practicing a lot isn’t enough. Taking lessons isn’t enough. Getting a degree isn’t enough.

It takes something else to become a better musician. That’s what we’re going to dive into today. Included in this episode is another interview with professional drummer, Steve Goold.

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Over the last 10-15 years there has been a beautiful resurgence of worship songs about pain and suffering.

Songs like You Never Let Go, Whom Shall I Fear, and The Desert Song have provided weary saints with declarations of faith in the midst of their pain. This is wonderful. Our worship expression needs to touch on all the areas of human experience – joy, celebration, lament, suffering, confusion, hope, and loss.

Worship isn’t a place to forget your circumstances. It’s a place to bring them. It’s a place where they find their God-ordained context.

But until your life has been touched by fire, you don’t know what it’s like to actually worship in the midst of it.

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