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How does one have a balance in how they worship on stage when others are really watching?

From Terri Christensen Serving Kansas City, KS  QUESTION:Appearance from the stage? How does one have a balance in how they worship on stage when others are really watching? I am a singer in a choir and I am having a hard time with looking at the congregation when I am singing a song that leads to a personal time towards …

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When do you approach your Pastor/Personnel Committee about pursuing a worship associate?

From Marc Brown serving in Woodbridge, VA  QUESTION:When to ask for help? When do you approach your Pastor/Personnel Committee about pursuing a worship associate? Currently my Pastor teaches and I lead worship in our Saturday worship, three Sunday morning services, as well as other venues which seem to happen weekly. Many weeks I feel like I spend most of the …

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How to deal with someone who has an influential presence and a controlling personality?

From L. serving in Winston-Salem, NC  QUESTION:Leader Hasn’t Left I am serving a church as minister of music, and my predecessor is still actively involved in the church and music ministry. After this person resigned, they continued (with the personnel committee’s permission) to lead the children’s choir, a youth creative movement team, and a Southern Gospel vocal ensemble. I am …

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How do you deal with criticism and encourage others to grow in their involvement in ministry?

From Val Roark serving in Lake Elsinore, CA  QUESTION:Criticism and Involvement? You stated in a past article that you have removed individuals due to moral failure. I had to remove a band member for moral failure, but have been accused of being judgmental. Some are saying ‘we all sin and have fallen short of the glory of God.’ Could you …

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(Link) Could you clarify what “moral failures” would warrant removal and what steps do you take to restore the individual after the fact?

From Teresa serving in Georgia  QUESTION:Define Moral Failure? You stated in a past article that you have removed individuals due to moral failure. I had to remove a band member for moral failure, but have been accused of being judgmental. Some are saying ‘we all sin and have fallen short of the glory of God.’ Could you clarify what “moral …

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Do you agree with the idea that many of the choruses we sing today are offensive to men and are feminine love songs that men don’t relate too? If so where can I find more ‘man-friendly’ music for our worship services?

From Mike Stewart serving in Urbana, Ohio  QUESTION:Masculine Songs? Do you agree with the idea that many of the choruses we sing today are offensive to men and are feminine love songs that men don’t relate too? If so where can I find more ‘man-friendly’ music for our worship services? RICK MUCHOW:   Certainly there is an issue with men …

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How can I get people to come to Christ at our Easter services through the music offered in those services?

From Ryland Walter serving in Belton, MO  QUESTION:Easter Service? “I would really like to see people come to Christ at our services this Easter. How can I make that happen through the music offered in those services?” RICK MUCHOW:   Easter is a great time to reach the non-believer! For some people, this is one of the one or two …

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Do you think it’s wise in a ‘small’ church to have such a diversity in musical style like you do at Saddleback or should the Worship teams try to be aligned and consistent in the same style?

From Karen Thornton serving in Dundas, Ontario  QUESTION:Diversity In Musical Style? “Do you think it’s wise in a “small” church to have such a diversity in musical style like you do at Saddleback or should the Worship teams try to be aligned and consistent in the same style?” RICK MUCHOW:   You have a great question. Thank you! I think …

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How can we handle the situation where we have a youthful worship team who like different music than our elders, who prefer more traditional music?

From Elaine Martal serving in the Philippines  QUESTION:How to cope? “How can we cope with a very traditional type of church where our worship team is all youth with different preferences on choosing the type of music while our congregation is composed of mostly elders who often don’t like to learn new songs and always want to sing hymns which …

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Is there an easy way to lead the instrumentalists when I am not using the same written music as them?

From Valerie Nichols serving in Redmond, OR  QUESTION:Leading By Lyrics? “I lead by using lyrics only. The instrumentalists use full sheet music. Is there an easy way to lead the instrumentalists when I am not using the same written music as them?” RICK MUCHOW:   Simply put, there is not an easy way to lead the instrumentalists without the full …

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