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How do you go about building community in your worship teams/bands?

From Dan Friend serving in Fort Wayne, IN  QUESTION:Building Community? “How do you go about building community in your worship teams/bands? Do you have any suggestions or techniques to build relations and grow our volunteers in Christ without taking away valuable rehearsal time?” RICK MUCHOW:   In the early Saddleback years, our small group programs were not as sophisticated as …

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Any tips on how to manage the priority of family while you fulfill your calling and career?

From Terry Lee serving in Alberta, Canada  QUESTION:Grumpy Monday? “I’m often physically and emotionally drained after a weekend of worship leading, but really want to give some quality time to my family instead of often being grumpy and short with them. Any tips on how to manage the priority of family while you fulfill your calling and career?” RICK MUCHOW: …

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(Link) Can we use secular, double meaning songs during worship services and fellowship?

From Ian Romeo De Felipe serving in Manila, Philippines  QUESTION:Changing or Using Secular Songs? Can we use secular, double meaning songs during worship services and fellowship or arrange a song so that we can use it in a Christian way, for example taking “My Way” by Frank Sinatra and changing it to “Your Way?” RICK MUCHOW:   From the Philippines …

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Do you teach on what it means to worship in the corporate setting?

From Michael Mason serving in St. Marys, GA  QUESTION:Teaching About Worship? There has been much made about the role of the Worship Leader. What about the education of the Church body? Do you teach on what it means to worship in the corporate setting? Do you educate on why one might raise their hands, close eyes? RICK MUCHOW:   This …

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What is your thought about Christian bands playing in clubs?

From Mike Radebaugh serving in Akron, OH  QUESTION:Should Christian bands play in clubs? “What is your thought about Christian bands playing in clubs? I don’t want to hinder the work of God, but is this a good place to be? Do you have guidelines for your praise members/band on this? Is it something we should be concerned about?” RICK MUCHOW: …

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How have you recruited new musicians?

From Scott Eckard, serving in Hickory, NC  QUESTION:Recruiting new musicians? “How have you recruited new musicians? I have had a full “band” (drums, bass, piano, keyboards, two guitars) for some time but would love to see our team grow in the brass and woodwind sections. I have asked the congregation but we seem to have no one willing to play.” …

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How do I find musicians interested in outreach ministry, not playing in a worship team?

Jacob serving in CA  QUESTION:Outreach ministry? “How do I find musicians interested in outreach ministry, not playing in a worship team? If I ask a worship leader for available musicians they only know worship team musicians and they don’t seem to be interested in an outreach venue.” RICK MUCHOW: It”s always important to ask the right question to the right …

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(DL) Can you help me with information to help with contemporary worship in a small group setting?

From Jeremy Verhines serving in Jackson, Missouri  QUESTION:Small Group Worship? “I am researching for material that will help me teach about contemporary worship. It is going to be delivered in a small group fashion. I am having trouble even finding anything. Help?” RICK MUCHOW: The contemporary movement is all about authenticity and experience, which is simple in presentation and ideal …

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Does the length of time for praise and worship depend on how the Holy Spirit leads you?

From Taro Kaji serving in Japan  QUESTION:How long? “I would like to know about the number of songs you choose and the length of time for praise and worship for each service. Does the length of time for praise and worship depend on how the Holy Spirit leads you?” RICK MUCHOW: The question of how long is like a river …

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What involvement does your worship team play in song selection? What criteria do you use for selecting songs for worship?

From Lisa Milligan serving in Sanford, FL  QUESTION:Song Selection? “What involvement does your worship team play in song selection? What criteria do you use for selecting songs for worship?” RICK MUCHOW: It is my responsibility to put all the songs together. Ultimately, I choose all the songs but having said that, it is wise to use the resources of your …

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