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(Link) How do I begin with just a few players in a contemporary setting?

From Chris Antill serving in Houma, LA  QUESTION:Brass and winds? “I am running 2 contemporary and 1 blended services. We have a praise band and team in place, but we have some instrumentalists (brass and winds) that I would really like to get involved. Most of what the band plays are from lead sheets with guitar friendly keys. How do …

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How do you feel about the use of vocal tracks to ‘assist’ the choir during a performance?

From Don Degner serving in Pine Bluff, AR  QUESTION:Use Vocal Tracks? “How do you feel about the use of vocal tracks to ‘assist’ the choir during a performance? I have really been struggling with whether this is deception (pretending to be something we are not) or a legitimate way to enhance the worship of God.” RICK MUCHOW: There are several …

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I’m in the process of developing the children’s worship in our church. Do you have any thoughts regarding worship for children?

From Ruby Berdan in Quezon City, Philippines  QUESTION:Worship for children? “I’m in the process of developing the children’s worship in our church. Do you have any thoughts regarding worship for children?” RICK MUCHOW: There are definitely differences between teaching children and adults about worship. Let’s agree that worship is not a synonym for music. Music is a great and popular …

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How can someone lovingly confront someone who is using the church platform to promote himself/herself?

From Maria Gloria Perez serving in Spain  QUESTION:Lovingly Confront? “How can someone lovingly confront someone who is using the church platform to promote himself/herself?” RICK MUCHOW: This is a very hard part of our role as the leader, but it’s something we have to do from time to time. I want to encourage you and any pastor dealing with this …

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What Makes Music Sacred or Secular? Is it the text/lyric or the musical idiom/style?

From Zac serving in Nigeria  QUESTION:“Christian” Music? “What Makes Music Sacred or Secular? Is it the text/lyric or the musical idiom/style?” RICK MUCHOW: What makes a song sacred or secular is how the song it is used. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God, so in the strictest sense, the only “Christian” music or sacred songs are Scripture songs, …

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How do you address the issue of stage presence without coming across as though you are more concerned about the way things look on stage than authentic worship?

From Dan Ferguson serving in Titusville, FL  QUESTION:Addressing Stage Presence How do you address the issue of stage presence without coming across as though you are more concerned about the way things look on stage than authentic worship? RICK MUCHOW: The Worship Leader exists to support the function of worship and guide the worship team. Stage presence during worship is …

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Do you talk much when leading worship services?

From Gordon Moore, serving in Spain  QUESTION:Talk Much? “Do you talk much when leading worship services? Some worship leaders say almost nothing while others talk as much as some preachers. How do you handle that?” RICK MUCHOW: Every church has a distinct personality. Just like families, there are similarities between churches, but each church is uniquely individual. Your church’s individuality …

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When do you retire a song?

From Kyle Todd in North Reading, MA  QUESTION:Retiring Songs? “I saw the column about rotating new songs in, but I was curious about what happens to the song when it’s no longer in the introduction phase. Once a song is out of its introduction period, and you have larger catalogue of songs, do you play the song every 3-4 months? …

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Am I qualified to lead worship if I do not have any musical education, but play guitar and can sing, though my voice is not good?

From Valeriy serving in Lithuania  QUESTION:Not A Trained Musician? I lead worship on Sundays in my church. Am I qualified to lead worship if I do not have any musical education, but play guitar and can sing, though my voice is not good? As I see it, my part is to be a covering and to keep healthy relationships in …

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How does one gracefully “lead the leader”?

From Bil serving in MD  QUESTION:Lead the leader? How does one gracefully “lead the leader”? I have tried to impress upon my pastor the importance of planning ahead (at least more than 72 hours to no avail. In my mind, worship team planning needs to be done at least a few weeks ahead. I still try to incorporate music, drama, …

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