Can you give us a good clear time frame for transition from traditional music to contemporary music?
From Cory serving in Nevada QUESTION:Transition Pace? I have very recently been involved in the transition of a very traditional church from traditional hymns or blended service to a more contemporary service. To be honest I thought we were moving slowly enough to suit everyone, but it turns out we have attempted to move a little too quickly for our …Read More →
rom Mike Bolley serving in Wichita, KS QUESTION:Who may play in the band? I’ve seen your essay on “Who is a Worship Leader?” I would be interested to know your thoughts on a related question of “Who may play in the band?” In other words, do you think it is important that each musician have certain spiritual qualifications in order …Read More →
How would you go about removing someone from a vocal team who hasn’t lived up to the commitment they made at an audition (learning songs, memorizing words, showing up to rehearsals on time, etc.)?
Rob serving in Canada QUESTION:Removal Process? How would you go about removing someone from a vocal team who hasn’t lived up to the commitment they made at an audition (learning songs, memorizing words, showing up to rehearsals on time, etc.)? RICK MUCHOW: Unfortunately, sometimes we might have to remove people from the ministry, either temporarily or permanently. It doesn’t matter …Read More →
Can you give me some things you pray for during the week or before each service about your leading in worship?
From Danny Graham serving in Keiser, AR QUESTION: Prayer? Can you give me some things you pray for during the week or before each service about your leading in worship? RICK MUCHOW: The Bible is clear that we should pray in all things without ceasing, and yet how easy it is for us to rush through our prayers or pray out …Read More →
From Chris serving in FL QUESTION: Sound Level? How do you get to the right sound levels and how do you manage sound level problems? RICK MUCHOW: Everyone gets sound complaints. We get complaints every week at Saddleback. I don’t think there has been one week in 17 years when I haven’t had complaints. It seems everyone has an opinion on …Read More →
How often do you take time away from the stage/leading worship? Are you expected to lead every Sunday, or do you take time off?
From Dave Bryant serving in Centennial, CO QUESTION: Time off? How often do you take time away from the stage/leading worship? Are you expected to lead every Sunday, or do you take time off? RICK MUCHOW: To answer this question, we’ll follow Pastor Rick Warren’s pattern: 1) abandon annually, 2) withdraw weekly, and 3) divert daily. These three principles are a …Read More →
From Lynette Brown serving in Paducah, KY QUESTION: Pride? How do you keep the worship team members from becoming “proud” of their spot? RICK MUCHOW: This is a common issue for the typical personality type for the person on the stage. Most people struggle with pride. Pride is a mark of spiritual immaturity and something that must be managed intentionally for …Read More →
From Allen Case serving in Elizabethtown, KY QUESTION: Funerals & Weddings? What type of music and instrumentation does your church use for funeral services and weddings? I have never heard a contemporary church say anything about these services. RICK MUCHOW: Dear Allen, A lot of contemporary churches are start-ups; younger churches that aren’t doing many funerals or weddings simply based on …Read More →
From Taro Kaji serving in Japan QUESTION: Songwriting? I have difficulty turning an idea into an actual song. When an idea for a new song, melody in particular, comes to mind, what is the first thing you do? RICK MUCHOW: Dear Taro, Songwriting is an organic process. It’s different for everyone. When I have an idea for a new song, the …Read More →
Please can you help me differentiate between praise and worship. Is it in the tempo or the content of the song?
From Fleesin Icheku serving in Abuja, Nigeria QUESTION: Praise or Worship? Please can you help me differentiate between praise and worship. Is it in the tempo or the content of the song? RICK MUCHOW: Dear Fleesin, Praise and worship are more than music. A true definition of both praise and worship has nothing to do with music. Worship is a life …Read More →