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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 …

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Who may play in the band?

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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How do you get to the right sound levels and how do you manage sound level problems?

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 …

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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 …

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How do you keep the worship team members from becoming “proud” of their spot?

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 …

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What type of music and instrumentation does your church use for funeral services and weddings?

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 …

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When an idea for a new song, melody in particular, comes to mind, what is the first thing you do?

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 …

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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 …

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