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Not so special music?

From Rich serving in GA  QUESTION: Not so special music? I will try to put this delicately… We have a new church (less than one year, 50 – 75 attending) and a small praise band (1-2 people.)  Our worship music is very good, but on occasion we have a member or two request to sing “special music.”  The problem is that …

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What do you have to do when you are supposed to lead worship and your spirit is down?

From Vas-Kennedy Coffie serving in Accra, Ghana  QUESTION: Feeling Down What do you have to do when you are supposed to lead worship and your spirit is down? RICK MUCHOW: Dear Vas-Kennedy, Blessings on you and your ministry in Ghana. I’m passionate about this topic. It’s just one simple question, but it’s so profound, and hits on a common need for …

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What makes a worship song a worship song?

From Matt Hogan serving in Jefferson, PA  QUESTION: What makes a worship song a worship song? What makes a worship song a worship song? In other words, what is it that makes us use one song for worship and another purely for entertainment? I realize that the line can be blurry. I’m a member of a worship team. The worship leader …

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I’m turning 44 later this year. I’m beginning to ask the question of how much longer I can do this gig. Can you speak to me on the subject of future plans options beyond music performance that still keeps a musician at heart connected with worship leadership?

From Bob Cain serving in Bowling Green, KY  QUESTION: Getting Older I’m turning 44 later this year. I’m beginning to ask the question of how much longer I can do this gig. Can you speak to me on the subject of future plans options beyond music performance that still keeps a musician at heart connected with worship leadership? RICK MUCHOW: Dear …

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Please share how you introduce new songs to your congregation so they may sing with you during worship services. Do you have a general rule of thumb about how often you use the same songs

From Lee Harrison serving in Lineville, Alabama  QUESTION: Introducing New Songs Please share how you introduce new songs to your congregation so they may sing with you during worship services. Do you have a general rule of thumb about how often you use the same songs? RICK MUCHOW: Dear Lee, Introducing new songs is vital to keeping singing alive for your …

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How do you discern which songs and what types of music your congregation longs to hear? And, what advice would you give me as we try to reach both seekers and congregation members in one service?

Jake Glover serving in Hays, KS  Question:  SONG CHOICE: How do you discern which songs and what types of music your congregation longs to hear? And, what advice would you give me as we try to reach both seekers and congregation members in one service? RICK MUCHOW:  Song choice is a very important decision and can also be very difficult. Always put …

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Do you have a mission statement for the music ministry (magnification) at Saddleback? Community Baptist Church in Lake Arrowhead is in the PDC process and we are working on a mission statement. It would be helpful to me and maybe your readers also to get your perspective.

Stephen Smith serving in Lake Arrowhead, CA  Question:  MISSION STATEMENT: I met you briefly at MusiCalifornia. Do you have a mission statement for the music ministry (magnification) at Saddleback? Community Baptist Church in Lake Arrowhead is in the PDC process and we are working on a mission statement. It would be helpful to me and maybe your readers also to get …

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