Tonight, our worship team is running a round of auditions and it reminded me of this post. In fact, when I look back over the year, I’m really proud of how far how worship ministry has come in putting in more effort into expressiveness and harnessing the power of performance. In recent posts, I have […]Read more "From the Archives: Worship’s Dirtiest Word"
In our church, we try an experimental worship format once every quarter, during a month when there are 5 Sundays, to push the envelope of how we do worship; to add freshness; and to teach the church that worship should be embraced in all its expressions. I love Gospel music. I love it because it is simple. In […]Read more "Week 5 Chronicles: Gospel Sunday"
Worship, even at its most subliminal, is at the core of Christian discipleship and the purpose of the church. It must be because worship is about giving God utmost priority. Tozer once said: Worship of the loving God is man’s whole reason for existence. That is why we are born and that is why we […]Read more "Worship Sunday 2016"
I had the privilege of preaching last Sunday 24 July 2016 at my home church, Faith Community Church. It was the first time I had preached from such a hallowed pulpit. It was daunting because (and perhaps I am a bit biased here) some of the best preachers in town live here! Like Pastor Benny […]Read more "Podcast: The Priests We Were Destined To Be"
In my previous post, I introduced the topic of Returning to the Heart of Worship and why I think such a message is of critical importance to those in worship ministry, especially in this time and season. In this post, I want to begin with this proposition: true worship emanates from a transformed heart. And transformation […]Read more "Returning to the Heart of Worship 2: Worship and the Transformed Heart"
In about February this year, the worship director of our campus ministry asked me to share at their worship team retreat about the Heart of Worship. When I crafted the message for the retreat, I prayerfully considered what God would have me say to this group, without thinking much more about the impact of that […]Read more "Returning to the Heart of Worship 1"
Moving houses can be a stressful process. Someone told me recently that it is rated as the second most traumatic event a person can go through. I’m not sure traumatic is quite the word, but it was constant low-level stress that was enough to make you feel unsettled, but not enough for adrenaline to kick […]Read more "The Songwriting Journey: The First Release"
In an earlier post, I described how our church began its songwriting trajectory with the view to eventually having our congregation use a pool of “homegrown” songs in our corporate worship. To recap, we selected a winning song from all those that were written as part of our New Song Cafe in September last year. That […]Read more "The Songwriting Journey: Crafting the Lyrics"
I believe that an essential, but often difficult, aspect of successful worship ministry is to “get out there” and see what’s happening outside our own church. It’s essential because we often risk getting too insular or tunnel-visioned ministering week-in, week-out at our own church without seeing the bigger picture of what God is doing in […]Read more "Qualities to Look for in a Worship Leader"
Happy New Year friends. Things had gotten a bit busy towards the end of the last year and it meant I didn’t end up writing as much as I would have liked. I’ve just returned from holidays and I’ve just spent the last couple of days tidying up around the house, so everything is neat […]Read more "The Metroworship Academy Summer School for Worship Leaders // 16 January 2016"