We’ve all had weeks that have treated us less than great. Okay, who am I kidding, we’ve all had weeks that have treated us pretty poorly. Maybe you work a full-time job in addition to your responsibilities as a worship leader and you spent the entire week having to let go of employees due to budget cuts. Or maybe you and your spouse were celebrating the joys of finding out your pregnant, only to have it cut short due to a miscarriage.

The list of less-than-ideal situations we find ourselves in goes on and on. Life happens and we still have other responsibilities that we do our best to be faithful to, but it doesn’t mean that we always get it right or even have the capacity to give 100% of ourselves to those roles all of the time. No matter how bad we may want to…

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Oceans by UNITED

Josh Pauley —  September 17, 2013

In ministry, we often find ourselves in a place of wanting to do more for God. That isn’t a bad desire to have, but the truth is, God doesn’t want us to do more for Him, He is actually just looking for more of us, more of our heart. Coincidentally, when God gets more of us He is able to do more through us. One of the lyrics in Oceans by UNITED says, “My faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” If we are able to wrap our minds around that statement it can completely transform our faith. It becomes about chasing after God and allowing our service to be an outflow of that. Sometimes that simple truth gets lost in the busyness of our roles…

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The Gen16 “acoustic / electric” System with Direct Source Pickup & Firmware 2.0 utilizes a patented, professional audio controller / cymbal processor; a new sensor/preamp; and patented, reduced volume Zildjian cymbals. It is a perfect match for electronic, acoustic or hybrid A/E drum and percussion setups. It can be used with the Gen16 reduced volume or traditional Zildjian acoustic cymbals allowing the audio of each cymbal to be managed independently. When using Gen16 cymbals, there is up to a 70% reduction in cymbal SPL with real acoustic sound and feel. Gen16 cymbals are first and foremost acoustic cymbals.

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God Doesn’t Want Our Songs

Jimi Williams —  September 13, 2013

God is saying, “I appreciate your effort, but I really don’t need your singing (sacrifice). What I really want is your heart.” Worship leaders spend a large amount of their time picking songs, scheduling their team, working out bugs in the sound system, shopping for new gear and rehearsing. God knows that all these things are important. However, often these “good things” distract and prevent us from the “best thing”: preparing our hearts…

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Planning a small group can seem overwhelming. There are so many parts and pieces to put into place. The Small Group Worship Kit enables you to transform a Bible study to a full-featured worship experience. It supplies all the tools you need to plan a small group session in a single easy-to-use box!

The Small Group Worship Kit includes ten worship booklets, each containing lyrics and chord charts for 31 of today’s most impactful worship songs like “How Great is Our God” and “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord).” It also includes Split-Track “sing-a-long” audio to all 31 songs, so that even if you have no pianist or the guitar is in the shop you won’t miss a beat…

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Alive by Young & Free

Josh Pauley —  September 10, 2013

Today we are excited to introduce you to a new worship band from Hillsong! Hillsong Young & Free is simply and genuinely the voice of THIS generation. The NOW generation. Bringing a new sound and giving expression to what God is doing in this generation of young people, seeking to bring a message of life, hope, and freedom found only in Jesus Christ. Young & Free carries the same heart beat as all Hillsong worship teams but seeks to write songs that would specifically connect a YOUNG PERSON to Jesus.

Senior Youth Pastor Laura Toggs writes, “I believe with all my heart that ‘Young and Free’ is not just our name but also our message and our mission. I believe that God is calling this generation to stand strong in their youth and their freedom… and I believe that these songs will see the captives set free. I believe that through this project young people will find life and deep, unending joy – in Jesus…

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I read an article recently about a study that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study showed participants video clips from classical performances and were asked to pick the best performers. The catch was some of the participants were given video clips with sound, while others were given video clips without sound. A third group was given audio only clips. In other words, some volunteers could only hear the music. Some could see the musicians and hear the music. And some could only see the musicians — they heard nothing.

The results were quite surprising. Only the group that had video clips without sound were able to successfully pick the actual winning performances…

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We took a moment to catch up with Sidney Mohede, Network Pastor of Jakarta Praise Community Church in Jakarta, Indonesia. A prolific songwriter and passionate worship leader, Sidney shares with us his worship style, reccomendations for leading worship in other languages and how he balances his personal life and ministry. Be sure to check out his first full-English album entitled ‘The Rescue.”…

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Suffering and Worship

Claire Hamilton —  August 28, 2013

A while ago, I spent some time reflecting on suffering, wondering how I could possibly contribute something useful and insightful around the topic. Suffering, grief, pain and loss are words that have become all too familiar in my own life.

As a “worship leader/facilitator” and songwriter, I have always been drawn to writing songs of intimacy which help usher us into His presence. A place of healing and restoration, where the broken get made whole and where as we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. A few years ago, I wrote a song called ‘Breathe On Me’. It was the first time I felt like I’d written something that captured my heart’s cry in the midst of painful circumstances. It was bittersweet as I’d longed to write that song for years. Finally it came to help lift my soul and give Him Praise in the middle of deep sadness and turmoil…

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This I Know by Crowder

Josh Pauley —  August 27, 2013

This I Know is a song of simplicity and “faith like a child.” The hook of the song is taken from the popular song, “Jesus Loves Me,” where we sing, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” It is a great song to use as a reminder that God’s promises are forever and that He is always faithful. But, it’s also a song meant to remind us of the first time we whole-heartedly placed our trust in God and surrendered our lives to Him; all of the joy and peacefulness that came with that moment…

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