Guitarists Can’t Play Hymns

Guitars and hymns don’t often mix well. Hymns are for pianos and organs, right? A guitarist will look at a hymnal and go cross-eyed. Why? Because most guitarists play by ear and typically don’t have sufficient sight-reading skills. The chords are there on the page, but in the form of notes on a staff. A guitarist is…

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Crafting Quality Worship

Crafting a quality worship set list is no simple task. It takes time, prayer and planning to be done in a way that honors our Lord. It can also provide an intellectual and emotional link to the pastoral sermon that follows. Sure, you can throw some songs together and hope for the best, but that’s…

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Why Your Church Isn’t Singing

Are you noticing a lack of congregational participation in your church worship services? Is there a deadpan expression covering their faces? Perhaps a few brave folks are singing while the rest look like they’re bored out of their mind. In Psalm 105:2, David encourages us (God’s children, the church) to sing God’s praises and to…

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The Stigma Of “Performance” In Worship

There is a fine line between a worship performance and a worship experience. Where do we draw that line? A worship performance carries with it a stigma. There’s lots of talk about “not being a performance-driven worship program.” I also hear things like “we strive for authentic worship.” That sure sounds nice, but what does it actually mean?…

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Why Hymns Still Matter

Why should you use hymns in your church? Why do they still matter? Hymns seem to be quickly falling by the wayside as churches move in the modern era of worship bands and praise songs. It hasn’t always been this way. Throughout the course of its existence, the church has evolved and adapted to reach…

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Using Stems In Worship

Stems are backing tracks that you can use to augment, or fill-out, your band’s live sound. It’s pretty straight-forward and isn’t hard to implement in your church. But rather than wax away about it in text form, please check out a video from Adam about using stems in worship:

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