Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How often should we introduce new songs to the congregation?

Keep in mind that though you and your fellow worship members are up-to-date on all the latest worship music, the majority of your congregation is usually not. As a worship leader or praise musician, you are much more likely to get tired of a song before your congregation members. In fact, it is usually just about the time you are weary of the song that the church begins to connect with it. 

Renowned Christian music artist and worship leader Paul Baloche says he's  introducing two, at the most three, new songs in a month ." In a four or five song set list, there should be one new song. All the other songs should be longtime, familiar choruses or even hymns that the congregation strongly identifies with. Be able to discern whether or not the church connects with the new song in a strong, passionate manner. You do not want your congregational members coming to a service, feeling as if they have to sit and learn a new song or read words off of a screen. 

Again, the ultimate goal of any worship team is to draw the attention of the congregation to Christ. If you feel the church just isn't connecting with the new song, do not hesitate to throw it out.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

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The View from our Hotel room at Shangrila Mactan, Cebu City
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Pointing at Hilton Hotel
This pictures were taken during our recent vacation at Shangrila Mactan, Cebu City. Although we had a good rest , the two-day stay at the hotel was not enough to explore all amenities. Love to take my wife again to this place this December.

Being a worship leader

If you are a worship leader for your church congregation or youth group, or even a member or musician for a praise team, odds are you have encountered dozens of difficult issues, both musically and spiritually. From deciding how often to introduce new songs, scheduling practice sessions around life, all the way to handling personal and creative conflicts within the team, leading or assisting in leading worship can be a daunting task. Often it may feel as if there are too many challenges to overcome, too many obstacles to tear down. However, there are countless practical and, more importantly, Biblical answers to handling a worship team. Let's begin to address some of the questions and concerns that plague modern, contemporary praise and worship teams.