Pastoring the Choir

Pastoring the Choir

~by Cliff Duren. Wednesday nights are one of my favorite parts of being a worship pastor: Don’t get me wrong, Sunday mornings are way up on the list as well. But, I know that my best opportunity to pour into the choir and band is when we come together to Read More

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How to Lead Worship for Others Week After Week (Without Forgetting to Lead Yourself)

~by John Chisum. Okay, let’s get real for a minute. Have you ever gotten through with a rehearsal and felt so upset or agitated by it that you immediately started dreading the next one? Have you ever gotten to the start of a Sunday service only to realize that the Read More

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How to Start a Brand New Choir, Christmas Program Wrap-up

We asked Matt Williams a few more questions about how the Christmas program went for his community choir and what the future of the choir looks like. We want to share his experience with you and we hope this encourages you as you consider starting a choir and as you Read More

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How to Start a Brand New Choir, Part 2

We asked Matt Williams a few questions about starting his community choir and how things are going. We wanted to pass it along to you, to encourage your ministry, and remind you that we are all in this together. We hope this helps and blesses you today! What are some Read More

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Looking Back and Looking Forward

by Cliff Duren ~ I’m sitting down to write this article on the eve of my 39th birthday. Yes, that’s right. I’m 366 days away from kissing my 30’s goodbye forever. Some of you are thinking, “30’s?! Sonny boy, I kissed them goodbye ages ago!” … while you fresh-out-of-college types Read More

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Conditional Worship

By Gary Durbin  “I just can’t worship with that kind of music.” Have you ever said something like this? I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before. I’ve definitely thought it at times. I was at a traditional church several years ago when God opened my eyes to this. I was Read More

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Handling Criticism: Part Two

In part two of this two-part series, Marvin Copaus introduces common conflicts choir directors and worship leaders face and how to deal with them. If you haven’t read part one, you can find it here.  Communication issues There are some folks that really don’t mean to criticize, but they don’t understand the Read More

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Handling Criticism: Part One

In part one of this two-part series, Marvin Copaus introduces common conflicts choir directors and worship leaders face and how to deal with them.  It’s a typical Sunday morning at your church, and you are ready to lead God’s people in worship. You managed to get the family to Sunday Read More

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Planning Powerful Band and Choir Rehearsals

By John Chisum Call me “idealistic,” but I could do with a lot less stress these days. Life itself is stressful enough, and if we were completely frank and honest with ourselves, leading Wednesday rehearsals can be one of the most stressful hours we face. Other than Sunday mornings when Read More