Top 5 Christmas Mashups

The Christmas season is upon us!  And that means Christmas songs during our services! Some of us get excited by that idea. Others of us find it challenging to arrange a traditional carol in a modern context. Something we love to do that helps are mashups, combining two or more songs together. So we polled…

GOING THE DISTANCE

Being a worship leader for more than 15 years has meant committing to saying ‘yes’ to walking in the power and authority that God alone gives, and saying ‘no’ to the lies of the enemy. It has been a daily decision to say ‘yes’ to a growth process that isn’t always easy.   It is…

3 Ways Learning An Instrument Has Changed My Worship

I’m one of those kids who took piano lessons for about a year (or until I lost interest) and then decided it was more fun to listen to songs on the radio and try to cover them.  I learned chords mostly on my own and could play a couple hymns for my Dad during ministry…

5 Keys to Stewarding God’s Presence

You could feel God in the room. The band had stopped playing and they were just waiting. My body felt heavy but also light at the same time. I had this warm feeling inside. People were singing out loving words to Jesus, some were weeping, some had expressions of joy on their faces. We knew…

A Freedom Generation

I am a person of routine. I need it and love it. As a little girl from the age of three years old until about five years old, I woke up early every morning. I put on my striped purple pants with my ever-so-clashing purple polka dot shirt. I would reach into a a drawer…

What You Speak Over Yourself Matters

A few years ago I was listening to a well respected communicator speak on having compassion and partnering with God’s heart for our cities.   As he was speaking, in my mind I said to myself, it’s too bad that every spiritual gift test I take seems to be so low in compassion and mercy. Quick…

You Will Not Die

  Have you ever heard someone say, “I could have died from embarrassment!” One weekend in the not so distant past, I was leading worship for the services at the Urbana campus. After church on Sunday, I went home to rest a little and change my clothes (I had been wearing the same outfit all…

Song Selection

After a discussion today about song selection, it made me think about how I choose songs for a worship set.  There are many ways to do this, but here’s the initial process I go through. First Question: What are the key verses being preached or what is the series or conference theme? This hasn’t always…