Bob Burroughs is a composer and arranger who directed the Florida Baptist Convention church music department until his retirement in 2002. He is author of What Think Ye?: Essays for Twenty-First Century Leaders, Pastors, and Church Musicians.
Something crucial in worship is lost if the context is discouraging worshipers from singing.
One week I received several boxes via FedEx and UPS. The items came in boxes of various sizes, shapes and wrappings. Going through boxes padded with “shipping peanuts,” air-filled plastic rolls and shredded-paper fluff, my thoughts turned to how the box theme might relate to today’s church scene.
Oil and water, obviously, will never mix. I have come to the same conclusion in these recent years of music ministry: that contemporary and traditional worship never mix -- well.
Many worship leaders fail miserably in the management of their allotted time.
Who is watching? Who is singing? Who really cares?
“If the horse is dead, dismount!” is good advice for the church of 2013 to follow.
A thought-provoking hymn from the 19th century speaks powerfully to the 21st.
Worship leaders know things don’t always go as planned on Sunday morning, but there are some common pitfalls to avoid that can help keep the worship service on track.
Most churches can, and should, do a better job of making sure that visitors feel welcome.