"Worship is man's full reason for existence. Worship is why we are born and why we are born again." A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Catalyst West Day 2 Recap

Session 6
Donald Miller // Author, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years & Blue Like Jazz

Donald challenged us to find our story. He said a story is a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it. As leaders the story we tell is incredibly important. Because of our freedom in Christ we have the ability to write our story and we need to take that message to others. Part of writing our story is allowing ourselves to dream but to also know what our passions are. We want to write a beautiful story and we also want to allow others to write their beautiful story.

Scott Belsky // Founder and CEO, Behance & Author, Making Ideas Happen

Scott is all about helping others in the creative world make their ideas happen. He said that most ideas never happen because we constantly have this struggle and the odds are against us because:
- we love to keep coming up with ideas
- we have a lack of organization
- we have a lack of accountability
- we have a passion or emotion that is interfering with judgment
- we have a lack of leadership capability
- we have disorganized and isolated networks
- we have a lack of feedback exchange
He said that making ideas happen = creativity/ideas + organization/execution + communal forces + leadership capabilities. So much great stuff in here and not sure how to post it all, but in regards to organization, it's so important. He says that creativity x organization = impact. We also need to be able to prioritize our projects. We also need to be able to share our ideas/projects because along with getting feedback it also produces accountability. We as leaders need to share ownership and allow other to speak first when gathering ideas. We want to develop others through appreciation of their ideas.

Session 7
Kay Warren // Author, Dangerous Surrender & Founder, HIV/AIDS Initiative, Saddleback Church
Wess Stafford // President, Compassion International & Author, Too Small To Ignore

Kay and Wess both brought messages raising awareness of children left as orphans, the power of adoption, and our calling as Christ followers to how we should respond to this problem. God is passionately concerned for the children, what our heavenly Father did for us spiritually, he expects us to do physically for the fatherless, and He adopted us because we were spiritually orphans and it gave Him great pleasure to do that. Not everyone is called to adopt, but many of us have not even asked the question, so we need to start by asking God if that may be His will for us as terrifying as a question it may be to ask. We at least need a shift and a transformation in our lives to how we respond and help the children.

Session 8
Erwin McManus // Founding Pastor, Mosaic Church & Author, Wide Awake

Knowledge and wisdom isn’t enough to living the life God has for each of us. We look at Solomon who supposedly knew everything, but at the end of his life, he said it was meaningless. It’s not enough to just have a lot of knowledge, but we need to be living our life where God has us, that’s when life begins to have real meaning. He said too often we confuse fame and greatness; striving after fame, a lot of knowledge, doesn’t produce something of meaning. Solomon also says that there is nothing new under the sun, but Ervin begs to differ, because there is something new, God is constantly making all things new, he’s always creating. He’s created us to have dreams and those dreams are waiting to become our life, but we as leaders need to realize this as well, because we need to lead others with authenticity, and others can see whether our life is authentic or inauthentic, and we need to make sure we are showing the authenticity of God working through our lives.

Session 9
Andy Stanley // Lead Pastor, North Point Community Church & Author, The Principle of the Path

Andy finishes out the conference with a message pointed at the heart of leadership. He says that we as young leaders have been fed some myths and these myths have inaccurately shaped how we lead; 1) great leaders are great at everything and 2) we need to focus on improving our weaknesses, so wing it with your strengths. We need to remember that the less we do, the more we actually accomplish and the less we do, the more we enable others to accomplish. As leaders we should only do what only we can do. When we drift from only doing those things we can do our effectiveness diminishes, the effectiveness of other leaders in the organization diminishes, and the ability of the organization to get and keep great leaders diminishes. Andy says we completely miss this idea of actually doing less to accomplish more because we’ve been taught that we need to be well-rounded, when actually we need to play to our strengths and delegate our weaknesses. He also says that we feel guilty about delegating our weaknesses but we don’t realize that our weaknesses are someone else’s opportunity. There’s someone out there that loves to do and thrives at doing what we’re weak at. He also says that we’ve been taught that we have to make all the decisions, but we need to realize that we’re not necessarily the smartest person in the organization, we’re just the leader. Then because of these other things we never get the opportunity to develop other leaders. We get so focused on wanting to do things right, but sometimes we need to let others just have the opportunity to try, even if that means they fail, make mistakes, waste some money, etc. We don’t do this because we’re afraid to give up the little bit of control. But allowing others to try keeps their passion alive because they actually got to try. We need to remember that God has called us and positioned us to do a few things, not everything. I loved when Andy was talking about his position and leadership with North Point. He said he fell into these myths also, but has come to realize that even though he may be the lead pastor, he doesn’t have all the ideas and isn’t the smartest, he just got there first.

Catalyst West Day 1 Recap

Session 1
Andy Stanley // Lead Pastor, North Point Community Church & Author, The Principle of the Path

The theme of this years conference was “Unusual Tomorrow” and Andy begins the morning off by telling 3500 leaders that we are constantly dealing with tomorrow. We are always leading people into tomorrow. He said that if we focus too much on today and the realities that it brings it can crush our dreams for tomorrow. He focused a lot on an illustration of a trip he took to Rome a while back. He said he was so excited to go and see everything, but when they went to the Roman Coliseum, he was completely in awe of one thing he saw and how much it has influenced how Christianity made it to tomorrow. The Roman Coliseum was a terrible place during the time of the gladiator games, death and destruction and a lot of those were the early Christians. Because of that there is no easy way to explain how Christianity survived, except for at the Emperor’s gate and the Gladiator’s gate now hang a cross, put there by a later Roman emperor. It is because of the supernatural and the work the Christ did on the cross and the resurrection that took place three days later, that Christianity has made it to tomorrow. We as leaders today need the supernatural. The resurrection, an actual event that took place in history, is the foundation of our faith and we can accomplish much if we remember that in our life and our leadership.

Session 2
Eugene Cho // Lead Pastor, Quest Church & Founder, One Day’s Wages

Eugene is a pastor but also the started of an organization called One Day’s Wages. This is an organization built around people giving up one day’s wage to help fight poverty. It’s all about generosity, but he told us that generosity is not just for blessing others, but also to rescue us from our own greed. He also told us that they started with very few people but have ended up having a huge impact, so we don’t need a large team to have a lot of influence, this can be accomplished even with a small team.

Charlene Li // Co-Founder, The Altimeter Group & Co-Author, Groundswell & Open Leadership

Charlene is an expert when it comes to social media. Social media is changing the way our culture connects and responds. There’s not a stigma anymore that having relationships via social media platforms are shallow and dull, though it can be if these are the only relationships you have, but that having a relationship with someone over social media can lead to great relationships with people that you may have never met before. This conference is a great example as there were a lot of people, including myself, that finally met people we’ve only known over social media platforms to this point. We as leaders can also use social media to our advantage where we can put our group out there to enhance and share our mission. She said we can achieve this by using these three things; 1) focus on relationships, 2) have a plan and a strategy, and 3) think about how you will fail (because you will, so you need to know how you will respond and how you will fix it).

Session 3
Dino Rizzo // Lead Pastor, Healing Place Church

Dino was a part of a short interview sharing his passion of serving. He said that the motivation to serve is the Gospel. His church is in Baton Rouge, so they had to deal with the massive destruction from Hurricane Katrina and he said that even with all the relief effort from all kinds of other organizations, he said the force behind it all was the church. They were the first to respond. The church is called to serve, and we must follow after Jesus who even said He came not to be served, but to serve. He has a new book out called Servolution.

Mark Driscoll // Founding Pastor, Mars Hill Church & Author, Doctrine

What an inspiring message from Mark. He began by saying that the most important day for us as leaders should be the “last day” of our ministry, where do we want to end up, we can’t focus everything on today. He said ministry is not what we do for God, but what God does in us and through us for others. He reassured us that God is with us. He gave us the passion and the call to lead, and Mark gave us 11 things that God does for us as leaders.
1) Jesus is the Sr. Pastor of the church. He will always be there no matter what the situation.
2) The Holy Spirit is the one that has chosen and made the leaders for the church, we just have to recognize the ones that are chosen.
3) God has already gifted the leaders in the church, but we as young leaders need to figure out who we are and we we’re not.
4) God has empowered the leaders for the church. The difference between our ability and calling is the grace of God. It’s His grace that empowers us to live the new life He has called us into.
5) God encourages the leaders in the church. We find our hope in the mercy of God.
6) The Holy Spirit speaks to the leaders in the church. If God’s not speaking then we’re in trouble and we need to worship, pray, fast, and listen to the Lord.
7) God gives wisdom to the leaders in the church. We need to hold fast to the Word of God; read, study and pray. We need to be reading the Word to be a Christian, not just a Christian leader, and we need to read the Bible to hear from Him, not just to speak for Him.
8) Jesus joins leaders as they discipline in the church.
9) God answers prayers that leaders make for the church, so we need to be actively praying.
10) The Holy Spirit falls when the Word is being preached. The power is found in the Gospel, so focus there and let everything else stem from that.
11) The Holy Spirit says no to the leaders of the church. He says no because He loves us. He knows better than we do and if we don’t know why he’s said no, it’s because the situation may not be a good one, so we need to worship and thank Him for that answer.
Ultimately we need to remember that the Church belongs to God, not us. (you can find Mark's notes here at

Session 4
Dallas Willard // Professor, University of Southern California & Author, The Divine Conspiracy
John Ortberg // Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church & Author, The Me I Want To Be

Wow, what a session, and if I ever understand even a 10th of what Dallas was talking about as he was being interviewed by John, I feel like I’ve done quite well. Dallas is big on the spiritual disciplines. We can take these disciplines, which are actually meant to enable us to do things that are good and not punishments, and along with the grace of God, accomplish things that we cannot do on our own. He said that the purpose of the disciplines is to redirect the natural responses we have and to change our inner nature. We use these disciplines to train ourselves and he says that there is a big difference between training to do something and trying to do something, but we tend to focus too much on the trying. He also said that as we learn and try to master the disciplines, they are not deeds of righteousness but wisdom.

Reggie Joiner // Founder, The reThink Group & Author, Think Orange

Reggie was talking about how we can influence those around us, especially sinners or prodigals. He said our strategy isn’t it, our message isn’t it, our relationships aren’t it, and it’s not even our leadership. Our influence is in our approach, and there’s two ways we can go about it, 1) Jesus’ way, or 2) the Pharisee’s way. He used the Parable of the Prodigal son in Luke 15 as the example. To contrast the two approaches, it’s the father’s way and the older brother’s way. We need to be like the father, and not the older brother. The loving father is preoccupied with whoever is missing, but the older brother is only preoccupied with himself. The loving father approaches from a context of forgiveness, but the older brother operates from a context of shame. Finally, loving fathers throw parties, but older brothers throw fits. We need to approach prodigals from a context of forgiveness.

Session 5
Louie Giglio // Senior Pastor, Passion City Church & Visionary Architect and Director, Passion Conferences

Louie brought an inspiring message from Acts 2. So often we look at the church found in Acts 2 and only see how strong they were. But as we seek to model after others, do we want to only do what they’re doing or do we want to base our model off of what they did to get where they are. The Acts 2 church is strong, but they only had a few things to get there; 1) they had the teachings of Jesus Christ, 2) they were witnesses to the resurrection, and 3) they had the power of the Holy Spirit. We have no idea what tomorrow holds for us, but the Acts 2 church became strong because they had hope in these three things, and guess what, we have those three things with us as well, so we can have hope that we will make it through whatever as well. We need to be confident in the Word of God, lead with confidence. We need to ground ourselves in the Word of God and by the power of the Word we will be able to truly lead by faith and not by sight. We also need to share the resurrection. We so often only preach the message of the cross, which is great, but with just the cross, we are still left in the grave. It’s only through the power of the resurrection are we raised in new life with Him. And we must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. They preached second, only after the Holy Spirit came upon them. Preach and lead through that power and people will come to faith.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Setlist - 04.25.10

Week #92 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, April 25th.

- Holy is the Lord
- New Doxology
- Glory in the Highest
- Glory to God Forever

What a wonderful morning of worship. This past week I had the privilege of attending the Catalyst West Conference hosted at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA. It's a fantastic leadership conference, but with some great times of worship. It was amazing for me to be able to enjoy a time of worship with not having to worry about being the one leading. I was lead by some fantastic worship leaders with a great heart for worship; Jeffrey B. Scott, Aaron Keyes, Carlos Whittaker, Jonathan and Candi Shelton, and Chris Tomlin. Just a time of refreshing for me, which brings me to this morning, and I couldn't wait to pull out my guitar and lead our people in worship through song! A great morning with the family here at Bethel. All glory to God!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Catalyst West Day 2 Worship Setlists

Here are the worship setlists from Day 2 of Catalyst West. Was bummed they didn't do a set at the end like they did last year, but oh well. Being a worship leader in a church, I was grateful to be able to be off the platform and to be able to just worship.

First Set
Worship Leaders: Carlos Whitaker, Jeffrey B. Scott, Jonathan Shelton, Candi Shelton

- Marvelous Light (Charlie Hall)
- God of Second Chances (Carlos Whittaker) (song written for the People of the Second Chance movement)
- Glory to God Forever (Steve Fee & Vicky Beeching)

Second Set
Worship Leader: Aaron Keyes

- You'll Come (Brooke Fraser) (only the bridge was sung)
- Psalm 62 (Aaron Keyes & Stuart Townend)
- Jesus Saves (Tim Hughes)

Third Set
Worship Leader: Zach Williams

- Come Thou Fount (Zach Williams) (sung with his added chorus from Psalm 29)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Catalyst West Day 1 Worship Setlists

So being a worship leader, I'm always interested in the songs that others do and the order they do them in to make a set. Today I actually kept track of what songs we sang. In case anyone else from Catalyst West would like to have them, I thought I would write them down here.

Morning and Afternoon Setlist
Worship Leaders: Carlos Whitaker, Aaron Keyes, Jeffrey B. Scott, Jonathan Shelton, Candi Shelton

- Jesus Saves (Tim Hughes)
- Glory to God Forever (Steve Fee & Vicky Beeching)
- Hosanna (Brooke Fraser)
- No One Higher/The Stand (Joel Houston)
- Came to My Rescue (Hillsong) (only the bridge was sung)

- Glorious (Paul Baloche)

- Cannons (Phil Wickham)
- Everlasting God (Brenton Brown)
- Kingdom Come (Jonathan & Candi Shelton)
- Revelation Song (Jennie Lee Riddle)

Evening Setlist
Worship Leader: Chris Tomlin

- Jesus Messiah
- O Come Let Us Adore Him
- Your Grace Is Enough
- Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
- Nothing But the Blood
- Holy is the Lord
- All to Us

- Our God
- How Great Is Our God

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Catalyst West Labs Recap

So today began Catalyst West 2010 with their Labs day. I didn't get the chance to do this last year, so decided to do it this time and had a great experience. Just hard to decide what 3 sessions out of 18 to attend as they all sound excellent. So here's my attempt at a recap of the sessions that I attended today.

Session 1
Jud Wilhite, Mike Foster, Tony Wood
People of the Second Chance

Jud and Mike have started a movement called People of the Second Chance: Radical Grace in Life and Leadership. People fail and have crisis but how do we act towards these people whether it be in the church or outside the church. Jud and Mike propose a radical approach that is definitely not common but I believe has merit. It's all about giving people a second chance, a chance to trun from their mistakes, learn from them, grow in light of them, and hopefully help others because of they've been through it. They propose this three-step process when it comes to dealing with failure and crisis:
1. Own it
2. Ammend it
3. Reinvent it
You must begin with owning your mistakes, and owning them 100%. You can't hold anything back, even if there's something so minute that you don't think matters, it's what they call a ticking time bomb and it must be dealt with also. Restoration can not even begin to happen if you haven't owned it. They said this is the step that people are most afraid of, and rightly so, because it requires transparency and complete telling of the truth. Not something that's easy to do if you've made a huge mistake that has massive ramifications.

The second step is to amend. Amending of relationships, positions of leadership, jobs, etc. They mentioned that the traditional route is to just fire the person involved, but instead a position of offering radical grace to these people may be a better route, because if you take away the one thing that gives them life, they may never recover. In the context of being leaders, they said that we should always be seeking out the prodigals and bringing them back and standing by them as they go through the whole process and past that as they go through out the whole journey of amending.

Lastly is reinventing. Tony presented this part and took it from a personal side of what happened when he and his wife went through this type of experience and what it came down to is that our lives need to be reinvented in Christ. He said that you can't reinvent something if you haven't been reinvented first. He read Proverbs 28.13 which says,
"Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy."
He also said that we as leaders must deal with this also, we need to be changed by Christ, we need to forsake or shed off those things that are still concealing us, and be honest before we can authentically take this message to others.

Session 2
Michael Hyatt
Platform: What Is Is, Why You Need It, and How You Build It

Michael brought us a message aspects of Web 2.0 and how to be an influence in this technological age we are in. We as leaders can use this to our advantage to influence those that we interact with social media mediums. He began by saying that "Good leaders influence their audience, but great leaders influence the world." We have the potential to influence the world, but first we need a platform. We grow our platform with these three things:
1. Establishing a command center
2. Setting up embassies
3. Developing an intelligence agency
The command center is our home-base where we put our content, like a blog. Content is the most important thing to have. You could have a great looking page, but if you don't have anything to say, people will not look at it. The embassies are places that help give you a presence, get you out there. These are your social media sites like twitter and facebook. The intelligence agencies are what help you take part in the conversations that are happening through your platform. Programs like google alerts. He said social media is about gathering like minded people. In the right context, blogging can actually become a dialogue instead of just a monologue. He also said that in his life he has lots of real-life relationships happen because they were first connected through social media. He ended by saying that without a passion and a vision, technology is useless, but with a passion and a vision, technology is priceless. (you can find Michael's slides from his presentation at his blog at

Session 3
Scott Belsky
Making Ideas Happen

Scott is all about helping others in the creative world make their ideas happen. He said that most ideas never happen because we constantly have this struggle and the odds are against us because:
- we love to keep coming up with ideas
- we have a lack of organization
- we have a lack of accountability
- we have a passion or emotion that is interfering with judgment
- we have a lack of leadership capability
- we have disorganized and isolated networks
- we have a lack of feedback exchange
He said that making ideas happen = creativity/ideas + organization/execution + communal forces + leadership capabilities. So much great stuff in here and not sure how to post it all, but in regards to organization, it's so important. He says that creativity x organization = impact. We also need to be able to prioritize our projects. We also need to be able to share our ideas/projects because along with getting feedback it also produces accountability. We as leaders need to share ownership and allow other to speak first when gathering ideas. We want to develop others through appreciation of their ideas.

Closing Session
John Ortberg
The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You

John says we live in this gap between the person we are and the way that God wants us to be. Only God can see the full version of who we are. He talked about spiritual transformation, different from spiritual formation because our spirits can be formed by just about anything, good or bad and not always things of God. Transformation can only come through the gospel and grace. Grace is not just the offer of free forgiveness for sins, but also the power of God for Him to do within us what we cannot do ourselves. This growth that He is doing in us is hand-crafted, it's not mass produced. His plan for me won't look the same as the next persons. Most importantly, is that to live in this grace we must first surrender our lives to him.

It was a great day at Catalyst, and hopefully you found something in here, if you made it all the way through this post, that you can take with you, even though you aren't physically here at the Catalyst Conference. Look for most posts over the next two days as the main conference starts.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Setlist - 04.18.10

Week #91 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, April 18th.

- Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King
- My Savior My God
- All Creatures of Our God and King
- Happy Day

Another great morning of worship and a great song set. Everyone seems to be really enjoying and connecting with Happy Day. It's a great song written by Tim Hughes and a great song to celebrate our Savior Jesus Christ, His life, death, resurrection and the hope that we have in seeing Him again. It's not just a song for Easter Sunday.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Compassionate Leadership by Ted Engstrom & Paul Cedar

In Compassionate Leadership the authors seek to show us that there is more to leadership than being the one that people follow. The example they use to show us this is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Matthew 20.28 tells us, "even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve." To be a leader is to really be a servant. This is where we get the term servant-leader. This is how Jesus lived his life and its evidenced by His generosity, belief in people, meeting of needs, encouraging of friends, getting excited about good things that happen to others, and his challenge to people to draw close to God. Ted and Paul tell us that these traits of Jesus' life are the steps to compassionate service...and compassionate leadership. This principles of compassionate leadership are grounded in the Word of God and only by the power of the Holy Spirit can we even remotely begin to understand what it means to be a servant-leader. This book is a step in the right direction to learning how to be a servant in the midst of our leadership. To learn this takes obedience and submission to the authority of Jesus Christ and God's Word. The authors list eight principles for us to learn:
1) Mastering the principles of servant leadership is essential if we are to fulfill our role,
2) Servant leadership begins with our attitude,
3) Love is essential for servant leadership,
4) Biblical models teach us how to be servant leaders,
5) The role of the good shepherd illustrates servant leadership,
6) Servant leaders must also know how to be servant followers,
7) Servant leaders are accountable to God,
8) Servant leaders must lead by choice.
To learn to lead by serving others with compassion like Jesus is no easy task for any man, but we are called to live like Jesus lived, we are even made in the image of God and I believe this book is another great tool for helping learn to live our lives in the context of leadership like our Savior lived His life and ultimately gave it up for us.

Special thanks to Regal Books & Gospel Light for providing this complimentary book to read and review.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sunday Setlist - 04.11.10

Week #90 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, April 11th.

- Open the Eyes of My Heart
- Empty Me
- Be Thou My Vision
- Mighty to Save
- In Christ Alone
- The Solid Rock
- I Am Yours (Take My Life)

What a wonderful morning we had this past Sunday. We did something a little different in our services in that it was completely centered around prayer. We also had more music than usual and weaved the two together, having some time of singing and then time of corporate prayer. We had everyone break up into small groups and pray with each other. Since we had music throughout the whole service my worship team stayed on the platform and we got to pray together. It was a blessing to me to be able to spend some extra time in prayer with my team members. They are a great group of people and I am so blessed to have them as a part of the worship team. Couldn't do this without them. We also allowed people towards the beginning of the service to come up and write down names of those that needed salvation and other prayer requests on some flip charts and a white board that we had set up at the front of the room. We had four different prayer times each focusing on something and there was some scripture read to precede that. The four areas of focus that we chose were
1) for those that needed salvation and that we would have boldness to share the Good News with these people (then we sang Mighty to Save),

2) that we would lean on God through prayer to release us from things that are holding us back, as Peter was released from prison because of the prayers of people (then we sand In Christ Alone),

3) to pray for those that have lost jobs, have very little work, or any other needs for provision (then we sang The Solid Rock),

4) that we would be able to give of ourselves to what God has in store for us as we are called to do in Romans 12 (then we sang I Am Yours).
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Imagine That by Manuel Luz

Imagine That by Manuel Luz has been a book that I have been wanting to read for a while since seeing it advertised in Worship Leader magazine. This book caught my interest because I am also a worship leader at a church just as Manuel Luz is and have been involved with the arts for a long time. I also have to work with the arts in the church and I really wanted to get a better understanding of how the arts fit in the church. I believe Manuel has a great understanding of how the arts fit in the church and in ministry. In the opening chapter of this book, Manuel focuses us on God as the Artist and us being created in the image of God. In that chapter he says this,
"We create because we are made in the image of the creator. We simply cannot help it."
He parallels this with how God gave Adam the task of naming the animals to Adam. Manuel says that because God did this with Adam, God is also calling us to be creative, the created becomes creator. Because we have this call and are made in the image of the original Artist, we have a wonderful opportunity to use our gifts and talents in service to our God. We also have a great tool to aid us in our worship, a tool that we continue to develop. I love how he says that artistry can be a spiritual discipline. Manuel says that "spiritual disciplines are external behaviors that aid in internal transformation" and "the discipline of art can bring us closer to God, and can be a spiritual discipline, one that should be encouraged, nurtured, trained, and developed." Just as our spiritual life is a journey of learning and growing, so is our art. Artists as individuals should never stop honing their skills, learning, practicing. After reading Manuel's quote, I believe that we as worship pastors have a special calling to seek out the artists in our congregations, to help them understand that their craft is an essential part of worship, privately and corporately, and allow them the opportunity to use their gifts to honor and glorify the One who gave these gifts to them. And what better place to use them, in corporate worship in our local body of believers.

Special thanks to Moody Publishers for providing this complimentary book to read and review.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Called to Worship by Vernon Whaley

I received this book as a Christmas gift from my grandparents and it was an absolutely wonderful book. The book is subtitled "The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God's Call." This book is grounded in the Word of God. This is not just a book for worship leaders, though I would say it's a must-read if you are a worship leader, as God calls for all His children to be worshippers. Dr. Vernon Whaley takes us on a journey through the scriptures to gain a Biblical understanding of what it means to worship and how these people of the Bible lived, or even in some cases to further our understanding by example didn't live, a life of worship.

This book offers great insight and a Biblical understanding of worship. It begins in the garden of Eden and ends in eternity. There is great insight into the lives of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and ultimately how Jesus lived a perfect life of worship with His father. At the end of every chapter he has a little section called "Principle of Worship from this Chapter" and that's where this book is able to be applied in everyone's lives. This will definitely be a book that I read again and come back too throughout the years as I continue to grow as a follower of Christ, a worship leader and ultimately a worshipper. I leave you with this quote from the end of this wonderful book:
"Worship is what we were made for. God created man because He wanted relationship. It's what He's about, and by now it must be clear that the way - the only way - to an intimate relationship with God is through worship. As we worship, we must be reminded to stay focused on the God of wonder. Worship is not the music, the methods, or the messenger. Worship is our expression of love to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, lived out in our daily lives."
I would recommend this book to any follower of Christ who wants to further their understanding of Biblical worship, and every single worship leader out there. It's so important that we as worship leaders have a great understanding of Biblical worship and what worship is and isn't, because as we lead corporately, it's an outpouring of our private worship, and my heart is for the people that I'm ministering to, is for them to grow in their life of worship.

Sunday Setlist - 04.04.10

Week #89 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, April 4th, Easter Sunday.

- Happy Day
- The Lord Reigns
- Christ the Lord is Risen Today
- All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises

He is Risen! What a wonderful morning of worshipping our risen Savior! We also combined our services so we had everyone in the same room at the same time, then had a light brunch and an easter egg hunt for the kids. We also had a couple pieces done by our bell choir and an opening song done by one of the families that's a part of my team. Everyone involved did a fantastic job this morning.

Normally I wouldn't do a brand new song on Easter, however, I really wanted to introduce Tim Hughes' Happy Day and figured Easter would be the perfect day to do it. It also flows well into The Lord Reigns. The songs are in the same key and pretty much the same style. I found a great up-tempo gospel type version of Christ the Lord is Risen Today. Always a great hymn and this was the perfect style to fit the rest of the songs. The team loved it. And we closed the service with Paul Baloche's All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises.
You lived, You died, You said in three days you would rise. You did, You're alive!
Hope everyone else had a blessed Resurrection Sunday worshipping with their church families.

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