Ukraine Mission Trip 2016

Encouraging Wholehearted Worship Worldwide!

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I’m delighted to say I’ll be venturing on my first ever ministry project to the nation of Ukraine. I’ll fly out October 25 and fly back November 4, 2016. I’m planning to be back in church at HFUMC on November 6th.

I would be most appreciative of your prayers!

I’ll be a guest lecturer at the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary, teaching in their Music Ministry and Theology Department. The courses I’m teaching will be Essential Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship during the day and Worship Music Composition and Songwriting Workshop in the evenings. Besides teaching, I’ll be there to coach, mentor, advise and encourage students and staff. 

How A Retreat Can Invigorate Your Worship Ministry

My Guest Post For Seedbed Worship Design Collective

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We recently held a working retreat for our worship ministry volunteers and it was a big win for all involved. So much so that Seedbed Worship Design Collective published my debreif on how you can do one too. Read the full article “How To Invigorate Your Worship Ministry With A Retreat”  here. 

Tozer on Worship and Entertainment #1

11 Profound Quotes from Chapter 1

Note: Hey friends, I’ve been busy this summer preparing an online course on worship and discipleship. Over the years I’ve been influenced and inspired by the work of A. W. Tozer, as have many in the worship space. The following are several quotes I pulled from chapter 1 of the book entitled “Tozer on Worship and Entertainment“. Use them to energize your ideas about worship. 

(AW Tozer compiled by James L. Snyder, (c) 1997 Zur Ltd., Wing Spread Publishers, Camp Hill, PA) (The headings are my own.)


Our Hearts Long For Him

Worship seeks union with its beloved, and an active effort to close the gap between the heart and the God it adores is worship at its best. p.2

Don’t Worship for What You Receive

We [do] calm our spirits and there is a soothing effect in worship, but the primary object of church attendance is not to relax – it is to offer worship, which belongs to God. p.3

A Happy Ending

When all the full redeemed universe is back once more worshiping God in full voice, happily and willingly, then we will see the new creation – the new heaven and the new earth. p.4 

Draw Me Nearer: Songwriting As An Overflow of Intimacy

My Guest Post for WorshipTeamTraining.com

Note: I’m delighted to be a guest contributor to the WorshipTeamTraining.com website. This article contains my recent guest post “Draw Me Nearer” along with bonus links to the recording of my song and lyrics. 


Guest Post http://www.worshipteamtraining.com/draw-me-nearer/

In this article I want to talk about two things. First, some biblical principles for developing greater intimacy with God. Second, how the fruit of our intimacy with God can result in many good things, in this instance writing new songs.

Designed For Intimacy

We are designed for intimacy. First with God, then with others. The gospel promises that we can connect with God at the deepest, most authentic part of our souls.

How To Deal With Negative Feedback

Five Strategies For Worship Leaders, My Guest Post for Seedbed Worship Design Collective

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Nobody likes to receive negative feedback or criticism. In this guest post for Seedbed Worship Design Collective, I offer five things to consider when someone criticizes your job as a worship leader.

If you use these five strategies they will help you grow as a leader, serve your congregation better and save your sanity. They are:

  1. Describe the problem.
  2. Discern what’s really going on spiritually.
  3. Get Practical.
  4. Make adjustments.
  5. Persevere.

Read the whole article in depth here.

How To Handle Opposition for the Worship Leader

Got Complaints? Here's a 5 Step Process to Overcome Them

Dear Uncle Robbie,

I’m a tired worship leader ministering at a small church where my husband grew up. I give and give and give and pour out my heart to the Lord. Now, I’m facing opposition from the leadership and congregation at my church. I know it’s a spiritual attack. I know it’s not of the Lord, He values my heart. I know when I give and worship Him, He is glorified. My question is – What to do next? I need to know if what I’m doing is the best thing for the congregation. I need prayer on how to handle this. Is what I’m doing the most God honoring thing? I love worshipping and I love giving Him the praise. 

Signed, 
A Struggling Saint


Dear Struggling Saint,

First, I want you to know you are not alone. The Lord will be with you. He does value your heart.

Are You Called To Lead Worship?

My Guest Post for Worship Leader Magazine

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It can be quite a challenge to discern the will of God for your life, especially when you’re starting out or in transition.

In this article published by Worship Leader Magazine on-line, I share my experiences and seven ideas that answer the question: “How Do You Know When You’re Called To Lead Worship?”. 

My thesis is that, if you are called to lead worship, you will have:

  1. Desire
  2. Ability
  3. A Vision
  4. Confirmation
  5. Joy and Peace
  6. Opportunity
  7. Passion

I unpack these ideas with anecdotes from my personal story in rest of the article on the Worship Leader Magazine website here.

A youth pastor wrote me after reading the post and suggested this would be an excellent resource for anyone trying to decide a future direction in any area of life. If that’s you or someone you know, check it out.

Bless ya!

To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice

05 Five Epic Worship Fails: King Saul Disobeys

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Final installment! In this series we’ve been looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Five: King Saul Disobeys (1 Samuel 13:7-15
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In the session were going to be looking at two episodes from the life of Saul in the Old Testament.

Background of the story.  Saul is the first King of Israel. He was anointed, and he has some early victories in his life and reign. But he has a bit of an inferiority complex and it caught up with him. Ultimately, His character could not sustain this calling.

Let’s look at the first story. 

National Worship Leaders Conference, VA

May 17 -19 I’ll be attending the National Worship Leaders Conference in Centreville, VA (http://nwlconf.com/) with the theme “Teach Us To Pray”.

You can watch the free live stream here: http://nwlconf.com/watch-now/

I’m looking forward to seminars with Leonard Sweet, Rich Kirkpatrick, Ray Jones and many others!

 

 

Lip Service Won’t Cut It

04 Five Epic Worship Fails: Jesus Confronts The Pharisees

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Four: Lip Service: Jesus Confronts The Pharisees (Mark 7:1-13, Matthew 15:8-9)

Background of the story.
For some time now Jesus has been going around doing his earthly ministry of proclaiming the kingdom of God, teaching and healing. He is starting to get into some debate and controversy with the religious establishment, the Sadducees and Pharisees. This exchange cuts right to the heart of the “religious spirit”.  

Integrity Matters

03 Five Epic Worship Fails: Ananias and Sapphira

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In this series we’re looking at Five Epic Worship Fails from scripture,  what we can learn from them, and how we can apply their lessons in our lives and ministry. Make sure you read the Introduction first!

Epic Fail Number Three: Ananias & Sapphira (Acts 5:1- 11)

Background.

Here’s the scene. The book of Acts is all about the birth of the church. Jesus has been resurrected from the dead. Then the Holy Spirit falls upon the disciples at Pentecost. (Acts 2) The church is set on fire. Jesus followers are going out and healing people, signs wonders and miracles are happening. All heaven is breaking loose, and the church is growing exponentially. It is an exciting time.

A spirit of unity and generosity had become part of their spiritual DNA. The end of Acts 4 describes the culture of early Christian community and it’s a beautiful thing.