Do You Know These 10 Amazing Reasons Why We Worship ?

Biblical Essentials for Everyone

Why do Christians worship? Why should we sing and praise and worship God?

Matt Redman has a wonderful song entitled “10,000 Reasons” that offers many affirmations for praising God. But there are far more than just 10,000 reasons to bless and worship the Lord.

Here are what I consider to be 10 amazing reasons “why we worship”. These are at the top of my list. What would you add?

1. We worship because God is worthy.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom. Psalm 145:3

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3

The truth is, the one true God is the only being worthy of worship. Worship directed anywhere else is not only unfulfilling, it is vain idolatry. God alone is worthy of all of our praise.

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Why Your Church Does Not Sing

And What To Do About It

Recently I’ve attended several churches as an incognito visitor and I’ve noticed a trend – a lot of people don’t seem to be singing in worship these days! There definitely seems to be a decline in congregational singing from say, 10-15 years ago.

Now this is an admittedly subjective observation – I am probably biased as a musician/singer/worship leader. And this post is not intended to be a judgmental critique nor an angry rant. I’d recommend any of these churches. They were friendly, offered great hospitality, excellent music and solid, inspired teaching.

However, the idea that “Churches don’t sing anymore” has been a hot topic of discussion among worship thought leaders for a while.  From my non-scientific sample of churches, I’d say it’s an accurate trend. A Google search of “why churches don’t sing” will find many articles from a wide range of perspectives. I especially appreciated an excellent in depth series from Kent Sanders entitled: Whatever Happened to Singing in Church?

I have a very different take from what I’ve been reading and in this post I’ll offer my own thoughts on Why Your Church Does Not Sing. I’ll also offer some practical solutions both long term and short term. In fact you can experience some level of breakthrough in congregational singing almost immediately if you follow some of the suggestions in this article. 

But first a qualifier – I have no interest in firing another salvo in the never ending worship wars. I see worship as a worldview and a lifestyle. Music is just one aspect of the congregational worship experience, but it is strategic and important.

I appreciate and see value in almost every style of music and church culture out there. This post is not about the very tired arguments concerning preferences over musical styles, hymns vs modern worship, consumeristic mentality, or the evils of modern production techniques.

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Coaching / Mentoring / Consulting

Get results with support, advice, and solutions.

If you need support, advice, and encouragement in worship ministry, maybe I can help.

I’ve been leading, teaching and mentoring in worship ministry for over 20 years. I’ve served as a volunteer and later as full time church staff. I’ve lead the worship ministries of large, medium and small churches. I’ve served as an advisor to pastoral leaders in dozens of ministries around the world. I also have over 30 years experience in business leadership, management and music production.

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The Worship Leader / Shepherd

My guest post for Seedbed Worship Design Collective

Dear Worship Leader, Choir Director Friends,

I encountered something in God’s word the other day that stirred my heart and I want to share it with you.

I have a question.

Do you ever feel like a hired hand performing a gig?

The sheer technology and pressure of leading worship can be a heavy burden,  skewing the focus of your heart and mind as you lead. 

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Book Recommendations for Worship Leaders

My Guest Post for Seedbed Worship Design Collective

This article is published by Seedbed Worship Design Collective, http://www.seedbed.com/book-recommendations-for-worship-leaders-2016-edition/

Recently I was asked about book recommendations for worship leaders. There’s a lot out there that are either directly or indirectly helpful to the worship leaders growth and development. Here’s some I’ve read recently worth checking out:

The Worship Pastor: A Call To Ministry For Worship Leaders and Teams by Zac Hicks

Premise: I’ve followed Zac Hicks blog and heard him speak at the  2016 National Worship Leader Convention.  This is a new generation worship thought leader who “gets it.” His comprehensive guidebook is both scholarly and practical, exploring the many roles and responsibilities of worship leaders including: theologian, disciple, worshiper, evangelist, mentor, artist, counselor, musician, servant leader, and producer. Highly recommended.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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”.  

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