Better Worship - 12 marks of an effective music ministry

Written by Ken Davis

My first experience in music ministry happened fairly soon after I first picked up a guitar at 15 years of age. I knew about 20 chords and could play a few songs from a new songbook titled Scripture in Song. Fortunately most ofrepparttar songs were in guitar-friendly keys.

There were four of us who played guitar in a small country Baptist church. I know one song we dreaded was "Rise and Shine"

('God said to Noah there's gonna be a floody floody...'). The chords were simple, butrepparttar 135932 strumming rhythm was a real wrist breaker.

After church we would retire to one of our homes and listen torepparttar 135933 latest Larry Norman or Randy Stonehill album, and try to work outrepparttar 135934 chords and guitar licks. As Bryan Adams sang, 'I played it till my fingers bled...those wererepparttar 135935 best days of my life'. The songs were simple and we'd try and embellish them with influences from progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd and Yes. However there's a limit to what you can do with a $20 nylon string guitar. Sometimes this went down well. At other times some ofrepparttar 135936 elders would warn us ofrepparttar 135937 dangers of getting so caught up inrepparttar 135938 music that we forgotrepparttar 135939 main game. In their quirky country ways, they had a point.

Inrepparttar 135940 years since then I have enjoyed being part of many different music teams. My studies meant I moved around a fair bit, so I was part of a number of churches. Some were well resourced and it was a struggle to get to do what I loved, whereas others were small and welcomed whatever help they got.

Whenrepparttar 135941 Willow Creek team first came to Australia I witnessed what was possible with a dynamic, creative and well-resourced team. However, my frustration was thatrepparttar 135942 models of music ministry I was seeing presented by big, well-resourced, upper middle class churches was simply not achievable inrepparttar 135943 majority of churches.

This sparked my interest in training and developing churches without these kinds of resources. The problem was to distil from 20 years of experience 'what things really mattered'. What wererepparttar 135944 issues that could make or break a music ministry, whether in a mega church or a church struggling to survive as demographic change followed its course?

Since then I've hadrepparttar 135945 privilege of speaking with hundreds of music ministers and team members here in Australia and from overseas. From those conversations, these are what I believe arerepparttar 135946 12 "biggies" for creating an effective music ministry.

Notice that I said effective, not "successful". Many people equate success with big budgets and large teams. An effective

Christian Debt Consolidation – Feel Comfortable About Managing Your Debt

Written by Charles Essmeier

Many Christians feel uncomfortable withrepparttar notion of being in debt, and even more so whenrepparttar 135794 debt has gotten out of control. Some say that it is not acceptable for Christians to owe any money, even for such necessities as a home. Others feel that such debts are acceptable as long as debt does not place a burden onrepparttar 135795 family’s finances.

In recent years,repparttar 135796 number of debt consolidation and credit counseling firms that specialize in catering to Christian clients have increased dramatically.

Christian debt consolidation and credit counseling agencies are aware ofrepparttar 135797 concerns Christians have about debt. They can help you consolidate your debt, establish a repayment schedule, arrange to allow you to continue tithing, and providerepparttar 135798 additional spiritual counseling that you may need to help you stay out of debt. All of this is done in a way that is consistent with Christian beliefs andrepparttar 135799 teachings ofrepparttar 135800 Bible.

Creditors recognize that people who enter a debt consolidation program

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