A Great Worship Leader’s Resource

Posted: December 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Faith, General, Music, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

A little over a year ago I was blessed with the opportunity to take over the reigns of a Sunday morning worship ministry called Video Café which is held at Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Onalaska, WI. My primary responsibility as Ministry Director is to plan, organize and direct the weekly Sunday morning worship service. The service consists of around 30 minutes of praise and worship music and a recorded video feed of the sermon from the “main”  service that happens earlier that morning in the primary sanctuary of the church.

My two brothers and I have been involved on the worship teams at Bethany for around a decade and when the opportunity arose to take ownership and leadership of the “contemporary” Video Cafe service at Bethany I jumped at the opportunity.

Every day of leading this ministry has been both a huge blessing and a huge challenge in my life. Learning how to effectively put together a worship service and to lead a worship team has definitely been a great learning experience for me personally.

About 6 months ago, a friend and mentor of mine recommended that I listen to the “All About Worship” podcast. My life as a worship ministry leader has been greatly improved through the education, inspiration and encouragement given by this podcast.

“All About Worship” is podcast for worship leaders and worship team members hosted by worship leaders Ben Abu Saada and Wisdom Moon who currently reside in the state of Kansas. Each month they interview someone of note from the worship leading community and tackle topics ranging from the philosophy and theology of worship leading to the nitty gritty details that are required to make a worship ministry tick. The caliber of guests that they have on the show are top notch. I have found the interviews to be of tremendous value as both a source of education and inspiration. Some of the guests that they have had on the show inlcude Bethany Dillon, Tim Hughes,  Shane Barnard, Tommy Walker,  Kim Walker, Kari Jobe as well as many others. Every single episode has impacted me in some significant way. I have found All About Worship to be a continual source of inspiration, encouragement and practical advice. I would definitely recommend it to anyone involved in a worship ministry and would suggest subscribing to the podcast in iTunes.

You can also check them out at allaboutworship.com or find them on twitter with the handle @allaboutworship.

A Good Blog

Posted: November 25th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Faith, General | No Comments »

If you are looking for a good blog to read that is entertaining and spiritually challanging check out my friend Cullen Teska’s blog at cullenteska.blogspot.com.

Cullen is a good friend of mine from way back in time. I think that he is a good writer and he definitely likes to share fun stories, links, videos, etc…  He is currently an intern Young Adults ministry leader at Elmbrook Church in Milwaukee, WI.

His blog is fairly new but I hope that he continues to write it. He’s usually either giving a humorous perspective on some part of everyday life or he’s dishing out some deep spiritual insights and challenges.

If you are looking for an uplifting read take a few minutes and check it out.