Questioning The Decline


  According to a recent article in The Christian Chronicle, churches of Christ have declined by 102,000 members over the course of only eight years.  This alarming statistic should provide more than adequate motivation for leaders to examine the causes of such an unfortunate defection. There is no doubt that there are a number of […]

Let Our Joys Be Known

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Photo by A’lana Cutshall – Can we sing and smile at the same time? The short answer? If we are happy about what we are singing, we surely can! If this is true, then why do I have such a difficult time in motivating song leaders to smile?  As song leaders “set the tone” in […]

How long should a Minister stay?


Pictured: Dan and Wendy Jacoy – As I travel the country, occasionally I’ll meet those rare and very special people who’ve become heroes to me – – I’m referring to those ministers who place deep roots with a congregation and stay for an unusually long tenure.  Dan and Wendy Jacoy have been with the Tri-City […]

What is your Favorite Easter Song?


Many songs have been written about the resurrection of Jesus.  What is your favorite Easter song?

Common Song Leader Mistakes


What are the most common mistakes made by song leaders / worship leaders in directing congregational singing?  While conducting a recent leaders’ clinic, I realized, yet again, how the same mistakes seem to be universally prevalent.  After the song leaders came forward to lead one song each, I critiqued them (“in love”) and offered suggestions […]

Worship Survey: Demeanor

How does the worship leader’s countenance affect other worshippers?


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