Keys to Worship Planning: Creating a Culture of Punctuality

  “A culture of punctuality is one of the requirements of an effective worship planning system. When both the pastor and the worship pastor have a list of things they need to do and self-imposed deadlines to keep them on track, things immediately begin operating more smoothly.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Clarifying the Pastor/Worship Pastor Relationship

  “Clear roles and defined expectations act as the grease that keeps the pastor/worship pastor relationship turning without friction. Think through these questions: What is your role in the pastor/worship pastor relationship? What is your counterpart’s role in the relationship?  Do you have a clear job description? Does he? What do you need to do every week to get ready … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: The Weekly Message Run-Through

  “The responsibility you and I have to bring God’s Word to his people is too great for us to ever get comfortable. We should always be pressing toward improvement. The only way we are going to get better – and the only way our messages are going to be as strong as they can be week to week – … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: The Value of Pre-Preaching

  “One of my mantras has become, “Never preach a message once.” And preaching it at multiple services doesn’t count. Your first service is not your trial run. If you want to increase the value of your preaching, you must develop the habit of pre-preaching – that is, preaching your message ahead of time, gathering feedback, and integrating changes into your … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Inspiring Others

  “When people walk through your doors on a Sunday morning, they want to be inspired. They want to be stirred, thrilled, and called to a higher level of living. As church leaders, our job is to do everything we can to make that happen.“                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Incorporating Testimonies

  “After preaching and music, testimonies are the single most powerful tool you can include in your worship service. People tune in to stories of life change, especially when they recognize some aspect of themselves in the story. You can incorporate testimonies into your service in three ways: 1. Have someone share a live testimony before the message. 2. Bring … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Test-drive Your Sunday Message

  “You can’t cooperate with God to help the people he has entrusted to you become more like his Son without a strong, grounded plan for your teaching.  Since the message is so important, I strongly encourage you to do a message run-through every week. In the same way that the worship team rehearses every week, so should you. You … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Reframing Secular Songs

  “In addition to singing songs during the service, you can incorporate music into your service in another way.  I have a theory that if you take a secular song and reframe it around a theological idea, that idea will lodge in people’s minds on an even deeper level. Recently, I taught on the Ephesians passage about husbands respecting their … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Connecting with God Through Music

  “The psalmist tells us that God inhabits the praises of his people (Ps. 22:3 KJV). Accordingly, I believe that music opens people’s hearts to hear from him. As God indwells the praises of his people, they are drawn into his presence. Their defenses are lowered. Their hearts attune to his. The importance of well-planned, intentional music in a worship … Read More


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