Hearing From God During Worship

I firmly believe that it’s impossible to worship in a vacuum. All of the Christian life is a response to God—to Who he is, to what he has done. So, I’m finding it more and more disconcerting to presume to be worshiping God without listening. But—”Sing it again!” “Louder!” “Clap!” “Jump!” “Shout!” (depending on your […]

New Blog Editor!

I’m very excited to announce that Bobbi Steele has agreed to be our new blog editor. By having someone dedicated to this role, I believe we will see the blog become what it needs to be, and an even more valuable resource. Posts will have much more consistency and variety. Many of you will know […]

The Heart of Worship

[Note: This is part 2 of a 2 part series by Gail Hamilton. Check out part 1 here.] So what is our motivation – what is at the heart of worship? God deserves our praise!  We need to take time to just focus on our awesome God and give Him thanks and honor for who […]

The Art of Worship

[Note: This is part 1 of a 2 part series by Gail Hamilton. The 2nd post will appear later this week.] Do you consider yourself an artist?  Maybe you never really thought about all that the word “artist” involves. A lot of people think that an artist is someone who can paint or draw beautiful […]

Grim’s Tips #1: Clean Your Guitar

[Today’s post is a new column that we’re excited to announce. Our own Dave Grim is beginning a new monthly column/video blog series on guitar maintenance here on the site. Dave is a custom guitar builder, and I love the motto of his business, Grim Custom Guitars: “destroying darkness–one guitar at a time.” I’m sure we’ll enjoy and […]

Making a Difference (through Worship and the Creative Arts)

[Note: The following was originally given as a speech at “The CACCies” (an award show we put together for our team a couple of summers ago), but we wanted to share and archive this content here on the blog.] What Difference Does It Make? If you ask a lot of people in our culture what “church” […]

Lessons Our Creative Arts Teams Can Learn from Jimmy Fallon, Pt. 2

This is part 2 of 2 part series on what we can learn from Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show. Be sure to check out the great short article in the link in Part 1. How do we learn to reach and engage people in a relevant way? One way is by studying those who are […]

Lessons Our Creative Arts Teams Can Learn from Jimmy Fallon, Pt. 1

I love the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I’ve been a Fallon fan since his SNL days. His “Late Night” was so fresh and fun, I always enjoyed watching it. Jimmy is an engaging and super-talented entertainer, and he seems genuinely interested in the people he’s interviewing. I applauded NBC’s decision to move him to “The Tonight […]

What To Do When You’re Not Playing

If you’re a part of the band (instrumentalist or vocalist), have you ever thought about what to do when you’re not playing or singing or scheduled as a tech? Did you ever think that how you enter or exit the platform matters in trying to eliminate distractions in worship? Or, what’s the point of sitting in […]

Why Sing?

I’ll admit it. Singing together in worship can seem strange. I grew up loving the alt rock of the 90s. About as demonstrative as we got was crossing our arms and bobbing our head back and forth to the beat. We don’t sing in public often (maybe when singing the national anthem at a sporting event, if […]