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With a little help from my friends…

August 10, 2010

So a quick time out from the series of posts on “Why bother? Why gather? What’s the point of corporate worship?” to signpost some other NF bloggers (and a non-NF guy who I think should be a NF guy!)  who are saying the same thing as me and an awful lot better!!!

Alistair MetcalfeChrist Church Manchester –  a long running blog with much practical help for worship leaders to access if they don’t just want to be prima donna “I just sing” worship leaders.

Matt BlickGrace Church, Nottingham – another worship leader who desires the act of corporate worship to be a power encounter with the living Jesus, good observations and an interesting look at why worship leaders are all middle aged white men with guitars!!

Jon CresseyCity Church, Sheffield – not a worship leader, or at least, not a middle aged man with a guitar!!  Jon has a clear mandate to call forth authentic prophetic ministry that glorifies the Risen Jesus and truly builds up the Bride of Christ – I love the stuff this guy puts out there!  Worship leaders, please do not ignore or skim over what this man is calling the church to – its the same thing you should be calling them to, too.

Jamie Brown – Associate Director of Worship and Music at The Falls Church (Anglican) in Falls Church, Virginia.  This is the BEST WORSHIP LEADING BLOG I have ever come across.  Some of the language and issues Jamie deals with may seem irrelevant (best setting of the Sanctus, for example) but if you just engage with what he is doing in his church, it is truly inspirational.  He puts out really helpful stuff in terms of song settings, choosing new songs, building a band, guitar technique… all sorts of really good stuff.  And lots of it, too, with 15-18 posts a month.

If you are, or aspire to be, a worship leader or musician involved in the leading of worship, I strongly encourage you to read all of these blogs.  It will take time, but be an incredible investment in your gift and ministry – if you subscribe now and aim to catch up over the rest of August, you could be ready for an awesome start to the church year in September!!!

(On how we got to run churches according to term time instead of historical church calendar or even the actual calendar, I will have to get round to ranting on that one some other time!!!)

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  1. August 18, 2010 10:48 am

    Hi Gareth/Amos

    Thanks so much for the link. I’ve had your ‘why gather’ series bookmarked for ages

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