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Organized?
If you are in a leadership position, you know that a leader dies and lives by his ability to organize and plan. No matter what you are leading - choir, worship team, or small group, being organized will help eliminate....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-06-16 Worship Leaders
Performing Plague
If you are human, then you probably deal with a little ego. We as musicians tend to enjoy playing our music for others. We like to showcase our talents to those who will listen. What better place for the Christian ....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-06-01 General Worship
The SoundTech As a Worshiper
Two of the most often questions I receive from sound tech is, "How do we worship when we are so busy working the mix during the service?" and "What can we do to better worship and still not neglect the sound?” These ....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-05-30 Sound Advice
Food For Thought
A thought on worship.... "If I think what I do on Sunday's is true worship, I have missed it. If I go to church to see what I can get, I have missed it. If I judge my worship by how I feel, I have missed it. Wo....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-05-25 General Worship
The Jeroboam Church
If you've ever read the story of Jeroboam, you know he proceeded Solomon and became king of ten of the twelve tribes. The Bible states in 1 Kings 11:37-38, "However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule ove....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-05-02 General Worship
Is God Pleased? - Is He?
Unfortunately, on more than one occasion I have found it hard to get the sleep I need. There have been many instances where I have lain awake at night and not been able to sleep. I’ve come to the conclusion that du....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-04-27 General Worship
Teaching Your People To Worship
If you have been in the ministry for a while you know that the arts department has a tendency to draw people of all colors and expressions. We are a bit different as people who are for the most part on the creative side....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-04-12 Worship Leaders
Nine Expressions of Worship
It's captivating to read through the Psalms and see the variety of ways in which David worshiped. When we pause to ask ourselves what we are doing during our worship times today, we are often faced with several questions....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-04-07 General Worship
Obedience
What is the key to serving God? Is it taking the good things He has to offer, the things that we are comfortable with, and leaving the rest behind? Is it a spiritual Golden Corral? What is the key to true worship?....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-03-24 General Worship
John 4:23-24
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spi....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-03-03 General Worship
The Greatest of these...
When I begin to evaluate my ministry tool belt, several things come to mind. As a worship leader of 20 years I have fair skills in music and in organization. My education has been a blessing to help prepare me for God's ....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-01-24 Worship Leaders
Contract It Out
Over the past twenty years or so the church has seen some welcomed changes in its attempt to be relevant and current in today’s world. Churches are finally able to hire trained staff to help produce quality music, dr....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-01-19 General Worship
Living Sacrifices
In the Old Testament, sin could only be cleansed through the sacrifice of blood. When Jesus came and died for our sins, His blood became the final sacrifice for all. The need for sacrifices to cleanse us from sin wa....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-01-17 General Worship
Tuning Out and Tuning In
I once asked a good friend of mine, "How do you know when you have entered into the presence of God? What was the process you use to be with the Lord and sense His presence?" I had been struggling with taking a step clos....more
Stephen M. Newman 2022-01-06 General Worship
Worship Planning
There seems to be a growing concern for the need of worship planning resources. Ministers of Music and Worship Leaders from across the globe are searching for new ways to plan and lead worship. We feel a deep need to ....more
Stephen M. Newman 2021-12-27 Worship Leaders
To Pay or Not to Pay?
Over the past several weeks, the question of paying musicians and singers in a worship environment has been a hot topic. If you ask churches who are paying their musicians, they have valid reasons for doing so. If you as....more
Stephen M. Newman 2021-11-09 Worship Leaders
Phoebe, Penny and Grace
I have been reading a lot on the subject of grace lately. There are some really good books on the subject that have helped me to understand a little better this thing called grace. My most recent readings have been ....more
Stephen M. Newman 2021-10-25 General Worship
There Is Hope
A few years back I wrote an article entitled "No Throwaways". Its purpose was to encourage churches that were going through the process of change in the area of music and worship, to be slow and patient in their approac....more
Stephen M. Newman 2021-10-19 General Worship
Captain Kirk
I am not a Trekkie, but I remember well the phrase that opened every episode in the old days, "To boldly go where no man has gone before.” If you've ever watched Star Trek, you know that it is a saying that is not e....more
Stephen M. Newman 2021-10-04 Worship Leaders
Lofty Goals - God's?
What's the hardest thing about being a worship leader? For some, it's the struggle to balance the performance aspect with the worship-leading aspect. For others, it's dealing with people who feel called but show no ....more
Stephen M. Newman 2021-09-13 Worship Leaders
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