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Teaching Worship - ch. 11
Finally, there is hope for every church. No matter what the background or makeup of your church body, they can become a worshiping church. We are all on a spiritual journey, but we are all not at the same place in our ....more
Stephen M. Newman 2018-09-10 Worship Studies
Teaching Worship - ch. 7
As a Christian I find it very difficult to get all my spiritual food on one Sunday morning service each week. If I relied on one forty-minute message a week to grow and be all that God would have me be, I would more tha....more
Stephen M. Newman 2018-09-06 Worship Studies
Teaching Worship - ch. 4
You have heard the saying, "You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? I believe this statement holds true to anybody that is in a leadership position. We know what to say and when to say it, but do we really l....more
Stephen M. Newman 2018-08-30 Worship Studies
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 2013-11-13 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 2013-10-30 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 2013-10-27 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 2013-10-23 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 2013-10-02 Worship Leaders
Repackaging Worship
I don't know about you but I am getting pretty tired of buying worship CD's that are 40% to 90% full of songs already recorded by another artist. Every CD I pick up these days has a couple of songs that have already bee....more
Stephen M. Newman 2013-09-14 General Worship
Hymns to Choruses
For several years now we have all heard the arguments for the worship war in our churches. The worship war has caused church splits, staff to leave, and people have become hurt because of one reason or another. Surpr....more
Stephen M. Newman 2013-07-09 General Worship
One On One
As a career worship pastor I have one ongoing struggle. It seems the people in our congregation are behind me in worship. The majority of our congregation are baby worshipers when it comes to their participation and....more
Stephen M. Newman 2013-06-04 Worship Leaders
Worship Leadership
One of the most challenging role of a Worship Pastor/Music Minister is serving as a manager/supervisor. As a manager/supervisor I am responsible for everything in my area of ministry. Depending on the size of your mini....more
Stephen M. Newman 2013-05-25 Worship Leaders
Worship and the Wedding
Several years ago, I heard that the son of my good friend was engaged to be married. Michael and his fiancee were attending Wayland Baptist University at the time, and had begun making plans for the wedding. During ....more
Stephen M. Newman 2013-05-16 General Worship
Repetition - A Biblical Model
For years we have all heard the arguments about choruses and how meaningless it seems to repeat over and over. I came out of a traditional background and could definitely sympathize with the argument. It seemed we fe....more
Stephen M. Newman 2013-05-05 General Worship
Familiarity
Do you ever wonder why people don't participate in worship the way you would like them to? Have you ever been in a service where it was hard to worship? Do you know why? If the music is not distracting, and the style....more
Stephen M. Newman 2013-04-09 Worship Leaders
What's Your Reason?
When I speak to people on the subject of worship, I get a host of feedback from A-Z. Worship is so simple and yet it can be so complex. When humans are involved, conflict and differences are sure to be close behind!....more
Stephen M. Newman 2013-04-03 General Worship
In Search of the Spiritual
Do you ever stop and ask yourself, "Why do people visit my church?" Do you ever ask yourself, "Why don't they come back?" Why is it that churches across the country see people coming in the front door only to have th....more
Stephen M. Newman 2013-02-06 Worship Leaders
The Destroyer
John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." We all know how sin can ruin our lives. The decisions we make can cause us to l....more
Stephen M. Newman 2012-12-10 General Worship
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 2012-06-24 General Worship
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 2012-05-29 General Worship
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