Worship music, attractionalism & church growth

Worship music, attractionalism & church growth

I came across two excellent articles this week which deal with the role of music in the church, and attractional models* of church, or more specifically, critiquing such models: Churches, stop trying to get butts in the seats and start telling your story   When we gather for worship, we’re not just expressing ourselves to God. It’s not about what we can do for God. […]

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Graham Kendrick on why we don’t sing

Graham Kendrick on why we don’t sing

One of my favourite songwriters, Graham Kendrick, nails it here:  

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Migrant service

Before I jumped on the flight to Australia, I helped lead a special migrant & refugee focused service at the Karlsruhe FeG last Sunday. My friend Vimal spoke on what the bible has to say about about God’s heart for the vulnerable and how he expects his people to treat them; about how he is able to understand what migrants go through, as Jesus was […]

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Review: No Other Name, Hillsong Worship

Review: No Other Name, Hillsong Worship

No other name / Hillsong Worship (June 2014) I readily confess that I often judge albums by their cover, or at least, a good cover will often make me want to listen, and the cover of the new Hillsong album is pretty intriguing: Time Square lit up with the title of the new album (and it’s not photoshopped!) I was keen to hear the new album, and […]

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IW August 2013

 I’m a bit late getting the round-up from our August International Worship posted (I’ve really been in holiday  mode until now). It was another great evening, with our pastor, Sebastian Brenner, preaching from Mark 5:24-34. Have a listen here (in German with English translation):     We also heard about the recent opportunity to minister to some refugees from one of the most closed countries […]

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International Worship – Sunday Edition!

Last Sunday FeG Karlsruhe held its first ever International Sunday morning service. We (the International Worship team) joined forces with the Chinese congregation who meets in our building, and with Encuentro, the long-time Spanish community in our church. It was a great morning, even with the exhaustion of having to lead two services back-to-back. We heard some powerful testimonies, sang heartily about the risen Christ […]

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The problem of where to put announcements

Doing some link surfing recently I read a piece talking about ‘problems’ in worship, which suggested that church notices and announcements should be moved to the start or finish so that they didn’t block the ‘flow’ of worship. I’m sure we’ve all been in discussion about where the announcements should go, for this very reason. I kind of get the idea, but I want to […]

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Zac Hicks on the ‘success’ of a worship service

In another corker post from Zac Hicks, he talks about a similar kind of thing to what I highlighted from Nathan Campbell the other day – what makes a ‘good’ church gathering? a good Sunday is good because of Who was displayed, not what was felt   This also picks up on what I wrote about this week, in regards to the role of a […]

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What should the church gathering be about?

Nathan nailed it: So here’s what I think the church gathering should be about, because I think the church gathering should reflect what unites the church who are gathered, and the church that has gathered and will gather since Jesus, and until he returns. Jesus. Jesus, the God who created the world made flesh. Made human. So that we can know God. Jesus, the son […]

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InternationalWorship ( 国際礼拝) April – songs & sermon

April is really getting away from me – Endproben will do that to you – and I nearly forgot this month’s post-IW post! We had a guest preacher on the 6th of April: Pastor Tanabe, who has been pastoring Japanese churches in Germany for about 20 years. Here’s Pastor Tanabe’s Sermon (it’s in Japanese and English). His wife did this kids song. Here are the […]

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We’re in!

I just received an exciting email from our Pastor letting us know that at the members’ meeting last night, we were (‘gladly’ and ‘unanimously’) voted into membership of the FeG Karlsruhe. The mission of FeG (Free Evangelical Congregation) Karlsruhe is (my translation): Commissioned in the power, and for the glory of God, we want people alienated from God to know Jesus Christ,  and as a […]

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Getting older

I realised the other day that this is the first time I’ve been part of a church and not been (or felt) a part of the ‘young people’. I turn 30 this year, and I have a proper job. It’s not that I feel old (although the church is only 20 years old, and so has a distinct lack of elderly folks, lowering the average […]

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