The Difference Between an Artist and a Worship Leader

Pursuing our gifting and living in to that giving is important on our journey of life and faith. No matter what that gifting might be, there is always a balance to be found. This article speaks to the balance between being an artist and being a worship leader.  

http://www.davidsantistevan.com/artist-worship-leader/ 

As you explore your gifting, what do you have to balance?

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Youth Ministry Summer To-Do List

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I don’t know about you, but it’s been my experience that ministry is very seasonal.  There’s always something going on and something to prepare for, but some stretches of time are just naturally more busy than others. With that understanding, there are things that we should be doing this season that help set us up for success for the season that is ahead.   

The writer of this article lays out some things that she does every summer to prepare for the next year’s youth ministry. While not all of these will apply in every context, hopefully her list will help you think ahead to what you need to do this summer to prepare for the next season. 

https://stuffyoucanuse.org/9-things-i-do-every-summer/ 

Protecting Your Sabbath

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A leader in a church was recently telling me of how his regular sabbath away from ministry work each week had been interrupted for the past 4 weeks. Whether it was the important work of visiting someone in the hospital, preparing for a ministry event, or dealing with an emergency, each interruption left this leader feeling even more wiped out. 

In our world of instant connection and information overload, it’s really important that we take the time we need to rest and refresh. Taking the time to rest requires us to be extremely intentional.  The writer of this article gives 7 ways that he intentionally protects his sabbath times.  

http://ronedmondson.com/2015/07/7-ways-i-protect-my-sabbath.html 

Fighting the Myths of Leading Worship in Smaller Churches

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Let’s face it, most of the people and groups that influence how we lead worship look very different than ours. It’s easy for us to think that worship only looks like this or only looks like that.  This article works through three of the myths that leaders of smaller churches might deal with when leading worship.  

 https://www.worshipteamcoach.com/blog/2012/04/24/three-worship-myths-that-frustrate-smaller-churches