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Resources…just some thoughts

Music ministry in this age cannot be accomplished without a variety of resources. No one person has the ability to do all that a full-time ministry position requires without the aid of outside resources (if you are one of those people, please let me know how you do it!). So I thought I would share briefly as much as I can about what I use on a regular basis.

First and foremost, every music ministry should be – must be – concerned about copyrights. You can’t go buy one book at the Christian bookstore, then make copies for all the choir and the band…that is illegal! Do you really want to offer to God something that you broke the law to offer? Look at Romans 13, look at Jesus when he emptied the temple courts of the money changers…our offerings in worship must be pure.

With that disclaimer out of the way, the best resource for me and how I do what I do is to subscribe to CCLI’s (Christian Copyright Licensing Inc.) Song Select Premium Service. Not only does its fees or dues cover almost all of your copyright needs, but Song Select Premium gives you rights to thousands of song sheets, chord charts, lead sheets (melody and chords), and hymn sheets (four parts for choirs and praise teams). It also gives you the rights to print up to 200 of those (each above that is a minimal charge, but I’ve never even gotten close). You also get the right to copy those for your band, praise team, and choir. You can also set up other users on the same account. I find myself at CCLI’s Song Select at least once a week, if not more. CCLI also has a ton of helps like CCLI TV (a resource of videos teaching all sorts of things), Song Touch (a veritable iTunes-type store for Christian Music only – and background tracks too!), and other worship leader helps.

WordMusicNow.comhas been a great resource too. They have parts you can purchase and copy for your needs (read their rules though – choir sheets can only be copied legally 10 times – so if you need 30, you have to buy 3). We’ve been able to buy accompaniment parts, band charts, choir sheets, and wind instrument parts (trombone, trumpet, sax, flute etc.) for some of the most used songs out there (like Days of Elijah). It’s also a great resource for being a little different from what you’ve done before. Some of their arrangements of some songs are a little different than the mainstream.

I buy most of my adult and student choir selecetions from Brentwood-Benson publishers. I honestly hardly ever purchase directly from them though. We have an account with JW Pepper, so I can purchase there, they can ship out the next day (or sometimes that day), and send us a bill at the end of the month. This helps me get the stuff within 3 – 5 days on average.

I’ve just recently begun fooling around with the Lifeway Worship Project. I don’t know all it will do, but so far, it looks like the Southern Baptist Entity of Lifeway finally got something right in the music and worship world. Until now, they’ve been behind the curve, but here, in the Lifeway Worship Project, I think they are setting the pace and the standard to which all other companies will follow. You can buy individual parts (misplace a flute part, buy just the flute part). You can buy those for individual songs (before, if the flute part to hymn #275 went missing, you had to buy the whole book – now you can buy just the flute part for hymn #275). On a select few songs, they have what’s called Song Map – we normally do a few songs in our own way. Every time we pull it out, we have to go over which repeats we skip and the fact that we do the first four bars as an interlude after the first time through – stuff not written. With Song Map, I can go in and tell it Intro-Verse 1 – chorus – intro – verse 2 – chorus – bridge – chorus (the way we sing it) and then print out my parts for all my instruments in that format. Pretty sweet stuff. They also have a worship planning program so you can put in your songs, share it with your team, and print it out for others (they just started a new thing with more options – but it is subscription – and our church can’t afford it right now).

Those are just a few of my favorite and most used resources. I hope it gives you some ideas on how you can better do what you do in your church!

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Romans 12:1-2

Worship leaders know Romans 12:1-2. It is one of the best “worship is a lifestyle” verses you can find. It teaches us that worship is a sacrifice of our lives to God and His will and way.

“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)

I’ve been reading through Romans. When I got to chapter 12, I decided to read the notes for the whole chapter (you know, the really small fine print at the bottom of the page). The notes for verse 2 jumped out at me and I thought they would be good food for thought for you as well:

“The key to living a transformed life is cultivating a renewed mind. The Christian who is too lazy mentally to drink deeply from God’s revealed Word or to think courageously about the meaning of personal faith will tend to be shaped by institutionalized values and socially acceptable modes of thought (emphasis mine). The teacher may become the lazy person’s god. The teacher must remain an instrument through whom God can work to challenge learners to think, question, and change. The Christian must find God’s will personally and individually. No teacher can find God’s will for me. Spiritual transformation through learning is a continuing process, not a once-for-all accomplishment.”

What do you think about this?

Cardboard Testimonies

I know my posts have been fewer and farer betweener 🙂 and I apologize, but things aren’t allowing me to post as often as I’d like. Tell you more later, but in the mean time…

We just did the cardboard testimonies thing this past Sunday. Here’s a video of it!

A moment to breathe

Those of you who are music ministers/worship leaders…you know what I’m talking about here…but there are some days or weeks or events that just have you running all over the place.

I can’t say the past few weeks of no-blogging have that excuse attached, but I can give you a few reasons – new baby, putting in new floors in my house, trying to get ready for the Easter musical, etc, etc., etc…

Today for example…I’m (not-so) patiently waiting for a guest college choir to arrive. They’re here in concert tonight at 7. Dinner was scheduled at their request for 5. It’s now 4:30, and no choir yet.

So, in the meantime, I’m writing this blog to let you know I’m still alive and will shortly get back to blogging mucho more regularly.

Thank you for your patience. God bless.