If you’re a Worship Leader or Worship type person I have a question for you. I really could use your input.
I’m in the process of dreaming alongside some people about a potential worship conference. It’s in the works and let me just say, IF THIS HAPPENS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT! Here’s the deal though, I desperately want your input on what would make a conference worth your time and what areas you would like to hear more about from Worship Leaders that you respect?
The questions to answer are the following:
1. What are subject matters and topics that would help you in your quest to be a better leader, pastor, songwriter, musician, etc…
2. Are there certain things that you feel like aren’t addressed at ‘other’ conferences that you wish some conference would speak too?
3. What would be a MAJOR reason that you would do ‘whatever it took’ to make sure you got to be at a conference as it relates to worship?
4. What’s the max you would pay for a 3-4 day conference?
5. How many people from your staff or team would you bring with you if it had the components you were looking to grow in?
Help me out…we really want your input and there are some REALLY great things in the talks right now. More later as things develop. Don’t forget to answer the questions. If you want just copy and paste the questions into a ‘comment’ box and answer right underneath each question. Thanks in advance for your input!
DISCLAIMER…there is a video at the bottom of this post that YOU HAVE TO WATCH. This post is a good read too!!
Today is Ash Wednesday and it’s been a great day so far. It’s been a full day of reflection, discussion and conversation about this mysterious God that I’ve put my life towards (ash on head and all!). It started by going to Ash Wednesday Mass at my dear friends Parish called Mt. Carmel in Tempe. The homily was confronting. The priest talked about how we are so afraid to be alone. He called us ‘cell phone junkies’ and called us out on the reality of how desperately afraid our culture is of being alone, even those of us in Christ. We don’t know how, we’re scared to, we’re resistant to, we’re afraid of and we fill our lives with so many things that keep us connected to people so that we won’t have to be alone. Introvert or Extrovert we all have ‘things’ that we do that keep even our minds occupied. I was confronted by the Holy Spirit in time of reflection, during church this morning, to prioritize more time to just soak in His presence and commune with Jesus. Is this just me or are you with me on this one?
My fast for lent is going to be from soda/coffee drinks. My resolve is that I will drink water only for 40 days. I’m excited about it because I actually will have to choose water in my day multiple times and it’s in those times that I just want to remember who is my true drink. Jesus. He’s the one I’m after and He’s the one I’m staking it all on! I want to know Him more and I’m thankful for a season of fasting that will lend itself to the gift of knowing Jesus more intimately. I’m amped to have an opportunity, throughout the rhythm of my day, to willingly choose something that will serve as a reminder of Jesus sacrifice for me, for us and for humanity. Thanks be to God (as they say in the Catholic Mass).
I returned back to our church campus here at Cornerstone just to run into beautiful tears. Our amazing Kenyan sister, Caroline, is living here in Chandler, AZ with our Pastor and his wife as she pursues her Masters degree at Arizona State University. What’s never been said very loudly is that Linn and Lisa Winters (our pastor and his wife) live one of the most generous lifestyles that I know. I could make a list of 10+ people (including myself) that they’ve take into there home in times of need and just to be a blessing. Caroline is next on that list of people that they have been gracious to as she lives with them now and for the past 4 weeks Linn and Lisa have been ‘just figuring it out’ with their 2 cars to make sure Caroline has transportation to get to ASU. Relentless giving. Very cool!
That being said, I came back to the church this morning and Caroline came in gasping for breath, filled with tears and, honestly, I couldn’t tell if something bad had happened or what. She then went on to explain what I then made her sit down with me to video record this very special day and what it means to her. So sit back for a minute and listen to this beautiful woman as she talks about a faithful God and tells a story of unique and profound blessing. PRAISE BE TO GOD!! Music courtesy of Robbie Seay Band – Hallelujah, God is Near and Matt Maher – Unwavering.
I’m curious…what would you be willing to give up during Lent?
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Grace Community Christian School
1200 E. Southern Ave.
Show starts @ 11am.
Opening for Sligh will be contemporary Christian
singer/songwriter Meredith Andrews, the well-
known local band Brayline, and the GCCS Chapel
Band, making this a full day of Christian music
artistry and fun for every one to enjoy.
Tickets are $15 dollars Pre-sale online or $20 at the door. Get your tickets at the following link. Show starts at 11am, It’s a daytime event… http://www.gccsaz.org/index.php
Also, if you email me firstname.lastname@example.org and send an email subject line ‘MEET AND GREET’. I’ll send you an email back for a ticket into the ‘meet and greet’ with Chris, Merdith and Brayline after the show. Who wouldn’t want to meet Chris Sligh, right? HA! You’ve got to email me soon though and I’d recommend you get your ticket(s) online and tell your friends about this opportunity. You have to have a ticket and the email I send you back to get into the Meet and Greet…
On Friday I had heard the news of Mark Lamberths motorcycle accident through Carlos Whittakers twitter. I was bummed to hear of such a young guy with such a young family fighting for his life. I got a call on Saturday morning from one of my awesome vocalists, Mandy Lamberth, to which she informed me that she wouldn’t be able to sing this Sunday because one of her family members had been in a bad motorcycle wreck. 2 and 2 came together and I realized this was the same story.
Anyways, I just wanted to encourage all of my readers to pray for the Lamberths and leave them a comment of encouragment if you can. I don’t know Mark or Angie, but, it’s in these moments that the outpouring of encouragement can help carry some of the weight. You can find out more on this story through a blog that the family is keeping up to the minute about what’s happening with him. In the meantime, pray for his wife Angie and their son Nolan. They really need God to do a miracle in his body and these are critical hours.
So back in August of 2007 we did a ‘sex’ series here at Cornerstone called ‘Bringing Sexy Back’. It was a blast. We just explored Gods heartbeat for sex in our lives and tried to take the silent issue in the church and bring it back to life. It was a powerful series in which we saw marriages healed, people with porn sites struck with the grace of God to the point of shutting down their lucartive business, sex addictions being confronted and dealt with and a whole list of other amazing God stories.
Anyways, I just found out about this little video today and all I could do was go, oh well. It’s, sadly, a bit humorous when people take things out of context and try to prove a point. This group of folks or individual sliced up some video of our Pastor and put in their commentary overlays to ‘call him out’. Pretty effective. Ha!
I just wish the Kingdom of God had some more peacemakers. I had a guy recently tell me to ‘STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR SOMETHING YOU SPINELESS CHRISTIANS’…this has been thrown at me before, but, it just simply isn’t the way of Jesus. What if we really could have adult conversations about how we approach topics like sex in the church. What would happen in the case that even if we did disagree we could still have the capacity to say things in a loving way. I know this is like the impossible dream, but, this video just reminded me that in or out of relationship with Jesus we will disagree. I just think we can do that with dignity. Anyways, with dignity, I think this video is a great example of how I disagree with taking things Pastors say WAAAAYY out of context.
Anyways, you just have to watch it. It’s pretty interesting (the commentary). What are your thoughts?
i’ve been asked to compile just a few statistics from those of you that read my blog.
The question is what Christian Bands/Artists would you most like to see in a very well produced live film recording? I need your top 5-10…trust me your input is important and think about it from a live show perspective and then sound off.
Here are mine:
1. Mute Math
3. Family Force Five
5. Hillsong United
6. Phil Wickham
8. Future of Forestry
10. Robbie Seay Band
Seriously, who wouldn’t want to see a full on film of these guys just going off? This is Darren the drummer of Mute Math doing his crazy thing -
A great day today! Golfing with a bunch of skaters, well, we golfed and they drove golf carts around and heckled us. It was a good time and a few of us from Cornerstone got the privillege of swinging the sticks to support these guys.
If you don’t know about their ministry…GET TO KNOW IT! If you have kids that skate make sure they know about them. These guys are studs and they are radically in love with Jesus. They’ve got one guy name, Brian Sumner, who is an internationally renown skater that is on the team. He road for Tony Hawk for the past 12 years. INCREDIBLE story of the rescue of God in his life. Here’s a video of Brian Sumner:
If you have a church – BOOK THEM – I promise you it will be a great event and students will get to see and meet these guys and they’ll speak about Jesus with intentionality.
Also, check out their new film called BURL FACTOR – it’s VERY WELL done.