The Problem with Last-Minute Easter Rehearsals

Yesterday, I received an email from a church musician who was clearly frustrated and concerned, and he was desperate for some advice. He said his worship leader chronically waits until the last minute to start worship team practice for major holidays like Christmas and Easter. They'd only rehearsed and read over one song for Easter before

When Pastor “Requests” a Certain Song

RE-POST: Here was one of our popular posts of 2013... Got this question from a worship leader the other day about his pastor's song request versus God's leading him. Would you have advised this person differently? --Dwayne My pastor had requested for us to do a song this past week. I had it on my

Unique Easter Service Order

Here's our service order for this Easter. It's simple yet unique--especially the "rumor" dramatic effect at the beginning. (Bet you've never seen this done in a service before!) Substitute songs for songs that work best for your congregation. EASTER SERVICE 2012 The Station Church 1. Video about Easter (from Sermon Spice) as a call to

Mini-musical Drama for Palm Sunday

A Palm Sunday Mini-musical & Dramatic Presentation for Choir & Narrator Written by Dwayne Moore Cast: Choir, narrator, 3 brief speaking parts for choir members, Jesus (no speaking parts) Run-time: approx. 30 minutes Props/costumes needed: palm branches, simple rock or backdrop for the Garden of Gethsemane scene, costumes for some choir members and for Jesus,

Rick Warren on Leadership in Worship

This is the final post of my series from Rick Warren's teaching during our Worship Influencers' Retreat. (See Rick Warren on Worship Leaders for more details and explanation.) Rick Warren on Leadership in Worship When you tell them to sing louder, you're cheerleading them. That's not leading. When we sing with passion, that's what's contagious.

Rick Warren on Context of Worship (4 Things We’ll Do In Heaven)

This is the 4th post in my on-going series from Rick Warren's teaching at our Worship Influencers' Retreat. (See Rick Warren on Worship Leading for more details and explanation.)   Rick Warren on the context of worship: Why are we here? Why did he put us here? Life is preparation for eternity. This is pre-school

Rick Warren on Personal Prayer Before a Worship Service

This is the third post in my series on Rick Warren's teaching during our Worship Influencers' Retreat at Saddleback's Rancho Capistrano. (See Rick Warren on Worship Leading for more details and explanation.) ~Dwayne Rick Warren on Personal Preparations Before a Worship Service: While I'm in my car, I start smiling. It releases endorphines that really

Rick Warren on Training Worship Leaders

Rick Warren and Dwayne Moore   This is the second post in my series from Rick Warren's teaching at Rancho Capistrano during our Worship Influencers' Retreat. (See Rick Warren on Worship Leading for more details and explanation.) ~Dwayne   Rick Warren on Training Worship Leaders: 1. Teach them to worship, not lead worship. Music is

Creative Order of Worship to Teach Personal Praise

This order is different than anything I’ve seen before. (In fact, in my 30+ years of planning and leading worship, I have never seen or heard of this approach.) But I can testify that this simple but deliberately planned time of spontenaity helped teach our people a valuable lesson about personal worship and praise. Our pastor, Randy Norris, and the worship planning team at

Dramatic Responsive Reading for July 4th Service

Here is a powerful dramatic and responsive reading that works great for a Fourth of July Celebration Service. It  is excerpted from the House of Representatives Resolution 397 (1ST SESSION).   It highlights in chronological order many evidences of how the United States of America was founded on God and why therefore it should continue to be