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Remember, get what you can when you can on the Internet - you never know when a great, free video or song link might vanish. Some of these links may have expired.


LINKS & NEWS 03.10.09

Free MP3 from Mandissa "My Deliverer"

Free Worship song "Listening" from Candian Worship leader Dan Macauly - Also has free chord charts to the song

Two free worship songs from Sovereign Grace with sheet music

Free Sheet Music for the "Compassion Hymn"

Free Flying Through Clouds Video Background - Just look below the video for the link.

Free Purple Spin Video Loop from Igniter Media

Free Maximizing Easter Report

Free "Naked Church" PDF format of the book

Free Powerpoint Backgrounds for Church

Church gives free gas to first timers

Church Opens to Serve Credit Crunch Lunch

Editor of "Fireproof" has a new movie "The One Lamb" free to pastors to view on March 17th

Fewer Americans say they are Christian

Church Pastor Shot while preaching





LINKS & NEWS 03.03.09

Exclusive discount! One of my favorite video compaines, OrganicVideos.com, is offering WorshipMax subscribers a special 10% discount! Use code organ1c

Free Worship chart for Michael W. Smith's "A New Hallelujah"

Free Worship Song from Brett Younker "Love Love"

Free song by B. Reith "Go On"

Free 10 Names of Jesus for Easter Printable Chart

Free Worship Video Loop "God is Love"

Free Worship Backgrounds as well as some Chord Charts and songs

Free Worship MP3 cds from Calvary Chapel

Free live Worship CD from Phil Whickman- Singalong Just requires a sign-up to receive the e-mail to the download link

Free Worship songs with mp3s, charts and video lessons from C3Worship

Free Worship Songs

Church deacon, soccer coach, father -- bank robbery suspect. Greenville, SC on CNN

Focus on the Family's James Dobson steps down



LINKS & NEWS 02.24.09

Great worship leadership posts for worship leaders. How to teach your congregation to worship and more.

3 Free Sheet Music Songs from Brenton Brown:

Adoration - Great song for Easter.
Download audio
Video of how to play this song from Brenton Brown himself

Our God Saves

Wonderful
Watch and learn it from Brenton Brown Here

Soul-Audio features songs they promote and it's a free legal download of several songs. Here is a list of the current songs and downloads.

Free Worship Video backgrounds. Requires free registration.

Free Storyline Content including, Series graphics, videos, and video backgrounds. All from the National Youth Workers Convention 2007

Also have their 2008 Conference content avaible free here

The Top 10 Most/Least Religious States

Chris Tomlin again leads Dove nominees

Rick Warren wants Christians to defeat the 'scarcity mentality'

Man commits suicide at Crystal Cathedral



LINKS & NEWS 02.17.09

Learn Steve Fee's "All Because Of Jesus" from Steve Fee

Free Sheet Music for Sarah Reeves, "Sweet Sweet Sound"

Free Sheet Music for Chris Tomlins "Praise The Father, Praise The Son"

Several Free Worship songs with Sheet Music downloadable in PDF format.

Free Worship Songs from Tom Lascoe

Free Royalty Free Worship songs for Congregation and for Choir

Free Cross With Sun Rays Worship Background Video

Free SD or HD Clip from 12inchdesign.com

Free Themes from Worshipgraphics.com

Continuing freebies each week from OrganicVideos.com!

Free Song from Shaun Groves - Kingdom Coming

Medium-sized church crisis

Fair Use and Your Church: Part 1

Suggestions from the Consumer-Driven Church: Redux

Top 100 Leadership Blogs



LINKS & NEWS 02.10.09

Adoration Worshipware, easy worship presentation software. Combine full motion video, song lyrics and performance track worship music.

WorshipHim Worship Presentation Software

Home Group Overhead. Displays on your computer screen one line at a time. Comes with 300 hymns and 2 Vineyard Worship Songs

ArmyBarmy. Free worship songs from the salvation army and other artists like The War Room. Scroll down, some songs also have chord charts with the free mp3s.

Wordless Worship. 31 free MP3s of David Delgados piano worship songs

Free Worship songs and Charts from Rob Krabbe

Several free worship songs and several that are great for Easter.

Billy Graham responds to a question about miracles

Holocaust-denying bishop loses court battle

Obama revamps faith-based office



LINKS 02.03.09

1 free worship video loop and worship background from ChristianCollages

Free Creek Loop Worship Background February download from Sermonspice

11 Free Worship Songs and Charts from David Delgado

Free Animusic Countdown from Mediashout.com

Organic Videos, one of my favorite media websites, is giving away a free video every week!

Televangelism empire in chaos over family split

Church adopts Hooters, both adopt Hurricane Ike victims

Churchgoers turn the other cheek in the boxing ring



LINKS 01.27.09

6 Free Worship Video Loops From Worshiphousemedia!

Free still backgrounds

Coupon for free video download from BlueFish.tv. This is a great website with inexpensive videos!

Free Chart for David Crowders "Wholly Yours"

Free Worship Chart from Worshiptogether.com for Leelands "May Our Praise"

"Enter This Temple" Leeland Sheet Music

"Adoration" Brenton Brown Sheet Music

Free Audio Book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

Pretty much all of John Pipers books for free online from him

New, free song from Whole Hearted Worship

Nice: 3 big video footage files:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/njzby3zoxsg/RW_footage_001.mpg

http://www.mediafire.com/file/zln4ntf9xxc/RW_footage_002.mpg

http://www.mediafire.com/file/dmjwqdgite2/RW_footage_003.mpg

Free still backgrounds

NEWS 01.27.09

Faith Typically Part of Every Super Bowl

Barna: Survey Reveals Americans’ Feelings about Wicca



LINKS 01.20.09

Red texture video background from SermonVideos.com

Free prayer video

Free PowerPoint video tutorial

Free Worship Song "Just As The Angels" with Chord Chart. Requires Free Registration | instructional video

Share Your Worship Set List

World Wide Worship Community. Provides a community and Bible study "Pure Praise" to get folks more connected with Christ to lead better worship.

Behindworship.com Great resource site for things such as using loops in worship, font alignment, background tutorials and more.

Drive-in for a free Webinar with Andy Stanley

SET LISTS: I'm thinking of starting to list set lists of large churches. What do you think? Here are 2. Let me know if you like set lists.

NewSpring Church

This Little Light Of Mine
You Deserve [This Is Our God version] 6pm only
Mighty to Save [Kristian Stanfill version]
You Hold Me Now [Hillsong]
This Is Our God [Hillsong] 6pm only
Go Tell It [Lee McDerment]

Brookwood Church

Beautiful News
Today Is the Day
Sing
Hosana [Starfield]
Take My Life [Tomlin]

NEWS 01.20.09

Is your worship team addicted to the spotlight?

Church adopts Hooters

An Unlikely Gay-Straight Alliance

Popcorn in the Pews - Movie theaters are the new churches. Some congregations plan to stay.



LINKS 01.13.09

A bunch of freebies, free backgrounds, music, etc.

ShapingWorship.com: resource for sharing original worship music

Exclusive discount: PraiseVocals.com is offering WorshipMax subscribers a 10% discount off their subscription price. Once you finish the registration process you'll go to a checkout page where you'll need to enter the code WMPV1108. On this page, click the link "WorshipMax Subscribers CLICK HERE to JOIN."

Download A Free Video Piano Lesson "Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord" Matt Redman

CCLI TV has free praise guitar lessons. Features artists like Chris Tomlin, Chris Sligh, etc. teaching you how to play their songs

British Worship Song writers provide free worship songs with mp3s and charts. You have to create a free account to download the charts.sources

Free Worship Song with Chord Chart/Lead Sheet/MP3 of "Because Of Your Tender Mercy"

Free HD clip from Artbeats

NEWS 01.13.09

New York Times: Who Would Jesus Smack Down. An article about Mars Hill Pastor, Mark Driscoll.

View from a Southern Baptist

Barna: Christianity Is No Longer Americans’ Default Faith



LINKS 01.06.09

Worshipsong.com: Tons of user-submitted Worship Songs and most of them also include lead/chord charts (this is not the same as worshipsongs.com!)

Free motion background

Wonderful Cross Background motion background

beautiful night sky motion background

Cool textures for still backgrounds: paper | wood | rusty

Affordable Tech Training online. Has courses on things like After Effects, Adobe, Flash, Wordpress all for $25 a month

PollEverywhere. Do a free text message poll during service. Use it for message questions or even a Choose Your Worship Songs poll.

Dataopedia.com is a website that helps track your website's performance. Type in your church website address and see what comes up.

Sermon Browser Wordpress Theme: Great tool to upload searchable sermon series on wordpress

Get text subscribers and create groups all in WordPress. Send out text alerts all in wordpress.

Optimize your DVD sermons for iPhones/iPods.

Why You Should Use Youtube for Your Video

NEWS 01.06.09

Billy Graham: Young people can find the right path

What Parents Want In A Church

Pat Robertson's predictions!

'Facebook Pastor' takes crusade to the Internet



LINKS 12.29.08

This week we profile several free online storage websites. Use them to distribute MP3s and chord charts to your music team, store powerpoint files and anything else you can think of!

4shared.com: 5 gig of free space!

Microsoft Office Live Workspace: Save your documents to the Web—for free!

Dropboks.com - I really like this one. Very easy and web 2.0.

Openomy.com: Store your files online. Share them securely with friends. Embed them in web pages. Use them with other applications.

NEWS 12.29.08

If you have a webcam, visit ChurchStaffBreakroom.com!

Obama's choice of Rick Warren to lead prayer dismays Hollywood liberals

Top Ten Leadership Mistakes by Tony Morgan



LINKS 12.23.08

Free Christmas "Joy" background - really nice

Christmas song: Josh Wilson "Sing" Sheet Music - This is a really catchy song - I played it a few weeks ago in church with Christian artist Matthew West. Watch this online, it's the first song right after the missionary testimony.

Steve Fee's "All Creation Sing(Joy To The World)" We just did this last week at Newspring Church... loved it!

Chris Tomlin "Glory in the Highest" Sheet Music

Free Sheet Music for David Crowders "Never Let Go" - This week only

Sheet Music- Crowders "The Glory of it All"

O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing- Sheet Music

Free/ Name your price albums from indie artists and worship cds like Derek Webb, Soujourn and others.

NEWS 12.23.08

Haggard still struggles with his sexuality, says he is 'a loser'

Woman Says Church Threatening To Make Sins Public

Cincinnati police: equipment failure cause of performer's fatal fall at church pageant



LINKS 12.16.08

Free Christmas album with chords from Sojourn Music

Free Christmas worship song from Casey Darnell. He also has chord charts to all of his songs on his site.

Video chat with tons of folks at once. Great for a video conference.

Free Content for Series with Graphics, video loops, countdowns, presenter slides and more. Amazingly high quality free content!



LINKS 12.09.08

Free Christmas Song

Snow moving background

Free Christmas video from SermonVideos.com

Beautiful, free snow landscape video loop from Igniter!

Free Christmas Worship Song with Lead Sheets and Parts

Free Worship Song with mixes and Lead sheets - Patrick won in my worship song contest a few years ago.

Free 10 Minute Vocal Warmup Mp3

Ending on the 4 chord: A really simple way to dip your toe into free worship is to end a song on the 4 chord.

Free cross video background from SermonSpice.com

NEWS 12.09.08

Leading Ideas: Why Churches Get Stuck

Megachurch Misinformation: Mega or missional? The stats say both are doing well.

SUVs at altar, Detroit church prays for a bailout



LINKS 12.02.08

It's here: Christmas Freebies 2008! Our exclusive list of Christmas downloads!

10 Free Christmas Video Loops

Free Christmas MP3s

The link above references a free Christmas Carol lyric and sheet music download: TheCaroler.com

Free Worship Video Loop - 1 of the suggested songs is "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"

Free Worship Song "Blessed Assurance"

Download a free worship album from Forerunner Music

NEWS 12.02.08

Barna: Churches Stand to Lose Several Billion Dollars in Lost Donations Due to Economic Downturn

Keeping Christmas Simple by John Chisum

More church drama in Florida...

Christian-Themed 'Guitar Hero' Clone



LINKS 11.25.08

Awesome Is the Lord Most High
> Link to the teaching video for “Awesome is the Lord Most High.”
>Download a free MP3 and chord chart at GreatWorshipSongs.com!

Free charts for a new Christmas song by Laura Story, courtesy of GreatWorshipSongs.com! She wrote Indescribable.

chart
guitar chart
Buy an mp3 at iTunes

“The Cost” Free Christmas Worship Devotional.
24 Day Devotional Leading Up To Christmas

Paul Baloche has a free chart for his Christmas Offerring song, scroll down the page...

Daily Freebie Starting December 1st at WorshipHouseMedia!

Free Video “Jessie Garren”
“This video can be used to display hope and determination as well as strong faith and how to handle adversity.”

Top 3 Vocal Exercise Video By Brett Manning

SHHH!!!! I don't tell anybody, but here's an mp3 of the song I arranged for the new Jeremy Camp CD!!! Read more about it at my blog. Read about it and download it from Amazon via my newsletter page.

NEWS 11.25.08

The Vatican Forgives John Lennon for saying the Beatles were more popular than Jesus

Read about vocal coach Brett Manning at my blog

Obama skips church, heads to gym



LINKS 11.18.08

EXCELLENT new site - 19 free video backgrounds! Dont go to the individual pages, they wont work, go to main download pages.

Top 10 Sites to build your church website on for free.

Free Snow Video Background

Free Seasonal Videos: 2 Countdowns, 2 Worship Loops
Available for free until November 21, 2008- Get them Quick.

REALLY nice still Christmas images at CreativeMYK.com

Nice new Igniter video background!

NEWS 11.18.08

If you’ve been around churches for any time at all, chances are you’ve been a part of some inefficient, ineffective, and downright painful meetings.

Florida Pastor Cleans House: Fires SIX Staff Pastors

LifeChurch.tv iCampus Beta Test Today



LINKS 11.11.08

Free Modern Christmas Song "I Will Remember"
Free audio, video, print and presentation files.

Google Sketchup
Super easy stage layout design and printing software from google. I could use it without even watching the quick tutorial. We're using it at Brookwood Church for stage plotting/design.

Free song from Jars Of Clay and several other artists, with permissions

Nice! Free video: meditation on the Cross

3 free songs and ipod videos

PraiseTools.com provides worship leaders with a simple online database for managing all your worship music.

Free video from SermonSpice

Free stills/video from Graphics4Worship.com

Make a free church website!

NEWS 11.11.08

Baptist hymnody largely settles for two out of three in Trinity

What If Starbucks Used Church Marketing?



LINKS 11.04.08

The web is exploding with applications to make your church life easier:

DonorTools.com: online donor management for non profits

ChurchMetrics.com is a free web-based application that helps you keep tabs on attendance, giving, salvations, and baptisms at your church.

Google Apps equals super productivity for churches. And it's free!

Learn how this pastor used DropBox to share files with staff

Your online brain - Evernote - I take notes in church staff meetings on my iPhone and it's automatically synced up on the web and my desktop!

I use RememberTheMilk.com for my free to do list, and found it can work on my iPhone as well for $25 a year. They also have a free sidebar viewer for gmail!

other cool links this week:

AdventConsipacy.com: What if Christmas became a world-changing event again by turning our focus back to the birth of Christ?

Receive a free CD and website consultation from faithhighway.com

Weekly updated wonderful free stills from CreativeMYK.com

NEWS 11.04.08

New Study Reveals Internet Beats Out Print Yellow Pages For Local Customers

Simple Google Trick - Write a Blog -- Ministry and Business Marketing, Media and Strategy Blog

Eighth-Grade Boy Sent Home From School for Jesus Christ Halloween Costume

Google announces update to new Chrome browser. I'm rooting for this one!

I refuse to go to Starbucks because they don't have free wifi. Now I just might: AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi to iPhone Owners



LINKS 10.28.08

What Are Christians Known For? Free video from SermonSpice.

This Is Not This
Very creative video talking about how money is not God.
Steps to get this:
Create a free account
Go to the video
Download the first option that says “H264” which is a movie file of it.

New free worship song from WholeHeartedWorship.com

Download a free song from New Life worship

This website has decent chord charts for many worship songs

This site continues to amaze me with it's wonderful free still backgrounds, creativemyk.com

free sky images for powerpoint

NEWS 10.28.08

8 Hidden Gems Every Worship Leader Should Know

Obama Poised to Win and Make Significant Inroads with Christian Voters

American Spirituality Gives Way to Simplicity and the Desire to Make a Difference

Schuller's son removed from Crystal Cathedral's 'Hour of Power' preaching

Earliest reference describes Christ as 'magician'
Ancient early 1st Century pottery found by French Marine Arhaelogists, with what they believe the worlds first reference to Christ.

LOLZ Fusion Church's videos

Make your church site iPhone friendly



LINKS 10.21.08

Free election day videos from ImageVine.com

Sign up for the Digital Juice newsletter and download video freebies

Mad Church Disease is a lively, informative, and potentially life-saving resource for anyone in ministry—vocational or volunteer—who would like to understand, prevent, or treat the epidemic of burnout in churches. The book comes out in Feb but you can download a free chapter here.

Free powerpoint backgrounds

http://wallpaper4god.com/ - wallpapers, some can be used as backgrounds

NEWS 10.21.08

Famed pastor says there's a cure for Parkinson's

A Few Study Bibles Coming Out Later This Year

Rick Warren and his Hawaiian shirts

Do Christians Becoming Wimpy as Their Church Grows Larger?

Make your church site iPhone friendly

Stop Using Media (Part One)



LINKS 10.14.08

Super nice! 5 free motion backgrounds from WorshipHouseMedia!

Free video from SermonSpice.com

Free worship songs in Powerpoint - formatted in simple black and white, easy for you to apply your own formatting

Free teleseminar with Erwin McManus this Wednesday

Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the church, and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined and duly answered in Essential Church?, a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-selling Simple Church cowritten this time with his son, research expert Sam Rainer. FREE DOWNLOAD

NEWS 10.14.08

Four Questions to Keep Your Passion Thriving

TIME Magazine: Did the Prosperity Gospel Have Anything to do with the Economic Breakdown?

Mark Driscoll on Church Unity



LINKS 10.07.08

Free video from WorshipHouse about economy & faith

LifeChurch is starting a new free website, take a look

free countdown from SermonVideos

free still backgrounds from churchproductionresources.com

NEWS 10.07.08

Church on the Cheap

Megachurch Interview: Perry Noble

Creativity is the Key to Successful Church Marketing

What type of leader are you?

Creating An Online Ministry Plan

The Best Keyboard You've Ever Typed On



LINKS 09.30.08

Free background video from SermonSpice.com

Free Igniter background

PDF: Top 10 Tips for Terrific Video

As usual, more great stills at creativemyk.com

Free worship Bible study for a limited time! Pure Praise: A Heart-focused Bible Study on Worship! This study has been endorsed by Darlene Zschech (Hillsong), Mark Hall (Casting Crowns), Rick Muchow (Saddleback), Julie Reid (Worship Leader Magazine), and many more!

NEWS 09.30.08

Magazines pulled for controversial cover story about women pastors

33 Preachers Defy the IRS and Preach Politics



LINKS 09.23.08

Exclusive WorshipMax Backgrounds: New title slides for Come Now Is the Time to Worship

Today Is The Day: Download a free chord chart of "Today Is The Day," the title track of Lincoln Brewster's new album.

New video freebie from SermonVideos.com

New video background freebie at SermonSpice.com

NEWS 09.23.08

Barna: Evangelicals Go “Green” with Caution

New Chris Tomlin Album Draws, Inspires Praise

Half of Americans believe in angels



LINKS 09.16.08

WorshipMax exclusive. Download title slides for the song Mighty to Save. The slides come in both regular and hi-def versions, and will work in PowerPoint or any worship projection software. The slide comes in 3 versions: a title slide to show during the song introduction, a ghosted title slide you can use under the song lyrics and a blank slide that can also be used for the song lyrics if you don't like the ghosted slide. This link goes to a new section of the redesigned website - only the images on this page will download, the other links aren't working yet.

Free stock footage from ArtBeats

Online metronome

NEWS 09.16.08

Churches make the switch to high-end cameras for outreach

Kid-Level Ministry



LINKS 09.09.08

Free music to use as background music for videos, etc! This is really good stuff!!

Free mp3 and chart from wholeheartedworship.com

http://www.worshiptherock.com/ is a new website to connect worship leaders.

Free stock footage from revostock.com

Are you still using a church enewsletter?

Weekly creativeMYK.com still images. They seem to be adding new images every week and they're all great - I'll leave this link up every week!

New free video back from sermonvideos.com

2 free video animation from digital preserves

NEWS 09.09.08

Barna: How Americans View ‘Evangelical Voters'

Google came out with their own browser last week, called "Chrome." I almost recommended it, but am using it myself and it is slightly buggy - so wait until it gets out of beta.



LINKS 09.02.08

Top 5 Things to Know About Playing Keyboard or Piano in Worship

Free stock footage, time elapsed clouds

Free stock footage clips

Ryan Dahl at PraiseCharts.com told me about SamePageMusic.com, use promo code 4BA400. It's sheet music/monitor device for your band.

SongsOnPowerPoint.com special, Tuesday only. Use code bundle

New still backgrounds at CreativeMYK.com

Free Motion Background Loops

NEWS 09.02.08

Don't miss this: Hillsong Pastor Michael Guglielmucci on Today Tonight

Palin's religious affiliation

Churches seek to meld contemporary culture, traditional worship

Young Adults and Liberals Struggle with Morality

5 Kinds of Pastors



LINKS 08.26.08

WorshipMax exclusive: 2 free songs from GreatWorshipSongs.com, plus, win a free iPod shuffle! This contest is for WorshipMax subscribers only, and you'd be surprised how few people actually enter these contests, so your chances are VERY good for winning! A winner will be chosen on Sept. 8.

20 Newsletter Tips to Make Your eNewsletter Great

How often is your church website updated?

Top 90 church websites

Top 10 Pet Peeves About Worship Leaders

Updated free backgrounds at creativemyk.com

HitMeLater.com is a website that will email you reminders, whenever you want, for free!

Software: Tired of paying megabucks for Microsoft Office when all you need is a good, solid word processor? It's a PCWorld recommended download.

NEWS 08.26.08

Worship leader Laura Story (Indescribable) talks about her struggles with leading worship for a living.

The big news this week, if you haven't heard yet...

Notice "Healer" is #8 this week, was #3 last week. The song has shot up the CCLI charts. The song was written by a pastor in Australia who claimed to have cancer and was recorded on the latest Hillsong CD. It's been discovered that the whole cancer thing was faked. Read more. Pastor tells of porn addiction.

ANGRY Christians have condemned disgraced pastor Michael Guglielmucci's cancer hoax as the ultimate act of betrayal – and they want their money back.

Installation Spotlight: Lakewood Church, Houston

Don Moen buys MediaShout!!



LINKS 08.19.08

PDF: Audio Recording In Houses Of Worship

PDF: Interactive Worship Over IP

PDF: Ministry in 2018

PDF: Inside A Thriving Video Production Ministry

Free church marketing ideas

Northside Christian Church Creative Resources: free Photoshop graphics

Free administrative documents from North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) on church government, human resources, accounting, facilities, IT, and Web.

Free sermon series graphics, postcards, countdown videos, and message bumpers created by the college ministry of Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY)

NEWS 08.19.08

Omaha megachurch faces new scrutiny by state

Leadership in a Flattened World: By Sally Morgenthaler

10 Things Church Website Visitors Need to See

The Best Target Demographic Ever!

Motorcycle Crash In Church



LINKS 08.12.08

Nice free looping back at SermonSpice!

Free church websites

All kinds of freebies at CrazyChurch.com

Free Resources for Small Group Leaders

Church Website Design Tool: Assess and improve your website to reach outsiders

NEWS 08.12.08

This week at WorshipIdeas

More than mega: Meet the gigachurch: what a quote: "At Eagle Brook, the drill is plan, plan, plan, then rehearse, rehearse, rehearse - with the ultimate goal of making it all look spontaneous."

Rick Warren is on the cover of Time Magazine this week!

Is it acceptable for the church to use secular songs in a worship service?

How to Develop Personas in Ministry Outreach and Marketing

Shifting U.S. Demographics

Clover: websites for growing churches

The Dangers of Using Email

Did you know the venerable mag CCM is dead??? Is Christian Music dying?



LINKS 08.05.08

There is a plug-in for WordPress blogs that allows you to upload your sermons.

Download lead sheet / chord chart, watch a video on Chris Tomlin's popular new song Jesus Messiah

New download from WorshipHouseMedia.com

Free worship guitar lessons on video

EasiSlides is a FREE Song Projection Software designed for projecting lyrics and Bible texts, with a video projector, onto a large screen during Christian Worship.

NEWS 08.05.08

WorshipMediaPro has a special going on - a bunch of backgrounds

Ex-Googlers debut 'Cuil' way to search

NewSpring Church Rebranding Process Part 1: The Logo

Top Reasons for Church Attendance

Internet Campus “starter kit”

ROOV is an online community that connects like-minded individuals around their shared experiences and passions within their church and city.



LINKS 07.29.08

2 free countdowns from Meatloaf Media

Free video from SermonSpice

Article about new band Tenth Avenue North and a free mp3 download

Great tutorials:
Good to Great: Onscreen Lyrics and Notes | part two

NEWS 07.29.08

At nation's churches, guys are few in the pews

Rick Warren to host McCain-Obama forum

London Church Hangs On Amid Opposition



LINKS 07.21.08

Free backgrounds at WorshipSpot.com

More free backgrounds

Free PowerPoint template backgrounds

YouVersion Bible is now on the iPhone - free!

Super east blogging website: Uses for ministry: Pastor’s blog/updates, leadership journals, youth ministry website, church updates/announcements,

NEWS 07.21.08

What is Local SEO and Why It’s Important to Church Marketing?

God at Work Through the Internet in Africa

God is in the details at Minnesota's largest congregation.

Barna: Survey Reveals the Life Christians Desire



INKS 07.15.08

WorshipSwap.com - chord charts

software for worship leaders: chordchartwizard.com

songs, charts, videos at fortydaysofpraise.com

installing church sound

quick tips for sound guys


what makes a great church sound tech

NEWS 07.15.08

remember David Meece?

praise band in the park

kids in church



INKS 07.01.08

SUPER Link!! FreeCountdowns.net!

New free still from ImageVine.com

Kidology.org - equipping children's ministries

A whole bunch of nice free graphics from Evergreen Community

NEWS 07.01.08

Pastor: Haggard has left 'restoration program'

Members enjoy worship and, maybe, free gas

Young Baptist preachers chart vastly different courses

Some Folks Aren't Singing Church's Praises

Rick Warren: The Five Stages of Renewal in the Local Church



LINKS 06.24.08

SUPERLINK! Check out OpenResources.org for a bunch of ministry downloads.

Free video from TheWorkOfThePeople.com

Cool new Igniter countdown

PDF: Top 100 churches 2007

PDF: Top 100 fastest growing churches 2007

NEWS 06.24.08

Survey: More have dropped dogma for spirituality in U.S.

Dobson accuses Obama of `distorting' Bible

Using images legally in worship

Talking Jesus doll!

Top pastors discuss the One Prayer project (podcast)



LINKS 06.17.08

Free motion background from SermonVideos.com

Free still background and PowerPoint template from WorshipMediaPro

New freebies at FaithVisuals.com

Free video at SermonSpice.com

Geeks and God Podcasts!

BibleMap.org - see the places you read about in the Bible!

NEWS 06.17.08

Newsweek: Jerry Falwell's widow Macel remembers her husband in a new book, and wonders how the religious right is doing without him.

Is Standby Power Stealing Money from Your Church?

10 Theories on High Gas Prices and Church



LINKS 06.10.08

6 motion backgrounds at... freemotionbackgrounds.com!

Check out YouVersion.com - a cool new, free, online Bible

Free Father's Day still at SermonView.com

Free downloads from Northside Christian Church

NEWS 06.10.08

Hillsong United: "We are not rock stars"

Songs of Lament: An interview with Brian Doerksen



LINKS 06.03.08

40 Icebreakers for small groups - FREE eBook

Free video download from SermonSpice.com

New free downloads at graphics4worship.com

How to become a scheduling wizard. Learn how to use a new free website to schedule ministries.

Free Webinar: 7 Hidden Reasons Why Volunteers Quit

NEWS 06.03.08

I can hardly wait until this comes out: Miraculous Direct Note Access can completely change music

Barna Technology Study: Social Networking, Online Entertainment and Church Podcasts

Leader says Southern Baptists must change

10 Things To Consider Before Your Church Hires Another Staff Member



LINKS 05.27.08

New WorshipMax discount! Worship author Tom Kraeuter has created a new website called WorshipMinistryDevotions.com. You get a new devotional you can use with your worship team emailed to you each week. Use the code worshipideas and get 30% off the subscription!

Get messages to your worship team! Use the free website PhoneEvite.com to send up to 25 free automated phone messages (more if you pay.) Use it to call your praise team about rehearsals, remind them about daylight savings time, etc!

Unfortunately too late, I just found two nice Memorial Day graphics... download them for next year. SermonView.com and Armed Forces Day

Edit your worship graphics online at SplashUp.com

WorshipHouseMedia's monthly freebie is controversial!

NEWS 05.27.08

Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter dies in 'terrible accident' at home

Pricey fill-ups mean empty pews

Autistic boy banned from church

Barna Technology Study: Social Networking, Online Entertainment and Church Podcasts



LINKS 05.20.08

SUPER freebies!!!! creativemk.com is one of the nicest church freebie websites I've seen - lots of quality backgrounds and other worship graphics for your bulletin, etc.

A bunch of free media downloads from Southeast Christian Church - backgrounds, countdowns...

Patriotic backgrounds for Memorial Day at FreeWorshipBackgrounds

NEWS 05.20.08

Top Reasons for Church Staff Terminations. Lifeway reports that more than 1,300 pastors were fired in 2005!

Is an Additional Worship Service in Your Future?

Service Interruptions: What to do when emergencies and outbursts bring your worship service to a halt.



LINKS 05.13.08

Free countdown video from Sermon Videos

Free video from Sermonspice.com

A bunch of nice, free still backgrounds from Destiny Community Church

Free web seminar: 7 Hidden Reasons Why Volunteers Quit.

Take this test: which Bible version is right for you?

Free worship video background at MinistryTech.net

NEWS 05.13.08

Gospel Legend Dottie Rambo Killed in Tour Bus Accident

Jack Hayford: How God Evaluates Worship: free download

Making Sense Of Worship: 14 Tips For Church Planters

Switchfoot performs May 13 on the Tonight Show

Is Church Marketing Evil?

Barna: Research Examines the Faith of Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses



LINKS 05.06.08

TheWorkOfThePeople.com has a Mother's Day video - and they tell me they haven't seen anyone from WorshipMax use their freebie code. So if you need a Mother's Day video for this Sunday, check out theirs, and use the WorshipMax freebie code FREEBIE to get it FREE!

Free resources from NewSpring Church (click "buy" - it's still free)

Free video "Graduate Recognition" from WorshipHouseMedia

Free video from SermonSpice.com

Free still background at ImageVine.com

New, free video background at MotionWorship.com

Previous Mother's Day freebies:

Free Mother's Day still backgrounds from MidnightOil

Free Mother's Day countdown from WorshipFilms.com

NEWS 05.06.08

The Hermeneutics Quiz: How do you interpret and apply Scripture?

Barna: 65% of Churches Have a Big Screen, Up Just 3% from 2005



LINKS 04.29.08

WOW! There have been some really great freebie links lately. Here's one of the best I've seen in awhile, thanks to WorshipMax subscriber Brian Beasley (who gets free months here at WorshipMax for the link.) TONS of stills, countdowns, video backs... WOW:

http://www.muddyrivermedia.org/


Free Evangelistic Countdown

Free eBook "Facebook for Pastors" THEN scroll down and get another free eBook "25 Free Ministry Marketing Tools that You Can Use Right Now"

Here's a special deal from iStockPhoto for churches


NEWS 04.29.08

Barna: New Research Describes Use of Technology in Churches

Churches embrace video worship music

Dove Awards results

Watch Chris Sligh and other Idols on the Dove Awards



LINKS 04.22.08

Free Mother's Day still backgrounds from MidnightOil

Free Mother's Day countdown from WorshipFilms.com

WOW A whole bunch of REALLY NICE, classy still backgrounds at Flickr! I love these!!

Free sketch video from Eleven72.com

Read my new freebie PDF at the NEW WorshipIdeas.com: The Three Biggest Mistakes In Contemporary Worship. I got rid of the login. Links to the freebies are now in the newsletter itself. You can also get the freebies by signing up again (or unsubscribe yourself, then resubscribe,) then you'll be redirected to the download links. Incidentally, I'm doing a big push to redesign several of my websites this year. Next will be WorshipFlow, then I have a nice design ready for WorshipMax.

NEWS 04.22.08

SCOOP! You won't hear this ANYWHERE so don't tell anybody! Chris Sligh (my American Idol buddy) has heard that Nigel (American Idol's Englishman producer) got saved and that could be a reason why they did "Shout To The Lord" on the show! Chris told me that Nigel's son became a Christian last year and Nigel was so mad that he fired his own son from the show. Nigel also asked Chris at one point "why do believe this Christian stuff" and Chris told him. Chris also says he won't believe it until he talks to Nigel himself, so I'm looking forward to hearing the full story when Chris is on the finale in a few weeks.

Simple Church book review

Bursting the Christian Bubble

Willow Creek is dropping their midweek service

I've made the big time LOL!!! I was quoted last week in USAToday in an article about religious teaching on your iPod.

Ever wonder how mega-churches choose their band members? Steve Fee from Northpoint has posted an example of how they choose their band members.



LINKS 04.15.08

WOW, big link! Free backgrounds, coundowns & video backgrounds from BuildingWorship.com. Requires registration. A ton of stuff here - I also like their service order guides.

Free PowerPoint worship backgrounds

Free Mp3 from Integrity Music

Free Mp3 from Matt Maher at WorshipTogether.com

NEWS 04.15.08

American Idol caused quite a stir last week when the contestants sang "Shout to the Lord." My friend Tracy Winborne at CBN News says her phone has been ringing off the hook about it.

American Idol Finalist Speaks Out On Shout To The Lord

Hillsong Reacts to Idol's Shout to the Lord

7 Ways We Keep Church Hoppers From Staying

Worship wars are nothing new. Read "Practical Hymnology" from 1921 where the author rails agains the Gospel songs of the day. Start on page 56.

Robot guitar tunes itself!

Barna: New Study Shows Trends in Tithing and Donating

Article about Catholic worship leader Matt Maher, who is at #16 this week.

Chris Sligh is #17 this week on Billboard's Christian Charts! You can read about this worship leader's American Idol journey at my blog. Last year we were sitting in church after the praise set and I said to him "do you own ChrisSligh.com?" He said no, so we went to the church office between services and bought it at GoDaddy.com! Now, a year later, I'm typing it in on the right side of this page LOL!



LINKS 04.08.08

Lots of still backgrounds from Church Production Resources

Free Prayer quotes countdown

Free Bible trivia countdown from Sermonspice.com

NEWS 04.08.08

PC or Mac?

Hillary: I've felt 'presence' of Holy Spirit

Chris Sligh's song is # 20 this week at Billboard!

Easter story reborn with advent of new worship forms



LINKS 04.01.08

Pretty new background video loop from Igniter

ImageVine.com is offering a bunch of free image backgrounds!

New freebies at WorshipPhotos.com

Resources for church planting

Mark Driscoll (Mars Hill) Why we use video

How Loud is Too Loud

NEWS 04.01.08

Is PowerPoint Fading?

This is really amazing!!! A few of the big churches are getting together to do a series of messages. You can take part, too.

Barna: New Marriage and Divorce Statistics Released

Police Call Church Music 'Disorderly'

LINKS 03.25.08

Free powerpoint background from WorshipZing.com

Free Scripture backgrounds for projection from HeartLight.org

Free song background from SongsOnPowerpoint.com

Cool worship leader ideas podcasts! Plus...

... free worship order building system... from WorshipLeaderInsights

Catalyst Podcasts! [Andy Stanley] The current one is with Seth Godin, marketing guru

NEWS 03.25.08

Really good: Has the 'notion of sin' been lost? from USAToday

WorshipTeam.com: From the people who created WorshipMusic.com, the #1 online destination for worship music, comes this new website that will help worship leaders organize and manage their ministries. One cool feature that you won't see anywhere else: legal chord charts and audio for popular praise songs like Blessed Be Your Name, Come Now Is The Time To Worship, Here I Am To Worship, How Great Is Our God and many others.

Vocal Training: This guy in Nashville, Brett Manning, is a vocal coach. The thing I like about him is that he teaches POP singing. It does no good to have praise team vocalists take from ANY local vocal teachers, in my opinion - they'll just learn to sing opera!!!! He's taught people like Keith Urban and Mark Kibble (Take 6.) I took UK worship leader Tim Light up to have a lesson about 2 years ago and had a blast. Brett even worked on me a little bit. I was really impressed. I bought his "Singing Success" vocal program at my last church and we all went through it. I gained a full step higher in my range. I am NOT a singer and after going through it I felt halfway decent about leading worship vocally (from feeling completely, utterly inadequate!) Check this out!!! It might help solve some operatic vocal problems in your praise team. Plus, he's got a discount going until the end of March!

Are you, or do you know of, a worship leader who has recorded their own songs? Here's a website that offers affordable mastering. Mastering is the process that gives a song the crispness and punch you hear on professional CDs. Adam is Chris Sligh's guitarist and mixed and mastered Chris's independent CD last year that was distributed in Best Buys, Circuit City, etc all over North America. You can hear before/after examples at the link and it's interesting to hear the comparisons. You can also hear a snippet of "Beautiful" - a synth orchestration I did on a lark for one of Chris's songs and he ended up putting it on the album as an instrumental interlude.



LINKS 03.18.08

4 free Easter still background sets

Free Easter loop from WorshipHouseMedia

Free Easter background from Radiate

Free "Glory of the Universe" background loop - great for the song "God of Wonders"

This website has music notes for PowerPoint - they have a few freebies

Ongoing exclusive Easter freebie: Graphics4Worship.com offers these Easter images to WorshipMax subscribers! 4 background stills, 4 motion backs. You have to register for free to get them.

NEWS 03.18.08

Barna: Americans Identify Their Most Important Relationships

Complicated formula makes for early Easter



LINKS 03.11.08

Great for Palm Sunday! Free palm branch video loop background!

Free background video from eleven72.com

Using DADGAD tuning in Praise and Worship music

Here I am to worship - piano lesson

Free Easter sheet music from WorshipTogether.com

NEWS 03.11.08

Barna: New Statistics on Church Attendance and Avoidance

The passion of the Rices, a literary mother-son team. This is an interesting USAToday article about Anne Rice, author of Interview With A Vampire, who returned to Christianity a few years ago.

Revoicing the Hymns: A conversation with Don Hustad

Congregation worships after fire

Conference speaker Steve Bowersox has some vocal training DVDs



LINKS 03.04.08

Guitar chord calculator

Free "bumper" video from WorshipHouseMedia

Freebie from Sermonspice.com: Follow the Cross

Freebie video from SermonVideos.com

Praise & worship tutorial video podcast - selecting songs - very good

NEWS 03.04.08

Setting the Bar Higher: Student Worship

Worship band Delirious?: Jon Thatcher, bass player

Old hymns are new again at Highland Park United Methodist Church

Larry Norman, 60, was Christian rock pioneer



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