Better Together

The Journey of Collaboration

2 comments Written on August 8th, 2014     
Filed under: Better Together, Leadership, Local Church, Order of Worship, Scripture, Worship Planning

By Randall Wilkens

collaborationI remember the first time I heard someone talk about the concept of collaborative worship planning. It was about 10 years ago in Chicago at one of those Worship Connections we used to have. If someone had

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Lament

3 comments Written on March 21st, 2014     
Filed under: Better Together, Dangerous Worship, Music

by Chris Logan

There are times of joy in a spiritual family, times when we are excited for one another’s celebrations, for one another’s new beginnings, for one another’s blessings. Hugs, smiles, and laughter come with great ease.

But there

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Writing Together

1 Comment » Written on February 14th, 2014     
Filed under: Better Together, Music, NPTS, Songwriting

by Andrew Thompson

The songs we sing in worship shape our worship. Our theology. Our mission. Our understanding and God and ourselves. Songs matter. That’s partially why, as worship leaders and pastors well know, our churches sometimes fight over songs.

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Midwinter 2014: Points of Connection for Worship Pastors, Leaders and Artists

Post a Comment » Written on January 24th, 2014     
Filed under: Better Together, Midwinter
by Matt Nightingale

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It’s that time of year again. This year will be my thirteenth Midwinter Conference, and I always look forward to the experience. The worship, the teaching, the workshops, even the

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Happy New Year

2 comments Written on January 1st, 2014     
Filed under: Better Together
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by Chris Logan

A new year, new opportunities. It’s our culture’s custom this time of year to celebrate the opportunity for transformation and redemption. Whether its been a really rough year or a fantastic year, this can be a chance

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Hope for Weary Worship Pastors

1 Comment » Written on December 9th, 2013     
Filed under: Advent, Better Together, Church Year
Matthew 11.28 - wearyby Matt Nightingale

It’s that time of year. In the Better Together forum, it’s not uncommon to read posts and comments that sound something like these:

  • “I am overwhelmed.”
  • “Our choir is really struggling and our concert is this Sunday!”

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I Was Wounded During Worship

2 comments Written on November 1st, 2013     
Filed under: Better Together, Devotional, Events, Formation, Health, Spiritual Direction, Stories


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by Lisa Eastman

I was wounded during worship.

It happened during the last song of the last set at Triennial XIV down in San Diego this last August. I was

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Creatively Creating Culture

Post a Comment » Written on September 20th, 2013     
Filed under: Better Together, Culture, Local Church
Today’s post is written by Jessica Perez, Worship and Creative Arts Director at Crossroads Church in Loveland, CO.

What is the culture like on your team? Are you frustrated by it? Happy with it? Proud of it? I read a

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Making Plans

Today’s post is written by Geoff Twigg, Adjunct Professor at North Park University in Chicago. Geoff is a pastor, singer/songwriter, worship leader and ministry consultant, and serves the ECC as a member of the denomination’s Commission on Worship.

The ECC’s

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Put your hand on the knob…

4 comments Written on June 23rd, 2013     
Filed under: Better Together, Vocation and Call
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Today’s post is written by Jo Anne Taylor, Worship Pastor at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN.

Several years ago, a wise mentor gave me some advice about discerning God’s call. He said, “when you see a door that looks

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