by Vern Sanders
Even though the church choir has been under attack for a generation, Creator publisher Vern Sanders explores 4 reasons why choirs are still a critical part of worship ministry...
15076 Views 15 Comments 5 Shocking Truths About Director-Accompanists
Unexpected discoveries about the role of a director-accompanist...
12641 Views 20 Comments Funny How Time Slips Away
Vern Sanders examines the state of worship wars, and finds that while the battlefield is very bloody, there is hope for the future.
11281 Views 45 Comments Lessons from 40+ Years as a Choir Director
10 Important Lessons Learned from 40+ years as a Choir Director
8548 Views 0 Comments Think like a television producer
If you think like a TV producer you can make any worship service flow more smoothly
8162 Views 7 Comments Focus on the Ministry You are Really In
3 Ideas to improve the effectiveness of a ministry
7597 Views 1 Comments Conductors as Educators
Good teachers know this: Don’t lecture; offer experiences. We learn best by doing and while having fun. The choir rehearsal is just the place for this...
6938 Views 0 Comments Lessons from 40+ Years of Working with Pastors
7 Important Lessons Learned in 40+ years of working with Pastors
6783 Views 2 Comments Music-Ministry-Equal Pay: Pick Two?
Is a leader's service a simple choice of ministry versus equitable pay? This article contains tools to help a church and its leadership understand the implications of the choices.
6610 Views 0 Comments A Call for Better Music
Creator magazine publisher Vern Sanders issues a call to music publishers to provide better music for the church.
6064 Views 41 Comments 8 Questions to Answer as a Ministry Position Applicant
8 Important Questions to ask and answer as part of your application materials for a position in music/worship ministry.
6005 Views 0 Comments What Do You Do First with a New Choir?
"What do you work on first?" is mostly choir-specific, but many of the same principles apply to a worship team, handbell ensemble, or church orchestra. I'm sure that my system is not the only way, but it has worked (many times!) for me
5889 Views 6 Comments Readers Respond: Should There Be a Written Test?
A follow up to the article 8 Questions to Answer as a Ministry Position Applicant
5841 Views 0 Comments 4 Things to Transform an Underperforming Team
Vern Sanders explains the 4 things that need to be in place to transform an underperforming team
5822 Views 2 Comments 20 Lenten Ideas
A list of 20 ideas of things that a church musician and/or worship leader might do for others by giving something extra during Lent or at any time
5787 Views 0 Comments An Invitation to Silence
There comes a point where a healthy dose of silence is not just therapeutic, it is absolutely necessary to refocus...
5705 Views 1 Comments Revisiting the Church Musician's Salary Scale
For a variety of reasons, few church music or worship professionals are paid what they are worth. This article provides context, help, and resources for those professionals...
5679 Views 0 Comments Dramatizing Mendelssohn's Elijah
A report on a project taking a work like Elijah and without distracting from the definition of the masterful music, creating a production that has renewed meaning to every listener...
5651 Views 0 Comments Lessons from 25+ Years of Being a Music Publisher
5 Important Lessons learned from 25+ years of being a music publisher
5274 Views 0 Comments We Are Family
Creator magazine publisher provides words of encouragement to those serving in church music and worship ministry...
5173 Views 2 Comments A Service of Lessons and Music for Easter
A service of lessons and music (including specific titles) that would serve any church well during the Easter season
5074 Views 0 Comments Marking and Navigating the Musical Score
Details on a 7 step process for conductors to mark musical scores
5013 Views 0 Comments Lessons from 40+ Years of Being a Worship Leader
8 Important Lessons learned from 40+ Years as a Worship Leader
4814 Views 2 Comments It is just a Piece of Paper
Vern Sanders presents the case for why degrees matter and degrees don't matter for today's church musician and worship leader, and why the church needs to find a way to evaluate the competency of those who serve in these ministries.
4805 Views 17 Comments Tenebrae - Using a Large Work in a Worship Service
A Tenebrae service which includes a large work (the Rutter Requiem) that you might use, either in whole, or modified, as fits your local situation
4780 Views 0 Comments Holy Week in the Early Church
An in-depth description of Holy Week in the early church written by noted worship scholar Robert Webber
4640 Views 0 Comments Practical Lessons from an Easter Season
A number of practical musical lessons learned by members of a music ministry over one particular Easter season
4536 Views 1 Comments Blessing+Texting=Blexting
Bless + texting = Blexting. Blexting is the act of texting someone a blessing. The question becomes one of practicality: “Are both texting and blessing topics for worship renewal or is it merely secularized spiritual gimmickry?”
4198 Views 0 Comments Coming Out of the Dark
Creator magazine's publisher Vern Sanders considers the question: how do you recruit new members for your church choir from the community without stepping on the toes of other church music programs?
3803 Views 18 Comments Choir as a Team Sport
Vern Sanders explains how you can apply some of the same "best practices" of sports teams to your choir program
3497 Views 0 Comments End of the Decade Update
A look back at popular and useful examples of Monday Morning Email
3476 Views 0 Comments The Day After Christmas
A short poem written on behalf of all those who serve in the music/arts ministry of local churches
3320 Views 0 Comments Longevity, Adaptability, and Continuing Education
Vern Sanders explains why longevity, adaptability, and continuing education are of paramount importance to today's church musicians and worship leaders
3315 Views 2 Comments Creating Margins
Creating some space between yourself and your limits is a good thing
3177 Views 0 Comments Lead By Getting Out of the Way
These days, worship leaders are in front of a congregation so often that it can easily become matter-of-fact...routine. But in that moment as you wait to enter that holy space, whether for the first time or the thousandth time, you realize that you are expected to lead, and there is nothing more that you can do except get out of the way.
3068 Views 0 Comments Stand Up and Lift Up Your Heads
Vern Sanders reflects that there is something amazing about the power of corporate singing
2957 Views 14 Comments When You Wish Upon a Star
Wanting to be a "star" and being one is not just about wishing and hoping, or settling for a passing grade. Talent is one thing, but week after week you need to show up, and show you are a leader...
2908 Views 3 Comments Revisiting Mission Statements
Vern Sanders wonders when you last looked at your mission statement, and whether you have a leadership plan
2573 Views 0 Comments Finish Like A Pro
Vern Sanders points out that finishing well -- in music and in leadership -- is as important as starting well
2474 Views 5 Comments 22 Practical Music Ministry Tips
Fred Bock and Vern Sanders provide helpful information that every church musician and worship leader needs. These are practical things that aren't generally taught in schools...
2135 Views 8 Comments Cantate Domino Rehearsal Markings
Rehearsal markings for the choral piece Cantate Domino by Hans Leo Hassler
1971 Views 0 Comments What Are You Packing Around?
Vern Sanders talks about parachutes, memory, and imagination, and how all three have an impact on everyone's leadership style...
1672 Views 2 Comments 3 Reasons to Stop Buying Mediocre Music
Vern Sanders explains why the new performance practice repertoire is probably not being written for your church group
1577 Views 5 Comments Theology Can Be Reduced to 3 Songs
Vern Sanders talks about theology, the power of music, and the trinity of hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs
1287 Views 4 Comments Choir in Modern Worship: Flexibility, Poise & Passion - Q & A
Vern Sanders answers questions that were submitted before and during the July 10, 2012 Choir in Modern Worship MasterClass event
907 Views 0 Comments Top 10 Leadership Tips from a Worship Wars Survivor - Q & A
Vern Sanders answers questions that were submitted before and during the June 12, 2012, MasterClass Top 10 Leadership Tips from a Worship Wars Survivor
818 Views 0 Comments Creator Update
an update on the state of Creator
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