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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 14, 2013 at 10:59 am |

    As usual, Hugh, and I hope it’s OK to bestow great praise on a fellow writer,this is probably the solid core stuff every church musician should understand! Contemporary? Traditional? Makes no difference…this is the stuff!

    1. Hugh Ballou
      Hugh Ballou January 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm |

      Doug, Thanks for your kind words. I developed these strategies because the strategies in use were no longer working and hadn’t worked for some time. These are working for many churches and they are improving new skills with this paradigm shift. Blessings, Hugh

  2. John Finkelde
    John Finkelde January 15, 2013 at 7:28 am |

    We used to call our special all-in gathering of leaders, leader’s meetings until we realised a lot of people don’t see themselves as leaders, didn’t want to be leaders & thus gave these meetings a miss. We switched to calling our people volunteers because it’s an easily recognisable label in Australia & secondly we didn’t want a word like leader being a barrier to people serving. I think the same goes for ministers. People in our culture think ministers are pastors who preach, lead, counsel etc etc. People would opt out on serving because of their thinking “I’m not a minister” It’s not a word I would use broadly even though the concepts are of course appropriate.

    1. Hugh Ballou
      Hugh Ballou January 16, 2013 at 2:08 am |

      John, Thanks for sharing this piece if history. Words are liberating and words are confining. A paradigm shift often goes with a word change. It’s helpful to have this perspective. Hugh Ballou