Daniel Lyle's Blog (35)

Takeover The World With Planning Center Online

First there was fire, then came the wheel, then came Planning Center Online!  
Planning Center Online (PCO) is a cloud based software application for planning your worship services and administrating your worship ministry. PCO is an indispensable tool for worship leaders of churches of any size.  PCO will streamline your work flow and boost your productivity. You can even use it to take over the world!  Okay, I might be over selling it with that whole takeover the…

Added by Daniel Lyle on February 1, 2012 at 3:28am — No Comments

Defining Corporate Worship

Corporate worship... We all do it...  But do you know why we do it?  Why go to church on Sunday mornings when you could just sit at home in your PJs watching your favorite televangelist? In their excellent book, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, pastor …


Added by Daniel Lyle on January 30, 2012 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Driscoll Asks Some Hard-hitting Questions About Our Worship

In his book, Doctrine: What Ever Christian Should Believe, Mark Driscoll draws six observations about worship out of Hebrews 13:15-17.

15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16Do not neglect to do good…

Added by Daniel Lyle on January 19, 2012 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Good Thoughts: Bob Kauflin’s 20 year rule

How do we judge the success of our church's worship ministry? Maybe we judge it by our worship leader who maintains a presently manicured faux-hawk (yes I am aware of the irony) and waxes eloquently about having an all consuming passion for Jesus. Maybe we judge it by our worship band who always plays the hottest new songs "just like the CD's." Maybe we judge it by the genre of music our church triumphs. Maybe as worship leaders we judge success by the number of people who come up to us…


Added by Daniel Lyle on January 16, 2012 at 10:57pm — No Comments

The CCLI Top 100 As A Benchmark For Quality

Just the other day I read a post by Bob Kauflin, What Goes On at a Sovereign Grace Songwriting Retreat?  As I was skimming through the commets I came across the following comment...

"I’d be interested to hear about your success rate. How many of the songs produced by…

Added by Daniel Lyle on January 9, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

More Stuff From WorshipGod11

I attended Sovereign Grace Music's, WorshipGod11conference this past Aug.  SMG has post the audio and notes for the 40+ seminars and messages online.  Bob Kauflin, Director of SGM, has…


Added by Daniel Lyle on January 4, 2012 at 2:47am — No Comments

Four Tips For Managing Criticism In Your Worship Ministry

Music is pretty core to worship and lets face it, music can be pretty divisive.  So for a worship leader criticism is just part of the job.  How you deal with that criticism can have a big impact on your personal job satisfaction.  Here are four tips for managing criticism in your worship ministry.

  1. Listen to all criticisms: It's very easy to take positive feedback.  It's equally easy to dismis negative feedback. But just because feedback is negative dosen't…

Added by Daniel Lyle on January 2, 2012 at 4:21am — 2 Comments

Selecting Songs For Worship

How Should We Pick Songs To Sing In Church?

Mark Altrogge pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA, has written an excellent article, …


Added by Daniel Lyle on December 31, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

6 1/5 Tips For Making Good Comments When You're Leading Worship

I love to make comments as a worship leader.  Comments present great opportunities to draw people's attention out of the world and into the Word.  But if comments are not well formed and stated they can be distracting and have the opposite of the intended effect.  Here are a few tips that I have learned about making good comments in worship.

1. If you have nothing to say then say nothing.

Nothing is more distracting during a worship service then a worship leader who is…


Added by Daniel Lyle on December 31, 2011 at 3:00am — 12 Comments

Good Thoughts: Greg Scheer draws the line in the dust for modern worship leaders...

I just recently attend Sovereign Grace Music's Worship God 11 conference.  Besides the headful of new information I brought back I also brought back a pile of new books. The first book that I am delving into is The Art of Worship: A Musician's Guide to Leading Modern Worship by… Continue

Added by Daniel Lyle on August 24, 2011 at 12:26am — No Comments

Top 10 Moments from Worship God 2011 (from my perspective)

Last week I was at Covenant Life Church for Sovereign Grace's bi-annual Worship God conference. This was an excellent time of spiritual renewal through preaching and worship. It was also an excellent time of learning through a number of practically… Continue

Added by Daniel Lyle on August 19, 2011 at 11:49pm — No Comments

Temporal Creatures About An Eternal Business

24 I say, "O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days, Your years are throughout all generations.

25 "Of old You founded the earth,

And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

26 "Even they will perish, but You endure;

And all of them will wear out like a garment;

Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.

27 "But You are the same,


Added by Daniel Lyle on July 29, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Of Worship Leaders And Karaoke Singers

A worship leader dose far more then make pithy comments and lead people in singing familiar songs... That's what karaoke singers do. Worship leaders lead the flock into the deep wellspring of the Spirit and the lush vegetation of the Word.

Added by Daniel Lyle on July 29, 2011 at 2:36am — 9 Comments

False VS. False

Nothing frustrates me more then false dichotomies concerning worship. Here are a some that I find especially frustrating...

..."Hymns are full of rich theological content." VS. "Contemporary songs are trite and repetitive."

..."Contemporary music is emotionally engaging." VS. "Hymns are dry and stuffy."

..."Hymns are singable." VS. "Contemporary songs are difficult to sing."

..."Contemporary songs are culturally relevant." VS. "Hymns are unable to…

Added by Daniel Lyle on July 25, 2011 at 1:24am — No Comments

How Thomas Aquinas defines a hymn

“Hymnus est laus Dei cum cantico; canticum autem exultatio mentis de aeternis habita, prorumpens in vocem.”

Translation: “A hymn is the praise of God with song; a song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.”

-Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)

Added by Daniel Lyle on July 23, 2011 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Is worship really for an "audience of one"?

We all know that pop-terms to describe the church and matters of the church come and go...  Maybe the most popular being, "WWJD".  Another term related specifically to the subject of worship is "Audience of One".  The basic idea behind the term, "Audience of One", is that our worship is to be solely directed to God and no one else.  However, I have recently been thinking through the implications of this statement and feel as though I have some ground to challenge it's…


Added by Daniel Lyle on July 15, 2011 at 11:44pm — 4 Comments

I need your help creating a survey...

Hey WTR family,  I could use some help... 

In an attempt to stay engaged with our church congregation/culture I am developing an online survey that will give people in the congregation an opportunity to offer feedback on our church's Sunday morning worship service.  I could use your help coming up with good questions that would serve to provide us with the best information.


Here are a few basics to consider as you help me brainstorm:

-By "worship service" I mean…


Added by Daniel Lyle on March 28, 2011 at 8:25pm — 5 Comments

I Lost My Voice...

I lost my voice last Friday morning and I have yet to find it. As you can assume this has been a frustrating experience... There are a number of projects that I was suppose to sing on this week which I was not able to participate in. And my lack of singing ability has also impeded the planning process for a special worship service that I will be leading in a few weeks. As I said… Continue

Added by Daniel Lyle on December 28, 2010 at 2:55pm — No Comments

"Do we really need all this crap?": A year later

Some of you might be familiar with the thread that I started last year entitled "Do we really need all this crap?" I wanted to bring the thread to the forefront of WTR because I believe it has generated a lot of good discussion about a subject that behooves every church musician to consider. I.e. What do we really need to worship God.

The disscusiton has generated many exelent comments by WTR members and I encourage you to read through each of them. I have included my…


Added by Daniel Lyle on December 14, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

I don’t want to be “that guy”…

If you have yet to see the “Sunday’s Coming” video (not the classic message by Tony Campolo) you should check it out. […


Added by Daniel Lyle on June 23, 2010 at 3:41pm — No Comments

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