How To “Go Ye” When Your Audience Is The Church

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You’ve written a mission statement reflecting your calling. Your vision statement clearly reflects that calling to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” But week after week, gig after gig your audience is composed of church folks who […]

Entertainer or Minister?

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I’ve worked with many Christian artists, bands, worship leaders, and others in “faith-based” performing arts over the past 30 years. The demands on these folks comes from all sides: the church, the music industry, family, business partners, investors, etc. So many times finding the right balance in defining whether it’s ministry or business or entertainment […]

What I Wish (Indie) Musicians Understood

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I’ve been working with recording “artists” and musicians most of my adult life. For the past 11 years exclusively I’ve been either managing or developing (or both) artists and bands in the USA and around the world. Since the music industry is going through a major paradigm shift (mainly thanks to digital downloads) it’s always interesting […]

How to Get a Manager and Not Get Ripped Off

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I’ve heard many hard-luck stories from artists who had bad experiences with managers. Yet many times the bad experiences were precipitated by a misunderstanding of “who does what” and why. That’s why the writer of the following submitted this to the blog of an industry website popular among “indie” artists and bands: You first need […]

Modern-Day Worship – Some Thoughts

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When did CCM (contemporary Christian music) songs from Billboard’s Top 30 charts become substitutes for intimate worship songs in our services? It seems the more relevant local churches try to become to their neighborhoods and members, the more compromise we find in the one area most people identify with: the music. Anymore there’s no continuity […]

The Holiness of God

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How many times have you been in a church service where the pastor or staff person said from the stage “let’s give it up for God” or some similar exhortation? It’s as though every time someone takes the stage they feel compelled to ask for a “clap offering” from the congregation before they can speak […]

Is It Just Another “Gig” or Are You Building Something That Lasts?

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Every so often I’m asked “what can I do to get local churches to allow me to hold a concert in their facility?” I answer that question WITH a question: what are you giving back? In other words, of what benefit will it be to that local expression of the Body of Christ if you come in […]