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Rich Kirkpatrick
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A new essay about worship leading is out today on the blog. A new term is coined, too. ROCKSTAR-MONK. ;)
At least two extremes exists when describing the role of the worship leader. Today, we ask for rockstar-monks to lead us in worship. I have heard an influential leader say repeatedly at conferences, “Your role is more important than mine as the preacher.” Really? This made me feel important at the moment, but reality says something else. As a worship leader we prepare people to hear the word, lead them in prayers, but how is that more...
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How we worship matters. How about a discussion on "music style" that throws a wrench in conventional thinking? I dare you. ;)
We want to be relevant with our worship music and need to have spiritually vibrant worship. A church itself is described by many leaders by the musical “ style” offered. There is traditional, gospel, contemporary, and modern as some words to describe just a few of the menu options. Music itself appears to how we brand our worship. If we brand worship as a music style what message does this send? I may have bad news for those who would ...
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New on the blog today. #creativity   #innovation  
There are two types of creativity needed as humans. We have presented issues that need addressing and to be creative in this case mean people work to solve what needs to be solved.  After all, necessity is the mother of invention. Things that are “needed” get the resources, the cash, the spotlight. This is true in our spiritual leadership, as well. Culturally, we are locked into a love affair with making things “work” which is not ent...
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Real life is never lived in a straight line. In fact, it's the turns and bends that teach us about who we really are and reveal the Creator’s intervention. I confess that often I forge out straight into the gauntlet, hoping the speed of a dash in the right direction will get to the destination. I might fail as badly as Halo’s Master Chief would if he were to run--outnumbered and out gunned-- directly into the “zombie-fied” flood. Unli...
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My latest blog post. Merry Christmas!
There has been a lot of dialog in the Evangelical world in recent years about a war on Christmas. The cry was to say “Merry Christmas” in defiance to something like “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays.” Regardless of the words we use, the war on Christmas is fed from law suits to remove civic-sponsored Nativity Scenes and school prohibitions about mentioning the Jesus of Christmas. However problematic the external forces of our soc...
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New on the blog today!!
I will be periodically posting a series of essays this year: "How We Worship Matters: Essays on the Worship Battles We Should Fight." As human beings, we live in the physical world. Our spirituality is connected to this and there is nothing like the Incarnation to give us a picture of how this mystery exists. Jesus is fully God and fully human. What did Jesus display to us? Spirituality is housed in people, not in stone temples or in...
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Here is a short trailer about the book, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader. Get a glimpse into what dozens of 5 Star Amazon reviews and many others have been talking about.
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Something new on the blog brings a question of our motives in modern worship. Join the conversation.
We all need signs. Where am I? I love the arrows on maps that tell me exactly where I am and the context. Real life scares us because rarely are signs this clear. When it comes to faith, signs were sought by many of our Bible heroes. Whether I am praying and leaving out the fleece at night or putting my fingers into the holes in the hands of Christ, it is all the same. I need to see. Those that truly saw God like Isaiah wreathed in the ...
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A new post is up on the blog!
I was introduced to new terminology—trailing spouse. This is the marriage partner that is uprooted from his or her job when their spouse moves for work. They are the individuals whose job or career is secondary to the other’s and willingly break what in some cases may be very rewarding work and relationships.
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A very short shout out to all our friends and family we are missing this Thanksgiving. We love you!
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WRITER, BLOGGER, MUSICIAN, WORSHIP LEADER
Introduction
I can be called a writer, blogger, speaker, worship leader and musician. However, my pride is as a dad to two and being married to my best friend. I write at RKBlog.com (Rich Kirkpatrick's Blog) and for various publications both online and in print. I recently authoring and published a book titled, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader, written for pastors and church leaders.
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I married "up" and am proud of that fact.
Education
  • San Jose Christian College
    Bible and Theology, 1993
  • Phil Mattson School of Music
    Music Performance, 1986