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Get a SIGNED copy of The Six Hats of the Worship Leader!
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Are you trapped in fear by all the noise? Here's a confession and some hope.
Old stories such as “Hansel and Gretel”  and “Little Red Riding Hood” were meant to put fear into children. Lessons such as Aesop’s “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” were likely to prevent a child from basically ringing the fire alarm for fun. Fear is a motivator. It works. Fear of losing your job can be leveraged to keep you and your coworkers from offering legitimate grievances and used in turn to add hours and workload without additional co...
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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!!
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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FIVE WAYS the CLOUD Empowers Volunteers! ‪#‎churchtech‬ ‪#‎media‬ ‪#‎church‬ ‪#‎production‬ ‪#‎worship‬
I have enjoyed being part of worship and music ministry in the local church since the days I used to develop Kodak Kodolith slides projected over a cyclorama curtain. The changing colors and the sharp, crisp slides were all in analog, including the spelling errors! The Saturday night ritual of developing in my darkroom-closet was quickly terminated upon the purchase of our church’s first digital projector. Then, the horrors of PowerPoin...
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How we worship matters. Do we still value true musicianship today?
From the first note to the last, what is played musically in church matters. Music is one of the historically prominent and powerful vehicles for our Christian worship–today as well as in the past. Whether the worship is expressed on a Fender strat or sung by a choir in full robes the music matters. Like the beams of a building need competent engineering, the execution of our music leadership requires skill. You can compensate all you...
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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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Blogger, Worship Leader, Free Lance Content Creator
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    Worship Leader, Blogger, present
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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.
Bragging rights
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