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To Give Them Songs For Sighing

It is a vital part of music ministry to give our congregations songs that allow us to express our sadness. And we imitate Christ, who suffered-with, when we do so.

6 Tips for Writing Songs With Friends

6 Tips for Writing Songs with Friends By Ryan MaikeCollaboration.  It can be terrifying.  You sit down with someone you barely know and you both prop empty notebooks on your knees.  Now what?  Maybe what happens next is an outpouring of the most powerful worship song...

A Global Network of Friends

A Global Network of Friends By Ryan Maike I felt honored and out of place, and at the same time I felt like I was meant to be there. We were gathering united in Jerusalem for one reason: proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Almost 2,000 delegates from 50 different...

Every Person Has a Song. Every Song Has a Purpose

Every Person Has A Song. Every Song Has a Purpose. By Justin Clifton Every person has a song. Song writers often have a lot of anxiety when it comes to writing songs, especially for the church. We get in a mentality that it's imperative to write the next big song, or...

Best Songwriting Practices

Best Songwriting Practices By Ryan Flanigan This article was first published on "Sing! The Center for Congregational Song" The most sensitive musical instrument is the human soul. The next is the human voice. One must purify the soul until it begins to sound. A...

A Healing Retreat

A Healing Retreat Richard's StoryDAY ONE This was my first songwriting retreat. I had come with an open mind and heart to see what I might learn and develop with my own songwriting. After preliminary introductions with other writers, prayers of request for Holy Spirit...

Search My Heart – A Song Story

Search My Heart A Song Story by Ryan Maike Amidst the bustle of synod preparation, the air was sweet with the sounds of new songs. It seemed the church hallways carried a different melodic tune every time the draft changed directions.  I was standing, guitar in hand,...

United, Not Uniform

United, Not Uniform A UA Retreat Story by Arend Jessurun On a weekend in January, I had the privilege to attend my first United Adoration songwriting retreat in Mountain View, CA, nestled in Silicon Valley. I haven’t had a worship experience quite like this before, in...

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