Underestimate

What it will cost you

I love a come from behind, underdog kind of movie. Don’t you? Rudy had heart. Braveheart had William Wallace. Lieutenant Dan, Bubba, and Jenny all had Forrest Gump. Who do you have? One of my best friends in life is an estimator for a national construction company. If he underestimates a job, the company comes […]

Self Talk

We are our own worst critic. We tend to judge ourselves more harshly than even the haters and Youtube comment trolls. Especially as artists and musicians, we are tough on ourselves. This morning, I was walking into our parish picnic¬†(It’s the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity) to setup a sound system for announcements and […]

Nobody’s Got Time For That

Time Do you have a minute? Got a quick second? Time is money! Time, Talent, and Treasure… Time and music ministry. Let’s talk about it… For the last couple of months, my kids have been in full swing with marching band and club soccer. The impact of time on our family schedule has been substantial. […]

The Way We’ve Always Done It…

“But that’s the way we’ve always done it…”   That phrase makes me nauseated. Allow me to translate the phrase “But that’s the way we’ve always done it” Choose any of the following… “I’m too scared to do anything different.” “I don’t know how to do anything different.” I’m too lazy to do anything different.” […]

It Is Our Policy

Stores have a return policy, the government has a public and foreign policy, and Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory has an often quoted policy known as the “Roommate Agreement”. Today I want to unpack the most dreaded and spiritedly debated policy of them all…the ministry “attendance” policy. No other policy has caused […]

Out Of Memory

Last week at my parish, we hosted the Gospel of John Live Performance by Brad Sherrill. It was a well attended event, and Brad’s performance was outstanding. The link to Brad’s website is HERE. As the music ministry teams gathered this weekend for practice, everyone was sharing their thought’s about the performance. The one common […]

Teens In Music Ministry

Teenagers in music ministry? This is a widely debated topic amongst music directors and liturgists. Most often, the answer to the opening question is a resonant “No”. Overall, I have found that the music community in most parishes is closed to teenagers. I think this is unhealthy, and actually opposes what the mission of the […]

When it absolutely, positively has to get there…

Anyone remember this?   I am sitting on my couch, hanging out with my wife, and working in my laptop on ProPresenter Lyrics. You see, tomorrow morning, my parish is hosting the Peachtree City Ecumenical Good Friday Service. It’s Thursday night (after playing Holy Thursday Mass), and that means our favorite shows are on, so […]