Mentoring


“A mentor important in mastery. Literally, physically observe and absorb their energy and spirit. You are not just watching them, you are experiencing them inside yourself. It is a very powerful way of learning. It’s an emotional relationship with someone...

Singing more Hymns than Psalms?


Singing Hymns and Psalms When churches add more hymns to their ‘repertoire’, often the assurance is given that more hymns will not replace the Psalms. Yet, practically this does not work out. Going to church as a teenager, I remember...

What do you know about church?


I am impressed by how much people know about their sports clubs (here in Canada: ice hockey). Every club is different, but a person’s favorite club is untouchable in their eyes. – They know the rules, – have memorized the players and...

Church Musician Mandate


I received my first appointment as (amateur) church organist in a small reformed church in Baarn, the Netherlands (80 members), when I was 15 years old (still learning). The consistory provided me with a document in which they outlined what...

Church as a Social Club…


Look at this picture of a church. It is a work of art by Laurens Kolks en Dennis Lohuis. A wonderful building on the outside, but it is hollow from the inside. We see the shape of a church, but...