I was once told by a friend that the measure of an artist is not his capacity to create, but rather his capacity to think. We artistic types like to say things like that. Then we can have what we perceive as a brilliant thought, pat ourselves on the back, and continue throughout our day thinking we are brilliant artists. But art is a bit more complicated than that. Art is not merely about thinking great thoughts, nor is it about creating large amounts of content. Great art is when brilliant thoughts are combined with exceptional content in such a way that the synthesis is something greater than its parts.

So, as an artist, the challenge to create art is extremely daunting. Somehow I have to combine words with music or paper to create something bigger than me. On every allusion and simile, on every chord progression, every melody and cadence, hangs the potential to be something timeless or something worthless.

Most of what is on this blog is worthless. This is my vain attempt to marry my thoughts with my actions and produce something of value through the only media I don’t completely suck at. However, my hope is that in spite of my feeble thoughts, God might be praised and you might be challenged.

I am a husband to my wonderful wife, Lauren, and the father of my incredible son, Kyler. I work as the worship pastor of Fellowship White Rock and am a theology student at Dallas Theological Seminary.

I am also a songwriter and writer/writer. You can contact me at codykimmel[at]gmail.com.


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Question of the Week: How Far Is Too Far With Worship Ministry?

There are usually two ends of the spectrum when it comes to worship ministry.

On the one hand, there are those who see the modern influences of technology, modern music, multi-media, and other production elements as extremely negative. I’m not just talking about the King James only, Retirement Community only churches of America. There are people of all ages and backgrounds, in churches all over who fear the modern shift in worship ministry. They go out of their way to avoid the modern eases.

On the other hand, there are those who embrace every aspect of the modern. They have multi-media presentations on the highest quality projectors money can buy. Their bands are made of all studio musicians and the light shows rival broadway.

As a worship pastor, sifting through what’s right and wrong with regard to method is important. I think anyone attending church, especially with any role of leadership needs to ultimately wrestle with this issue. What is the balance? Should we refrain from any modern influence for fear of going too far? Just because we can do something with regard to production and technology, should we?

How far is too far with worship ministry? In a recent article in Relevant, they asked ten worship leaders questions along these lines. Be sure and check it out as you work through this and weigh in below with your thoughts. Has worship ministry gone too far with technology and where is the balance?

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