Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Idol Night

A few of us from Seacoast got together last night with Chris and his wife Sarah to watch him on American Idol. We had a blast watching his life change in a span of a few minutes.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Idol Recap

For those of you who are dropping in on this blog because of a google search for Chris Sligh, feel free to stick around and check things out! :)

Chris was indeed featured tonight on the Birmingham edition of American Idol. What you saw on the show is who Chris is - a very funny guy with an amazing voice. I am so proud of him and I am very excited to see what God has for his future. The world is finding out what we've known at Seacoast Greenville for the past 2 years. :)

Rock on Chris!!!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

American Idol

If you are a Seacoaster, and you watched American Idol tonight to the very end, then you caught a glimpse of someone very familiar in the preview for next week's show. He was referred to as "found new talent in Birmingham". That's right, our worship leader Chris Sligh will be on American Idol next Tuesday night. I have not talked about it very much because there are confidentiality concerns with something this big, but I think it is safe to say that you will want to watch Idol next week.

If you want to catch a preview, then come to Seacoast Greenville this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00! :)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

3rd Service

This Sunday will be the official kickoff for our 3rd service in downtown Greenville at The Carpenter's Cellar. If you would have told me a year ago that we would have 3 services and 1 of them was going to be off-site, I would have signed you up for a urine test. This is going to be a crazy year that only God could dream up! If you want to have some fun and be a part of dangerous church, join us at 12:00 this Sunday at 123 S. Main St.

The guys at - Craig Groeschel & Bobby Gruenewald - have started a blog. This will be a must-read blog. NOBODY is getting it done for the Kingdom like these guys.

Read it here!

Rent A Worship Band

Gary had a good post about their decision to not pay musicians for their worship band. You can read it here. I am torn on the issue and have gone back and forth for the past several years at Seacoast. I think ultimately, it comes down to each Pastor's preference and what God tells him to do.

There is, however, one trend in church plants that kind of bothers me right now . It seems to be the thing to hire an entire band to come in and do your music until hopefully, you can raise up your own people. I understand this from the excellence stand point, but I have a couple of problems with it:

1. I feel that worship music should be something that comes out of the life of your church. It's always pretty obvious if the guys on stage are not sold out on the vision. Worship should be an overflow of what God is doing in that community.

2. Transitioning to your own people will be rough - at best. A tight touring band is going to be hard to follow for awhile. I would much prefer to have guys that are sold out to the church - grow together as a team from the start. That doesn't mean that the music won't be excellent from the beginning, but there is a chemistry that has to mature with a worship team. Leading people into worship is not your typical gig.

Just my thoughts.