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Mike’s Church Ministry Q & A

Below are some commonly asked questions and comments regarding inviting me (Mike) to your church. Feel free to click your question, or just read through them all! And, by all means, Click Here to Email Me if your question isn’t here yet.

What exactly is it that you DO?
What does your music sound like? (Will it be too loud?) 🙂
What age groups does your music best reach?
What kind of message or theme do you convey?
How much do you charge?
We’re such a small congregation/I have a small youth group…
How much of your music is original? How much will we be familiar with?
Is your program more like a concert, or a traditional worship service?
Would we need to supply sound equipment?
What is the BEST way to connect with you?

What exactly is it that you DO?

I offer a Christ-centered program with a unique blend of original music and interactive worship music (both original compositions and praise music you may be familiar with). I also share thoughts on my own personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and use scripture to encourage others in their walk with the Lord. These programs typically last about an hour, and can be designed for a Youth Group audience as well as a multi-generational family night program for your whole congregation. These programs are wonderful additions to any pot-luck, banquet, barbecue, church picnic, or Youth night!

I also make myself available to sing and lead worship at retreats – usually multi-church or combined youth group events (e.g. for regional gatherings). These may include a number of group singing times, as well as a program (see above) sometime throughout the course of the weekend.

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What does your music sound like? (Will it be too loud?) 🙂

The best way to explain is to let you listen! Click Here to open the music page in a new tab. Now, please understand, the recording is a full rock/pop band instrumentation. I’m currently touring with acoustic guitar, along with my friend Jess, who plays djembe, an African hand drum, so while it can still be quite energetic, fun, and passionate, it never gets “too loud.” We’ll control the mix. You may control the overall volume.

What age groups does your music best reach?

The music and message will appeal greatly to youth and families, as well as a multi-generational crowd. There will always be people who don’t like any sort of guitar music, especially at a church. On the other hand, I was given an electric guitar by a woman in her 80s who really enjoys my music. You know your congregations best. I encourage you again to listen to the music samples above, and see if the music and message style could fit your church’s personality. Give me a call if you have any questions.

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What kind of message or theme do you convey?

I enjoy encouraging people to strengthen their Relationship with God. I believe God is HERE. God made us, God loves us, God saves us through Jesus Christ. We get the opportunity to live under those Truths. We get to delight in, wrestle with, and ask questions about those Truths as we draw closer in our relationship to God. As Martin Luther liked to put it: “What does this Mean?”

I could talk about this stuff all day! If you would like to know more, or have a specific theme your church is conveying this season, I’d love to chat about this with you until we all feel comfortable. Feel free to email me or call me anytime.

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How much do you charge?

It all depends. (How’s that for an answer?) Let’s begin this way:

  • I truly feel God leading me to use the music to encourage and build God’s Kingdom, even if it means playing for free.
  • IMPORTANT: I never want to let money be the only obstacle in the way of an opportunity to serve you and your congregation/youth group.
  • The ministry does, however, need to be self supporting.

So…it all boils down to a few things:

  • How long do you want me to play? (A normal Youth Night or Family Night program lasts around an hour, but can be shortened or lengthened as needed.)
  • How far away will I have to travel? (I live in Tualatin, Oregon.)
  • May I offer CDs available for your members to purchase?

I’ve played in the area for many smaller youth groups’ Youth Nights for free. They didn’t have any money in the budget. Sometimes I sold enough CDs to cover my expenses. Sometimes I didn’t. Other churches and youth groups had money budgeted for an event, and gave me an honorarium. I have received anywhere from $50 to $250 for an event.

So I guess “It All Depends.” Let’s talk – even if it’s to request that I volunteer. Let’s build the Kingdom together. It will work out God’s way.

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We’re such a small congregation/I have a small youth group…

The number of people in attendance isn’t as important as the amount of work God plans to do in the hearts of the people there. This is gonna be fun. Smaller congregations: This may be a fantastic opportunity for outreach, OR for some intimate worship and Relationship building time for a smaller group. Youth Directors: Tell your youth to invite some friends and bring some Twinkies and Mountain Dew (or some other appropriate fun food and beverage), and we’ll have a great time!

How much of your music is original? How much will we be familiar with?

Most of the music I include in any given program is original. If the setting is conducive to corporate worship, I am more than happy to lead worship songs that are familiar to your congregation or youth group, as well as teach them some new songs of praise to God.

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Is your program more like a concert, or a traditional worship service?

There are elements of both. I encourage a lot of participation in some songs, and invite you to just listen to others. It really depends on what you want to get out of the program. If you expect a TON of visitors and guests, they may expect more of a concert feel (we may not wish to make people sing lots of songs they don’t know). And the reverse is true – if the purpose of the program is to build up your Body of Christ, singing songs of praise to God together is a wonderful Relationship building tool. As we design your particular program, we can figure all that out. I’m flexible.

Would we need to supply sound equipment?

In most cases, no. Jess and I are able to bring our own small sound equipment setup. We’d just need electricity. If you have a sound system in place, we may be able to use it instead. In some instances, we can play without any sound reinforcement. Just let me know.

What is the BEST way to connect with you?

Call me at 503.781.1053 or email me at [email protected] – whatever way you feel most comfortable. Be sure to include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Church name and city
  • Phone or email address – any way I can return your inquiry!

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I pray this answers a lot of questions you may have. Let’s get something set up soon!

In Christ,

-Mike