Celebrating 20 years

Looking back over 20 years of service and ministry, it has been amazing to watch how Rockin With The Cross has been involved in music ministry in so many ways.   Rockin With The Cross has always been, and will always be, one of the leaders in aggregation and cataloging of Christian Chord charts and lyrics.  Currently RWTC is one of 2 sites on the web with the largest data base in the world for it.   As new music comes out – users, publishers and song writers compile music and our ability to house, build, and log that has been amazing.  As you may see we have been offline in the blog world for over 6 years retooling, redeveloping and rebuilding on the calling the Lord has put on us.  The last 20 years has taught us many things.

Some of the top lessons?

  1. When we started RWTC we were kids leading worship, charting the unknown of the web and just helping other worship leaders with music for their services.  The site was designed by worship leaders for worship leaders. In 1997 there were only 3 web sites like us on the web.
  2. As we grew so did our responsibility to make sure music “chord charts and lyrics” that had NEVER been made for web use could be gotten faster and better.
  3. New technologies would be adapted and brought on to maximize the ability to lead worship without too much pain.
  4. That Christ is honored through the diligence of the work.

So what’s been happening since 2012 when we stopped blogging?  WOW so much.

First, we are part of a group of owners that launched OnSong in April 2012.  OnSong is now one of the most widely used Apple Apps for all musicians in Apple.  It has been in the Top 5 most downloaded apps for musicians now 6 years in a row.  You can use RWTC’s aggregation inside the app and other third party aggregators.  You will still need performance licenses if you play in front of people. With the advent of OnSong we realized that Android users were not able to have many of the abilities we launched.  As we tried to build an Android app… the feats were a little daunting.  So for the last year as we developed our new look and layouts we decided to act for our Android users.  In December of 2017, RWTC launched its new look and new layout designs and added third party API.   This January, RWTC is launching the new online song display.  The “Song Display” is the beginning of our “app like” feel and will help all smartphone and smart-pad users have the same ability as our app users except in real time and online.    More to come on that in our next blog.  We did this to strengthen our primary focus – the ability for you the worship leader to lead worship more efficiently.

In January 2018, Worshipplanning.com launched with RWTC’s API.  We are very excited to be working closely with Tom and his team at Worshipplanning.com helping worship leaders plan and reach people for Christ.  If you are a worshipplanning.com user look in the global messaging for a gift from us to you 🙂  Per your ongoing requests – we will continue to approach third party presentation and software apps you are using to add RWTC’s API over the coming year.   Please let your Third Party Apps and software entities know you want them to partner with us.

What sets us apart from other sites?  

With over 300,000 songs and growing that is a huge reason that sets us apart from other sites.  Our files are TXT files in Chord Pro and real time TXT files.   Therefore, Apps and third party software can edit and move the music you import from RWTC the way you want.  Not like PDF files that pigeon hole you with high prices to access them.  Or sites boasting accurate songs yet have no depth.    You can transpose on the fly and not have to pay for 10 versions of the same song.  Now with the new update of the “Song Display” you will be able to do so much more than any other site on the web when it comes to playing the song.

Time is of the essence.  Would you rather be spending 20-30 hours a week planning your set list or picking out your songs or would you like to do that in a fraction of the time with RWTC?  We have been compiling the music since its beginning and through publishers, song writers and musicians it evolves.  Imagine a data base where 20 years ago – much like today- artists themselves don’t actually write out the music.  It takes times and effort to compile.   Many of you have benefited from this with free months when you help us behind the scenes archiving music you are using in your ministries.  You bless so many others.

In 2018 we have brought on incredible people to help us:

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Matt Cicconi  – Director of Marketing and Social Media

You may have seen Matt on Fox or CNN as HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s Presidential Campaign Digital Director in 2015 and 2016.   Before that, Matt served our country for 12 years in the Air Force, having been deployed to combat areas of Iraq and overseas in Guam.  So why Rocking With The Cross?

​As a Christ-follower, Matt believes politics is a tremendous platform to bring Christ to the forefront — but Matt doesn’t seek the limelight. Through much prayer with the leadership team, he knew The Lord was calling him into full-time ministry.  Even while joining our team he will be studying for his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at Westminster Theological Seminary.

His extensive knowledge of the web, music and digital interaction was a gift to us when he said “yes” to being a part of our leadership team.

​​Don’t worry, he’s not “all work and no play”, suit-wearing…you can usually catch a glimpse of him in casual clothes returning from a workout, rugby practice or sporting his Eagles hoodie.  Not to mention his love of guitars.

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Doug Gould – Worship MD – Director of Artist Relations for RWTC

Doug has been a veteran of the Pro Audio and Music Technology Industry for nearly 30 years, serving in management roles at Shure, Tascam and E-Mu Systems and also serves as a worship leader, musician and tech at various churches throughout his esteemed career.

You may have seen Doug over the last twelve years as he has been a very effective presenter at hundreds of worship conferences all over North America and beyond representing RWTC focusing his experience to consult and teach others.

​Doug will be working closely with song writers, artists and publishers as we increase our reach helping worship leaders and musicians reach people for Christ.

 

We pray for you all often and wish the Lord’s blessings on your ministries.

–Rockin With The Cross Staff

 

 

 

 

 

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March/April New Worship Music

New Worship Music

Summer 2012 – Android flavored OnSong app!

Just a quick teaser for those of us longing for an Android OS version of OnSong … the wait is almost over.  We expect to launch our first Android version of the OnSong app this Summer!  Stay tuned to our blog/facebook/twitter for more details coming soon.

OnSong Foot Pedal Sale


One of the great things about having a digital songbook is you don’t have to turn pages.  But what if your song doesn’t fit on a single screen?  Our bluetooth foot pedals can scroll and change to the previous or next song in your set list.  The price has been reduced to $119 til the end of April.

Give Us Your Opinion on Capos

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Engage Worship Conference Cancelled

We regret to inform those of you looking forward to attending the Engage Conference has been cancelled.  See their website for more details.

Announcing Our Mobile App & Engage Worship Conference

ONSONG MOBILE APP INTEGRATES RWTC!
OnSong

5 stars
“OnSong is the most used
App on my iPad.”
– Pastor Leger

5 stars
“Paper is for Dinosaurs”
– Grimm121314

5 stars
“When I’m around other musicians,
THIS app I show off.”
– Ostern

5 stars
“I can keep all of my worship song and band original songs right at my finger tips! Good bye binder and manually transposing!!”
– Pony01

5 stars
“Brilliantly designed!”
– McNike

RWTC song archive is now integrated with OnSong v1.93 which has just been released. Currently, OnSong is available for iOS devices: Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch for $4.99 in the iTunes App Store! If you are a Rockin With The Cross musician or worship leader this app allows you to search RWTC song library as well as import songs and your set lists.

No more printing, no more hole punching or laminating songbooks. OnSong transforms your phone or tablet into a digital songbook. All your songs at your finger tips.

Features – Change song key on the fly with built-in transposing, view and project lyrics, change font size and color, even share your song sets wirelessly with other app users.

TutorialsTutorials are online at Youtube and will be linked to RWTC.

Check out the Bluetooth BT105 wireless page turning pedal as well! The pedal is compatable with APPLE and Android systems! Get the whole package it REALLY will make your life so much easier!

learn more at www.OnSongApp.com


Become a Member: With new technologies coming out this month, membership gives you access to thousands of songs, training, special updates, articles and much more. read more


Engage 2012

Join 1Christian.Net’s Rockin With The Cross team and the OnSong team at one of the East Coast’s Top Worship Conference in 2012! See Grammy award winner and Worship Pastor Laura Story, Worship Songwriter Brenton Brown, Mia Fieldes of Hillsong, Charles Billingsley, Tom Kraeuter, Doug & Sheri Gould, Dr. Vernon Whaley, Travis Doucette, and so many more! 30+ workshops to meet the needs of your entire team with tracks on Worship Leadership, Band/Vocals, Songwriting, Creative Arts, and Technology in Worship. Leaders, if you are experiencing ministry burnout and overcoming difficulties this conference is for you. Its time to recharge and ENGAGE!

learn more at www.engageworshipconference.com


2012 Worship Conference List

Check back on RWTC and our Facebook page soon as this year’s training worship conference tour schedule will be announced.

Worship God As You Are

Ephesians 5:27
27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Have you been to a worship service where you stood with your hands raised, ready to worship God, only to hear the worship leader say, “Before we worship God, let’s all search our hearts”? Then, as you search your heart, before long, you dig up something that you don’t like. The next thing you know, your hands are no longer raised and soon, you find yourself sitting down — you don’t feel good worshiping God any more.

My friend, I have good news for you. Come and worship Him as you are. Come into God’s presence Jesus-conscious, forgiveness-conscious and grace-conscious! Come into God’s presence bringing only Jesus the spotless Lamb of God as your offering.

Your worshiping God is like the times God’s people in the Old Testament brought their offerings to the priest. The priest examined the animal sacrifice to ensure that it was without blemish. The priest did not examine the sinner. If the animal was without blemish, God accepted the animal sacrifice as well as the offerer who brought the animal.

So when you come into God’s presence, don’t do any self-examination and be discouraged when you find faults in your life. God does not examine you. He sees you through the full value, and all the loveliness and acceptance of His Son. (Ephesians 1:6) He sees you holy and without blemish!

Remember the woman who was referred to as a sinner, possibly a prostitute? She went to the house of the Pharisee who was hosting Jesus and wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair. (Luke 7:36–50) That was her act of worship.

She came to Him as she was. Yes, she knew that she had sinned, but she worshiped Jesus first because of who He is. She was Jesus-conscious. Then, she heard Jesus say, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:48) She received the forgiveness she needed from Him.

Whatever you need from the Savior, come to Him as you are. Worship Him for who He is and then you will hear Him say, “Go your way. Your restoration has come. Your prosperity is here. You are healed. You have been made whole!”

Joseph Prince

Contributed by Joseph Prince
via the Daily Grace Inspirations email

New Worship Music and App News

New Worship Music

Mobile App News

Hello Everyone! I am able to let you know some very important technology changes going on at RWTC. Over the next weeks you will notice that we are launching our collaboration with the best music app out on iPad with 5 out of 5 stars! Many of you may actually already have it. What I’m able to say at this point, is that Rockin With The Cross is fully integrated into the app and is now headed to Apple for review (updated version 1.93). For many of you the wait  soon be over. If you went out now to get it you’d miss the RWTC integration. We have purposely withheld the name so you don’t miss the new enhancements. We are currently being told the review process with full integration should be complete by 3/1/12.

What can the app do? SOOOOO much stuff it’s too long to go into in detail. Let’s just say that the tutorial videos alone will excite you. Here are some highlights: Bluetooth pedal controls, network set list broadcasting, teleprompter mode, presentation software, set lists + importing, song books, RWTC archive of music, on board editing, key transposing, lyric presenter, notes (sticky notes you get at staples but digital) that can be passed real time, importing, sound files, how to play chords, and the list goes on and on. You may be using a program to do one thing and another program for something else. Now its all in one software for $4.99! We will be giving another update in a few more days and then our countdown to launch. We are in the final stretch and are SO excited!

Guitar Survival Kit Winner & Mobile App teaser

RWTC congratulates Seth Baron, the winner of the Guitar Survival Kit giveaway! Seth lives in Muncie, IN where he is the worship pastor at First Church of the Nazarene. As many of you worship pastors know you have to be a person of all trades at times and Seth is no exception. He sings, plays the guitar and has started to pick up the piano. He’s hoping second time is a charm.

“I love leading people in worship. God stirs my heart when His people sing to Him.” Seth said. “I love being in the middle of that! God has been so gracious to my family and we will forever worship Him!”

As 2012 is underway we will be announcing huge additions to Rockin’ With The Cross. As you may notice on our website our giveaway banner has changed to make ready the announcement of our mobile app platform. Many have asked for a mobile app and the ability to have everything you do, be available on the go. We are about to unveil an amazing music app. It will be a two part process with iPads, iTouch and iPhones getting the app first.  At the same time launching our wireless Bluetooth foot pedal system that allows for hands free song switching.  The app for Android devices will be released later this year. (the secret is out –we’ve joined forces with an established music app which has a 5 out of 5 rating on iTunes) At this moment we are in the process of adding the RWTC archive to the software and once that is completed we will announce our official launch to everyone. (just a little bit more time and we promise you will be blown away)

Remember that each membership allows us to keep going and equip others like you in ministry here in the U.S. and abroad. We are so excited at what the Lord is allowing us to be involved in and to do in 2012! Please know that you help us directly and indirectly minister to millions. Praying for you all!

Our Spotify Christmas Song List Needs Your Favorite Song

Don’t we live in a great time of technology and tools?  One of the great new tools we’re embracing on Rockin With The Cross is an app called Spotify.  Spotify is a free (with ads) music service (like pandora or last.fm) that gives you access to an enormous archive of music (hey, that’s what we do!).  One of the great things about Spotify is you can create and share song lists (I’m sensing some synergy here!)

So we started creating some song lists to share with you!

We have already linked up our Top 25, the newly added songs, and the request list on our website.  We’ve also created some extra lists of newly released worship music and the new Christmas albums for 2011.

But since we enjoy giving andreceiving, we want to hear what your favorite Christmas songs are!  We have created a list on Spotify that allows you to add your favorite song.  You’ll need to do a few simple steps.

  1. Open Spotify to our “Add Your Favorite Christmas Song” list
  2. Subscribe to the list, so you can add your song
  3. Find your favorite Christmas song and drag it to the list
  4. Now we can all enjoy your song

Here are some links to our Spotify Song Lists: