Articles

  • Worship Is My Life, Not My Role
    October 15, 2017

    Leading worship starts and ends with the way I live my life, not what I do on a public platform. Encouraging others to glory in Jesus Christ is an activity that extends far beyond the twenty to thirty minutes I give to it on Sunday mornings.

  • Open With The Same Song – Every Week
    October 15, 2017

    Every week, every worship leader has the hard task of choosing one song that will open the set and provide a spiritual and musical on-ramp to the rest of the worship experience. What if you tried something unexpected – like repeating the same opening song each week for a season?

  • Drum Care and First Aid – Because Surprises Happen
    October 15, 2017

    The kick drum beater just tore clear through the drum head and there’s twenty minutes to replace it.

  • Strong Congregational Singing: 12 Things To Avoid
    October 9, 2017

    If the congregation is not singing, we are not doing what God has called us to do.

  • 7 Ways Smartphones Have Changed People at Your Church (And What to Do About it!)
    October 9, 2017

    Podcast: Today we’re more aware of what is happening in the lives of people who we are loosely connected with compared to a generation ago. This is a great opportunity for your church because it’s these loose connections that drive the growth and development of your church.

  • What’s Expected of a Worship Leader
    October 2, 2017

    I thought the congregation expected a full band, lights and the whole shebang every week or they would not come back. Turns out, I was wrong.

  • Christmas Production: If You Build It, They Will Come
    October 2, 2017

    These days, it’s very difficult to convince worship leaders to abandon the worship songs they have been leading and devote any time to the Christmas carols we all know and the attendees love.

  • Multi-track Recording with Gary Zandstra
    October 2, 2017

    Podcast: You’ve got a digital mixer and want to take your audio volunteer’s mixing skills up a notch, but how do you do it?

  • 5 Keys for Developing Volunteers Who Thrive in Portable Churches
    October 2, 2017

    All around the country, brand-new churches are experiencing explosive growth rates in their first five years. According to a recent study, a new church or multisite campus grows 170% faster than the average.

  • 5 Characteristics of Church Staff Teams that Break the 1,000 Barrier
    October 2, 2017

    Only 2% of churches will ever see a weekend service attendance upward of 1,000 people.

  • Work to End Your Recurring Rehearsal Problems
    September 25, 2017

    Try to build in time for a full run-through after the band and production team have rehearsed each individual song. Transition rehearsals will help every person on your team with their cues, whether it’s unmuting mics or beings sure the stage is lit correctly.

  • 10 Tips On Improving Your Worship Band Rehearsal
    September 25, 2017

    Preparation for a rehearsal starts long before the actual rehearsal. Worship leader Mark Cole shares tips from his years of experience.

  • Why Your Worship Doesn’t Measure Up
    September 25, 2017

    Instead of keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, we often focus on how we compare to other worship ministries we consider successful. So we imitate their worship habits, methods, styles, song selections and even attire in an effort to measure up to a perceived standard of success.

  • The Fundamentals of Streaming for Church
    September 25, 2017

    Streaming is the latest and greatest thing that churches are jumping into.

  • 5 Simple Changes to Make Your Church More Unchurched Friendly
    September 25, 2017

    What are the simple things that each of us could do to make our churches more open to unchurched people?

  • Transitioning from Acoustic to Electric Guitar
    September 11, 2017

    A growing trend for worship leaders is making the transition from playing acoustic guitar to electric. Dynamically, an electric guitar can simply do more and create unique sounds to evenly fill the sound spectrum.

  • Going from Song Leading to Worship Leading
    September 11, 2017

    There can be a lot of distractions when you are in front of a congregation: people coming in late, media problems and a myriad of other small details. But a strong worship leader keeps their focus on worshiping God and leading the congregation to do the same.

  • What Every Pastor Wishes His Worship Leader Knew
    September 11, 2017

    You aren’t there to simply sing in front of folks. Don’t hide backstage before and after the service. Get out there and mingle with people. Be available. As a worship leader, you should be leading people to worship with you, not merely in the same room as you.

  • When To Challenge Or Compromise On Worship
    September 11, 2017

    It became clear that what we thought was simply an issue with turning down the volume was an issue of preference.

  • Reclaiming Historic Worship Elements for Modern Services
    September 11, 2017

    The “5 songs + sermon” model has become the standard “liturgy” of the modern church.

  • They Ain’t Comin’
    September 4, 2017

    I truly feel bad for a pastor who believes that if his church simply changes the style of its worship service, unbelievers are going to start coming on Sunday morning. For many, this has and continues to be a type of strategy to get non-Christians to church.

  • The Relentless Split: Either Hymns Or Modern Songs
    September 4, 2017

    Defending one by criticizing the other is actually an act of self-defense so it’s usually personal, not theological. Attempting to protect our favorite hymns or modern worship songs by vilifying the other can actually have the opposite effect of marginalizing the one we are trying to protect.

  • How Fashion Is Helping Megachurch Pastors Reach A New Demographic
    September 4, 2017

    The secular website Fashionista.com is fascinated by hipster megachurch pastors: “they’re influencers for their own churches. It’s really funny,” says Clayton Chambers, a former buyer at Barneys New York and co-founder of a popular menswear blog. “People literally look just like how their leadership dresses.”

  • Pastors Using the Internet
    September 4, 2017

    Podcast: Should pastors use the Internet any differently?

  • Podcast: The Over 50 Worship Leader
    August 21, 2017

    Mike Harland’s recent post The Over 50 Worship Leader went viral. In this podcast he digs deeper into this hot topic.

  • Turn Your Unused Worship Gear Into A Blessing
    August 21, 2017

    Your new lights are shining bright, your new sound board is installed, and your now worship looks and sounds amazing. Now the only question that remains is what to do with the gear you just replaced.

  • 8 Simple Tips That Will Make You A Better Keyboard Playing Worship Leader
    August 21, 2017

    If you learn to play the 1st and 2nd inversions instead of just the root position of a triad, you’ll make your chord voicing and over all playing style smoother.

  • How to Find the Perfect Volume
    August 21, 2017

    The perfect volume for a church service isn’t found in a magic number. Truth be told, what one person finds perfect, another thinks is too loud or too soft. Who’s correct?

  • Songs That Teach and Admonish
    August 21, 2017

    Our worship songs should teach and admonish us by quickening the conscience through the holiness of God, feeding the mind with the truth of God, purging the imagination by the beauty of God, opening the heart to the love of God and devoting the will to the purpose of God.

  • Cultivating Reverence in Worship
    August 14, 2017

    The decline of reverence in our broader culture has left many thirsting for something outside of themselves. How do we embed habits of reverence in our corporate worship?

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