Articles

  • 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?

  • Authority Issues Might Be Killing Your Ministry
    August 14, 2017

    Podcast: Submission to authority is NOT a fun topic. But if you want a healthy worship ministry—you’ve got to deal with this issue head on. Because if you have team members who won’t submit to your authority or the church’s authority, your ministry will suffer.

  • Creating a Successful Team
    August 14, 2017

    Here’s the good news for small town churches. You can have a great team in a small market. Look at the San Antonio Spurs. They had an incredible run because of great coaching, team chemistry, and player development. Your church can do the same if you’re willing to put in the work.

  • Set Design: Begin with Goals, Decide Between Off-The-Shelf or DIY, Then Build
    August 14, 2017

    In the modern church, set design has grown into a great art. Over the years, churches have moved away from ornate buildings, and entrusted the visual beauty of the church to artists in their congregation.

  • Worship Ministry Administration 201: How To Convince Your Church Board To Fund Your Ministry Project
    August 14, 2017

    There is a statement that is often spoken by church staff members. “If only I had the budget, we could ___ (fill in the blank).” The truth is, a wise board will fund things that reasonably support their goals and vision. How do you plan and propose a ministry to help the leadership allocate what ...

  • Church Sound Survival Kit
    August 14, 2017

    Running sound for church can be a dynamic and fast-paced endeavor–and, because it’s live “production,” anything can and does happen, normally when you least expect it. That’s why it’s important to be vigilant and think ahead.

  • 5 Ways Small Churches Help Big Churches Without Getting (Or Asking For) Credit
    August 14, 2017

    Sometimes, when small churches contribute to the body of Christ, we’re blessing our big church friends in ways that no one else sees.

  • Thoughts on Cultivating God-Centered Creativity in Worship
    August 6, 2017

    While creativity is of course good, it needs to have the right substance and the right intent to actually foster participative worship—the kind that that keeps the focus on God and not the creative idea itself.

  • How To Be An Effective Lead Worshiper
    August 6, 2017

    Podcast: Do your team members REALLY know how to fulfill their role as lead worshiper on the platform? And do they know how to prepare for that?

  • 4 Tips For A Better Church Job Search
    August 6, 2017

    Even in a vocation like ministry (which is more of a calling than mere employment), the job search can be frustrating, confusing, and exhausting.

  • The 7 Minute Worship Team Check-In
    July 31, 2017

    Band rehearsals are not usually super fun. Many times they are in the early hour or after a long day. Musicians and tech teams are all arriving with a variety of emotions, experiences and energy levels. Yes, your job as a worship leader is to get the band on track musically, but there is actually ...

  • Humans or Machines: How Much Tech Is Too Much Tech?
    July 31, 2017

    If we build a church music ministry around using multitrack loops to make our less talented musicians sound better, we might miss the opportunity of giving them lessons.

  • 7 Keys to Improving Your Pitch
    July 31, 2017

    One of the main challenges of singing in church is that it is usually on a Sunday morning. Mornings are not always kind to singers.

  • 7 Tips for Successful Fall Events
    July 31, 2017

    As we soak in the sunshine and enjoy summer, we can’t lose sight of what is just around the corner–fall and the various events that come along with that season. From kids heading back to school to gearing up for the holidays, fall is the on-ramp to the busiest time of year for churches.

  • Is Music Killing Your Worship?
    July 24, 2017

    Prayer has been relegated to the role of a worship service utility infielder. It is often plugged into our worship service holes as a connector rather than a stand-alone divine conversation that actually gives us a reason to sing in the first place.

  • Worship Team Development: How To Be An Ideal Team Member
    July 24, 2017

    Podcast: WorshipTeamCoach looks at the three virtues of an ideal team member, which come from the book, “The Ideal Team Player” by Pat Lencioni.

  • Volunteers and Consoles: Placing Volunteers in the Audio ‘Hot Seat’
    July 24, 2017

    The faster you move on getting potential volunteers into action, the faster you will have full-fledged audio operators confident and knowledgeable to serve the calling that God has led them to.

  • The Over 50 Worship Leader
    July 24, 2017

    We are losing a generation of worship leaders at an alarming rate even as churches bemoan the lack of qualified leaders in music. It might be time to take another look at the awesome resource we have in our seasoned servants in worship ministry.

  • Recent Popular Worship Stage Designs
    July 24, 2017

    Church Stage Designs list their most popular stage design posts from June.

  • How To Last In Ministry
    July 17, 2017

    Ministry is a marathon: it’s not how you start in ministry; it’s how you finish.

  • To Sing Again – A Constructive Approach
    July 17, 2017

    That moment during a worship service where you – the worship leader – are caught up in the moment. You can practically see the audience standing up, hands raised and face gleaming with joy, so in anticipation you open your eyes to see… …nothing. Empty stares, mute expressions, & maybe a handful of people singing the ...

  • 6 Unexpected Tasks Worship Leaders End Up With And How To Survive Them
    July 17, 2017

    As worship leaders, the music and spiritual side of things are often talked about. But, there are some tasks blindsiding worship leaders. Whether it’s building set pieces, mapping lighting design, creating a logo, updating social media, or meeting those other duties as assigned tasks, volunteer and part-time worship leaders often face confusing job descriptions.

  • Church Service Killers: Key Steps To Be Prepared
    July 17, 2017

    Your sound system dies. Or the lights stop responding to your console. Or worse yet, you lose power. Now what?

  • 20 Timeless A.W. Tozer Worship Quotes
    July 17, 2017

    “Christians don’t tell lies – they just go to church and sing them.”

  • The Paradox of the Worship Selfie
    July 17, 2017

    Should my role as a musician in the church affect my use of social media? If so, how? Can I promote myself/church/ministry on social media without it being about me?

  • A Worship Leader’s Guide to Not Leading Worship
    July 10, 2017

    Whether you are a volunteer or paid worship leader, your influence within the community is operating both on and off stage. What you choose to do and don’t do will impact your teams, future leaders, and your own family.

  • 7 Ways to Get Rid of Worship Volunteers
    July 10, 2017

    Do you have a hard time retaining worship volunteers? Is it possible the reason they aren’t staying isn’t their lack of commitment or conviction, but instead something you as their leader are or aren’t doing?

  • Focus On the ‘Why,’ ‘For Whom’ When Singing
    July 10, 2017

    There’s something about music and singing a well-written, well-crafted song with some passion, volume and even some abandon that goes beyond us.

  • 5 Honest Struggles Most Church Leaders Don’t Want To Admit
    July 10, 2017

    Ministry can not only be hazardous to your spiritual health, it can be confusing. But the good news is that struggling with God is normal. You are not alone.

  • Five Must-Haves for Your Foyer “Facelift”
    July 10, 2017

    It’s no secret that first impressions are everything. Your church foyer serves as the “first impression” of the whole church experience. Whether you’re working with a small space or a large space, these five things will help your church put its best “foot” forward.

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