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.
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?
The kick drum beater just tore clear through the drum head and there’s twenty minutes to replace it.
If the congregation is not singing, we are not doing what God has called us to do.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Only 2% of churches will ever see a weekend service attendance upward of 1,000 people.
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.
Preparation for a rehearsal starts long before the actual rehearsal. Worship leader Mark Cole shares tips from his years of experience.
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.
Streaming is the latest and greatest thing that churches are jumping into.
What are the simple things that each of us could do to make our churches more open to unchurched people?
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.
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.
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.
It became clear that what we thought was simply an issue with turning down the volume was an issue of preference.
The “5 songs + sermon” model has become the standard “liturgy” of the modern church.
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.
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.
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.”
Podcast: Should pastors use the Internet any differently?
Mike Harland’s recent post The Over 50 Worship Leader went viral. In this podcast he digs deeper into this hot topic.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?