When a church is in need of a worship leader, they’re probably not looking for someone who knows how to talk in front of a crowd. The first thing they more than likely want to know is “Can this kid sing?”
If you can effectively and efficiently communicate to your band, not only will they feel more confident in their playing, but your worship will take another step in the right direction.
Being prepared for your worship/singing experience can make all the difference between a smooth and powerful time with the Lord. There are many phases of preparation and we’re going to breeze through a few of them.
Jesus strongly reminded us that God’s house is to be a house of prayer (Luke 19:45-46). Getting there means building prayer into the DNA of a congregation, but the worship service can be central to that process.
As worship leaders we often need to be reminded that worship can occur without us and even in spite of us. But we’re sometimes guilty of leading like we alone have the ability and even right to be the sole instigators of worship in our setting.
Technology has become a major tool for almost every church to use during their worship service. This is not only true in America, but across the globe.
Can you announce that the mission team is having a barbeque fundraiser this Saturday? The ladies quilting group won’t be able to meet next week either. Make sure to get that in the bulletin. Oh and by the way, last Sunday you forgot to mention that the Richardsons had their new baby here for the ...
Let’s talk about that volume. I love loud music. Remember, boomers are the original hard rockers. Our nursing homes are going to play the Stones and such. We aren’t objecting to loud. However, at one church it was so bad, so loud and so dark that I simply couldn’t be there and went back to ...
The songs are joyful. The songs are beautiful. But for a solid 30 minutes the worship leader’s face seems intense with concentration. Wait. So does the background vocalist’s face as she stares at her music stand. Why do I feel disengaged from those on the stage right now – and even from worship?
I’m afraid it happens. The congregation we once loved has brought pain, and it’s hard—if not impossible—to love them now. If that’s where you are, here are some suggestions.
The biggest, most well-funded churches in the world, with large, full-time staffs, regularly meet after the service to discuss what they could have done better. Why? Because they know there is always room for improvement.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How do I stretch my range?” Often times I’ll get this question from an older person who feels they’ve lost range they once had. Is it possible to stretch your range? Even when you’re older? The answer is a resounding YES!
One sure sign you’ve settled into mediocrity is that on your music team, you have non-singers singing and bad players playing.
It really matters how you approach planning a service. If you think about songs alone, you could easily plan a service that starts and stops without any obvious connection.
Young people today spend way too much time trying to force their way into opportunities. In fact, nobody is really immune to this. Whether we’re fresh out of college or twenty years into a profession, when we see even the hint of an opportunity, our initial instinct may be to push the door open ourselves.
Of course, the less conspicuous seats in your worship center toward the rear are all filled and your well-trained usher is determined to march us down front, where there are a few seats left, despite our protests.
The creation of art in the tabernacle was not optional; God commanded it. And far from being relegated to the edges of worship, artistic images in both the tabernacle and the Temple “stood at the heart of the worshipping life of the Israelite people,” enabling and aiding their worship of God.
Podcast: Listen as Mike Harland, Brian Brown and Daniel Im discuss the lay of the land when it comes to leading worship in a multi-site church.
Podcast: Carlos Lollett is the worship director at Christ Fellowship in Miami, Florida. He leads the musical worship efforts across 6 locations with over 20 services every weekend.
In order to radically grow your church, make sure that you have communicated your approach clearly. From which leaders are the first movers to who reports to whom, having these early discussions about structure will prevent painful conversations later.
Tim St. Pierre describes how his churches manages worship planning and production at 3 multi-sites.
For many worship leaders communicating with your fellow musicians is a huge challenge. It can be very intimidating to give an opinion about an instrument you don’t play.
While few of us spend much time in the Old Testament book of Leviticus, when we do we discover an exciting truth: our God loves to party. In fact, he prescribed three seasonal festivals of worship and remembrance for his people.
The bandwagon effect occurs when the application of beliefs, ideas, fads or trends increases the more others have already adopted them. Churches even have the tendency to espouse certain behaviors, styles or attitudes just because it seems like everyone else has.
Ed Stetzer talks with Keith about his new book, “Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church,” their music, and the world in which we live.
How St. Andrew UMC successfully integrated contemporary and traditional services without compromise.
A worship service without the reading of Scripture may not be worship at all.
Most churches, especially those with production-oriented service styles, have some sort of theatrical lighting system installed. When these churches decided to start capturing or broadcasting their services they find the look of their video doesn’t compare to what is seen when attending in person. In some cases, it can look pretty bad.
Some pastors assume their church’s best days are behind them, so they resign themselves to a slow and painful death. Be careful about the assumptions you make because your assumptions may be the biggest problem in your church.
Podcast: Is the modern worship service all it’s cracked up to be?