Articles

  • 8 Guidelines For Talking While Leading Worship
    June 18, 2018

    When a worship leader opens his mouth to do something other than to sing during the service, he’s either popping a throat lozenge or is about to talk. Most of the time, we’re better off if he’s going for the Hall’s.

  • Setting Up A Click Track For Your Worship Team
    June 18, 2018

    Despite what some believe, adding a click will not automatically void the Holy Spirit from your church or kill the “feel” of your musicianship.

  • Confession in Worship
    June 18, 2018

    Our sin is serious to God. So serious, in fact, that Jesus had to die. While we stand forgiven at the cross, we cannot take confession lightly within the worship experience. By bringing our people into a time of repentance, we will draw them into a deeper assurance of God’s love and grace.

  • How to Negotiate a Worship-Leader Salary
    June 11, 2018

    In principle, your church should pay you around the average income in your area for a person of your age, with your experience and education, and taking into account whether you’re single, married and have any children.

  • The 6 Must-Have Elements of a Team Scheduling System
    June 11, 2018

    Let me give you an ulcer: You’ve just been asked to lead a worship ministry full of people who routinely “no-show” at rehearsals, give late-notice call-offs and don’t bother finding a replacement.

  • 5 Questions Before Considering Another Worship Job
    June 11, 2018

    Most of us don’t begin a new worship ministry position believing we will only stay for a few years. Our intentions are noble to plant our lives for the long haul. But after exhausting our good ideas we often get bored, our worship gets stale, our congregation gets restless and we get busy looking for ...

  • Time for Some Fun: Saturday Church Sign Humor
    June 11, 2018

    “We Love Hurting People.”

  • A Worship Leader’s Guide to Cleaning Toilets
    June 4, 2018

    A couple of years ago, when I was about to finish up my prestigious Master’s degree in Worship Studies, I got word that our church was making some cuts and had to let the cleaning company go and they put me in charge of all church janitor duties.

  • Worship Pastors Need A Sabbatical Too
    June 4, 2018

    Many churches generously offer their worship pastor time away for vacation, sick leave and continuing education. But what most of those churches don’t realize is the amount of preparation required for their worship pastor to actually leave town. It’s almost easier not to go.

  • Using Worship Style As A Hook
    May 21, 2018

    What will congregations offer when consumer tastes change again and they’re too diverse or costly to accommodate?

  • 7 Summer Tips for Worship Leaders
    May 21, 2018

    If you’re in a vocational ministry setting, it probably requires that you work twice as hard the week before you leave, and then play catch up for another week after. So consider taking two weeks off. You’re going to do the hard work to carve out time-off, you might as well enjoy it longer.

  • Do People Get Upset With the Music at Your Church?
    May 21, 2018

    Remember, music is one of the two most volatile areas of ministry (children/youth is the other.) Don’t be surprised when people get reactive about the music ministry.

  • 5 Solutions to Stay Connected During the Summer Slowdown
    May 21, 2018

    As a new and slower pace is introduced from June through August, some programs will end and special week-long activities like summer camp or marriage conferences happen, and the flow of ministry is altered. So how can churches deal with this change? Easy – preparation and technology.

  • Top 10 Things I Wish Worship Leaders Would Stop Saying
    May 21, 2018

    “I can’t hear you!” Well, maybe turn the volume down. We can’t hear us either.

  • The Music We Make Together: A Worship Team Devotional
    May 7, 2018

    A worship team’s capacity to make strong music together, and to lead strong worship together, mirrors their capacity to maintain strong relationships together.

  • EQ for Clean Backup Vocals
    May 7, 2018

    Backup vocals can add a lot of depth and strength to a worship team. But they can also muddy the mix if you’re not careful.

  • Worship Bands – Finding the Pocket featuring Craig Adams
    May 7, 2018

    Podcast: Mike Harland, Brian Brown and Craig Adams discuss the ins and outs of Worship Bands and how to find “The Pocket.”

  • Rehearse As If Somebody Is Watching
    May 7, 2018

    I noticed something again at my last rehearsal. We had a new choir member come to rehearsal, and my rehearsal technique was much more focused.

  • Chord Charts or Lead Sheets?
    April 30, 2018

    Every situation is different, every musician is different. In order to best suit your needs, understand the unique purposes for types of sheet music.

  • Why Everything In Your Worship Ministry Is Your Fault
    April 30, 2018

    I am responsible for the systems and processes that allow, enable, encourage, create and/or perpetuate unhealthy behavior and poor attitudes.

  • Does Worship Need the Church?
    April 30, 2018

    Why doesn’t the worship in song we experience at an event translate to Sunday morning? Should we expect it to?

  • A Heart for the People Behind the Production
    April 30, 2018

    As churches have tried to raise the bar for production quality in their environments, we have unwittingly created a cohort of leaders and volunteers who spend most of our time with our heads down, following a cue sheet, trying not to miss what’s next. In our effort not to miss a cue, we risk missing ...

  • Your Ultimate Mother’s Day Resource List
    April 30, 2018

    Did you know that after Easter and Christmas, Mother’s Day will be your church’s 3rd most attended service? Mother’s Day is a huge opportunity to let the moms of your congregation know that they are loved and appreciated.

  • Seven People You Should Fire Today
    April 30, 2018

    Allowing a person to continue in a role that they shouldn’t be in is incredibly harmful to a church.

  • Paid, Volunteer, Or Both? Best Practices For Managing Your Worship Team
    April 23, 2018

    Many churches have a set policy on paid versus volunteer positions. While it is important to have guidelines for your team, being too strict can rule out using good judgment for unique circumstances that your church may run into.

  • A Letter to Pastors and Worship Leaders in Conflict
    April 23, 2018

    Dear Pastor and Worship Leader in Conflict, You’ll never convince your congregation to live in community as long as the two of you continue to live in isolation. If Jesus as your model for ministry called those with whom he served his friends, then shouldn’t you be doing the same?

  • The 6 Things No One Told Me About Church Audio
    April 23, 2018

    My friend was mixing the service and everything was going great. There was even another person was in the sound booth, shadowing him, as part of the audio production learning process. Suddenly, without warning, the equipment in the soundbooth shut down, the house speakers fell silent, and the band stopped playing.

  • Why We Must Be Open to Different Styles of Worship Music
    April 23, 2018

    Let’s be honest—some folks are better at leading hymns, and some are better at leading contemporary choruses. When we employ multiple styles, we open the door for more folks to use their gifts.

  • What About Those Sheep-Stealing Megachurches?
    April 23, 2018

    Megachurches keep getting bigger while small churches seem to struggle more than they used to. It’s easy to think one is causing the other.

  • Is It Too Loud? Worship Accompaniment Vs. Worship Immersion Culture
    April 16, 2018

    Dan Wilt explains the two worship mindsets you’re probably struggling with in your church.

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