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  • A Tip for Worship Leaders
    September 17, 2018

    As you live out the calling to lead God’s people in worship, make Psalms part of your daily reading. There are some very practical reasons why.

  • Pastor: Your Worship Service Must Get Better
    September 17, 2018

    For the pastor and the church, I can’t overemphasize the importance of a great Sunday service. For most people in the world who decide to give the church one more shot, they will do so on Sunday morning. This means every Sunday there are potential congregants sitting out there giving the church one more shot ...

  • Top Production Mistakes In Portable Church Audio, Video and Lighting
    September 17, 2018

    Podcast: Portable church audio, video, and lighting can be a beast of production work each week. Load it all in, pack it all away, and hope everything in between goes smoothly.

  • The Five Characteristics of a Great Volunteer
    September 17, 2018

    Great volunteers are just as valuable as great staff members. In fact, they may be even more valuable because they’re willing to do the work for free.

  • Top 100 Worship Songs Of All Time (1998-2018)
    September 17, 2018

    This year PraiseCharts is celebrating 20 years of ministry. Here’s a list of the top 100 songs during the decades.

  • Phil Wickham on The Songwriting Process
    September 17, 2018

    Podcast: Phil’s songs have a theological depth and pop sensibility that get stuck in your head like no other.

  • 20 Things Worship Leaders Should Say More Often
    September 10, 2018

    “Let’s select song keys with a comfortable singing range for the congregation.”

  • 3 Ways Every Worship Leader Can Help the Pastor Win
    September 10, 2018

    Nothing can throw off a pastor’s mindset in a worship service faster than something unexpected happening in the service. Find a way to make sure every aspect of the plan is available to the pastor ahead of time.

  • Towards Deeper Song
    September 10, 2018

    Why Keith and Kristyn Getty are helping the Church to sing (again.)

  • 13 Tips To A Killer Rehearsal This Week
    September 3, 2018

    Ever had a worship team rehearsal that was so bad that you couldn’t wait to get home and eat a quart of salted caramel ice cream while binge-watching anything made by AMC? OK, that might’ve been a little too specific, but you probably know what I mean.

  • Rehearse Multiple Ensembles On The Same Night
    September 3, 2018

    You’ve done all your score study, and you’ve got your rehearsal plan outlined to the minute. Your group sounds great. But one piece of the puzzle is missing. You always (and I mean always) have trouble when the time comes to put your choir together with the band or orchestra.

  • The Fraction Principle: How To Make Beautiful Music By Playing Less
    September 3, 2018

    The Fraction Principle is, perhaps, the most important band-arranging principle any musician, worship leader, or arranger can implement immediately to make their music start sounding 100% better.

  • Live Mixing Tips for Service: Take Advantage of Rehearsal Time
    September 3, 2018

    You should also work out a way to communicate with those on stage, while you are behind the soundboard. They cannot yell at you while service is ongoing. Find hand signals to use, that are easy for both of you to comprehend. Teach everyone these signals and remember who usually needs help and watch them ...

  • How to Know if Its Time to Cancel the Church Event
    September 3, 2018

    Is your church doing any events that need to be cancelled? I bet the answer for many of you is yes, although sometimes that’s really hard to admit.

  • Plan Better Services In Less Time
    August 27, 2018

    You’re probably at a place where your schedule and the demands of the team don’t allow you to spend hours on planning services. Whether you’re full-time, part-time, or volunteer, the requirements of your week-after-week ministry eat up much of your discretionary time. It becomes just another “get-it-done” thing.

  • 5 Reasons You’re A Stressed-Out Worship Leader
    August 27, 2018

    As a worship leader, so much of your job is about meeting the urgent demands of Sunday (after Sunday after Sunday after Sunday). As a result, you neglect the important (but non-urgent) stuff that you know you need to get done.

  • A Simple Recipe for Great Sounding Drums
    August 27, 2018

    Drums are not loud. Drummers are! Getting great sounds from your drums requires someone who knows how to play them.

  • 5 Reasons Church Online Might Be a Distraction to Your Church’s Vision
    August 27, 2018

    If approached incorrectly, online church might actually be a distraction for your church. Church online can stunt your church’s impact if you don’t manage it correctly.

  • 5 Ways To Turn Your Worship Band Into A Worship Team
    August 20, 2018

    Isn’t it interesting that while groups of musicians that play together are called “bands,” worship bands are referred to as “teams?”

  • John Piper Changed ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness.’ Experts Weigh In.
    August 20, 2018

    Reformed tweaks to Methodist hit raise the question: Should hymns keep the theological orientation of their authors?

  • Zombie Worship Musicians
    August 20, 2018

    I’ve sat through way too many worship sets where the upfront leader is cajoling, begging and pleading the congregation to get more involved – even chiding the early service crowd to wake up and/or get more coffee – and all the while the backline musicians look comatose.

  • Direct Boxes: What They Do, Why They’re Needed And Why Price Matters
    August 20, 2018

    What’s the difference between an active direct box and a passive one? For that matter, is there a difference in audio quality between a $40 passive DI and a $200 passive DI?

  • 4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Fix Your Small Church Website
    August 20, 2018

    Step One: Please put your church service times on the front page!

  • Worship Leading Tips: TALKING
    August 13, 2018

    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?”

  • Tips for Communicating to Your Band
    August 13, 2018

    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.

  • Be Vocally Prepared for Leading Worship
    August 13, 2018

    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.

  • 9 Ways To Build Prayer Into A Worship Service
    August 13, 2018

    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.

  • Worship Leader…You Can’t Do That
    August 13, 2018

    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.

  • Too Much Tech In The Service?
    August 6, 2018

    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.

  • Announcements, Bulletins, and When to Say No
    August 6, 2018

    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 ...

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