If you are divinely called to lead worship and believe God also called you to your present place of ministry, then a secondary question you must ask before considering a move is, “Has God released me from my call here?”
Podcast: Lee Coate talks about the The Crossing Church’s weekend services and how the creatives and teaching pastors work together to communicate the truth of the Gospel in impactful and creative ways each weekend.
In the area of worship consulting, the single most asked question is, “How do we keep it fresh?” The answer is not as complex as one might think. In fact, I think it’s quite simple.
There seems to be a misconception that adding “more, more, more” to your worship sound will make you sound more professional (or, if we’re honest, will perhaps sound more “worship-y”). Granted, some songs can successfully incorporate a lot of intricate parts with ease. But the majority of worship songs benefit from a “less is more” ...
Will it encourage passive spectating or active participating?
We often forget that the songs we’ve practiced ad nauseam have only been actually heard a few times by our community.
Some of the biggest struggles leaders face is not from outsiders; it’s from members of the same team. Pray for supernatural team unity.
The vocal mix will make or break your church service or any event, truth be told. From the spoken word to that which is sung, it’s all equally important to properly mix.
With a few questions, you can identify how your pastor approaches sermon preparation. And, once you know that, you can adjust your planning to match how he is preparing each week.
My congregation has a fairly set worship form. It’s robust. It’s historic. It’s theologically sound. It includes songs and hymns, prayers of praise and intercession, the preached word, and (once a month), communion. There’s not much room for surprise—good or bad.
Have you ever left a high-caliber concert completely amazed at how the drums sounded? Then, I would go back to my church, try to achieve the same result and just end up frustrated.
Podcast: When do you know it’s time to go multisite, rather than adding another service?
We all likely want more volunteers and bigger teams. But what if the reason our teams aren’t growing is because the environment has become unhealthy and toxic, and it actually pushes people away from coming to serve with us?
I think we’d all agree that in these days everyone seems to be cramming more things into their days, nights, and weekends. I believe this has become a cultural norm that affects worship teams in unique ways.
The more you lead, the more you know. And the more you know, the easier it is to grow cynical.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
This year PraiseCharts is celebrating 20 years of ministry. Here’s a list of the top 100 songs during the decades.
Podcast: Phil’s songs have a theological depth and pop sensibility that get stuck in your head like no other.
“Let’s select song keys with a comfortable singing range for the congregation.”
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.
Why Keith and Kristyn Getty are helping the Church to sing (again.)
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.
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 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.
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 ...
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.
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.