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.
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.
Drums are not loud. Drummers are! Getting great sounds from your drums requires someone who knows how to play them.
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.
Isn’t it interesting that while groups of musicians that play together are called “bands,” worship bands are referred to as “teams?”
Reformed tweaks to Methodist hit raise the question: Should hymns keep the theological orientation of their authors?
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.
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?
Step One: Please put your church service times on the front page!
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 ...