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  • Open Letter To Transient Worship Leaders
    October 15, 2018

    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?”

  • Preachers and Creatives Working Together
    October 15, 2018

    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.

  • 3 Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Worship Service
    October 15, 2018

    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.

  • Too Much Musical Space?
    October 15, 2018

    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” ...

  • 15 Questions for Every Worship Song Set
    October 7, 2018

    Will it encourage passive spectating or active participating?

  • Are You Moving Too Fast?
    October 7, 2018

    We often forget that the songs we’ve practiced ad nauseam have only been actually heard a few times by our community.

  • 10 Ways to Pray for Your Worship Leaders This Weekend
    October 7, 2018

    Some of the biggest struggles leaders face is not from outsiders; it’s from members of the same team. Pray for supernatural team unity.

  • Mixing Tips for Spoken Word and Musical Vocals
    October 7, 2018

    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.

  • 4 Helps for Worship Planners
    October 1, 2018

    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.

  • 6 Tips for Introducing Surprise in Worship
    October 1, 2018

    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.

  • 5 Tips for an Amazing Drum Mix
    October 1, 2018

    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.

  • All About Multisite: New Service or New Campus?
    October 1, 2018

    Podcast: When do you know it’s time to go multisite, rather than adding another service?

  • Top 3 Culture Killers for Church Tech Teams
    September 24, 2018

    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?

  • Worship + Tech Team Fails: The Time Management Problem
    September 24, 2018

    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.

  • 6 Signs You’ve Grown Cynical As A Leader (And How To Reverse It)
    September 24, 2018

    The more you lead, the more you know. And the more you know, the easier it is to grow cynical.

  • 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.

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