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Take a Seat

Often, as worship leaders, we get so wrapped up in the minutiae of the job – charts, schedules, planning, tech and everything else – we lose sight of the big picture. When I was working at a megachurch, involved in the weekly worship grind, I once had a rare Sunday…

Does Good Music = Growth?

I used to think that really good music grows a church. Get the hottest band and singers in town and the people will come. I don’t think that anymore. I love to visit churches to see what they’re doing. I’ve been to huge megachurches with thousands of people and so-so,…

In Ear Monitoring with an iPad

I was in LA last week for the NAMM show where companies introduce new music software, instruments and equipment. Music software technology seems to have leveled off – a few years ago you’d find something bigger and better at each show. Now I’m seeing a lot of the same software…

Keyboard Player Needed

The above picture is a real sign from a real church right down the street from me. They need a keyboardist but might as well get in line – all churches need a keyboardist and good ones are in short supply. I know of one big church with multiple campuses…

Starting with Click Tracks

In my previous article I talked about the magic of a click track and how it can turn a band of amateurs into something special. But how can you start? Here’s a list of 3 evolutionary click track steps from my own experience – from easy to high tech: 1.…

Click Track Magic

I’ve discovered one of the secrets to why the big megachurches have (usually) great music. And it isn’t necessarily because they have money to hire pros (although that is sometimes the case.) It’s the click track. I’ve seen firsthand how click tracks can turn ordinary, amateur players into something quite…

Songwriting Horror

I have a tale of horror that will terrify every Christian songwriter! Songwriters, if you ever get to the point in your career when publishers are interested in your music: beware. A few weeks ago I received a royalty statement in the mail from Universal Music Group that brought back…

The Story Behind “I Adore You”

Download the free Christmas worship song “I Adore You.” Back in 2003 I had a songwriting contest which was won by UK worship leader Tim Light. I eventually had the chance to visit England and meet him and his talented friend and fellow worship leader Phil LeCheminant. Tim has been…

Song Keys

I’ve been on a worship flow crusade lately. You visit these famous megachurches and expect to be wowed by their expertise and it isn’t necessarily so. On several occasions I’ve sat in a congregation of thousands only to see the worship leader and band sing a song, come to a…

Looking for a Worship Leader?

Often I’ll get emails from pastors wondering where they can find a worship leader. I have no idea, they’re a scarce commodity. I wrote an article a few years ago that said you can almost commit murder and still find a job as a worship leader! Schools haven’t been much…

Behind the Song: Pray to Your Name

Songwriter Adam Fisher talks about his song “Pray to Your Name.” Listen online or download (click link below, then right click “download” to save the MP3 to your computer) Behind the Song: Pray to Your Name Download a free MP3 and chord chart for Pray to Your Name.

Finale or Sibelius?

Do you use notation software for worship? My recent poll shows 44% use Finale, 11% use Sibelius and 40% don’t use any at all (the rest use a variety of other notation software.) From what I had always heard, Finale was supposedly the “industry standard” and it looks like most…

Should Kids Be Allowed In Worship?

After attending church with my parents the inevitable question came: “so where do you want to go to lunch?” My dad replied “Let’s go to that restaurant in North Carolina!” The Olde Salty restaurant in Carolina Beach, N.C. made national headlines a few years ago with their “Screaming Children Will…

Rocking Grandma

Over the past few weeks as I’ve been teaching worship conference classes I’ve been intrigued by the change I’ve been seeing lately. There seems to be a greater desire among churches to become more relevant and contemporary. I think this is the next phase of worship – ministries are discovering…

Tips for Smoother Worship

It’s 2010 and nearly every church (except for the die-hard traditionalists) has jumped on the contemporary worship bandwagon. Some do it better than others – here are 3 tips that separate the sheep from the goats: 1. Plan ahead. I can’t believe it when I hear of praise teams that…
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