Posts by Todd Flaming

One Tip to Make a Volunteer-Driven Service Feel Professional

Throughout my years as a worship leader, I’ve worked with a number of volunteers who were not comfortable on stage, got the shakes, and had little to no experience working with a microphone. Everybody has specific issues to work on, but there is a single common issue I’ve seen, without fail, that every volunteer needs…

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4 Books Every Worship Leader Should Read

My transition from volunteer to worship leader was a bit of a crash course, so I made sure to start grabbing books, reading blogs, and really living worship development. Some of us don’t like to read books, but I’m just going to say “grow up” and not even deal with that objection. You either take…

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Tensions in Leadership: Passion and Commitment

Last year, our church expanded our meeting room by eliminating our office space. The expansion meant that the whole room was now off center, so everything had to be moved and/or expanded. Mains, subs, sound booth, stage, backdrops, lights, you name it. Our amp closet was demolished in the expansion, and everything had to be…

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The best $50 you can spend to grow a small church

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” – I Timothy 5:17-18 This is going to sound self-serving, but bear with…

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Serving the vision, not the person

Recently I met with a sound tech from another church who spoke about having to essentially arrange the music on the fly, because every musician in his church played full range, all the time, without leaving room for anything else in the song. I asked a few follow-up questions, and it became apparent that their worship…

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Creating a Setting that Gets Them to Sing

I’m a firm believer in setting big picture goals and then structuring daily activities around these goals. By putting in the heavy lifting early, all of the little decisions become much easier, because they are effectively made. As worship leaders, we have to make a lot of small decisions relating to liturgy, aesthetics, presentation, etc.…

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How to Grow a Sustainable Worship Team

Who among worship leaders is not on the lookout for new players to add to their team? The average size church in America is just south of 100 people, so it comes as no surprise that bands don’t just form all on their own. But there’s a way to build a sustainable worship team, rather…

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Tensions in Leadership: Sunday vs. the Big Picture

Leading a worship ministry often feels like wading out into the ocean. I know what direction I’m trying to go, but like another wave, Sunday rolls around. Getting things ready for Sunday can consume my time, much like a fresh wave erasing the progress that I made wading toward deeper water. If that sounds like…

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How Your Worship Tech Team Leads Worship

I like to tinker and hot rod my gear. My guitars are modified, my amp is pretty heavily modified, and I’m thinking about getting into making my own pedals. When I was primarily a bass player, I looked into building my own speaker cabs from scratch, and did some reading up on enclosure and speaker…

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How to Easily Expand Worship Team Skill Levels

In a previous article I wrote about how to classify volunteer musicians based on musical ability, one very important factor I mentioned was giving people a way to grow. Even when you’re dealing with a variety of worship team skill levels, it is important for them to expand their vocal, musical, and worship skills. For the most experienced players,…

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How to Lead Worship Musicians with Different Abilities

How to lead worship musicians with different abilities Before becoming a worship band leader, I was involved as a bandleader at a variety of churches for a few years. This isolated experience of scheduling, rehearsing, and coordinating musicians apart from leading worship gave me time to learn how to lead worship musicians and, especially how to handle…

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When We Fail to Worship

Let me note right at the beginning that worship can be difficult, and that I struggle with this at times. I am using the term “we” to include myself, so I’m not pointing at anybody here. Now let’s get to it: There are a lot of different expressions and experiences in worship. They are not…

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4 Ways to Unify with Your Teaching Pastor

Music can make or break someone’s opinion of a church. As a new worship leader at a brand new church plant, I feel this responsibility. In fact, when I first accepted the position, I experienced both the anxiety of not being sure if I knew what I was doing, and the freedom that comes with no strong traditions or entrenched dogmas. Using experience…

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