Worship Experience

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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Leading your People to Sing of God’s Holiness

Holiness is an attribute of God that can be hard to communicate to people. A lot of people would just file this under “always does the right thing” and call it a day. But the truth of God’s Holiness is so much larger than that, overwhelmingly so. Here’s some explanation that I gave recently that…

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What Volume Level is Right?

Before I was in pastoral ministry, I was a touring musician.  I traveled with a large concert PA system and a “stadium worthy” 1200 watt amp of my own.  I love to play music so loud that it rattles the windows and shakes the platform. There is a raw energy that comes with high volume…

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The Spaces Between: Filling and Embracing them

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve planned, prayed over and rehearsed the most amazing worship songs on planet earth with my team only to take the stage with an under my breath comment because I’d forgotten to think about those moments in between. Those moments between songs… before songs, and sometimes even during songs.…

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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 Lead Worship in a Multigenerational Setting

Our church sits on a corner. To the north are several retirement communities and to the south are expanding neighborhoods bursting with young families. One of our church’s key values is to be relevant; but how can a church be relevant to such a diverse community? When I began here we were planning two services: classic…

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The Five Things That Happen When We Worship Together

As a younger Christian I would often attend weekend worship services with an expectation of how I would be able to engage with God in a private way, expressing my heart to Him individually in song, receiving the preaching of the Word with an application specific to my life, and responding to the Holy Spirit…

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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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5 Ways Songs of Prayer Impact a City

I work with a ministry in Tucson that serves to transform our community by helping unify and mobilize followers of Christ. We believe prayer is the catalyst for transformation, so our hope is to collaborate with local churches on building a culture of prayer in our city. As we’ve been strategizing together how to make…

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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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3 Ways Uphold God’s Glory During Worship

As a Senior Pastor, when God’s people walk in the back doors of the church, their view of God is often not big enough.  When the worship teams begins to play, they aren’t simply making music.  They are beginning to unpack a statement that describes the character of God.  The purpose of corporate singing is…

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Worship vs. Performance: How I Keep my Perspective in Check

I often wonder how worship leaders draw the line between what is worship and what is a performance. It can be a difficult distinction to make. Because worship is based on a personal response it is almost impossible for people to remain purely objective when evaluating the difference. Over the years I have come up…

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