Worship Leadership

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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Evaluating Worship as a Total Service

At Park Church, we utilize a portion of our staff meeting to evaluate the prior Sunday. While this is probably normal for most churches, we’ve chosen to have a group review of the total service, rather than have individual leaders or departments only evaluate the areas in which they are directly involved. Often this leads…

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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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Our Perception of Success

We all want things to go well in a Sunday morning environment. We want the music to flow and to avoid awkward transitions and wrong notes. We want the screens to look the way we designed and the video to play the way it’s supposed to. We want the planning that we’ve done to be…

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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 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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Worship Observations: What is Your Breaking Point?

A Few Worship Observations I think most people want to make a good impression in any setting. I know I am that way. Meetings, conferencing, the stage, services, new clients, staff team… I want to be confident, friendly, sincere, kind, strong…etc. There are aspects of this approach that are good. Confidence leaves people feeling secure. Friendliness…

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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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Transitioning Worship Style: 3 Key Factors

“Grab a hymnal from the seatback in front of you and turn to #134 – Victory in Jesus.” Those were familiar words to me growing up in church. I was raised on hymns, which to this day still play an important role in my family and our church. But, even back then, some hymns didn’t connect well…

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Learning to Trust Your Worship Leaders

I have a good friend who is one of the most gifted worship leaders I have every had the privilege to work with. He has an amazing ability to connect with people in worship. He is also an amazing example of what it means to be a servant of the Lord. I have learned so…

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Embracing Conflict and Ministry Growth

Conflict is never fun. Most of us avoid it at all costs, especially if we are in ministry. But in a creative ministry it is inevitable. I had an experience with conflict that really opened my eyes to the brighter side of interpersonal entanglements. It allowed me to view conflict as a tool to healthy…

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