Posts Tagged ‘leading worship’

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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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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Preparing A Worship Set List: More than Picking Songs

It’s tempting to plug in a list of popular, catchy songs that people will enjoy (hopefully) and feel like the set list is complete. But there is a teaching component to our leading that should call people to something deeper than immediate enjoyment. Here are my steps that I go through to consider all elements…

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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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How to Prevent Burnout: The Ministry Axiom

In my last article, I talked about The Ministry Axiom, a way of thinking about our time and resources that can help cope with burnout. Now, I want to look at the example that Jesus gave for dealing with his “>” followed by practical steps for preventing burnout in your own ministry life: Jesus Stayed…

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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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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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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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