Building a worship band is not a simple task, but we all want to build it God’s way, not in human effort, right?

Build Your Own Worship Band

Like the famous “build a bear” stores, where you can go and design your teddy bear exactly as you like it, with a worship band you have the opportunity to build what you like.  However, regardless of your talent or musical preference, you surely want to build a worship band the way that God wants, rather than according to your own preferences and desires.

And that’s what this podcast is all about… building the right worship band in the right way, and just as God gave very specific instructions about the construction of the temple, He also has some pretty awesome ideas about building a worship band that glorifies Him, not themselves… and not you!

And this, after all, is where many worship leaders go wrong!  They love music, their style of music, so inevitably they build a band that reflects the type of music they love to listen to. If you like we build the band in our image.  But I do not believe that this is what the Lord wants!  He wants a band built for worship that is in His image, just as He wants us to build ourselves in the Image of His Son!

So if you want to build your worship team into a solid, cohesive and anointed band, listen to this week’s podcast and learn just how you can build something incredible in your church!

And what’s even better is that we will teach you how to build your worship team the right way, maintaining harmony and developing a chemistry between the members that will really excite your church and pastor. So if you really want to build the best worship band, listen and absorb the collective wisdom fo Darin and Erick on this one…

worship leader podcastThis worship leader podcast is exactly what you need if you want to create the perfect backing band to lead worship with.  Wouldn’t you like the best band ever behind your worship leading?  I know I would, but the pod today discusses what exactly is the perfect band, and the steps you need to take to create it in your church.

Is having the perfect band behind you about their abilities, their attitudes, your leadership or the grace of the Holy Spirit?  It is probably a bit of all of these, but in the pod we will show you which ones you can compromise on, and which ones are the most important (starting obviously with the Holy Spirit!).

 

If you have a band and singers in your church, this worship leader podcast is not to be missed!

 

 

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This worship leader podcast is about how you can discipline your team while still keeping everybody happy!  Not always an easy task, but we will all face this at some time.  If you have human beings on your worship team, then this is a “must hear” podcast!

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OK, this worship leader podcast could open a can of worms for sure:  Should you have Non-believers as part of your worship band? If you are in a small church and a great musician or singer walks in, you are certainly tempted to invite them to join the band.  But is is a compromise, is it an outreach to the non-believer, or is it part of God’s divine plan for you as a worship leader?  The gang discuss this very issue on today’s podcast, so tune in and judge for yourself what you think is right.

 

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I am often asked advice on how to lead praise and worship with an inexperienced team.   If you want to learn how, you will have to face this one some day: the situation whereby you have to carry a member of your band or singers, for whatever reason, even though you know this will seriously affect your worship leading and the spirit of worship in the church that service.

how to lead praise and worshipThere are many facets to this problem, but the central fact is this: you can still be a great worship leader even if your band is imperfect, or even incompetent!

How to Lead Praise and Worship But Carry Some of Your Band!

If your church is anything like mine, you are not worship leading with seasoned professionals, you are dealing with amateurs, which means that you have to be a servant and coax them along with a spirit of love and tolerance. In my book on how to lead praise and worship, I teach that there is never a reason to speak down to these people, or to embarrass them. Your job as a praise worship leader is to encourage them, even if they are poor, even if they mess up the wonderful worship leading time you had planned. I believe that the Lord will honor you for this!

Most often these individuals are trying hard, and will be crushed if you convey that you are upset with them, so please be careful even with the way you look at other band members. Remember, if you have lots of talent but no love, you are only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13).  Just as you are always learning how to lead worship, so they can have a learning curve for their role too!

How to Lead Yet Carry These Guys?

There are ways and means of carrying an underachiever, but it is certainly easier in some parts of the band than others.

Singers are easy: Turn them off in the front of house with a quiet word to the sound man, but keep them in the foldback so they think they are singing. if they are actually off, turn them down a bit in the foldback.

Guitars: Similar to the above.

Bass: Much harder to hide, so I would suggest rather that you rewrite the music in a much simpler for, using basic notes with a minimum of changes per bar.

Drummers: This is the hardest. I have this situation now, and these are tough. I must say, inexperienced drummer have a habit of either slowing down in faster songs, or completely mixing up the kick and snare, so the snare is on beat one, and the kick beat two. in my church, you will often see me off mike calling out to the drummer, “the other one”, which means they have to change the kick and snare back!

The bottom line is, when you learn how to lead praise and worship and continue to serve and love with the right attitude, you will be able to bear with your less competent band members. I would chose simpler songs, even if you don’t want to. When I have one of these guys on, I will often change the songs I am doing to find something within their abilities.

Learning How to Bring the Best Out of Your Team

Finally, recognize that learning how to lead is about learning how to bring the best out of your team.  Pray and believe the Lord for an awesome worship time, even if it is not up to your standards! After all, when you are worship leading God is listening to your heart, not necessarily the quality of your music!

If you manage your team correctly, both the good and the bad members, the competent and the incompetent, then you will truly be learning not only how to lead praise and worship, but also how to lead men and women in godliness.

be a Worship LeaderIf you want to be a worship leader on a regular basis you will recognize this feeling: it’s Sunday morning, it’s early on and you do not feel well, however you have a responsibility to the Lord, the Pastor and the audience to be a worship leader, and do it skillfully. Even world class worship leaders confront days like this and, because I had one of these on Sunday last, I would like to cheer those of you who meet the week in, week out worship leading burden.  If you want to be a worship leader, you have to make sure it does not turn into tedium!

To Be a Worship Leader

There are many reasons why, when we truly want to be a worship leader, we can feel down.  It can be as straightforward as coming off a late evening, feeling worn-out or sick or simply plain worn out, right through to having major events disturbing our sense of joyfulness, things like marriage trouble, the passing away of a familiar friend or a fight with someone in your band just prior to the service.

In my case it was unquestionably a late night after a journey to a near by city which left me feeling fatigued, lackluster and a bit down or miserable when it came to worship leading.

Be a Worship Leader Despite How You Feel!

Uninspired was definitely a good word, and I looked around at the others in my worship band, recognized that if I was going to be a worship leader in the truest sense of the word I would have to carry quite a few of these guys since their skill was not great, but then I saw something else.  They too were fatigued and lethargic.  Perhaps it was infectious!

I prayed and asked the Lord to assist me to be a worship leader not only on stage, but also on a personal level with my team.  I realized that when we are weak, He is strong (2 Cor 12:10).  I realized again that this whole vocation of worship leading is not about me, and how I feel, it’s about Him!  I took a good, hard look at myself, and realized that in truth I am merely a servant, not a singer, not a guitarist and definitely not a star!  I recognized that no matter how I felt inside, to be a worship leader is to required a change in my way of thinking and continue to serve, no matter what the price.

Then the Lord started to move with magnificent power, firstly in my own heart, and then in the hearts of the singers and musicians.  I shared my labor with them for a short time, and we paused to pray as a team and give the morning to the Lord.  Whether we use our hands, feet or voices, all of us above all use out hearts, and this is the appropriate attitude of a servant, and if I want to be a worship leader I must first be a servant.

So when the worship leading began, almost from the very first song, you could feel the presence of the Lord, and His delight at our change of heart, and at our choice to do our best no matter what we felt at that moment.  In our weakness, He showed Himself strong, and we were rewarded with a magnificent and very intimate time of worship.

You Can Be a Worship Leader No Matter How You Feel!

So, fellow worship leaders, if you want to be a worship leader please accept this highly frank, open and graphic article to motivate you, and to tell you that, even if you are feeling downhearted, fatigued and uninspired, you are not alone.  All worship leaders feel this at some stage, all worship leaders labor to keep the flame of inspiration flourishing, and all worship leaders require reminding that worship leading is never about us, and our talents and our enthusiasm, it is, and continually ever will be, first and foremost about HIM!

To be a worship leader is to be a servant, no matter how you feel!