Song leading and worship leading are not the same things, and it is important that we have a close look at how we are leading and what we are leading.

Song leaders lead people in singing a selection of songs, but worship leading involves far more than just singing a few songs. Song leading might be fun, could even be inspirational, but it falls far short of your calling if you are called to be a worship leader.

Song Leading vs Worship Leading

Worship is so much more than singing a few tunes and feeling good.  You can sing songs at a disco or a football match, and feel pretty good, but that does not make the act of singing into actual worship.  In this podcast, we are going to explore what true worship is, what it looks like, and how you can change the spiritual atmosphere in your church. You can lead the service away from simple song leading into an incredible journey of worship.

After all, people in the church are not just there to sing a song or two. However, some pastors want the songs to punctuate what they consider to be the more important aspects of the service, things like announcements, communion, offering, missionary spot and so on.  If that is all the song is worth, then we are shortchanging our congregations!

Worship is so much more than just song leading.  Listen to this podcast, and be inspired to take your people on an incredible journey from when they walk into the auditorium right to the very heart and throne room of God!  That’s our calling, that’s our anointing, and we should never settle for second best by just song leading!

Learn the important differences, and how you can elevate your ministry into true worship leading in this exciting podcast…

Constructing harmonies is an incredible and invaluable part of vocal arrangement.

Now we all know what harmonies are, and I think all of us can attest to how attractive a really tight and beautiful harmony can be.

We hear it, we recognise it, but hey, how hard is it constructing harmonies?  Most worship leaders do not know enough about harmonies and don’t really know where to start in constructing harmonies.

Construction Harmonies Can Make All the Difference

Harmonies can take average music and transform it into amazing and anointed worship leading.  If you are in a small church, or a traditional church, harmonies could be your ticket to raise the standard of your worship leading from average to unbelievable!  Even if your musicians are poor, even if the songs are old or outdated, even if the congregation are stayed or bored (or staying bored), harmonies can supercharge your worship leading, especially if constructed harmonies are clever.

So the big question is, “How do you actually construct harmonies so they sound amazing?”

While we cannot hope to teach you everything you need to know about harmonies in a half hour podcast, we can start the process, or continue the process of how, where and when you can create and construct harmonies that will add amazing dynamic and power to your worship leading.

After all, we all know there is something very special and extremely attractive about constructing harmonies.  It is a challenge for you as a leader, but you can also experience tremendous satisfaction when they 3 part, or even 4 part harmony, glides across the music and into the hearts of those listening.  Trust me, constructing harmonies is the pinnacle for vocalists, and a tremendous asset to the astute worship leader!

Listen to this week’s podcast and discover how harmonies can catapult your worship into the stratosphere!

And if you want to learn more about harmonies, and how to construct them, click this link and join our worship leader Academy today!

280- The Audience of One

The audience of One…

Is a phrase we used to refer to the fact that when you are leading worship, the most important part of your audience is God Himself.

When you lead worship you look across the crowd that is your congregation and you think to yourself,” I wonder what they are thinking of my worship leading, and why they are not fully engaging in worshipping the Lord.”

It’s moments like these that we need to remember the audience of One, the fact that God is your only true audience, and the one whose approval you need to seek over and above anybody else.

And yet in all this, we are human so we do worry about what people think, and whether we are doing a good job in the eyes of our pastor, and our congregation. This pod cast is designed to get you to think about why you are leading worship, and whom you are offering worship to… Is it to people, or is it to the audience of One?

Although we talk about leading worship for the Lord, we need to minimise the effect that worrying about what people are thinking can have on us.

Being human, and living in the real world, we tend to rely on our eyes and on perceived responses from people as we lead worship, I can’t they raising their hands or are they singing loudly.

When we discover the truth that we are truly only singing and performing for the audience of One, it can free you from the fear of man and from concern about how your worship time appears to be going and it can release you into the realm of higher praise.

So as you listen to this podcast, sit back and think about who your real audience is. Are you singing, playing and leading worship for the people, for the pastor, for yourself, or are you truly leading worship for the audience of One?

Feeling down? This is a common thing among worship leaders, so you are not alone!

This podcast will be dealing with the whole issue of feeling down, and how you can raise your spirits. Feeling down as a worship leader is not a unique experience, as the guys share in this episode.

So why are you feeling down? It might be because your worship leading has fallen short, it might be because of internal conflicts within the worship team or it could be something completely unrelated, like conflict at home or work.

Maybe you’re just going through a hard time in an area of your life that is affecting your ministry. Whatever the cause, you need to recognise that how you feel has no bearing on God’s plans for your life.

Many times we feel down although after a great success, which is exactly what happened to Elijah after the victory on Mount Carmel. (1 Kings 18-19). From such a great high, he feels so low he wanted to die, and sometimes worship leaders can feel that way… Frequently.

And like Elijah, many times we will fill especially low after we’ve had a great success. If we rely on our feelings, our life will be up and down continuously, so we have to look beyond our feelings at what God says about us, take our eyes off our circumstances and place them firmly on the Lord.

To quote an old song, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full and His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

So as you listen to this podcast today, pause to reflect on the goodness of God in your life, the calling that he has for you as a worship leader and train yourself to look up rather than look down, look to him rather than to be overwhelmed by your circumstances.

So we decided to put the special pod cast together for you to encourage you, bless you and remind you that God has a plan and purpose for your life, regardless of how you feel.

If you are feeling down, we hope that this podcast will cheer you up and give you great hope for the future!

Single instrument worship leading, when you lead with only a single instrument like a guitar or piano, might seem like a challenge, but this exciting podcast shares some of the advantages and awesome things that can happen when all of your team lets you down and it becomes just you and a single instrument.

Is Single Instrument Worship Leading Good or Bad?

In this discussion, we look at the positives of only using one instrument when you are worship leading. Now I’m not saying you should fire your band and drop back to a single guitar or piano, but there are some definite advantages when you do this, and sometimes change is as good as a holiday, right?

Even in big concerts by famous people, who have huge bands and productions worth millions of dollars, and who have the best of the best musicians and singers, there is often a time where they grab a single acoustic guitar, or sit at a single piano and share an intimate song or two.  There is something revealing, simple and strangely intimate about having just one instrument, and today’s pod explores the various ways we can use this close feeling and gentle intimacy to draw people even closer to the Lord in worship!

So if you are in a small church where you might face this regularly, or if you lead in small groups where a single instrument is the norm, the team shares how you can make single instrument worship the best!  Don’t despise the day of small beginnings, let God use you to draw His people near so that they can worship and honour Him in a special way through the use of single instrument worship leading…

And also do not forget, there’s an superb worship leader training academy which is available to you a fraction of the price of going to Bible College.

It will be a complete 6 month course covering all you need to know to lead a worship team, from choosing the right songs, joining and arranging songs and going up keys, right through to management of the team, managing personalities, conflicts, encouragement and just about anything.

If you’re leading worship in any capacity, don’t stumble in the dark! For just $29.77 a month obtain the training you need to not just make do, but end up being the worship leader you’re destined to be.

Supercharge your worship leading abilities today (possibly even get your church to sponsor you… best investment they could ever make!).

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Learning how to give criticism in a productive and godly way is an important part of leading a praise and worship team.

Discover How to Give Criticism in a Way That Your Team Will Love You For!

If you criticise your team members the wrong way, you will not only build resentment against you, but you can destroy their ministries and even their lives!

This might sound a bit over the top, but in this podcast, we are going to look at how your ability to handle and give criticism can have a major effect on the life of your team, and overall on how effective your worship leading ministry is.

Psalm 133 talks about the powerful effect unity can have on your ministry, whatever your ministry might be, and I can tell you that mishandling the ways in which you give criticism to your team members can greatly affect unity, and therefore the power and effectiveness of everything you do!

So, every worship leader needs to hear this important podcast and learn how you can not only give critis=cism in a constructive and godly way, but also how you can bring the very best from your team in a way that doesn’t upset them, but actually, makes them love you even more!

So last week we looked at how to take criticism, which is the first part of this double podcast.  This week, we flip it around and teach you how to give criticism, especially when the aim is to improve worship leading and the overall band performance.  So how do you give criticism in a loving, godly and effective way?  Listen to this podcast and discover how you can do this the right way…

Don’t do it wrong, because you will definitely regret it!  Offer constructive criticism in a loving, godly and effective way?  Listen to this podcast and discover how you give criticism the right way…

Worship disasters happen, doesn’t matter who you are or where you are ministering, at some point things are going to go wrong!

Therefore, if you are smart, rescuing worship disasters is something you had better know a thing or two about!

It might be your PA misbehaving, your team mistiming or your own spiritual life misfiring, but something is going to not go the way you plan it at some point. Inevitably, something at some time will go wrong, and rescuing the situation is a skill we all need.  No matter who you are, you need to listen to today’s podcast and learn how to deal with disasters when they come…

And for some of us, worship disasters are a regular occurrence. It doesn’t really matter what the issue of the moment is, the real question is how do you handle such a worship disaster?

Handling Worship Disasters

When things mess up, what do you do? Do you freeze, do you blame others or do you step up and take responsibility, and make it right? Do you pray, or do you panic? Do you sign or do you scream at someone?

Handling these worship disasters is a key part of your worship leading, and can make the difference between been an OK leader and a super one.  Every time you don’t handle things correctly, your team, your pastor, and the congregation all start to doubt you and your ability, even your anointing!

Inevitably, something at some time will go wrong, and rescuing the situation is a skill we all need.

So today, do yourself and your worship leading skills a huge favour and listen up good because when it all goes wrong, you really want to actually know what you are doing, don’t you?

No matter who you are, you need to listen to today’s podcast and learn how to deal with disasters when they come…

The changing face of worship leading in the church is, well… changing constantly!

New styles, new ideas, new songs, the list goes on and on. How do you lead worship with integrity in the face of constant change, and how can you harness the changes to make your worship leading more effective, both now and long into the future.

Worship Leading in the Church is Different Now


Worship leading and the church is completely different to what it was years ago. Gone are the days when we conduct the sky and rely on the organ, with many modern churches presenting a world class musical and vocal performance.

In the face of such changes in the church, how do you as a worship leader prepare the hearts of your people to lead them into a deeper experience of worship, despite the way in which we now present our music?

This exciting podcast examines the type of changes that are currently happening, and how you can not only survive them but also thrive in the midst of the constant change that is our modern society.

There are some aspects of worship leading in the church that we must never change and that you must adhere to, and there are some aspects of change that we must embrace in order to continue communicating effectively with our congregations.

So if you’re not sure which is which, tune into this week’s podcast and discover how, in the midst of change you can improve the effectiveness of your worship leading in church.

Find out how in today’s worship leader podcast

Getting stale in worship leading is a dilemma we all face, no matter how long or how effective you are at worship leading.

Getting Stale in Worship

Let’s face it, no matter who you are or what church you are in, after a period of time things can easily go just a little bit stale.  You do the same thing, that you know works well, and you do it service after service, and even the professionals, even the world’s greatest worship leaders run the risk of things becoming same old, same old.

But wait! You don’t have to find yourself getting stale in worship!  You can keep worship and indeed worship leading fresh, alive and fun if you approach it in the right ways.  So this podcast is full of practical suggestions that can make a major difference in the way you face worship, in the way you manage the team, and even the way you face life!

This exciting podcast examines how we fall prey to going stale, and how we can stop this and keep our worship leading fresh and alive…

So, listen up and enjoy the banter, and remember, you can avoid getting stale in worship if you stay close to the Lord!

And do not forget, there’s an outstanding worship leader training school that is accessible to you a fraction of the cost of going to Bible College.

This is actually a complete 6 month course covering all you need to know to lead a worship team, from selecting the best songs, joining and arranging songs and going up keys, to dealing with the band, coping with personalities, conflicts, encouragement and the rest.

So if you are leading worship in most any capacity, don’t stumble in the dark! For just $29.77 a month receive the training you might want to not just make do, but function as a worship leader that you’re destined to be.

Increase your worship leading abilities today (perhaps even get your church to sponsor you… best investment they could ever make!).

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We all face unnecessary distractions in worship leading, but how do you deal with those unnecessary distractions, and how do you minimise them when you are trying to lead worship in your church?.

After a couple of weeks off and what I consider to be a well-earned holiday, full of wonderful distractions and worship leading, we are back on deck for the podcast dealing with the big questions, and trying not to get distracted by them!

When you are leading worship, there are any number of distractions that people face the can drag them away from connecting with God. The big question is, how do you minimise these distractions in worship leading, without sounding aggressive or heavy-handed.

Sure, you could ask everybody to turn off their cell phones and that will reduce distractions, but there are many other things that can adversely affect your worship leading.

So find some time to concentrate, sit down and enjoy this worship leader podcast. Make sure that you are not distracted, or you will be completely negating any good that you are doing by listening to the podcast in the first place!!!

This invaluable information is explored in this week’s exciting worship leader podcast…

And do not forget, there’s a marvelous worship leader training college that’s available to you a small price of the price of going to Bible College.

It’s a complete 6 month course covering all that you should know to lead a worship team, from selecting the best songs, joining and arranging songs and going up keys, right through to management of the band, coping with personalities, conflicts, encouragement and the rest.

So if you are leading worship in any capacity, don’t stumble in the dark! For only $29.77 a month acquire the training you might want to not just muddle through, but end up being the worship leader that you’re destined to be.

Increase your worship leading abilities today (perhaps even get your church to sponsor you… best investment they could ever make!).

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