Here is worship leader podcast number 5 gang, and today in the worship leading podcast, we are going to look at songbooks and how to use them.  I know, they are a necessary evil for many worship teams, and great if you have failing memory like myself, but how can you actually integrate them into your team effectively and in a not-so-obvious way?  All is revealed on today’s worship leader podcast.

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The purpose of today’s worship leader podcast is not simply to offer worship leading tips, but we have loads of fun and share experiences as we do this. I am joined on today’s pod by our team and I am sure that you will get something out of it. You should find plenty to laugh about as well as worship leader podcast tips that you can apply straight away, starting this Sunday.

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leader Podcast Tips

worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at this website, and one of them deals directly with the question of leading worship in small groups. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leading tips, between the pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.

If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or to e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

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Leading praise and worship can be one of the most exhilarating and wonderful ministries in the world, but sometimes it can also be one of the most discouraging!  It is an upfront ministry and so you can get fantastic highs, but you can also be the target of a lot of negativity and criticism which can cause discouragement and dissatisfaction with your position.  If you are going through this right now, as we all do at some time, here’s some words of encouragement from someone who has been there and done that and got the T-shirt!

 

Discouraged in Leading Praise and Worship: Check This Video

 

Perhaps this video will encourage you in your calling, because if the Lord has called you to this ministry, don’t let the tongue of people deter you from what He has planned for your life!

 

You’re Not Alone Leading Praise and Worship!

 

Remember, you are not alone in Leading Praise and Worship, and you do not need to stand alone.  There are many of us leading praise and worship around the world just as you are, and we go through all the discouragement you do from time to time.  The important thing is to realize that you are not alone, that others leading praise and worship across the globe are standing with you, and you need to connect with them.  That’s what this site is all about!

 

Connect With Others Leading Praise and Worship

 

Leading Praise and WorshipSo, enjoy the video and be encouraged, but don’t forget to reach out to others bot to encourage them and to be encouraged yourself as you are leading praise and worship.  You are precious and the Lord loves you and has chosen you for a mighty task.  Keep in touch with our leading praise and worship blog and our new Podcast, because these things will encourage you as you serve the Lord in your own church situation.

 

Remember, you are not alone, and you do not need to face discouragement alone.  You are called to a mighty purpose, so start leading praise and worship with joy and courage as the mighty ministry you are destined to be!

As a worship leader it is important that you consider the question of whether an unbeliever can be part of your worship program.  I am often asked this question when two situations occur in a church: there are few team members available for the worship program, and the person who is not a Christian is a really talented individual.  If you have a large church with many talented musicians then the question may not affect you as much, but if your team is small and a very talented musician or singer is in the wings, can you willingly accept them into your worship program with a clear conscience?

What is the Worship Program Really About?

When considering your team, you need to stop for a moment and ask yourself what the worship program is all about.  Is it about having a great sound, or being professional or rocking the congregation’s socks off?  Or is it about leading your church family into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the Lord?

I would suggest to you that the worship program must be about leading people to God in worship.  Sure, we want to be professional and to play and sing to a high and beautiful standard, but I would suggest that these are secondary considerations for your worship program.  A worship program is a spiritual event, not a concert, so the idea that a non-believer can join your team is surely out of phase with the aims of your worship program team.

Who Qualifies Someone to Take Part in the Worship Program?

worship programIn teams that I have lead, one of the core requirements of team members is that they know Jesus and have a relationship with Him.  Non-believers can undoubtedly play well, sing well, and probably perform well, but they have no concept of the very central idea of the worship program: closer communion with the Lord.  Yes, we want it played and sung brilliantly, but we do not want to compromise the spirit of our worship program just to sound a bit better.

One of the first major worship program teams I assembled featured a very good drummer who was not a Christian, but who proved to be a demanding and rather aggressive team member.  We had a backup drummer who was relegated to percussion, and who was just happy to be a part of the worship program at all.  When the unbelieving drummer didn’t bother to turn up to practice twice over because he said he was good enough, I appointed the Christian guy.  He could not play as well, but he had a great spirit and understood what humility and serving in the  worship programwas all about.

Can the Worship Program Be a Tool To Reach Team Members?

In most modern churches, the pressure is on worship leaders to sound great and act professional (and this means accepting talented people whose lives are not right with the Lord) and I believe that worship leaders need to make a stand in their worship program.  I have heard of non-believers becoming Christians because of their involvement in the worship band, but I do not feel that this is the way we should be operating.  Why not lead them to the Lord first (when there is no ego opportunity at stake), then introduce them to the whole concept of worship, both personal and corporate.

Using worship team involvement to win a talented unbeliever to Christ is a bit like marrying an unbeliever to witness to them and lead them to Christ.  It is around the wrong way!  It is difficult to capture a true spirit of worship when the team for your worship program is unequally yoked!

So, worship leaders and pastors, let us make a stand for what is right and make sure our worship team is focused on the real task of leading people to Christ.  We must worship in Spirit and in truth, not just have professional music and presentation. Don’t allow your worship program to be held to ransom by talented non-believers.

Here is worship leading podcast number 4 and today in the worship leading podcast, we are going to look at the whole concept of talking during your worship leading.  As I travel across the world, I see worship leaders talking far too much as they lead and actually becoming a distraction to the congregation, detracting from the worship service rather than adding to it!  So how do we find the right amount of talking to include in our worship leading?  List to the pod and find out!  Click on the button below to download it now.

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The purpose of today’s worship leading podcast is not simply to offer worship leading tips, but we have loads of fun and share experiences as we do this.  I am joined on today’s pod by the whole gang,  and I am sure that you will get something out of it. You should find plenty to laugh about as well as worship leading podcast tips that you can apply straight away, starting this Sunday.

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leading Podcast Tips

worship leading podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at this website, and one of them deals directly with the question of leading worship in small groups.  So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leading tips, between the pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.

If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below.  And feel free to leave comments or to e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you.  I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

Click Here for your Free Worship Leading Podcast Tips Ebooks

To start the podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think!  So God bless and I look forward to sharing these worship leading podcast and tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

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Worship training is readily available in many forms these days, from worship conferences to online training and most of it, especially online, is relatively inexpensive.  This means that there are abundant opportunities to receive worship training, yet many inexperienced worship leaders either choose not to get worship training or cannot find the relevant material that can give them a huge advantage as they learn to lead their congregations in inspired, anointed worship.

Get the Right Worship Training Yourself

Like most types of lessons, worship training requires some time and effort on your part, and often some expense.  Some material is available on the internet for free, but this tends to be patchy and haphazard at best, meaning that you can learn the skills over a long period of time, but you cannot quickly and effectively learn what you need to supercharge your worship leading gift.  Blogs like ours, for example, provide lots of material and our free podcast is another amazing tool to help young worship leaders learn the skills required to become more effective.  However, the actual training is far more potent, easier to apply and gives far superior results to the endless hours of searching the internet for training!

Different worship leaders provide different aspects of worship training depending on their particular slant on the skills you need.  Many talk about your motivation and getting your heart right, and that is extremely important, but in the countless seminars I have run most people want me to go a different direction.  What many tell me they need is practical, easy to apply techniques for making the worship experience amazing, including things like how to blend songs, how to go up keys and how to arrange and produce the songs themselves.

So if you are starting out and looking at worship training ideas, make sure you learn material which is practical and works in your situation to quickly and effectively improve your worship leading abilities.

Commit to Worship Training for Your Team

worship trainingI believe that a great worship leader is not only gifted and anointed at leading worship, but brings the very best out of his team members.  This is why you need to not only get the best worship training for yourself, but you need to pass it on to your team members so that they too continue to grow in their abilities and gifts.

Henry Ford once said, “My best friend is the one who brings the best out in me” and this is what a worship leader needs to be for the team members.  Whether they are great or poor at their instruments or singing, my aim is always to develop their gifts, skills and relationship with Christ to the point where they continue to grow, improve and get better in their field.

So, worship training is not just something you can use but something you can pass on to encourage and improve the members of your team.  The question is, “How do you introduce worship training to your team?”

Develop Worship Training in your Practices

The most practical and effective way to develop worship training in your team is to do so in practices.  Most often, practices are just rehearsals for the songs being done on Sunday, or learning new songs, but if you are getting great worship training yourself, why not set aside 15 minutes to pass on some nuggets of truth to your team?

Skills like song arranging, blending songs, going up keys, developing solos and open worship can and should be explored together as a team, and the skills you learn in your worship training can be passed on to others.  This not only helps them by improving their skills and abilities, but it also builds your credibility with the band and improves the overall worship experience.

The world’s best Worship Training is something that you can obtain yourself, then pass on to your team members so that together you can lead your congregation in anointed, dynamic worship!

As I sit here thinking about how to lead praise and worship in a traditional church I am returning from a ministry trip to Sri Lanka.  Many of the churches we ministered to there were traditional churches struggling to try and find a blend between the older people in the church who love tradition and the younger ones who want to sing modern praise and worship music.  If you are in the church that is struggling with the same issues, it is important that you learn how to lead praise and worship in a way that satisfies both sides of the equation, and does so with sensitivity and true godliness.

How To Lead Praise and Worship That Satisfies Almost Everyone

You may consider that it is impossible to lead worship that satisfies almost  everyone, but I can tell you from experience it is achievable.  The most important thing is that you strive always to lead in a way that unites people rather than divides people.

Division is common among God’s people, especially when it comes to the area of music and worship.  On one side, you usually have the older congregation members who want to sing the hymns that they have been familiar with for decades, playing in the way that they have always been played with an organ, and that the more temperate volume.  On the other side you have the young people and increasingly the middle-aged, who wants to worship the Lord in a way that fits with their culture using music that represents their generation.

Trying to blend both sides of the worship spectrum may seem like an impossible dream, but after many years and many mistakes I believe that I found the right solution.

How To Lead Praise and Worship With Sensitivity

how to lead praise and worshipThe first thing to think about when you consider worship leading is sensitivity… to both sides of the generation gap.  If you produce loud, contemporary worship you are saying to the older generation, “you have no value anymore.”  If you play hymns exclusively, you are conveying to the younger people that their opinions and culture is unimportant.

A wise worship leader is one who can cater for both sides of the church, exhibiting a spirit of love and understanding for both the old and the young.  Part of learning how to effectively lead praise and worship is dealing with conflict as a leader and you need to make sure that both protagonists feel that their opinions are heard, even though you may not act upon these opinions.  This means that any complaints about the music being too loud, too rocky, too old or too boring must be listened to and considered when you are deciding how to lead praise and worship with sensitivity.

Leading Worship For Unity

Worship music can be a powerful force for unity or an amazingly destructive force within the church, especially within a more traditional congregation.  I have often witnessed angry words and even people leaving the church because of dissatisfaction with the worship service, and we must do our best as worship leaders to make sure that this never happens.

Many churches try to satisfy the opposing sides by having a period of contemporary worship at the start of the service, led by the young people using drums, electric guitars and so on, while reserving songs for worship within the service for hymns played on an organ.  While this may be an attempt to appease both sides, what it is really doing is creating a spirit of disunity, with each side recognizing ‘our music and their music’!

I believe that the best way to unite the old and the young, the traditionalists and the modernists, is to have the worship band incorporate hymns into both the contemporary worship time in the service and throughout the entire service.

One worship leader asked me if the elderly reacted badly to the suggestion, offended that their music is not being played on an organ.  My experience is that this is not the case but rather the opposite occurs, where the older people see the younger ones embracing their teams and their type of music and making it their own.  Most often this brings great joy to the more traditional believers, so you can learn how to lead praise and worship as a source of unity in the church rather than using music to polarize church members.

So, worship leaders, it is possible to unite both the traditionalists and the more modern members of your congregation!  The most important thing is that you learn how to lead praise and worship with sensitivity while promoting unity across all age groups in your church.

Here is worship leading podcast number 3!  Today in the worship leading podcast, we are going to look at the whole question of praise vs worship… which is our favourite, which do we emphasize and what is the correct balance.  I know that your worship leading will be blessed and challenged by this worship leading  podcast, so click on the button below to download it now.

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The purpose of today’s worship leading podcast is not simply to offer worship leading tips, but they have loads of fun and share experiences as we do this.  I am joined on today’s pod by Erick Buma, who actually has some controversial things to say today.

We are also joined by another crazy character, so you should find plenty to laugh about as well as worship leading podcast tips that you can apply straight away, starting this Sunday.

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leading Podcast Tips

worship leading podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at this website, and one of them deals directly with the question of leading worship in small groups.  So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leading tips, between the pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.

If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below.  And feel free to leave comments or to e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you.  I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

Click Here for your Free Worship Leading Podcast Tips Ebooks

To start the podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think!  So God bless and I look forward to sharing these worship leading podcast and tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

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It is fantastic to bring to you our second podcast, which is a worship leading podcast about preparations for your worship leading.  For most worship leaders, preparation is a huge thing, and in this podcast we are going to look at preparation, and how to prepare for your worship leading.  These are the tips that we will be talking about in today’s worship leading  podcast.

So Come and Check Out Our Worship Leading Podcast!

The purpose of today’s worship leading podcast is not simply to offer worship leading tips, but they have loads of fun and share experiences as we do this.  I am joined on today’s pod by Erick Buma, a fellow worship leader and great friend who has some worship leading tips to offer to listeners because he’s been leading worship since Noah was a lad … okay, maybe not that long, but he’s certainly been leading worship for a long time, and has some great worship leading tips to share.

We are also joined by a couple of crazy characters, so you should find plenty to laugh about as well as worship leading podcast tips that you can apply straight away, starting this Sunday.

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leading Podcast Tips

worship leading podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at this website, and one of them deals directly with the question of leading worship in small groups.  So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leading tips, between the pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.

If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below.  And feel free to leave comments or to e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you.  I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

Click Here for your Free Worship Leading Podcast Tips Ebooks

To start the podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think!  So God bless and I look forward to sharing these worship leading podcast and tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

Scroll to the link below for the Worship Leading Podcast…

If you want to learn how to lead praise and worship that flows there are some things that you can do to encourage this.  One of the most common problems I see in many worship leaders is that the service does not flow naturally and gently from song to song, either because of the church service format all because of the leaders in experience.

How To Lead Praise and Worship by Programming the Church Service

One of the most significant barriers to learning how to lead can be the church service structure.  Many churches see the music as punctuation around the other areas of the service, so the church service program allows only one or two songs to be sung in a sequence before the flow is broken up by other activities, such as announcements, the offering, prayer, missionary spots, and so on.

If you want to learn effective worship  leading that really flows, the first step is to approach the pastor about the format of the meeting.  Ask him if he would mind combining all of the above listed activities into one particular place in the service, allowing you to run three or four songs together in worship.  This simple change in format can change the way you lead praise and worship very significantly.

Blending Songs

how to lead praise and worshipOne of the key elements in learning how to effectively lead praise and worship lies in song selection.  If you select songs in a similar key, or songs that are easily able to be blended together, then you will be going a long way towards a worship service which flows naturally from song to song.  This can transform your church because they would no longer be singing a selection of songs that they will be able to flow from song to song and enjoy an entire worship experience.  Learning how to do this effectively is one of the great keys in learning how to lead praise and worship in an anointed way.

Speaking Less

One of the most frequent problems I see with inexperienced leaders who are learning is that they speak too much.  If it is not going well they speak to the audience, in telling them to get involved or praying with them.  Please do not misunderstand, I am not saying it is wrong to speak during the worship service.

However, my experience is that as you grow in your ministry you will also learn how to keep quiet and let God draw people’s hearts into the service, not your words.  This allows people to concentrate on the world and not on your thoughts, prayers or opinions.  Most of the truly great worship times I have ever experienced, with myself or someone else leading, have involved little or no talking between songs.

There is much more to learn about how to lead praise and worship effectively, but these three points can start you getting the right direction.

It is fantastic to bring to you our first podcast, which deals with worship leading tips for small groups.  Most worship leaders do not have the opportunity to lead worship in front of thousands of people, and many start their ministries by leading worship to small groups such as home groups or house churches, so these are the worship leading tips that we will be talking about in today’s pod.

So Come and Check Out Our Worship Leading Tips!

The purpose of today’s pod is not simply to offer worship leading tips, but they have loads of fun and share experiences as we do this.  I am joined on today’s pod by Erick Buma, a fellow worship leader and great friend who has some worship leading tips to offer to listeners because he’s been leading worship since Noah was a lad … okay, maybe not that long, but he’s certainly been leading worship for a long time, and has some great worship leading tips to share.

We are also joined by a couple of crazy characters, so you should find plenty to laugh about as well as worship leading tips that you can apply straight away.

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leading Tips

worship leading tipsAlso remember that we offer free e-books at this website, and one of them deals directly with the question of leading worship in small groups.  So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leading tips, between the pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.

If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below.  And feel free to leave comments or to e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you.  I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

Click Here for your Free Worship Leading Tips Ebooks

To start the podcast, click on the link below and let me know what you think!  So God bless and I look forward to sharing these worship leading tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.