An altar call should be an important, even a pivotal part of your Sunday church service.

Worship Leading Sets the Mood for an Altar Call

OK, some churches do not have actual altar calls, but many times the pastor challenges the people to respond in some way.

Whether your pastor is challenging people to come forward for prayer, or whether they fill out cards, these are the crunch time for any church service. Worship leading plays a key role because it not only provides the background music and ambiance, but it can also spearhead what the pastor is saying, cutting straight to the heart of the listeners.

In this podcast, we talk about how important music is in any challenges during the church service, and we also look at the altar call itself, what you must do, what you must never do, and how you can serve your pastor to enhance his or her ministry.

In the usual altar call, the preacher challenges people about a particular topic and then asks them to respond, often (but not always) by bringing them forward. If this happens, your worship team is right in the middle, and your contribution can make all the difference.

Altar call ministry is something you need to get right every single time.  If you do something wrong, you can cause people who are thinking deeply about the things of God to stop doing so.  In fact, and this is not overexaggerating, your music may be responsible for bringing souls into the Kingdom, or (heaven forbid) driving them away from an eternity with Christ.

So please, worship leaders, listen to today’s podcast with fear and trembling but also excitement.  I have been a worship leader for a famous evangelist for more than 25 years, and I have seen God do absolutely amazing things in the altar call.  What a privilege to know that my music, worship leading and ministry has been a part of something big and etrnal in the life of someone I don’t even know!

So listen to this podcast and let’s ask the Lord to use us and our worship leading ministry to challenge the people in our churches…

 

Stage presentation is something often overlooked in worship leading, but it can have a powerful effect for either good or bad when it comes to how your ministry is received. (Photo Pixabay)

Personal and Stage Presentation Matters

What you wear, where you stand, how you stand, how you hold the microphone and a number of other factors can dramatically affect your worship leading, and this is what we are going to explore in this week’s podcast.

Let’s face it when you lead people in worship you need to consider the whole package.  People usually worship with their eyes open, so they are looking at you, taking in the entire scene.  And trust me, your congregation will notice everything!  So we talk about what you are wearing, how you are holding the microphones, where the band members are placed and a ton of other stage presentation issues.

Everything we share on stage presentation in this special pod includes practical and easy ways that you can change and improve any deficiencies, so if you want your team to not only sound amazing and lead incredible worship, but also look sensational, then this podcast is not to be missed!

Even the little things, the ones you may have never even considered, are dealt with in this podcast.  We also share how you can change how the entire band presents itself, not as stone statues on stage singing and playing, but as real people relaxed and enjoying the worship, and interacting with each other in a way that presents as natural, stylish and cool!

We even make a stand against the current trend of blackening out everything, suggesting we can have colour and vibrancy in our churches instead of drab black! So, we may slay a few holy cows in this podcast, but I believe that in the end what the team suggests will be a great blessing to you, and definitely not that expensive to implement (we are basically cheapskates at heart!).

Learn more about stage presentation, the look, the feel, the positioning and the attire… it’s all here in this week’s worship leader podcast…

One of the constant desires of most singers is to be able to hit the high notes.

Hit the High Notes with Confidence!

Let’s face it, the high notes are what seem most impressive, and also as singers what makes us feel great.  High notes lift our spirits, and we often go up a key and find the worship atmosphere goes up a key also.

But sometimes we are not confident enough to hit the high notes with impunity. There is always an element of risk the higher you sing, so we thought a podcast revealing the secrets of exactly how you can hit the high notes as a singer was in order, and something that every singer, be they good, bad or average, would benefit from.

So this is an instructive podcast, where Darin and Erick will actually step you through how you can hit the high notes again and again with confidence.  We also talk about how you can change your voice over time, gently and safely raising the highest note you can pitch.  In fact, Darin can attest to molding his voice into a tenor doing exactly the things we talk about here!

So if you are a singer and you want to hit the high notes, don’t just tighten your belt or stamp on your foot hard to cause pain, learn the right techniques and start to get those notes you have always dreamed of getting in your worship leading!  Who knows, you might even break a few windows with your high pitched singing (and is that even possible???).  You certainly will inspire a few people if you can reach higher when you sing and if you can lift the worship at the same time.

Importantly, we will be teaching you how to hit the high notes without straining your voice, and this is incredibly important if you are to sing for any length of time. So we will teach you to sing and hit these notes, not screech and scream to try and attain the high notes!

If you have always wanted to hit the high notes without straining your voice or risking the dreaded “voice break”, then check out this free podcast now…

 

So you’re leading worship in church, and you want to display godly leadership in your worship. As a leader, you will face many pressures from those above and beneath you in the hierarchy, so the question becomes, “What does godly leadership actually look like?”

Godly Leadership is Powerful

This podcast examines what godly leadership actually is, and how we can as leaders become more godly in everything we do. The servant leadership that Christ talked about in Mark 10 comes to the fore, and we can take this humble yet powerful model into the way we lead our worship team.

The way we lead our team is going to either shine for Jesus, or become a way we attempt to control other people. I recommend the shining over the control, and we talk about how we try and exert influence over our team, while still maintaining the creative elements in our team members.  And make no mistake, you cannot control others and release them at the same time.

But here is the blessing.  As we inspire our team members and allow them to be creative and to reach their full potential in their gifting, we are not only showing godly leadership, we also earn a loyalty that will see them want to please us by doing what we want.  In essence, we can learn not to control them but to release and inspire them, and we tend to get things the way we want anyway.

Honestly, some worship leaders need a little mustache and a swastika armband, because within the realm of their worship portfolio they just want to be dictators.  Let that be none of us!

Listen to this podcast and learn how you can show godly leadership to your team and your church… leadership that inspires, challenges, trains, and releases others to become all that the Lord has destined them to be.

If you lead worship, don’t miss this exciting podcast…

How would you like to lead the perfect worship service?

Can we Lead the Perfect Worship Service?

OK, it is likely that none of us can lead an absolutely perfect worship service, but I am confident that we can get close to or approach perfection in the way we lead our worship.

It starts with having your heart and the hearts of your worship team right with God.  But there are also some positive thing you can do to help make your worship service powerful and close to perfect.  And we recognise that worship might look different for different churches, but that does not mean that we should not aim for being perfect!

So if you are a worship leader, and if you want to increase your skills and start to lead a church service that affects the lives of those listening and singing, then this is a great podcast for you to tune into!  As a worship leader for many years, I can tell you that there is nothing quite like leading a service where the Holy Spirit takes off and draws people to the throne of God in an incredible and supernatural way.  It is one of the great thrills of serving the King, and if we can learn how to lead services like this, not only will we feel fulfilled but people will flock to be a part of it!

Leading worship is a journey for us, and discussions like this can lead us deeper into the Lord, and deeper into our skillset as a worship leader.  So guys, do not miss this podcast, even if you think (and you are right) that our feeble efforts could never produce the perfect article in our worship.  If we can become closer to perfection in our worship leading, it is definitely worth the journey!

Check it out now!

When you lead worship, are you complaining or praying when things go wrong?

Things do go wrong when worship leading, as you may know, but many times the success of the ministry depends on our attitude, doesn’t it?

Are you Complaining or Praying

I know, there is a huge tendency to complain when things go wrong, and this is just human nature. So when you face a challenge, are you complaining or praying?  I mean, when push comes to shove, are you complaining or praying your way through the issues?

Let’s face it, all of us are inclined to complain from time to time, even constantly, when things do not work out as we have planned.  But how many of us know that when things go wrong or at least differently to our original plans in our worship leading, it is very often God leading us in a different way.  Perhaps He is working on our character, or perhaps He is working on someone in the band.

If you complain from the outset, it reveals that our spirit is not actually submitting to the Holy Spirit.  We should have a great attitude like Job in adversity, but often we just complain and whine like the Israelites in the Exodus!

This podcast is about ceasing the complaints and starting the prayer because God can use more effectively if we are focussed not on our problems and setbacks but on our prayer life.  It is exciting because it is all about seeing the Lord in the midst of our apparent trouble, and about focussing on His will for our lives instead of complaining.  This podcast might allow all of us the opportunity to experience what Habakkuk did over three chapters, and go from questioning God to this…

Habakkuk 3:17-18
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

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Does the love motive really affect your worship leading? Does love even affect your life in general? Great questions, but questions which cause us to examine our hearts more closely…

What is the Love Motive?

Is everything you do with your team, with your onstage presence and with your personal walk with God lead and controlled by love?

The love motive should be the core of everything we do as believers, and especially as ministries in the church.

Now, I know we say that love is central, but the reality is that many of us are centred not on love but on ourselves, and our own motives. We sometimes take our motives for granted, but I think there is great value in reexamining the motives that drive us to so what we do.

1 Corinthians 16:14 talks about doing everything in love, and while that is easy to say, it often takes others around us to show us our true motivations… whether they are of love, or of selfishness.

People who irritate, people who rub us the wrong way, they are the ones who reveal whether we have a true love motive as we serve in worship leading, or whether we make the statements and look the part, but are actually selfish underneath.

All of us are selfish, and it takes a close relationship with the Lord to set aside our own personal agendas and start seeking His will in our lives. Love needs to be the core motivation of everything you do, whether onstage or offstage, whether you are interacting with others or alone with God.

This pod is a call to all worship leaders to keep love as the central motivation to everything you do. So get inspired, sit back and relax and enjoy this exciting message, and make love the central motive for all you do in life…

 

Increasing power in worship leading is something we all want, but sometimes it is a difficult thing to obtain.

Power in Worship Leading

Seeing the Holy Spirit move in power in worship leading is clearly heavily dependent on your walk with God.  However, there are still great ideas and tips that you can use to increase the power in worship leading you see in your church.

These are not gimmicks or tricks, there are some positive and simple things you can do to see your worship leading take off in a way you have never experienced before.

And surely this is what we all want, what we all desire to see in your lives, and in our churches.  So in this podcast, we discuss how you can generate real power in your worship leading, by keeping close to the Lord in your quiet times and devotionals, and also by using simple techniques that can open the way for the Holy Spirit to move in your church in a new and fresh way.

So settle back, grab s coffee or tea and explore simple but powerful ways you can increase the anointing of God in your worship leading…

Honestly, there are definite things you can do to increase the power of your worship leading ministry.

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Check it out here, and leave no stone unturned to increase the power of worship leading in your life, and in your church.

 

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Professionalism v Attitude… We’ve all seen it… people who are professional in their playing or singing ability, but they come with a lousy attitude!

Professionalism v Attitude

So the worship leader faces a dire dilemma… do I accept the person because the play well or sing well, and drop my standards to fit their selfish attitude, or do I kick them out because of their attitude and find the band sounds awful?

If you have ever faced the question of Professionalism v Attitude, you probably have agonized over this, and even when you made your decision, if things didn’t go well, you have second-guessed your decision.

That is why we have created this podcast!  We are feeling for all those worship leaders caught between the right attitude and the right performances in their worship team. Now I am all for showing grace, even to those who, act in a self-centred or selfish manner, but where do you draw the line, how do you handle the gifted but difficult musician or singer, and at what point do you say, “Enough is enough!”

And if you choose to overlook some of the attitudes, you may have a mutiny on your hands, because these people might have the wrong attitude, but they have the right talent and they command the respect of others in the worship team.  It all can get very hard, very emotional and very tense, and as a worship leader you are often left wondering if you should just sing with only a guitar this Sunday!

This pod helps you sort through the emotional mire and make the right choices while keeping the band sounding great.  You can have great musicians and singer with great attitude, and if your worship team is like that then you should rejoice and be thankful.  But for the rest of us who try to balance Professionalism v Attitude, we all need to hear this podcast, and think the situation through and make wise and godly decisions…

 

It’s lonely at the top many times for a worship leader, and when it comes to decision making, and responsibility, it can be a huge burden to bear.

Why It’s Lonely at the Top…

You probably wonder why it’s lonely at the top for many worship leaders.  When we move into the worship ministry, we often isolate ourselves from those around us, but this is a really bad idea!

Sure, the responsibility for the way worship goes falls to you, but is this a burden you want to bear by yourself?

The concept of team comes into things here, and when you have a team with you, and behind you, you will find it is a lot less lonely at the top than it would otherwise be.

Never the less, there will be times when you have to make unpopular decisions or be tough on one of your team members, and these are the times when you really can feel all alone.

That’s why we have decided to do a podcast on leadership, and the sometimes lonely road it can become… and ways in which you can strategies and make the journey not as lonely.

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It’s a complete 6 month course covering what you need to know to lead a worship team, from selecting the right songs, joining and arranging songs and going up keys, right through to management of the band, dealing with personalities, conflicts, encouragement and everything else.

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