Using the Bible in your worship leading is important, not only in your personal walk with God but also on stage.

Why Use the Bible in Your Worship Leading?

The bible should be a huge part of the life of every believer, whether they are on stage or off stage.  The Bible is not some ancient book covered in dust we like to read. No, the Bible is, to quite the Bible itself,

Hebrews 4:12 New International Version (NIV)

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

So we wanted to do a podcast refocusing our many worship leaders back onto a pivotal part of leadership, and being a Christian.  Using the Bible in your worship leading life will energise, transform and empower not only your ministry, but every aspect of your life.

And to help you in this regard, we want to give away our Bible reading program, which takes you through the entire Bible in just one year, by only reading 2 chapters a day.  How is this possible?  We hit the highlights only, and keep the passages moving and exciting, enabling you to invest just 5-10 minutes per day and cover all the important aspects of the Bible in just one year.

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Sometimes we get so involved in the music and presentation of our worship, that we forget the pivotal role that the Bible must play in our lives. We can use the Word of God between songs, we can make sure our songs are accurate, and we can live each day with the power of God’s Word leading and influencing us.

So settle back and invest 12 minutes into making the Bible the central part of your life, both on and off stage…

Dealing with High Emotions in the Worship Team is never easy, but this 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast could really help.

High Emotions in the Worship Team can Kill Unity

Let’s face it, musicians and singers can be people of high emotions at times.  They are passionate, they are gifted, and frankly they are often intolerant of others, especially is others are less gifted than they are!

High emotions in the worship team, especially if you have gifted people, is almost par for the course.  We get so passionate about our craft, about our songs, our arrangements, our gifts.

But as you will discover when you listen to this 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast, no amount of gifting, no amount of talent justifies the poor treatment of other team members.

So many singers and musicians consider themselves gifted and look down upon others who seem to be less gifted that they are.  Thing is, Jesus did not call us to be gifted, He called us to be servants.  No matter your gifting, no matter how talented you might be, there is no excuse for treating people badly.

Unity, after all, should be the central part of our worship team. But high emotions, things like anger and frustration, are used by the enemy to ruin unity.  And there is nothing like music to make emotions run high, and to quickly and effectively destroy unity!

Most worship leaders, in fact, all worship leaders, are going to have to deal with this at some time!  So, do not be surprised by the high emotions in the worship team that threatens to disrupt what God is doing. Listen to this podcast, learn how to deal with the problems ahead of time, detect and meet the high emotions and potentially save your worship team and the unity your team needs to be truly effective leading worship…

Hitting vocal high notes is a challenge for every singer. If you are a singer, then this is a podcast you will not want to miss.  And I am guessing that most of you singers out there would love to stretch your vocal range so you can tackle the high notes with confidence, right?

Every Singer Wants to Hit the Vocal High Notes

Vocal expert Erick, and serial vocal abuser Darin take you through some of the awesome techniques they use to hit the high notes, so tune in and listen to this 12 minutes designed for singers to help them become better at what they do.

The thing is, no matter what your standard as a singer, there are always things you can do that will help you reach your full potential. Sometimes you can even change the entire range you have, hitting vocal high notes that you have ever hit before.

It is possible, it is achievable, and this 12-minute podcast can be a game changer when it comes to your vocal range. How do I know? I know because I have done it myself (this is Darin speaking).

Over the years, I have stretched my vocal range from fairly deep baritone to a rich tenor, but this 12-minute podcast can show you shortcuts that can help you achieve the range of vocals that you want to achieve. Plus, you will have a load of fun and a few laughs along the way.  Believe it or not, stretching towards a higher vocal range can actually be fun!

So singers, what are you waiting for?  Do not be content with an average range, when you can do something to achieve the vocal high notes you dream of.

Check it out now and let this 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast give you the vocal range you always dreamed of.

Maintaining Unity of the Worship Team is one of the most important aspects of leading a worship team.

Why is Maintaining Unity So Important?

Unity is commonly attacked by the enemy in every area of Christian ministry. And in a worship team, you probably already know that this is not so easy to maintain.

Every time you put talented, strong-willed people together, you will get some differences of opinion. It is how we manage those differences which can result in disunity or unity… the choice is yours!

The Bible says in Psalm 133:1-3…

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore.

Unity does not mean that you all agree on everything. How many of you know this pretty much never happens.  But unity is when you can agree to disagree agreeably.

If you do not have unity in your team, then your effectiveness in worship leading will be affected.  This is because unity is more than just not having conflict, it is at the very core of your ability to lead worship.

This exciting podcast is 12 minutes that you can invest into maintaining unity in your worship team, and it could be one of the most important messages you will hear this year! I am not exaggerating when I say that unity, or lack of unity, is one of the most common flaws in worship team leading.

So settle back and listen to this podcast, and find ways you can maintain unity in your worship team

Learning how to resurrect a great song is a skill we should all have in worship leading.

Resurrect a Great Song

As we discussed last week on the pod, so many churches kill off great songs, mainly by flogging them to death. We take a perfectly good song and ruin it, and then throw it on the scrap heap of worship life.

There are so many really good songs that we have simply discarded because they were flogged to death by worship leaders.  Songs like Shout to the Lord and Shine Jesus Shine, which were good in their day, have been more or less abandoned. Even if a song was once a great song, many people are just over them today.

So is there any hope for these songs? Picture this… we take one of these once loved tunes and we give it a different style, a different feel, perhaps we start it a fresh and new way, or make an acapella version of it.

There are loads of ways you can breath new life into a once great song, and that’s exactly what the guys discuss in this pod.  They will share new, innovative ideas that will allow you, and your congregation, to rediscover anew the beauty and wonder of songs that were once loved but have fallen into disrepute.   Simple ideas and technique could make all of the difference as you rediscover the awesomeness of some songs you might have thought gone forever!

In this podcast, Darin and Erick take 12 minutes to discuss how you can resurrect those seemingly destroyed songs. This is a great podcast to head into Easter with… The theme of resurrection!

12- How to Kill a Great Song

Most worship leaders do not set out to kill a great song…

But sadly, many do kill a great song!  Let’s face it, there are loads of wonderful songs in our churches, from the hymns of old right through to the latest hits, but we don’t always do them justice when we play and sing them in our worship.

We might sing of our crucified Lord, but sometimes we crucify the song in the arrangement and feel that we give it!

So, in this slightly tongue in cheek and funny podcast, we are going to look at the top five ways you can kill a perfectly decent song, and we will do it all in just 12 minutes.

That’s right, we have actually sat down and thought about how we could kill a great song, ways in which we can make this song, however great it is, into the one that makes our congregation roll their eyes when we start it!  And if you do what we suggest, you should be able to take any perfectly good and wonderful song and ruin it for your congregation.  Whether it is overplaying it to death, pitching it too high or some other classic mistake, this is not only a lot of fun but it is a great podcast with practical applications for many of us worship leaders.

The hope, of course, is that you will then reverse engineer this and not kill great songs… So we are not advocating actually doing the things we suggest, but rather that you learn how not to do these things… so we can keep great songs as what they are… great songs!

And don’t forget, you can learn all about how to arrange songs to make them great by joining our Worship Leader Academy.  It includes loads of fun, practical and easy to apply tips that will take your worship leading to a higher level, in just a few short months.  Join the academy, and you will never kill a great song again!

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So, what is your worship style?

Is it something from another generation, or are you trying to emulate some other worship leader?  Is it a style unique to you and your church, or are you trying to sound like your favourite band?  The way you present your worship plays a key part in how comfortable people are entering into a closer and deeper fellowship with the Lord.

The style of your worship is often dictated by the style of your congregation.  Imagine leading worship with just an organ at a youth meeting, or on the flip side, imagine leading worship at a senior’s meeting with a heavy metal band!

The thing is, as the worship leader, you have a unique opportunity to develop your own style of worship, the kind of music that attracts people and opens their hearts to the gospel, and allows them to go deeper with God.

However, many worship leaders simply try and transport what some famous worship leader on YouTube is doing into their local church, and this can lead to really discouraging results.  We should not be just trying to imitate someone else, but be seeking the Lord for our own, unique style of worship that not only suits us, but more importantly suits our congregation and church leadership.

This podcast asks the big questions about the way you lead your team and your congregation, and it will be invaluable for those seeking a unique and beautiful way of leading worship.  As you listen open your heart and hear from the Lord as to the best way you can establish a style of music and presentation that captures the hearts of your people, and allows a more intimate level of worship in your church.

So what is your worship style?  Listen to this week’s podcast and discover yours now…

This great podcast deals with ideas to start a song service in your church.

Start a Song Service the Right Way…

The start of the song service is always a key time, with people walking into the room, with people still talking and chatting to each other, and with a few ready to worship.

Fist choice… do you start on time, or do you wait until there are people in the room?  In my culture, we start on time!

This means when you come to kick off the service, the room might be 1/5 full, and the hearts of people are distracted, catching up with friend, still grappling with the fight the had on the way to church, or a hundred other distractions.

How can you capture the attention and the hearts of your listeners, and turn them from the cares of the day and life’s many distractions towards worshipping the Lord?

The answer to this important and extremely practical question is what this podcast is about.  Darin and Erick have come up with 5 different and valid ways of starting a song service (of course there are many others too!), and these are so practical you can try them out starting this week.  From the long, atmospheric introduction to the punchy, high energy approach, these ideas will change the way you start your entire service and set the scene for worship in a way you may have never experienced.

Discover more in this exciting 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast…

9- Ideas to Finish a Song

Last week we looked at ideas to start a song, so in this 12 minutes for worship leaders, to round off the complete picture, we are going to examine ideas to finish a song.

Learn to Finish a Song the Right Way

When you perform a worship song, how you start and finish a song is probably the most overlooked part of your presentation. Yet if you finish a song poorly, this is the thing you leave people with, and this is something they will often remember, more than the song itself.

We practice the start and the middle of a song presentation, but often the end of it is something that just evolves, and randomly happens.  Even worse, if we plan nothing everybody tries to negotiate their way to a viable ending, and you finish with all of the musicians and singers finishing at different times.

I believe it is time we had a serious look at the way we end our songs and even the way we roll one song into the other, hopefully in a beautiful and seamless way.  And the thing is, with just a little work and perhaps a little creativity, the end of your song can become a huge feature of the song, rather than a liability.

So settle back and listen to this week’s 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast, and learn the secrets of how you can finish a song in a classy, easy and creative way.  Listen and make sure that you learn the right way to complete a song here in this week’s exciting podcast…

8- Ideas to Start a Song

This is a great 12 minutes that you can take and apply immediately in your worship ministry… great ideas to start a song.

We All Need Ideas to Start a Song

The beginning of the song is such an important part of your worship leading because if you mess this up, you can lose people’s confidence even before you start.

And let’s face it… we spend so much time rehearsing the body of the song, that often we forget to concentrate on the incredibly important start and finish to the number!  We also overlook the fact that the beginning of a song also provides an incredible opportunity to try new and creative things. Just because Hillsong did it a certain way on their last album, does not mean that that is theirs is the only ideas to start a song.

In fact, as you launch into a song, you can give every song your own flavour, and surprise people (in a good way, not a “Man, that was horrible” way). There’s the slow and atmospheric approach, or the big beat approach, or even the full 4 part harmony vocal idea… all of these are valid, and trust me, creating new and stunning arrangements as the song begins is one of the great joys of leading worship in church.

So have a listen and be inspired to make each and every start if a worship songs something special, anointed and attractive to your listeners!

So join us for this phenomenal podcast and great some awesome ideas to start a song in just 12 minutes…