Can you incorporate everything into worship?

We do so much during our church services, anything we can do to streamline them should be fully explored by every worship leader.  The truth is, with a little bit of insight and Godly wisdom, we can incorporate everything into worship and make things flow, improving the experience of our congregations.

Think about all the things you might normally do in a service, such as communion, announcements, prayers, mission spots.

It’s a wonder we have any time available at all! Yet as a congregational leader, you can be a huge help to your pastor by incorporating many or even all of these activities into your praise leading.

It’s not just about leading songs or getting people to sing, it is providing them an opportunity to come with you on a journey of worshipping which draws the worshipper deeper and closer to Jesus.  That’s why things like com

The fact is that we can, if we really seek the Lord on this, include so many things into our worship leading that would normally be placed between songs, or after worshipping.

Discover how to do this, streamline your church services and serve your pastor and your people more effectively in this week’s podcast…

Communion is an important part of many church services, but it can disrupt the flow of the worship service. After COVID, we have discovered that communion is perfect for doing within our normal worship flow.

Communion is Worship!

People love it, the service flows well, it takes less time and everyone is a winner.  And it enables you to have bread and wine in every service if you wish, and it truly becomes an act of worship.

Plus, and here’s a bonus, you do not have to reign in the layperson leading when they decide this is their big opportunity to preach.  Yes, ex-pastors are the worst for this, often running overtime.  When communion is part of worship, you can dispense with the long-winded talk and just let people worship.

We often consider worship leading to be about singing, about the sings and the music.  But of course, it is really about worship! So incorporating the wine and the bread into worship makes it a true and wonderful worship experience!

Tune in to this week’s pod and learn how to incorporate communion into your worship times…

Giving your worship some air or space is something we all want to do.

It’s Time to Give Your Worship Some Air Today

 

Many times the tendency is to fill everything up with sound, but my experience and the experience of a number of worship leaders is that less is more. So therefore, giving your worship some air with not only increase its impact, it will also sound better, cleaner and less complicated and stressed.

Even recording, we tend to not clutter the sound up with overplaying, but believe it sounds better and cleaner if there are less instruments.  And coming out of the silliest situations of lockdown the world has ever seen, you may not have the wealth of musicians and singers you once had.  So less is more, in more ways than one, and giving your worship air is a very worthwhile and rewarding practice.

Sound should be an asset when you are worship leading, not a distraction or a pain. So often sound doesn’t enhance worship, it often makes life harder.  Sometimes it is so loud and cluttered that it distracts listeners from really losing themselves in the worship.  Giving it air creates a space where they can relax, commune with God and really reach deep into the throne room in a personal and intimate way.

And isn’t that what we all want afterall?  I mean, do you want great music, or do you want intimate and earth-shattering worship?  I know which one I want!

So come on in and spend 12 minutes thinking about how you can give some air to your worship leading…

Do you want to learn how to flow in your worship leading?

Then this is the podcast for you.

You can flow in worship leading!

Learn how you can roll from one song to another, and how you can blend songs together in just 12 minutes. This takes you from just leading a series of sings, to leading a continuous path of worship, taking your congregation from the pews right into the presence of the Lord!

With a few ideas, worship can go from being the same type of thing week after week to something dynamic, something spe3cial and something, well, flowy! You can make your worship an event that people will not only enjoy, but that can leave a lasting effect upon their life, and open them to a deeper sense of worship and closeness to God.

There are steps you can take and techniques you can use that encourage flow in your worship, so tune in and anjoy 12 minutes that could change your life and your worship leading

 

Rebellion in your worship team is never an easy thing, but no matter who you are or what size your church or worship team, rebellion is often lurking just on the fringes.

 

Therefore Dealing with Rebellion in Your Worship Team is Important!

One of the trends we are noticing post-COVID is the independent spirit that seems to have infected much of the church.

Whether it’s staying away and watching YouTube clips instead of attending church, or whether it’s thinking they can do better than you, rebellion is sadly something more and more worship pastors are encountering.

And please, don’t ignore signs of rebellion in the team until they are so huge you have a church split on your hands!  Rebellion starts small, with a comment here, and opinion there and then like-minded, usually disgruntled people start to gather together.

And that’s when it starts to gain momentum.  If you can recognise the early symptoms, and take decisive and appropriate actions, then you can avert a terrible and catastrophic end result.

Rebellion in your worship team starts with people being dissatisfied with you and your performance or decisions. It is so easy to make a decision, and before you know it team members are nattering to each other, and dissent begins to spread.

This podcast was designed to speak into those situations, either early in the piece or once the rebellion has gained some traction. And as I said before, the current extraordinary environment really breeds discontent, and in our case, poeple watching clips on the internet then asking, why isn’t our worship team, doping that?

So if you are finding that you have some kind of rebellion on your hands, either big or small, listen to this podcast and let’s deal with said rebellion in a loving, caring but strong way…

A reduced team is probably going to become a fact of life during COVID, and possibly long after the virus has been dealt with.

So today’s podcast asks the question, how do you function and lead worship when so many of your team have fallen away. This is particularly important in a smaller church with a smaller worship team, but may apply right across the board.

BUT  a Reduced Team can Work in Your Favour!

Yes, believe it or not, your team can function differently but in a way that deepens worship if you have reduced team numbers.  In this podcast, we discuss ways you can operate, and even shine, despite having less people in your team.

And it can be done, and done well.  At our church, we have fewer people in the team but our worship has definitely gone up a notch since we have cautiously returned from the COVID break.  There are rules, we need to obey the rules, but even if they strip things right down to bare minimum, as worship leaders we can still lead powerful and effective worship!

So if you are facing this situation, then listen to today’s podcast and gain insight, plus a couple of helpful and innovative ideas, on how you can really reach a new and exciting level of worship, even with a few team members instead of the whole entourage.

But this can actually be an advantage! People are struggling and striving for intimacy, and having fewer numbers can help with intimacy in worship.  So yes, sometimes a reduced tram can actually be an ADVANTAGE!

So check it out now and get prepared for the future today.

Post COVID one of the realities we all will be facing is reduced numbers, either because of government legislation or because people are just not going to return to church in the same way.

Reduced Numbers Post COVID is a Reality

Reduced numbers post COVID is something every organisation, every sporting club and every church has to face. People are still scared, and less likely to leave the sanctity of their isolation to join even a socially distancing crowd.  This is life in 2020, and it could be life in an ongoing way long into the future.

So how can you deal with reduced numbers post COVID? In this environment, there are some practical things we can do that will make a difference, and also make things feel like church is fairly full and happening. Simple ideas that you would be wise to absorb and see if they fit your church and your situation.  As worship leaders, we have the opportunity to bring things to the fore and help our people move ahead after the pandemic.

And we all want to move ahead in the things of God, don’t we?  All of us want to hear from God speaking into our situation and be obedient to what the Lord is asking us to do. We can and will recover as churches, and the people of God and as worship leaders.  This is not the end, it is the start of something really wonderful.

So as you listen to this 12 minutes today, open your heart and ask the Lord which if any of these strategies might apply to you and your church and your worship team going forward.  I believe that this could be the best time to bring about changes in church, and it is probably the greatest time in history to bring change into even the most stayed of church environments.

Listen to this and discover how…

70- Keeping Worship Simple

Keeping worship simple is a must in these trying times.

Keeping Worship Simple is Not That Simple!

Many have noticed that worshipping has become more and more complex over the last several decades, with increases in production, costs, amps, lights and even things like smoke machines and lasers.  The old days of simplicity seem to be a thing of the past.

So in this pod, we examine how we can keep our worship simple, yet effective.  Do we need all the production, or do we need more hearts set upon the Lord, focused on Him and seeking Him willingly and deeply?

And please don’t get me wrong. I love the production stuff.  I appreciate lights and effects, but I also understand that the Holy Spirit needs none of these to penetrate into the souls of worshippers.  After COVID, one of the things we are discovering is that life in general and your relationship with the Lord could do with being just a bit simpler.

Us humans know how to complicate things, don’t we? We take a simple task like connecting with God in worship, and we make it more and more complicated.  Yet worship in essence is not something we do, it is a place where we live.  We can choose to live our lives connected to the Lord, or drop in for an hour a week… the choice is ours.

Connecting with and worshipping God has always been available to us.  We don’t need smoke, laser lights or loud music, we need hearts that are open and obedient to Him.  And that’s good news for those of us who have a budget. We don’t need to buy more stuff, we can just simply usee tools like a single guitar, a piano, even an organ.  We can even worship without any music at all.  Why? Because worship is not what we do, it is who we are!

Listen to this podcast and decide for yourself how you can improve your church by keeping worship simple…

69- Where to From Here?

COVID, isolation, church lockdown… so where to from here?

So Where to From Here?

This is a question many of us, especially leaders in the church, are asking at the moment.  We’ve been through the lockdown, some of us are still there, but where do we go to from this point?

And it’s not just us asking this, it applies to almost every area of life right now.  We have football being played in front of cardboard cutouts, we have stores drawing lines on the floor, we have schools disrupted and online, and or course churches have been severely affected, with services online only.  At some point, pending government restrictions, we need to get our churches back, right?

So how do we restart church, and what does that look like?

In this pod, I reveal what the Lord has been saying to my heart for our church, and I believe it will resonate with many pastors and worship leaders around the world.  And for those of you hanging out there for life to just get back to normal, well I’m pretty sure you are going to be in for a shock.

Seems like church as we knew it, and as we have known it all our lives, may be changing in some way.  People are craving community like never before, but with the rise of zoom, Facebook and the like, the chances are that things are going to transform and that the changes will be here forever, or a long time.

These are the kinds of questions we look at in just 12 minutes on today’s podcast, so this is definitely one that should not be missed.  As a worship leader, listen and gather ideas for your specific situation, because I believe the Lord has some real keys in this crisis that, if we discover and apply them and learn them well, we could see real revival among our communities.

Enjoy today’s pod with an open heart and let’s move on from here in unity!

COVID changes are here, happening right now, and while many are waiting for them to be reduced or removed, the fact is that some of them will stay… forever!

Some COVID Changes are Likely to Stay Forever!

You may not want to hear this, but it is likely that some COVID changes are likely to remain, if not forever, for a very, very long time.  I have a feeling social distancing in various forms is probably here to stay.  Certainly, restrictions are going to be in place for a long time, whether we get a second wave or not.

The smart move for worship leaders is to ask the Lord to show you how you can change to accommodate the new situation. Jesus might never change, but the manner in which we present Him changes often, generation to generation.  And during the coronavirus time, many of us have discovered new ways to reach people we would not otherwise be able to reach.

As worship leaders, we need to be listening to the Lord and obedient to what He asks us to do, even if it is a break with tradition.  Church folk have loved tradition for centuries, and rightly so, but there are some things that are not really about the gospel or Jesus or serving or unity, they are just our preferences.

So with at least some of the COVID changes being here to stay, or stay for many months or even years, listen to this and make the right changes in your team that will help you in your ministry both in the short term, and long into the future, no matter what the rest of society does!

So listen to this and get ready for the changes God leads you to make and let’s not let the times overwhelm us and our churches…