331- How to Introduce New Songs

As worship leaders, we love to introduce new songs.

But Our Audience Does Not Like It When We Introduce New Songs!

We love to be current, doing the latest and greatest in new songs. We see their value, and often we listen long hours to all the latest stuff.

But our congregations are often resistant to new songs. Why do they not like new songs, and how can we introduce new songs in a way they will make them love these songs, instead of bearly tolerating them?

Believe it or not, there are some key principles that can help you introduce new songs to your congregations in a way that they will not only tolerate them, they will embrace them and love them just like you do!

Settle back and listen to this podcast, and learn the secrets of how to introduce new worship songs in a way they everyone will love them, and in a way that they can become part of your mainstream worship list…

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Every worship leader wants talented team members, but often times when we get them we do not know how to manage them.

What’s the Secret to Managing Talented Team Members?

Do we change things for them, or do we treat them like every other worship team member?  Do we push them to the front, or make them “do their time” in the background?  Are you catering to the pride of Talented Team Members, or are you supposed to keep them humble?

This revealing podcast will help you manage talented team members, and all the other team members as well.  How do you deal with jealousy in the team, because trust me, if you have Talented Team Members someone is going to get a little intimidated and threatened at some time.

We also talk about how you will feel if someone more talented than you comes along.  Can you celebrate the talent, or are you threatened by having someone better than you in your team?

OK, sure, some of the really talented people who come along are prideful as well, but I have found that many of them are quite humble, and some even feel used and abused by pastors and worship leaders. Most in my experience are coming into the team, not to big note themselves, but to serve, and to do their best to shine for the Lord.

So settle back and listen to the guys discuss the very real and pertinent issue of how to best manage team members who are talented.  We will inspire you to honour and elevate those with real talent, how to keep their hearts humble, how to keep your heart humble and how to manage them so that they and the whole team benefit.

We will show you how to love them, how to inspire them and how you can allow those Talented Team Members to positively influence the other members of your worship team…

 

 

 

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Worship practice is often dull, boring and charged with high emotion and frustration.

But Worship Practice Can be Fun!

I’ve been in some practices where the tension in the room is so extreme you can cut it with a knife, and I’ve also seen the opposite, where you worship practice is fun, enjoyable and productive.

So why are some of the practices fun and others tense and explosive?  Well, as a worship leader, you can set the tone of your worship practice.  That’s right, you can either have everyone hate your practicing or make it the best night of the week for your entire team.

This podcast is a frank and revealing discussion between Erick and Darin, veterans of countless hours of worship practicing.   They have been on the receiving end of some boring and tense practices, but we have been on the delivery end of some fun and exciting practice sessions.  In this podcast, they reveal ways that you can make your average practice into one that is not only fun but also productive and leaving your team fulfilled at the end.

Practice can be going over the same songs week after week, or you can teach, train and lead your team.  In the end, your team members will love not only having fun at practice but also learning and growing in their craft.  Nothing beats improving and getting better at what you love doing, and your team will love practices that stretch them, without breaking their wills.

So grab a coffee or tea, kick back and enjoy exploring the ideas of making your practice fun, productive and something your team will come back for every week with a smile on their faces!  If you make your worship practice fun and productive, you will find your team receptive and totally on your side in all aspects of your ministry…

 

Preparation for worship leading is an important part of any worship leading ministry.

Why Bother with Preparation for Worship Leading?

Now I know many of us worship leaders consider ourselves the Kings of Wing, but even for the most free flowing person, preparation for worship leading is still applicable.  Some are meticulous, planning every aspect of leading worship. Others are like Darin, floating along making things up as we go and “shooting from the hip.”

OK, somewhere in the middle is a balance, where we can be flowing with the Holy Spirit but where adequate preparations have been made.

Even the free-flowing guys like myself will definitely benefit from preparation for worship leading.  Wise leaders will prepare well, but still be ready to flow when it is necessary.  preparation and freedom are not mutually exclusive!

So in this podcast we want to look at the ways we can prepare for our ministry.  We examine this on a personal level, how each leader can prepare their heart to minister more effectively, but we also look at it on a team level, how you can prepare your team to up their game and lead more powerful, more anointed worship than ever before.

As a leader, we need to be the ones who are stepping up and making the commitment to excellence in our worship teams, and preparation is a huge part of this.  It also means that we can share this information with others and see them rise up to be the worship leaders they long to be!

So instead of floating along and making things up as you go, listen to this pod and learn how to prepare and lay the groundwork for your ministry.  Remember, preparation can make even the best of flowing people even better.

Settle back, prepare your heart and listen to this podcast believing that the right preparation for worship leading can build a more powerful, more highly anointed ministry to your people!

Is it OK to visit other churches, or if you do is it an act of disloyalty?

Be Honest if You Want to Visit Other Churches

This is a controversial and uncomfortable question, so the pod team thought we should have a balanced and serious look at this.

Many worship leaders feel guilty if they skip one of their church services and visit another church, mainly because we tend to visit larger, more successful churches than our own.  Is this guilt justified?  Should we tell others, or just sneak around on our own?

Erick and Darin share real-life experiences they have had visiting other churches and discuss the ethical and moral implications for those who do take a week out from their church and their responsibilities to check out other churches.

Clearly, we all can learn from other churches.  As a worship leader, I am constantly learning from watching other worship leaders and other worship teams in an effort to improve my praise and worship leading. Attending another church can add to this experience.

You can also visit other churches when you are away on holidays, and this is one way to glean useful information without the guilty conscience!

However, there are times when some worship leaders (not you of course!) go to another church to connect with their pastor and potentially open the door to a better worship leader position.  As the team discusses today, this is definitely not an OK reason to visit another church!

Oh, and we also discuss what you should say to your pastor.  In the end, honesty is always best, but you can share your heart without upsetting or becoming a threat to the leadership.

So settle back and listen to the worship leader podcast as we discuss this important issue.  If you’ve ever wanted to check out another church, this is a very important podcast for you…

We are all after the “secret sauce”, so what is the secret source of worship leading power?

The Secret Source or Worship Leading Power

Many successful products have some kind of secret attached to them.  KFC has their 11 herbs and spices, McDonalds has their Big Mac sauce.  Many other products have something secret that they do not talk about, but which makes all the difference.

So today we ask the question, what is the secret something that makes the difference between nice music and mind-blowing worship?

We have all seen it before… some great musicians and singers, pretty good songs, but while it may be a great performance, you cannot sense worship leading power that draws you closer to God.  Then again, you might have an average team of musicians and slightly dodgy singers, and suddenly the heavens open and you experience genuine, Holy Spirit inspired worship leading power.

This is not completely random!  While I always advocate training hard and being the best singer or musician you can be, sheer ability is not the secret sauce!

Song choices, talent, being nice, even Bible study is not the secret source of worship leading power.  No, there is something else, something more elusive perhaps, but tangible enough that many worship leaders discover and apply this sauce and get tasty results every time!

This podcast is a look behind the scenes at what really is the source of worship leading power in your ministry.  It takes a frank and compelling look at the various methods we try to make our worship leading better.  It also reveals what our team believes is the secret sauce, the thing which gives worship leading its true power and anointing.

So don’t miss this exciting podcast, and make sure that every time you lead you are touching lives and seeing people worship deeply.  There is a secret source of worship leading power, and it is yours to explore…

 

325- Gearing for Growth

Are you gearing for growth in your worship team?

Gearing for Growth is Important

If you are not growing in your worship team, and in your ministry, then you are often going backward!  Growth is a normal and healthy part of team development, and so it is important that you constantly look ahead and dream of the future and the growth of your ministry…

Philippians 3:13-14 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The best worship teams continue to grow and develop over time, and while you want to see stability and commitment from your team members, stagnation is not what you want to see in your worship.  So are you gearing for growth, are you stuck in a rut (which is just a grave with the ends knocked out after all)?

In this podcast, we look at not only the growth of your worship team but also of your worship ministry.  Are you growing in the things of the Lord, and are you growing in your ministry, getting better and better, and getting more anointed and powerful as the years go by.  With the years of experience our team has, we are still always looking to grow and improve everything we do.

So grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and sit back and enjoy this week’s pod.  It’s time to forget what is behind and concentrate on what is ahead, straining towards excellence and gearing for growth in your team and in your own personal walk with God.

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Jealousy can become a destructive force in any worship team.

You know the drill… someone else does something better than you, or someone else sees you doing something better than them.  Without doubts, jealousy and rivalry is a curse in almost every band on earth, but it is a particularly destructive element in your worship team!

Jealousy is More than a Feeling

Jealousy is more than just envying someone else’s ability. It can take many forms, and all of them are bad!  In fact, many worship teams have been blown apart by jealous individuals, and especially if those people are envious of the leader of the team.  Attacks against leadership can ruin the fellowship of a worship team and can destroy the anointing of the team what they need the Holy Spirit most… When they are leading their church in worship!

So why do we tolerate such a destructive force in our worship teams?  Part of the reason is that much of this sin, and it is a sin, folks, happens internally… In our heads.  So we might smile sweetly and look like we are rejoicing in someone else’s ability and skill, but underneath we are fuming and wishing we were like them.  This is a hidden sin in our life, and people only recognise it when suddenly bad attitudes or behaviour comes out.

In this podcast, the guys discuss jealousy both from yourself towards others, and from them towards you, and how you can make your worship team a jealousy-free zone.  And if you truly want to excel in your worship leading, this is a problem you need to deal with swiftly and lovingly, because it has the power to truly destroy all your good work and your dreams of the future in your ministry!

So listen to this podcast and don’t be jealous of anyone else, because God has anointed you to be you… Just make sure you are the best you!

Worship leaders, all of us feel down and discouraged at times.  I’m excited to bring you this podcast, because I know the Lord will speak to and encourage many who listen, to see beyond the current circumstances to your destiny!

Worship Leaders Have an Awesome Destiny

Worship leaders, you have an awesome destiny, and here’s the thing… destiny is not determined by circumstances, it is determined by the decisions you make.  And the best decision you can make right now is to decide to trust the Lord and believe in Him and to not give up.

Sometimes we feel like we are useless… Perhaps we might think we have no talent, maybe have no anointing, and the things that others say seem to inflate this sense of discouragement.  Words of criticism are never great, but we need to see beyond what people say (which after all, is usually nothing more than their opinion!).  This is especially true when it comes to people speaking against you who are close to you, maybe in your own family, maybe in your own worship team.

So our cry to you today worship leaders is, “Don’t Give Up!”  sometimes when things do not seem to be going well, we feel like giving up, but if you listen to this podcast, take the time to thank the Lord for His love and power in your life, and humbly agree to serve and honour Him, even when the feelings are not there, even when you are down and discouraged and ready to throw the towel in.

Worship leaders, young and old, new and experienced, whatever your church, your denomination, your age or your ability, this is for you… If you are down and discouraged, listen to this pod and believe that you are anointed, chosen of God and whatever you do, don’t give up!

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…