301- Worship Team Goal Setting

Goal setting is a part of every successful organisation or ministry, so worship team goal setting is something we all should be considering at the start of a new year.

Why Worship Team Goal Setting?

While you might have personal goals that you desire to achieve in this year, worship team goal setting is also important.  Your team should be able to achieve the goals you set for them in the next year, so setting the right goals is going to make your job a lot easier, and your team a lot happier and more productive.

Goal setting is a fine art after all… too difficult and everybody gets discouraged and overwhelmed, too easy and your worship team fails to achieve anything of significance.  So what are the right goals to set your worship team, and how can you make worship team goal setting a blessing rather than a curse to your team?

That’s what this podcast is all about.  Setting the right worship team goals in such a way that your team members are challenged, but not overwhelmed by the task ahead.  And trust me, if you get this right you can set yourself and your worship team up for an amazing 2018, with not only great worship and awesome team dynamics, but amazing personal growth in the team members lives and their musical abilities.

Darin and Erick bring years of experience to the table when it comes to bringing the best out of your team, and having incredible and increasingly anointed worship in your church!  Learn how you can encourage and inspire the team this year, without working yourself and the team members into the ground!

Worship leaders, you should be looking at your team and considering what the Lord would have you do with regards worship team goal setting, and that’s what this important podcast is going to explore…

300- How to Mix Sound Like a Pro

Worship leaders, learning how to mix sound well stands you in great shape to talk to sound people, and obtain the sound you want.

Learning How to Mix Sound Makes a Difference!

Learning how to mix sound puts you in a position where you can communicate with the sound people, and thereby obtain the sound mix that you want.  Rather than being at the mercy of sound folk, I find it is very helpful to talk to them about how I want the sound to change.  This enables us to work together to produce the best sound mix possible, and this in turn can make an incredible difference in the atmosphere of worship.

Learning how to mix sound is not that hard, as this special worship leader primer for sound mixing will show you.

These ideas are incredible and can make the difference between having a sensational sound and anointed worship and having everybody over the age of 55 complaining about the noise!

And who wants that!!!

In this pod we explore equalisation, panning, volume, and discuss banded EQs and sweepable mids.  Look, I know that might sound a bit daunting, but when Erik and Darin explain it, it is easy to understand, and easy to implement, starting this Sunday.

Simple principles that are explained here in this podcast can give you a rudimentary knowledge of sound mixing, and allow you to take control of the sound situation, for the good of all concerned.  So come on, tune in and learn how to make a difference in your sound, how to talk to and understand what the sound people are saying, and discover how to mix sound effectively, thoughtfully and sensibly.

The mixing primer is ready to go this week on the incredible, practical and loads of fun worship leader podcast!

So often it is worship leader vs sound person, and there is almost a war between the two!

Worship Leader vs Sound Person, or Alien vs Predator?

This should not be the case, as we explore in this incredible episode. It should never be a case of worship leader vs sound person, because last I saw Jesus died for both worship leaders and sound people, and we should be on the same side.

But as we all know, when you get into the pressure cooker of a church service, when things are not sounding right and people perhaps have let you down, the pressure rises, the temperature rises, and suddenly instead of working together, you find yourself working against one another!

This pod explores practical and definite ways you can bring about peace, and develop unity between the sound guy and the worship leader.  And it should never be a case of worship leader vs sound guy, girl, system or anything else!  As worship leaders, we need to see unity so that the Lord bestows a blessing, and disharmony between the stage and the sound desk never ever improves the quality of the worship… NEVER!

Worship is so much more than producing a nice sound, but when the sound is great the people find it a lot easier to worship in the service.  That is why we need to be working together as a team, not as two warring factions and not even as an uneasy truce.  If we can genuinely honour and respect each other’s gifts and talents, and if we can relate to each other humbly with servant hearts, then we will see our worship leading move to a new level, and we will know that the team, not us as individuals but the team, has made a difference and allowed the Holy Spirit to move.

If you are leading worship anywhere, you really need to listen to this podcast because your sound person is a great ally, but a very scary adversary when it comes to the power and anointing of your worship leading ministry. Check it out now…

Do you want to learn how to WOW your congregation?

Most worship leaders do, you know.  And this is not about trying to make ourselves look or feel good, we want to connect our people with the Lord in worship in such a way that they are just blown away.

The last thing any worship leader wants is to just go through the motions every Sunday, week after week.!

How to WOW Your Congregation  the Right Way

Learning how to WOW your congregation is not about learning secret tips or techniques.  Great ideas and cool techniques can help, but to truly WOW your audience, you need to offer something far deeper than gimmicks or tricks.  The ability you have to lead people into the presence of God is going to be dependent on your own relationship with the Lord.

SO this podcast looks at both of these areas… we look at some great techniques that really can inspire and draw people into the presence of God, but we also talk about how to wow your congregation but offering them a genuine chance to connect to and worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth.

So at the start is this New Year, make a commitment to further your skills in worship leading, to deepen your relationship with the Lord and to step out and try something new that really wows your congregation. This is a God-given, God-inspired desire for all worship leaders, not to make yourself the best so everyone loves and worships you, not to sell your latest CD and not to form a fan club within your church.  You can desire to wow people because by doing so you can change lives and you can connect your people with the Lord on a deeper level.

And in the end, the best way you can WOW your congregation is to give them an awesome encounter with the living God!  So sit back, listen to this week’s podcast and be inspired and blessed as you start the New Year.  Let’s make this the greatest year ever in your worship leading ministry!

New year resolutions are a common thing, but statistics show over 94% are failures within the first month or two. So we reckon we need not new year resolutions but new year revolutions.

New Year Resolutions Do Not Work!

This is a great way to start the year in your worship leading ministry, not making vain promises you will never keep, but committing to long-term goals that will transform your ministry and life.

New year resolutions are what most people do every new year, year after year, but hey, 2018 is going to be different! This is the year when you can break the repetitious mold and change the making of New year resolutions to New year revolutions.  What are New year revolutions?  They are life changing, soul inspiring commitments you make which do not evaporate in a week or two, but which can last all year or even many years.

As Christians, and as leaders, we need to not be making frivolous resolutions like those around us.  We should be better than that, and we should be starting the new year with firm dreams and thoughts for the coming year.  Most of all, we need to be seeking the Lord with all our hearts to make sure that we are being obedient and faithful to the word He has given us.

Take a few moments at the start of the year, the new year, to listen to this podcast and make those long-lasting commitments that are really going to make a difference in your life and worship leading ministry.

Check it out now, but more than just checking it out, start applying these ideas and concepts to your life and worship leading ministry.

And if you really want to supercharge your worship leading ministry, consider joining us in the worship leader academy and do some really awesome training.  Start your year right, and get the training you need to become everything you can possibly be for the Lord.  It’s 2018… the ball is in your court.   Click here for details!

296- Making Christmas Special

Making Christmas special in worship leading is important, because at this time more than others people come to church. OK, Christmas is special, but if we as worship leaders do what we do effectively, this could be one of the greatest times for evangelism and salvation in the year.

You Can Have Fun Making Christmas Special

Christmas does not need to be burdensome.  If you start early and prepare well, you can have fun making Christmas special, even though you tend to use songs only at this time of the year.

Preparing your Christmas presentation does take time, and usually a little more effort, but the rewards can be huge.  Most churches see a massive influx of non-believers at this time of year, and you have the incredible privilege and honour of being able to minister to them and share the gospel with them in a way you could never do any other way!

And that is the great thing about Christmas, and indeed leading worship at Christmas.  You have access to p[eople who would not otherwise be going to church, you also have the opportunity to use some very powerful and compelling Christmas songs, many of which contain gospel influences.  Plus, you can put together a presentation that is not only making Christmas special, but is also fun to watch, fun to be a part of and challenging to the congregation.

Christmas really is a special time, and you can have fun and be challenged yourself by making Christmas special this year.  Darin and Erick talk about this and discuss fantastic ways you can make a real difference, and use this fabulous opportunity to reach out in hope to people who are growing more and more disillusioned with the modern, selfish and prejudiced world.

So settle back, have a listen and discover how to make this Christmas special, in your life and in the life of your church…

Learning how to build a worship team is all part of the position of being a worship leader. Yet so often worship leaders are chosen because they sing or play well, not because they have any leadership abilities. So when they start to build a worship team, they run into inevitable problems and hassles which go way beyond singing or playing.

You Need to Build a Worship Team

That’s why it is important for all worship leaders, regardless of how great they may sing or play an instrument, to train themselves in the skills they need to build a worship team.  Leaders need to be not only good at leading worship, but organizing, directing, inspiring and training becomes essential.  If you do this effectively, you can build a team that becomes the “Dream Team” for worship leadership in your church!

In this podcast, we look at one of the greatest and inspirational team leaders to ever step up, King David.  Darin draws great teaching from the way in which King David inspired and created his own Dream Team, without becoming a control freak or an overbearing micromanager.

You Can Build a Worship Team that Inspires Your Church!

If you learn the right principles, and if you diligently apply them, you can build an incredible worship team that inspires your church and moves the entire church forward.  You can have a team that loves an supports you, is 100% behind you and is also full of creativity and encouragement for every member of the team.

These principles actually work guys, so step up and become the worship leader you are destined to become by learning how to build a worship team that inspires, builds and lasts for years!

In this quick and simple podcast you can learn how to create your own Dream Team as you discover how to build a worship team that becomes truly great for you and for the entire church!

 

293- Music and Evangelism

Music and evangelism should be a great combination, but often times evangelists face a real battle with their music.

Music and Evangelism is More than a Church Service

We cannot effectively just treat an evangelistic outreach as a regular church service, so this week, Erick interviews Darin on his recent trip to India and the role that music can and should play in evangelism.

Now I know it may seem a little odd interviewing one of the hosts of the show, but Darin has specialised in worship and musical items in evangelistic crusades and outreaches for over 30 years, so he may just have a perspective worth listening to.

Australia’s renowned evangelist Dr. Bill Newman chooses to fly Darin all over the world to sing before he preaches because he believes that the right songs, ministered in the right way, can see more people won for Christ.

So many churches just transfer their regular church service songs and worship when they try to reach out, especially at special services like Christmas and Easter.  But evangelism requires music that is much more specific than what we usually sing in church because many times the songs we song and even the subject matter and content of said songs has little or no bearing on the person in the street, who probably has never been to church in their life!

So what is the secret of conducting a great evangelistic outreach meeting, and how can music and evangelism work well so that the songs actually add to the word preached, enhance it and see an even greater harvest of souls that would have been expected?  Does an evangelistic meeting mean we cannot use the songs we regularly use in church, or is there a place for both worship leading and solo singers in your outreach?

So learn how music and evangelism can work together for good in today’s exclusive podcast interview…

 

 

Sharing leadership responsibilities is an essential part of leading a worship team.  And leadership is not as easy as you might think!

Sharing Leadership Responsibilities is Real Leadership

If we think that we can do it all ourselves, we may be good at singing or playing an instrument, but we are lousy at leadership!  One of the big problems we face as worship leaders is that we are often chosen not because we have good or well developed visual skills, but because we have a talent like singing or playing an instrument well.  But being able to sing does not mean that we are able to lead our worship team properly!

Sharing leadership responsibilities is an essential part of being a great worship leader.  Inspiring your troops to not only be led but become leaders in their own right is absolutely essential if you are to grow anything of note in your ministry.

And raising leaders is one of the greatest thrills in ministry.  We should not be threatened by those who might have more ability than we do because when you are the leader, your job is to help them become everything they can possibly be in the Lord.  At the end of the day, we are all on the same team, and great leadership knows and recognises this fact, and develops those around them to step up into the breach and help the worship team.

So settle back and listen to the team as they share strategies on how to share leadership responsibilities within your worship team, and set your team up for long-term, sustained and powerful growth long into the future.

And remember, no matter what size your church is, or your worship team is, sharing leadership responsibilities is what can set your leadership apart from anybody else, and open the way for your church to see incredible worship Sunday after Sunday

Your worship leading is about leading the people into worship, but does your worship leading actually go anywhere?

So Where Does Your Worship Leading Lead Them?

OK, this is not a trick question it’s a genuine attempt to challenge you on where you are leading your congregation when you are the person directing the worship.  Is worship a series of stop-start songs, unrelated and used as a punctuation between items in the service?  Or are you able to take your people on a genuine and special journey from where they walking into the auditorium right through to the very presence of the Lord?

So where exactly are you leading your congregation when you are worship leading, and just as important, do you know where you are going yourself? How can your worship leading be effective when you have no idea where you are going?  This podcast is an excellent and very challenging look at how you lead people in worship, where you want to go and ultimately, the important question, how do you actually get there?

As the team discusses, your worship leading is not just a matter of choosing a few songs and belting them out.  When you lead worship, you should have a definite place in mind as to where the Lord wants you to lead your congregation.  If you know where it is that the Lord is leading you that service, you can then set about finding the best and most effective way to get there.

So settle back and listen to today’s worship leader podcast, and start asking the relevant question, “Do I know where I am going when it comes to worship leading?” Then, when you have clarity as to where your worship leading is headed, you can set course for taking your precious people right into the throne room of God when they worship.

These important and life-changing questions are answered in this week’s worship leader podcast…