At some point, you will find yourself reaching the end of your resources, and you will feel ready to give up on worship leading.

I bet some of you reading this right now are at that point.

If You’re Ready to Give Up… Don’t!

 

Leading worship is a daunting and sometimes difficult task, and it is made especially so by the criticisms and adverse opinions of others.

Perhaps it is someone in your band, or maybe someone you barely know in the congregation, but when you are in the public eye, whether preaching, leading worship, leading groups or anything else, you will always face opposition.

You might be facing something personal that no one knows about, but that still causes you to overlook or forget the calling you once had and makes you ready to give up right now.

We all face it at some time, and I know it hurts, and even frustrates you, but it is so important for you to remember the calling that God has on your life.  He doesn’t change His mind, Numbers 23:19, so don’t you change yours and give up.

Most often I find we want to give up just before a breakthrough.  So if you feel like you are ready to give up, chances are that the breakthrough in your life and ministry is just around the corner!  So this pod has been designed to speak words of life and encouragement into your life, and say to you don’t give up!

Life is a journey, and ministry is a journey, and you will face times of joy and sadness, highs and lows, mountain tops and valleys.  You should never make a decision about the future of your ministry in a valley, yet that’s exactly what the enemy wants us to do!  So keep going, never give up and reverse any decisions about your life and your ministry until you are through the worst of whatever you are facing right now!

This 12 minutes could make all the difference in your life and your ministry…

Negative opinions can positively going to ruin your day!

And there is no shortage of Negative Opinions!

 

Any time you are involved in some kind of public ministry, there will be opinions of all kinds. Some, in fact usually more than we recognise, will be positive, with people saying things like how much they enjoyed the worship, how beautiful the singing was, and so on.

But let us be absolutely honest here, the ones you remember are the ones that are negative or critical in some way. True or false? You know it’s true, right?

So how can you as a worship leader deal with the criticisms and negative that come your way, and how can you do so in a way that is godly, honest and receptive? So we do not want to shut out valid ideas and comments, but we do want to have some level of protection against the opinions that hurt, discourage and even destroy ministries!

No matter who you are, you need to know how to deal with negative opinions in the right way.  Make no mistake, these can make or break your ministry, they can fill you with dread… I have even seen worship leaders so stung by negative opinions that they walk away from church altogether.

This type of criticism, no matter what seemingly pious, holy, religious word it may be presented in, can be venomous and poisonous to your soul, your loved ones and your ministry.

If you have been hurt by critical words, from your team, the pastor, someone in the congregation or anywhere else, then please listen to this podcast and seek God.  Gather with those who do love you, who do support you, and especially go deep with the Lord.  You might be soft hearted, but

This is a must-listen for every person in the public eye, and that included every worship leader…

No matter who you are, or what kind of church you have, you are always going to have to deal with difficult people at some point on your team.

Difficult People are a Fact of Life

People are people, and difficult people rarely acknowledge that they are in fact difficult.  They see themselves as forceful, as superior in knowledge or ability, and they think that their way is the best way, and have no hesitation in telling you so!

And while we might see them as difficult, they see themselves as a necessary part of your leadership experience. They see their voice as valid, important and probably more weighty than any others.  So the big question is how do you handle these people without hurting or destroying them.

And this surely is part of the calling of being a worship leader. So often we think it is all about singing and choosing songs and leading the people in worship, but it is also about managing your team.  I believe that a great worship leader not only minimises conflict and difficulties in their team, but also develops the team members and brings the very best out of those who are in the team.

So whether they be on instruments or vocals, your job and your calling as a worship leader should including making your team members better at their skills, and bringing them also closer to God.

And of course, some of the more difficult personalities can become your biggest support and strongest allies in the worship team.  As tough as they might be to manage, the rewards both in their personal development and also the development of the team are worth it!

So, we know you are all going to face these guys at some point, if you are not facing them already, so listen to this podcast and discover how in a godly, calm and rational way you can deal with difficult people, and build up not only them, but your entire worship team…

Unnecessary distractions occur at all kinds of times, but especially so in worship.

Worship is all about focussing on God, and so unnecessary distractions are anything that makes you take your attention off the Lord and place it somewhere else.

Beware Distractions of Your Own Making!

When we are worship leading, sadly sometimes we face a situation where we are the ones who are causing the distraction, or someone in our team, whom we are responsible for, is taking people’s eyes off Jesus and placing it on themselves!

Some distractions are external, and there is little you can do about them.  If your church is near an airport or a train and a noise vehicle rumbles past, then there’s little you can do about that.

However, sometimes we are the source of the problem.  Some worship leaders talk incessantly, some use arrangements that might be cool but are very misleading or difficult for the worshippers.  Others want to have great guitar or drum solos, treating the worship time as their biggest gig ever!

So what are the distractions, and let’s look at practical, sensible ways of dealing with them and getting back to the main thing, which is leading the people into worship.

OK, some of this podcast might cause a little bit of pain, but we need to recognise how we can cause our people to focus on Jesus, bot us, what we wear, how we perform or how cool we are!  Remember, your calling as a worship leader is to lead people into worship, and when you truly are an anointed worship leader, there is nothing better than knowing the people’s hearts are engaged with the Lord we serve!

This podcast gives some insight into what things could be a source of unnecessary distractions during your worship leading, and what you can do to minimise these and keep people’s eyes and hearts centred on the object of their worship, the Lord Himself!

50- Music for All Age Groups

Worship should be music for all age groups, but often in the church we find one age group and their preferences dominant the style of worship.

Sometimes the older generation sets the agenda, and the songs are hymns and ancient worship songs that have history and memories for those people. At other times, the youth take over and all the songs are upbeat, loud and in the style kids love but older ones hate.

Worship should have music for all age groups!

 

In this pod we explore ways you can make your church worship acceptable right across the age spectrum, using instruments and arrangements that appeal to most of not all the generations you have in your church.

If church is to be welcoming and inclusive, we need music for all age groups rather than one specific age genre in our worship!  Yet as I travel, I see so many churches catering to one specific genre, be it youth or hymns or something else.

So yes, you do need to stop and have a look at your congregation and discover what kind of age distribution you have attending.  Yes you have to cater for the various groups in some way.

Music can be used as a tool for unity rather than disunity, but the reports I receive from so many people in churches are that the music divides rather than unites them as a church, and as a church family.

In this podcast we have a look at some simple things you can do to broaden the appeal of the music you play in worship.  The various generations have preferences, and you might think that these will never connect or overlap, but if you arrange and produce certain styles you will discover that you can marry the various age groups together.

So wherever your church is at right now, this is an important podcast because we all want to see unity and joy in our worship, not exclusivity and tension, right?

Who is on your worship team?  Probably more important, why are they on the team at all?

Is it people you know and trust?  Is it iconic and masterful musicians, or sensational singers with a 4-octave range? Is it the pastor’s daughter, who can’t sing, but you know you just have to have on the team.

Forming your worship team is not easy

Different people want to be a part of the worship for a variety of reasons, some of which are noble, some self-seeking and some and godly reasons.  You have to learn about them, their history, their desires and dreams and their heart to serve.

And sometimes, it’s hard to look beneath the surface and see the real reasons these people want to be on the team. But remember, when establishing worship in your church, you need to form a team, and a team needs to be made up of people who can actually work together!

Many times we select members of the team because they are talented, or skilled at playing or singing. But the reality it that, while hey may have talent, some of these people are difficult to work with, and sometimes they cause incredible disruption and dissension within the ranks.

That’s why we decided to spend a 12-minute pod asking you to take a look at your worship team, and the reasons they are who they are, and help you assemble a dream team that will lead your church into a glorious and worshipful future.

The decisions you make about who is in your worship team and why could be some of the most pivotal and important decisions you make for the whole of your future in ministry, so listen to this podcast and make the right decision about who to include in you worship team…

Generations and ages may differ between people, and even between churches, but here at the pod, we believe that each generation brings something different and important to worship leading.

So What Does Your Generation Bring to Worship?

We all know there is often a difference between the generations, and especially when it comes to music and in particular worship music.

Worship should be something that unites the generations, not divides them.  So often in church, the leadership opts for one age group at the expense of the others.  Some churches are all about old people, old people’s music and style. Others are all for youth, with laser lights and smoke machines, and a volume that drives the older people screaming from the auditorium!

We believe that every generation brings something different, useful and valid to worship leading in church.  Surely our task as worship leaders is to see the good in every age group.  We are different, but every difference can be celebrated as we work with worship leading to bring the generations together.  So whatever generation you belong to, whether you are older, younger or somewhere in between, you have something to offer to your church in worship leading.

So what does, or at least, what can each generation bring to the table.  You may not realise the kinds of traits each age group brings, but this podcast will open your eyes to new and effective ways to bring the generations together around worship, right across every age group in your church!

This podcast takes 12 minutes to look at the various generations, both young and old, and how each can make a positive and unique commitment to worship… Have a listen, and start to see the wonderful contributions every age group can make to worship in your church.

47- Your Worship Goals for 2020

Hey, we’re back after a Christmas break, which is a summer break Downunder where we live, and we want to explore your worship goals for 2020.

I hope you had a very blessed time.  We did well, but many in our family were affected by the horrific bushfires which swept the southern states of our country.  Appreciate your prayers for our nation of Australia while people rebuild their lives!

So What Are Your Worship Goals for the New Year?

So what do you want to achieve this year in your worship? Do you want to introduce new material, write some new songs, explore harmonies… or is it just a matter of survival?

Maybe you want to create an environment of friendship and fellowship in your team, or perhaps you want to produce an album?

Everybody is different, and every church is different as well.  That is the really cool thing about our ministries… they are intensely personal while being extremely public at the same time!  What we do on stage might be public, but what we achieve in our personal walk with God feeds into our public persona.

If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. So let’s start the year with dreams of serving the Lord in worship to a greater height than ever before.  Even better, let us start the year with a fresh drive to know Jesus more intimately.  Knowing Him in a closer way is always one of my goals for a new year, and especially this year as it is the start of not just a new year, but a new decade!

So before you launch into a new year, and a new decade, take some time to pray and ask the Lord how you should approach this year and set the right goals, not yours, your pastor’s or your church’s but God’s goals for the new year!

Welcome to 2020, the year of vision, and let’s go for it!

We have good years and bad years, tough ones and easy ones. So, worship leaders, this is our final pod this year until we kick off again in mid January, so we thought it would be a cool idea, and a bit of fun, to look back on the year that was, 2019.

Has 2019 Been a Good Year?

This has been a tough 12 months for many, especially those in ministry, but I believe the Lord has something great coming up in the year of vision, 2020!

Personally I have found 2019 to be among the toughest I have experienced in many ways, especially in ministry.  I don’t mind telling you that I am glad to see the back of 2019, and look ahead with great expectancy to what the Lord has for us in the future.

But this doesn’t mean that, if we count our blessings, 2019 has not been good.  We are, after all, still alive at the end of it, and that is good. However, many of us have found that it has been a tough, difficult slog this last 12 months, and so be the end of it many are telling me they are exhausted, disheartened and generally feeling low and flat.

It is OK to not be on top of the world all the time, right?  I have not found 2019 bad at all, just tough, and things that previously seemed easy have seemed hard and sometimes overwhelming, especially as the year wore on and we all got tired.  OK, maybe I am just getting old and tired myself, but sometimes things can feel overwhelming, and we need to just honestly tell the Lord how we are feeling and ask His help, direction and provision for the next season.

Let me leave you with this wonderful and inspiring scripture…

Habakkuk 3:17-18 New International Version (NIV)

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

So settle back and look back, rejoicing in the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly of 2019 in this last 12 minute pod this year…

Raising the energy of a worship song should be a priority for all worship leaders.

Yes, But How Do You Raise the Energy of a Worship Song?

Worship songs, being corporate in nature, tend to be a little repetitive and often simple.  This means that, if your church has sung these songs several times before, there is a huge tendency to just sing them the same old way, the way you’ve done it time and time again in the past.

I know this bores many worship leaders and band members, but it also bores your congregation as well!  I mean, if you are not inspired by the song, what makes you think the audience is going to be inspired?

But how do you do it?  What can you actually change in your song that takes it from an average, less than inspiring song to a song with tons of energy, loads of character and heaps of anointing?

There are actually secrets that really work, and in this podcast we are going to go through a number of techniques you can use, starting the Sunday, to transform a boring, also ran song into an inspiring, exciting and uplifting anthem of praise! You can learn how to transform an average worship song into a spiritual powerhouse… it’s not an impossibility, it is very achievable and not even that hard.

Take 12 minutes out of your day to check this out now… and glean your own ideas from what we share…  Implementing a few well-chosen techniques could make all the difference in the long run, and transform an ordinary, flat worship time into an incredible journey of blessing and the presence of God.  Discover the easy and fun ways to increase the energy of a worship song today by listening and applying this awesome info!