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…

Finishing a church service is an important part of being a successful worship leader.

Finishing a Church Service Well Can Transform your Worship Leading Ministry!

However, this is one of the most neglected areas of our ministry. We do so much preparation for the worship time, for the main areas of worship in the situation, that we often completely neglect what should be the most important area of the church service.

Think about it… how long do you take to prepare for your ministry on a Sunday?  Consider practice, your personal quiet times, rehearsals before the service, etc.  Now, honestly, how long do you take to prepare for the end of the service.  Are you finishing a church service with incredible anointing and sensitivity, or is it something like, “OK, we’re done, let’s get some coffee!”

From a pastor’s point of view, the end of the service is often the most important part of the church service.  If the pastor has preached their heart out and challenged the people, there may be a time of reflection or even a response to the message, and this needs to be carefully and prayerfully woven around your worship ministry.

Your music, your ministry is an integral part of the service climax.  People have heard the Word of God, they are thinking it through, perhaps souls are hanging in the balance, and you have the opportunity to be part of something great, something eternal.  Finishing a church service is not simply about wrapping things up in a professional way, it is a chance for you to leave a deposit in people’s lives, and to be a part of potentially an eternal event in the lives of those listening.

For this reason, we need to be careful about what songs or songs we sing, and how we sing it.  We need to consider our volume, especially if people at the front are being prayed for.  We also have to consider what note we will be sending people forth on.  Do we pull the atmosphere into a gentle and thoughtful end, or do we have people leaving on a high, praising and honouring God as they worship?

Make the end of your service extra special by listening to this 12 minute podcast…

Ego or service, that is the choice all of us make at some time as worship leaders.

All of us as musicians and singers grapple with our egos, and if we are honest, most of us want some kind of recognition for our gift.

Ego or Service… Your Choice

So how do you put that desire aside and just serve? I don’t mean do what you are told, I am talking about genuine servant-hood. Christ calls us to be servants, but if we take a few moments and look honestly at our hearts, while we want to serve there is always a tension with our egos.

While ego, ambition and confidence are not all bad, they are often the polar opposite of service.  And one of the truest tests of ego or service is going to be how you react when someone else has success.  Can you genuinely rejoice with them, can you celebrate their successes, or do you feel resentful or upset when someone else does good?

My experience is that, if we concentrate on genuinely serving and not pursuing our ego-driven agenda, that God has a habit of raising up your ministry.  Jesus puts it this way…

Matthew 6:33-34
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

And Peter promises,

1 Peter 5:5-6
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

So listen to this podcast and examine your heart, and ask yourself the question about your ministry.. is it about ego or service?

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Choose worship songs wisely, and you can see powerful worship every time you lead.  Choose songs poorly, and you will see worship struggle or even flop!  Song selection for your church service is all important, and there are a number of criteria to consider when you choose worship songs.

How to Choose Worship Songs Wisely

When we lead worship we want to see our people worshipping the Lord freely and in power, but to do this we must choose the songs that work.  And how do you know which ones will work?  Well, that’s the content in today’s very important 12 Minutes for Worship Leaders podcast.

Many worship leaders feel confused and even stressed when it comes to selecting the songs for the service they are leading.  We do not want to be too progressive, but then we do not want to be seen as old fashioned or regressive either.  We might love certain songs, but does that mean that everyone else in the church does too?

When leading it is tempting to choose songs that we like, that perhaps we feel comfortable with, but if your congregation doesn’t know them or doesn’t like them, you have a problem on your hands!  One of the most common and critical errors I see worship leaders make is choosing the wrong songs, and especially choosing worship songs based on what they like, or what the band likes, or what has just been played at the latest conference you attended.

If you do choose your songs unwisely, then there is a massive chance that your worship leading will fall flat.  This is why we have a worship academy, to teach these simple but effective principles which will be the difference between leading a few songs and leading your entire congregation into the very presence of God.

Trust me, the stakes are high for this one!

In this 12 minute for Worship Leaders Pod, we look at how you can choose songs that work every time, so every worship leader should listen to this…

Multiple Church Services can be incredibly taxing, but they can also create huge blessings for you, your worship team and the whole congregation.

Multiple Church Services Should Mean Multiple Blessings!

Most often we turn to multiple church services because we cannot fit people into a single service, or because we have people who want something different from the service, and we feel it is impossible to join the different needs and cater for them in the single service.

In this week’s 12 minutes pod, Erick and Darin discuss the various reasons for going to 2 or more services, the pitfalls, the fallout and the blessings that you might see along the way. And trust me, there are blessings if we do this right, but there can be curses if we do it wrong!

So whether your church is growing so well that you need to change the way you do church on a Sunday, or whether you have two fighting factions each of whom demands a church service to their own liking, there are potential blessings and curses along the road. The guys discuss the recent changes they have experienced in church, and how we can see those become a blessing rather than a curse for your people.

Deuteronomy 28:1-68 ESV 

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lordyour God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …

So listen to this week’s pod and faithfully obey what the Lord is leading you into…

And how do multiple services work, what times can you use, should the same worship songs or even the same sermon be used in each?  These are the pressing questions the guys answer in this week’s 12 minutes for worship leaders…

Organising your song list might sound like a pretty dull thing to talk about on the 12 minutes for worship leader’s podcast, but organising your song list correctly can be one of the most rewarding things in your ministry.

Organising Your Song List Breathes Life into Your Ministry

OK, I will admit that organising anything can be a real drama, especially for those of us who are “free-flowing musicians and singers,” but even I grow tired of the disorganisation that accompanies much of our worship environment.  Put simply, we cannot have a songbook that is 3,500 pages long (not if we want to stay sane!), so we need a strategy that enables us to have a manageable song list.

You cannot have your worship team wading through mountains fo song sheets trying to find the right song in the right key, 2 minutes before you take to the stage at church!  Having identifiable songs in easy to access areas is absolutely key for your worship leading, and making sure everyone has a current copy makes life so much easier.  Now, I know this stuff is far from glamorous, but this podcast is dealing with the intensely practical issues of song lists, keys, adding new songs and all the little things that can make life a bit sweeter.

So this is 12 minutes on how you can transform your worship team, help them cope with new songs, old songs and everything in between, and make life and ministry a whole lot easier.  And if life is more cruisy for your worship team, trust me, it will be better for you in the long run.  Part of leadership is management, both of resources and also of people, and this podcast will go a long way towards giving you a great start as you manage your worship team.

Check it our now on the all new pod right here…

The Dream Team for worship might look different to different worship leaders, but we all have one in mind, or somewhere deep in our heart. What does your perfect dream team for worship look like, and who fulfils those roles.

This is 12 minutes that you can invest right now that might make a difference for your entire year, so check it out now…

, or somewhere deep in our heart. What does your perfect dream team for worship look like, and who fulfils those roles.

What Does Your Dream Team for Worship Leading Look Like?

Hey, it’s OK to dream a little.  I know you might be in a church situation where there does not seem to be much happening, maybe you are the only musician, but dreaming big is often the start of moving towards your destiny.

I have been in many situations throughout life where there’s been a lack of personnel (or at least the right personnel), and when I’ve started to dream and ask God, suddenly the right people have come in.  I do not believe it is wishful thinking, but rather it is allowing God to direct your dream and vision for the future, and letting Him shape your worship team.

Many times people have the abilities you need, and they are hiding in plain sight!  As you dream and believe God for something awesome, as you pray and seek His will for your worship team, then you can start to see the kind of players and singers you want coming your way!

So we wanted to start this brand New Year with an encouragement to step back, have a good long look at your band and singers, and start dreaming of the right and suitably gifted people the Lord is going to bring into your church.  It costs nothing to have a vision for the future of your ministry, but that vision could be the very thing that drives you and sustains you into what the Lord has for your ministry, and your worship leading.

This is 12 minutes that you can invest right now that might make a difference for your entire year, so check it out now…