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…

1. New Year, New Podcast

It’s a New Year and we are launching a new podcast!

Some New Year Resolution, Right?

We know that so many people in our modern world have so little time, so we decided to compact our teaching and free podcast into just 12 minutes, the perfect time for you to listen on the way to work, or while you’re vacuuming the floor.

So rather than clogging up your new year with a long, elaborate podcast, that you struggle to finish, we’ve decided to ask just 12 minutes of your time,  Actually, this pod runs a little over, but the next lot of podcasts will all be 12 minutes.

I mean, what else are you going to do in 12 minutes?  You could boil eggs 3 times, you can watch just under half of the evening news, or you can invest in your ministry and your life by listening to our new podcast.  You could put 12 minutes a week into bettering your gifts, serving your church and your pastor and falling in love with worship all over again.

So worship leaders, this new podcast format is for you. Just 12 minutes a week, and you will be encouraged, challenged and at times amused by the wisdom and insight of two longstanding worship leaders.  Like you, we are finding that just taking a few minutes from your day can be challenging, and so a shorter, more concise but still fun and challenging podcast will definitely be better for all of us.

So please, check out the new look worship leader podcast, and invest 12 minutes a week into something that will change your life and ministry.  And as always, you can email us at and give us your ideas for our 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast.  I mean, we do this for you, so please let us know what you want us to spend 12 minutes on at the start of this new year…


Worship teams are made up of real people, and these people, while they might be musicians and singers, actually have real needs in the real world.

As this is our last podcast for the year, we thought that we would leave you with a forward-looking pod… how you can begin to affect the lives of your team for years to come!

Worship Teams are People Too!

Worship teams should become worship connect groups. You can share your struggles, you can encourage one another and because of your mutual love of music, you can connect on a level far different than most other people in the church.

As a worship leader, you are really moving into the role of being a worship pastor.  Pastors are called to shepherd, guide, care for and love their flock, and as the worship leader, you also have a responsibility before God to make the members of your worship team strong in the Lord.

So we thought we would finish this year off with an inspirational podcast that might just transform your ministry and your worship team.  

Worship teams need loving too… in fact, many of the team members are desperately in need of love and encouragement.  So in this pod, we explore great ideas as to how you can love and support them in every way.

Transforming worship teams into connect groups could be a key to the success of your ministry long term!  From short Bible studies and devotionals at each practice, through to being there when they are in need of support or encouragement.  You, as the leader, is the one who can make all the difference in your team member’s lives!

So as this year ends and a New Year begins, take the time to transform your ministry from just leading music and singing to shepherding and bringing the very best into the lives of your team.

And we will see you next year for another exciting year of podcasting and worship leading.  God bless and have a great Christmas and New Year!

Darin and Erick!

Evaluating your worship team, like your own ministry, is definitely a beneficial thing!

What Does Evaluating Your Worship team Offer?

When you evaluate your worship team, you are taking the first step towards greatness, but you may find that certain individuals are resistant to this.

Let’s face it, many people in your worship team will be resistant examine door, either thinking themselves above all of this, threatened that they will not meet your standards.

However, when evaluating your worship team need to assure them that this is not a way of controlling or criticising, but a way of helping you as a team minister more effectively for the Lord.

Just as you evaluate your own ministry, closely examining the way your team operates when you are worship leading can give you insights into ways in which they can improve. And you cannot only examine them as a team, that you can examine the individual lives represented by the worship team members, and have a positive impact in their lives pointing them back to the Lord, and restoring relationships you may have grown cold over time.

Your team members may offer up all kinds of spiritual reasons why you should not evaluate them, but if you want your worship team to improve, you simply cannot adequately improve that which you cannot assess!

A great time to re-evaluate how your team is ministering is at the end of the year, and that’s why we have done this podcast now.

This is an excellent time to take the time to be evaluating your worship team, not with a view from criticising or being antagonistic, but with a view of improving their ministry and their personal walk with God in a variety of areas.

This is an important podcast that every worship leader should listen to, because we all want to improve at what we’re doing whether we are newbies or whether we are in top-level worship leading. Grab a coffee settle back and listen to this week’s worship leader podcast…

340- Evaluating Your Ministry

Evaluating your ministry is an essential part of growing your ministry and improving your skills in ministry. Sometimes we are afraid to evaluate what it is we are doing and how we do it, but if we ever want to improve our skills and abilities in worship ministry, we have to have some means of evaluating our performance.

Evaluating Your Ministry

The end of the year is a great time to look back and have a frank and earnest look at how we have lead our worship team over the last 12 months.

The fact is, whatever we cannot evaluate we cannot change. Or if we can change it, what do we change it into? evaluating your ministry is an essential part of getting better at the ministry the Lord has called you to.  Even the best worship leaders on the planet constantly reevaluate what they are doing to see if there are any ways they can improve.

So I don’t know about you, but I certainly have not arrived as a worship leader.  I am always searching for ways to improve my skills, both as a musician and singer and also as a leader.

So settle back, grab a pen and paper and take the time to evaluate your ministry during and after this podcast.

Without being unduly harsh or critical of yourself, take the time to examine how you lead worship, and how you lead your team because there are so many ways we can do things and so many things we can say.  I believe we should be on a quest to improve in every area of our lives and our ministries, and that’s why we produced this podcast on evaluating your ministry.

It could make all the difference as you face the New Year, and see God’s power unleashed in your worship leading…

Leading worship is an important task at any time, and especially if you have a guest speaker in your church service.

A Guest Speaker Presents a Unique Challenge

Having been the guest many times as visiting ministry, in many denominations and nations around the world, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly among worship leaders.

As a visiting ministry, I have been in churches where the worship team leader has come to me and asked what they can do to serve my ministry.  I have also seen worship teams so intent on their own portion of the service that they refuse to let the visiting ministry even soundcheck until the service is starting.

In the end, for both the visiting ministry and the worship team, we need to never lose sight of the fact that we are called to serve.  To serve the Lord, yes, and also to serve each other.

And leading worship for someone whose ministry style you are unfamiliar with is always a challenge.  This is especially true for evangelists, most of whom have a particular style of music and a way they want it to be played, especially for the appeal.  If you stop and think that the invitation could be crucial in eternity for many people, then the importance of getting your service for the visiting ministry right is paramount.

So worship leaders, even if you do not have guest speakers in your church often, you still need to listen to this podcast.  The importance of what we do cannot be understated, because the atmosphere for the guest can really stand or fall based on how we serve and minister. Our job as worship leaders is to prepare the atmosphere for the visiting minister, then go with him as he shares so that the music and atmosphere of worship add to what he or she is trying to achieve, rather than detracting from it!

This pod is designed to help worship leaders everywhere for those special and sometimes challenging occasions where you need to provide worship in and around a guest speaker…

338- Planning Christmas Services

Planning Christmas services is an important part of most churches. In fact, this is the time of year when you and your church, and your music team, are on display for the whole world to see.

Christmas Service can Really Rock

People who rarely or even never come to church frequently find themselves in Christmas Services, whether they are part of your regular church calendar or whether they are special services like carols.

This means that you, worship leaders, are in a unique and wonderful position when you can speak into the lives of people in your community and bless them in a unique way.

We all know there are some people who pretty much never darken the door of a church, except for once or maybe twice a year.  I always look at Christmas services as a chance to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to them.  Many people bring their friends and relatives during Christmas, and again, whatever the reason they come, I think it is a wonderful opportunity to share Christ with them.

So listen to this podcast and get ready when you are planning Christmas services to do the best job ever…

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It’s a complete 6 month course covering all you should know to lead a worship team, from choosing the proper songs, joining and arranging songs and going up keys, right through to dealing with the band, managing personalities, conflicts, encouragement and all the rest.

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Increase your worship leading abilities today (maybe even get your church to sponsor you… best investment they could ever make!).

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