Recently I had the honour of being in the music team with my Daughter leading praise and worship.

Whilst she has been leading praise and worship at the church youth group for some time now, she has little experience in leading praise and worship in a Sunday morning service. Let me tell you: She did a great job. God was in the house, and you could sense the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit.

Working Together When Leading Praise and Worship

Alexie does not really play an instrument, but she has an amazing voice. The challenge with being relatively new to leading praise and worship and not playing an instrument is that there can be a tendency for “Gaps” . These can quickly lead to awkward silence if the leader is not on the ball, so this is where I stepped in. With guitar and microphone, and having a very good idea of where Alexie was taking the worship, (We had practised all songs prior, and she had communicated what she wanted to achieve and how she planned to do that), I “filled in the gaps”, allowing for a smooth transition while she “caught her breath” so as to speak.

The Keys to Leading Praise and Worship “Tag Team”

Leading Praise and WorshipThe key to the success of this session was in two parts: I had to remain in the background. It is important for anyone who is supporting up and coming worship leaders to allow them the freedom in doing what they are doing, and helping them to achieve that.In other words, let help them discover their leadership qualities. When Alexie looked a little unsure, I took over, gently so as not to make it obvious, and as soon as she regained her confidence, I stepped back and let her take over. Tag team.
The second part is that it important for the up and coming worship leader to be teachable. Alexie was both humble and gracious enough to allow me to help her, and step in. Sometimes I could see a questioning look on her face, almost uncomfortable saying “Where do I go from here? How do I get to the next step?” I merely took the reigns, directed the band and we continued on.

In a way, because Alexie and I are related and we have shared the stage together over the years on many occasions, she is comfortable around me and knows to trust me. I had to make absolutely sure that I did not abuse that trust. This is another important key to Tag Team Worship Leading.

 

Reproducing While You are Leading Praise and Worship

My fellow worship leader, I encourage you as you read these blogs and listen to the Worship Leader Podcast, look at the members of your team, and find people who can be trained up to lead worship. Whether in a Youth Group, a Home Cell, a mid-week meeting or a Sunday service. Remember you can’t be there all the time, and the congregation loves variety. (I mean, I don’t eat peanut butter at every meal! ) Be prepared to do some Tag Team when leading praise and worship. This may be as simple a beginning as your ‘apprentice’ leading just one or two praise songs at the beginning of the service. As they become more confident, loosen up the reigns and let them take more on. You are always there for them to fall back on.
And make sure that you get together both before the service to plan, and after the service to analyse. Don’t use the after service to criticise your apprentice for short falls or hiccups. Chances are that if things didn’t go to plan, and the music wasn’t brilliant, they are already punishing themselves. Use every experience to build in readiness for the next one. Tag Team when you are leading praise and worship is very important and can be amazingly affective in bringing your congregation into the presence of God.

The outcome of Last Sunday? My wife and our Pastor came to me after and said: You two worked really well together leading praise and worship this morning…” We were a team with a unity of purpose. And when the people dwell together in Unity, God commands the Blessing!

Be sure to tune into the latest podcast, and have a listen to the ones you haven’t downloaded yet.

God Bless you real good and have a great week!

Erick (And keep on leading praise and worship to His glory!)

I recently received an outline of standards for leading praise and worship , and I have asked Jane Sheneman, a worship leader who is going through a torrid time at the moment in her worship team.  It seems that Jane believes in standards of excellence, but many of her team do not want to “commit” to these ideals.

 

Leading Praise and Worship Takes Commitment

 

Leading Praise and WorshipThe fact is , leading praise and worship takes commitment.  It takes time, it takes passion and Jane, like many worship leaders, gets very frustrated by the lack of commitment shown by her team members.  So she decided to document what she believes is required to be a part of the worship team.

 

Leading Praise and Worship is Leading People

 

When we are leading praise and worship we are leading a group of talented and sometimes brittle people.  I have read this document and I think it is worth publishing on the blog so that you can comment on it, and also incorporate it into your team.  It sets out the standards that we really require from our team, and it is a perfect way to introduce new team members so that they know what is required of them.

 

Leading Praise and Worship Requires Standards of Excellence

 

Not perfection, excellence, and particularly in the area of our attitudes and commitment to the Lord and each other.  Little things like not turning up on time or criticizing team members can blow up in your face if you neglect them, so please read these ideas and see what you think.

 

And now, here is Janes offering…

Praise Team guidelines & responsibilities :

Goal: To bring “GOD” glory, and people closer to Him through our worship service.

 

Responsibilities:

 1. A good testimony to the body (the church family). Cheerful . . . considerate . . .caring (not proud or boastful).

2. Praise Team members are the most visible leadership of the Worship Ministry.

3. A cooperative spirit within Praise Team.  Attitude is more important than ability.

    There is no “I” in Team, but there is “US” in Jesus

4. Give of time to prepare and rehearse music outside rehearsals. You will be expected to listen to & learn the music on the CD provided.

5.Lead in worship. don’t hesitate , that only brings confusion. You as leaders need to initiate singing, clapping and the lifting of hands( if appropriate)

6. Team members need to make worship and practice a priority in their lives.

 

 Dress:

o LADIES: Slacks/Skirts/Dresses – Well below the knee!

o MEN: No shorts, t-shirts, or flip-flops.

 

Praise Teams rehearsal :

 Thursday 6:00-8 in the sanctuary:

* Attendance and punctuality are very important factors for being a member of the music team(s).

Rehearsals are only 2 hours per week, & 1/2 hour Sunday before Sunday School, That is SO little for such important work.

 

Two things are required for every rehearsal:

 1.Great Attitude!

2.ON TIME Arrival!

*Make a habit that on time is 5-10 minutes early! In case you must be absent . . . you need to call or text “Jane Sheneman” as soon as you know you can not be there. If I am unavailable “leave a message on cell(1XXXXXX) or home(XXXXXXX) phone” I will get back to you as soon as possible.

* Rehearsals are required, and members should arrive ready to work on the designated material. Poor attendance and punctuality reflect a lack of discipline and respect for the Lord’s ministry.

*a continued inability to be @ practice or arrive ontime means you will not be prepared & unable to lead with team in Sundays a.m. service.

 *Ministery often involves a sacrifice – this often expresses itself in a time commitment.

 

 

 

A Lifestyle that is continually growing to conform to the image of Christ.

* Participants must be born-again believers of Christ, and their lifestyle must resemble that of a born-again Christian.

   If there are problems along the moral line I will talk to the individual in question.

   If there is no improvement that person may need to talk with the pastor.

*Because the Praise Team is a position of leadership an unwilling desire to adhere to church policy may result in being asked to step down.

 each case will be handled tactfully and confidentially with the aim of restoring your faith and ministry potential, keeping your confidence in the leadership of this

 ministry and the congregation.

 

Teachable:

This means No one has ever “arrived” – be open to one another and new ways of looking at things and correction.

receive constructive criticism and be open to the comments  and ideas of others.

Humility is a virtue and James 4:6 says: But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

also Luke 14:11 says: For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

hum·ble

 1.not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.

 

*any differences need to be dealt with in Love and seek to foster peace ( James 3:17)

always build each other up with positive comments and affirmities.

We need to strive as a “Team” to sacrifice our own wants and desires to see the greater good for the group and the church.

realizing we are interdependant of each other and valueing what each of us brings to this ministry, welcoming and giving everyone a sense of belonging, and being considerate of each other.

Philippians 2:1 -4

Imitating Christ’s Humility

 1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

 

 

 

 

 

Commited to Excellence:

 We should never ” wing it” or “fly by the seat of our pants”! in any ministry and this should be reflected in our worship with careful planning, practicing and execution.

 

This does not mean “professionalism” and we are not here to entertain people but we need to do our best and bring God the glory through our ministry.

 

We should never be content with where we are at but always seek to become better at what we do and serve GOD with excellence.

 

Prepare your heart to Worship

Sunday morning we are often so rushed and harried that we are not in an attitude of worship. We need to take time as a team before we warm up to quiet our hearts, pray and ask the Lord to be in and with us throughout the service. Leading people in worship is a privilege and responsibility,you will be leading people toward the throne of God. Unity and a love for one another will effect our ability to do this.

 

 

 

*Please note:

These guidelines are meant to help us as a Team to grow towards Christ and each other, also to help us in our decisions and priorities.

All who are interested in being a part of the Praise Team(s) will be required to sign a statement form which would be a mutual agreement between both parties.

 

So what do you think?  If you are leading praise and worship regularly in your church you may find this information very helpful!

I have just spent 2 weeks preaching at Trout Creek bible Camp in Oregon, USA, and had a blast!  Many kids came to the Lord, and the worship was something else!  If you want to have youth meetings that really take off, then this podcast is unmissable!  I interview the camp worship leader and program director, camp name of “Fidget” (they all get crazy names at camp, don’t ask me why) and learn his secrets on how to lead worship with youth that really impacts and changes the lives of kids.  So if youth is your thing, check this one out and take notes… you will love it!

 

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If you are looking for ideas, inspiration or anything else about worship leading, you will find great teaching and really sad jokes (but we love it anyway!) right here on the podcasts

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worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.  And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors, worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

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This Worship Leader Podcast something that many are struggling with… are you actually called to be a worship leader? Many get the position by default, by accident or because they are the only ones who can sing, but does this really mean that you are called?  Believe me, if you don’t think that you are called you will not become all that the Lord wants you to be, so if you have ever doubted that the Lord has called you to be a worship leader, PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST! You are precious to the Lord, and the team discuss that calling, how you discover it and what it means to your life and your ministry, so check it out now.  Oh, and sorry to be a little late with this worship leader podcast… I am in the US of A preaching at Trout Creek Bible Camp and have less than amiable internet connections!

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And Don’t Forget to Check Out Our Ever-Growing Worship Leader Podcast Collection (Getting bigger each week!)

If you are looking for ideas, inspiration or anything else about worship leading, you will find great teaching and really sad jokes (but we love it anyway!) right here on the podcasts

Don’t Forget the Free Books with Worship Leader Podcast Tips

worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.  And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors, worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

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To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

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This Worship Leader Podcast is on a very, very touchy subject.  It’s not Man vs Wild, it’s Worship Leader vs Pastor.  I get so many emails about this subject, and the team will discuss how you can be a faithful servant for your Pastor without being walked all over and abused (most Pastors are great, by the way, but some are not).  Can you disagree with the Pastor?  Can you serve sacrificially?  Are you on the same team?  All these and more will be revealed in today’s podcast!

 

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worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.  And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors, worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

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To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

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This Worship Leader Podcast is very practical and something all worship leaders will benefit from… how to present.  The panel talk about the team, where to stand, what to wear and hundreds of practical things you just would not find out about in a regular worship leader seminar.  So check it out and enjoy as you learn some of the finer points on presenting!

 

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worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.  And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors, worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

Click Here for your Free Worship Leader Podcast Tips Ebooks

To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

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This Worship Leader Podcast is something we all face from time to time.  OK, how often have you been leading worship  and you look out across the audience only to find that they are not responding?  Maybe occassionally… maybe every week for some of you!  This pod is all about how we can cope with this, and overcome it.  So if you are finding your congregation less than enthused by your worship leading, this is the worship leader podcast for you!

 

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worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.  And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors, worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

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To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

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This Worship Leader Podcast is for all of us, unless your name is Pavarotti.  We all have to sing and we can all use some useful advice about how we can get the best out of our voices, and also take care of them.  Helpful advice from the gang, and some not-so-helpful advice from Darin makes this a MUST LISTEN TO PODCAST

 

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worship leading podcast worship leader podcastAlso remember that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and eager to learn some practical worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you are sure to pick up information that will make you a better worship leader, starting next Sunday.  And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors, worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you haven’t got your free books yet, click the link below. And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we want to enjoy the journey together with you. I’m sure that many of you have worship leading tips that you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the blog will be there for everyone to read and be blessed.

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To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

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OK, this worship leader podcast could open a can of worms for sure:  Should you have Non-believers as part of your worship band? If you are in a small church and a great musician or singer walks in, you are certainly tempted to invite them to join the band.  But is is a compromise, is it an outreach to the non-believer, or is it part of God’s divine plan for you as a worship leader?  The gang discuss this very issue on today’s podcast, so tune in and judge for yourself what you think is right.

 

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To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

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Everyone gets discouraged, and when you are a worship leader, you face it more than most.  So this particular pod is all about encouraging you in your calling.  Don’t get down, get into the worship leader podcast and get inspired!

 

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To start the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the link at the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips with you in the coming weeks and months as well.

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