334- Worship Team Leading

Worship team leading is an important aspect of worship leading because you need to lead and shape your team to create the kind of worship you desire.

Worship Team Leading Creates the Worship You Want

Many people think that worship leading is about singing, but far more important than that is being able to inspire your team to greatness.

Leading your team involves many complex tasks, everything from keeping the peace among sometimes volatile and “precious” singers and musicians.  It involves not only keeping things relaxed and not stressed, but it also should inspire them to greatness.

In this podcast we talk about how to not only lead your team but raise them to new heights in their craft. We explore what you can do and say to challenge them to improve in their worship, and we talk about how you can also inspire them to a tremendous loyalty to yourself and the church you serve.

Worship team leading is not only about solving problems or teaching them new songs. True leadership is that which inspires them to follow you, to try new things, to step out in faith and learn and grow in their skills and abilities. True leadership is what is required for your worship team to push on and reach new heights in their service for the Lord!

So settle back and learn worship team leading from two guys who have been doing it for longer than they care to let on!  You will learn truths that will serve you well in any form of leadership, both in worship teams, across the church and also in and secular endeavour you pursue.  The principles of leadership work as a constant, so learn all you can and seek the Lord on how and when you can apply these principles to your worship team.

Learn how to lead your team well, inspiring them to greatness in worship…

We are all after the “secret sauce”, so what is the secret source of worship leading power?

The Secret Source or Worship Leading Power

Many successful products have some kind of secret attached to them.  KFC has their 11 herbs and spices, McDonalds has their Big Mac sauce.  Many other products have something secret that they do not talk about, but which makes all the difference.

So today we ask the question, what is the secret something that makes the difference between nice music and mind-blowing worship?

We have all seen it before… some great musicians and singers, pretty good songs, but while it may be a great performance, you cannot sense worship leading power that draws you closer to God.  Then again, you might have an average team of musicians and slightly dodgy singers, and suddenly the heavens open and you experience genuine, Holy Spirit inspired worship leading power.

This is not completely random!  While I always advocate training hard and being the best singer or musician you can be, sheer ability is not the secret sauce!

Song choices, talent, being nice, even Bible study is not the secret source of worship leading power.  No, there is something else, something more elusive perhaps, but tangible enough that many worship leaders discover and apply this sauce and get tasty results every time!

This podcast is a look behind the scenes at what really is the source of worship leading power in your ministry.  It takes a frank and compelling look at the various methods we try to make our worship leading better.  It also reveals what our team believes is the secret sauce, the thing which gives worship leading its true power and anointing.

So don’t miss this exciting podcast, and make sure that every time you lead you are touching lives and seeing people worship deeply.  There is a secret source of worship leading power, and it is yours to explore…

 

Does age matter in Worship Leading? Older worship leaders would say no, but younger ones would say, or at least imply a firm yes!

So Does Age Matter in Worship Leading?

Our modern culture celebrates youth and often mistreats age, unlike many cultures around the world where age is respected and celebrated.

Especially when it comes to music or anything to do with worship leading?

Now please understand, I am all for bringing younger worship leaders through and training and encouraging them.  That’s the reason we started the Worship Leader Academy… so that we could train worship leaders and bring years of experience to them, and save them from making the mistakes we have made in the past.

Does age matter when it comes to worshipping the Lord?  Of course, it doesn’t!  Here’s a news flash for all of us, young and old…. we will all join together and worship the Lord in Heaven forever. In that day, does age matter for worship?  Definitely not, because we will all be in our prime of life forever with the Lord, worshipping constantly and enjoying His presence forever!

So does age matter to the Lord?  I don’t believe so, I mean look at the likes of Caleb, Joshua, and Moses.  Clearly, He loves and uses aged as well as young people.

Does age matter for musicians? Again I would say no because some of the greatest musicians and singers of all time are now old and still celebrated.  I just saw a 70-year-old Paul McCartney perform wonderfully, so I don’t even think the secular world is as obsessed with age as some Christian churches.

So, does age matter in worship leading?  Well, listen to today’s podcast and decide for yourself, but we would argue that age can add something wonderful and powerful to worship leading and that the experiences and wisdom of aged worship leaders is a valid and important thing to bring to the team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

Song leading and worship leading are not the same things, and it is important that we have a close look at how we are leading and what we are leading.

Song leaders lead people in singing a selection of songs, but worship leading involves far more than just singing a few songs. Song leading might be fun, could even be inspirational, but it falls far short of your calling if you are called to be a worship leader.

Song Leading vs Worship Leading

Worship is so much more than singing a few tunes and feeling good.  You can sing songs at a disco or a football match, and feel pretty good, but that does not make the act of singing into actual worship.  In this podcast, we are going to explore what true worship is, what it looks like, and how you can change the spiritual atmosphere in your church. You can lead the service away from simple song leading into an incredible journey of worship.

After all, people in the church are not just there to sing a song or two. However, some pastors want the songs to punctuate what they consider to be the more important aspects of the service, things like announcements, communion, offering, missionary spot and so on.  If that is all the song is worth, then we are shortchanging our congregations!

Worship is so much more than just song leading.  Listen to this podcast, and be inspired to take your people on an incredible journey from when they walk into the auditorium right to the very heart and throne room of God!  That’s our calling, that’s our anointing, and we should never settle for second best by just song leading!

Learn the important differences, and how you can elevate your ministry into true worship leading in this exciting podcast…

Constructing harmonies is an incredible and invaluable part of vocal arrangement.

Now we all know what harmonies are, and I think all of us can attest to how attractive a really tight and beautiful harmony can be.

We hear it, we recognise it, but hey, how hard is it constructing harmonies?  Most worship leaders do not know enough about harmonies and don’t really know where to start in constructing harmonies.

Construction Harmonies Can Make All the Difference

Harmonies can take average music and transform it into amazing and anointed worship leading.  If you are in a small church, or a traditional church, harmonies could be your ticket to raise the standard of your worship leading from average to unbelievable!  Even if your musicians are poor, even if the songs are old or outdated, even if the congregation are stayed or bored (or staying bored), harmonies can supercharge your worship leading, especially if constructed harmonies are clever.

So the big question is, “How do you actually construct harmonies so they sound amazing?”

While we cannot hope to teach you everything you need to know about harmonies in a half hour podcast, we can start the process, or continue the process of how, where and when you can create and construct harmonies that will add amazing dynamic and power to your worship leading.

After all, we all know there is something very special and extremely attractive about constructing harmonies.  It is a challenge for you as a leader, but you can also experience tremendous satisfaction when they 3 part, or even 4 part harmony, glides across the music and into the hearts of those listening.  Trust me, constructing harmonies is the pinnacle for vocalists, and a tremendous asset to the astute worship leader!

Listen to this week’s podcast and discover how harmonies can catapult your worship into the stratosphere!

And if you want to learn more about harmonies, and how to construct them, click this link and join our worship leader Academy today!

280- The Audience of One

The audience of One…

Is a phrase we used to refer to the fact that when you are leading worship, the most important part of your audience is God Himself.

When you lead worship you look across the crowd that is your congregation and you think to yourself,” I wonder what they are thinking of my worship leading, and why they are not fully engaging in worshipping the Lord.”

It’s moments like these that we need to remember the audience of One, the fact that God is your only true audience, and the one whose approval you need to seek over and above anybody else.

And yet in all this, we are human so we do worry about what people think, and whether we are doing a good job in the eyes of our pastor, and our congregation. This pod cast is designed to get you to think about why you are leading worship, and whom you are offering worship to… Is it to people, or is it to the audience of One?

Although we talk about leading worship for the Lord, we need to minimise the effect that worrying about what people are thinking can have on us.

Being human, and living in the real world, we tend to rely on our eyes and on perceived responses from people as we lead worship, I can’t they raising their hands or are they singing loudly.

When we discover the truth that we are truly only singing and performing for the audience of One, it can free you from the fear of man and from concern about how your worship time appears to be going and it can release you into the realm of higher praise.

So as you listen to this podcast, sit back and think about who your real audience is. Are you singing, playing and leading worship for the people, for the pastor, for yourself, or are you truly leading worship for the audience of One?

Feeling down? This is a common thing among worship leaders, so you are not alone!

This podcast will be dealing with the whole issue of feeling down, and how you can raise your spirits. Feeling down as a worship leader is not a unique experience, as the guys share in this episode.

So why are you feeling down? It might be because your worship leading has fallen short, it might be because of internal conflicts within the worship team or it could be something completely unrelated, like conflict at home or work.

Maybe you’re just going through a hard time in an area of your life that is affecting your ministry. Whatever the cause, you need to recognise that how you feel has no bearing on God’s plans for your life.

Many times we feel down although after a great success, which is exactly what happened to Elijah after the victory on Mount Carmel. (1 Kings 18-19). From such a great high, he feels so low he wanted to die, and sometimes worship leaders can feel that way… Frequently.

And like Elijah, many times we will fill especially low after we’ve had a great success. If we rely on our feelings, our life will be up and down continuously, so we have to look beyond our feelings at what God says about us, take our eyes off our circumstances and place them firmly on the Lord.

To quote an old song, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full and His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

So as you listen to this podcast today, pause to reflect on the goodness of God in your life, the calling that he has for you as a worship leader and train yourself to look up rather than look down, look to him rather than to be overwhelmed by your circumstances.

So we decided to put the special pod cast together for you to encourage you, bless you and remind you that God has a plan and purpose for your life, regardless of how you feel.

If you are feeling down, we hope that this podcast will cheer you up and give you great hope for the future!

Single instrument worship leading, when you lead with only a single instrument like a guitar or piano, might seem like a challenge, but this exciting podcast shares some of the advantages and awesome things that can happen when all of your team lets you down and it becomes just you and a single instrument.

Is Single Instrument Worship Leading Good or Bad?

In this discussion, we look at the positives of only using one instrument when you are worship leading. Now I’m not saying you should fire your band and drop back to a single guitar or piano, but there are some definite advantages when you do this, and sometimes change is as good as a holiday, right?

Even in big concerts by famous people, who have huge bands and productions worth millions of dollars, and who have the best of the best musicians and singers, there is often a time where they grab a single acoustic guitar, or sit at a single piano and share an intimate song or two.  There is something revealing, simple and strangely intimate about having just one instrument, and today’s pod explores the various ways we can use this close feeling and gentle intimacy to draw people even closer to the Lord in worship!

So if you are in a small church where you might face this regularly, or if you lead in small groups where a single instrument is the norm, the team shares how you can make single instrument worship the best!  Don’t despise the day of small beginnings, let God use you to draw His people near so that they can worship and honour Him in a special way through the use of single instrument worship leading…

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Learning how to give criticism in a productive and godly way is an important part of leading a praise and worship team.

Discover How to Give Criticism in a Way That Your Team Will Love You For!

If you criticise your team members the wrong way, you will not only build resentment against you, but you can destroy their ministries and even their lives!

This might sound a bit over the top, but in this podcast, we are going to look at how your ability to handle and give criticism can have a major effect on the life of your team, and overall on how effective your worship leading ministry is.

Psalm 133 talks about the powerful effect unity can have on your ministry, whatever your ministry might be, and I can tell you that mishandling the ways in which you give criticism to your team members can greatly affect unity, and therefore the power and effectiveness of everything you do!

So, every worship leader needs to hear this important podcast and learn how you can not only give critis=cism in a constructive and godly way, but also how you can bring the very best from your team in a way that doesn’t upset them, but actually, makes them love you even more!

So last week we looked at how to take criticism, which is the first part of this double podcast.  This week, we flip it around and teach you how to give criticism, especially when the aim is to improve worship leading and the overall band performance.  So how do you give criticism in a loving, godly and effective way?  Listen to this podcast and discover how you can do this the right way…

Don’t do it wrong, because you will definitely regret it!  Offer constructive criticism in a loving, godly and effective way?  Listen to this podcast and discover how you give criticism the right way…