137- The Heart of Worship

Heart of worshipThis worship leader podcast is about coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about Jesus!  You would be forgiven for thinking that it’s all about the performance, or it’s all about the band at times, but in this pod we want to concentrate on the things that really matter, and worship is always going to be about the Lord Himself!

Worship leading needs to be about Christ, we all know that.  But how do you ensure that He is central to what you are doing?  I am not suggesting that your heart is not to serve the Lord, but all of us need to be reminded that, with all the emphasis on excellence, playing right, flowing in worship, creating an atmosphere, the heart of worship is till the most important thing.

So grab a coffee, kick back and relax and enjoy a very special worship leader podcast…

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Worry in worship leadingWe all face some sort of worry in worship leading at some stage, and for some of us it can cripple us in our effectiveness for the Lord.  In Australia we have a saying whenever anything looks bad, difficult or uncomfortable, we say to each other, “No worries, mate!”  That’s what this worship leader podcast is all about… how to minimize the impact that worry can have on your worship leading, and your general leadership of the team.

 

Worry is like a rocking horse… it keeps your mind occupied, but you don’t get anywhere!  It fills you thoughts and clouds your understanding, so this is a very timely worship leader podcast about something that will affect us all at some stage.

 

So don’t be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6-7) and don’t panic!  Grab a nice soothing cup of coffee or tea and relax while you learn how to stop worry in worship leading, and indeed in your whole life!

WorryAnd if you are worried about how much worrying your are doing, why not read some practical and great teaching about how you can conquer worry in your life and your ministry?

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True forgiveness1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus has promised that if we confess our sins we will be forgiven.  The fact that my sins are forgiven is one of the great motivating factors in my worship leading, because I cannot fail to worship every hour of every day the One who has forgiven my sins and purify my heart.

The problem is that, even though most of his sins are forgiven, we often revisit them! The devil is quick to dredge up old sins and parade them about in front of us! We often say, “Forgive and forget,” but the honest truth is that forgiveness is easy, but forgetting is a hard part.

If we continue to revisit old sins our effectiveness as worship leaders will be greatly compromised. Our relationship with the Lord will also be compromised, so whatever we have done in the past, however bad or nasty sins have been, we need to confess them, hand them over to God and trust him to deal with them as we move on into the future he has for us!

I love what Corrie Ten Boom said: “God throws our sins into the sea of His forgetfulness, and He puts up a sign saying, ‘NO FISHING’!”

So if you want to be a more effective worship leader, don’t let the Devil drags us old sins out in front of your eyes time and time again! Confess them, throw them in the sea of the Lord’s forgetfulness, drop your fishing pole and move on to the great destiny for you as you serve Him!

130- The Best Way to Lead

styles of leadershipThis week’s worship leader podcast is all about the best way to lead your worship team.  There are different styles of leadership, but frankly some are far better than others.  If you want to inspire others and lead in a way that not only brings the best out of your team, but also sees them love and respect you, then this is one pod you are not going to want to miss!

 

Leadership is a funny thing.  People talk about it a lot, but very few leaders know how to effectively lead in an inspirational and godly way, and that’s what today’s worship leader podcast will show you.

 

PLUS, while you listen to the podcast, why not download these incredible books from Ps. John Gore on leadership.  John is a widely read author on leadership, especially in the third world, and he has graciously made his leadership books available for download FREE OF CHARGE!  I mean seriously, you can’t do much better than that!  So start the pod, then flip down and click the links to get your free leadership books!

 

 

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And let our website and my friend Ps. John Gore help you become the leader you want to be in your worship team!

 

And as always,

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Additionally do not forget that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you’re starting out and eager to learn some sensible worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you’re certain to pick up info that will make you a greater worship leader, beginning next Sunday. And yes, we have great teaching for everyone from worship directors and worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you have not obtained your free books yet, click on the link below.

And feel free to leave comments or e-mail us because we wish to enjoy the journey together with you. I am sure that lots of you will have worship leading tips you can share with others as well, so leaving comments on the weblog will likely be there for everybody to learn and be blessed.

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Nehemiah 1:11
How badly do you want itLord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favour in the presence of this man. ‘

How much do you want success in your worship leading? We say we want to be successful as worship leaders, but if we look deep within we will recognize that we are only prepared to go so far to achieve our goals. We might as well pray, “Lord, give me success as long as I don’t have to pay too much for it!”

Nehemiah also prayed for success, but he was prepared to put his money where his mouth wants as far as stepping out in faith. By going before the king it was taking a huge chance, but he was soon removed and sent desperate to successful he’s people he was prepared to pay any price!

What about you? Are you prepared to pay any costs to be successful in your chosen ministry? How bad do you want it? Are you prepared to train, are you prepared to practice, are you prepared to devote time and money to achieve the success you seek? If you put the effort into training, serving and learning, and if you step out in faith trusting God to do as He has promised, then he will crown your efforts with success.

I want a new Lamborghini. I can just see myself cruising down the road in this exquisite vehicle. And it is not beyond my reach! If I’m prepared to sell my home, my car, my business and possibly my children, I can have a new Lamborghini. The thing is, as nice as that would be, I just don’t want to that badly. It just doesn’t mean that much to me.

So if you truly want success as a worship leader, put time and effort into training and into your personal relationship with the Lord, and trust him to crown your efforts with success!

Worship Devotions- Keep Watch

keep watchHabakkuk 2:1
I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.

You may not feel it as a worship leader, but we are called to keep watch. We are part of the leadership in the church, and so our brief includes the need to be a sentinel on the ramparts for our people.  It is no accident that the Lord has placed us in this position, because it is the ideal place for us to be able to watch and see what is going on in the church!

When you stand before the congregation you have a unique opportunity to look across the people, see the expression on their faces, and pray for them.  So don’t waste this incredible opportunity!  Rather than simply looking across the audience, why not ask the Lord to give you insight and understanding for each of the people out there.  You may see someone hurting, someone lonely, maybe even someone with evil lurking in their heart.  You job is not to publically embarrass them, or to rebuke them, but to pray for them and ask God to move in their hearts as they worship!

You also have the opportunity to understand where the church is at with regards worship.  You can sense the atmosphere, any hesitancy or whether they are willing to plunge deeper into worship with you.  As you ask the Lord for diving understanding, you can set the right tempo for the meeting, and allow His Spirit to touch their lives in a new and fresh way.

Very few people in the church have the opportunity to see what you can see as you lead worship, so don’t squander what the Lord has called you to!  Look, learn, understand, pray and lead your congregation, because you are one of the watchman (or watch-woman) of your church, and God can use you to touch lives across your church.

Worship Leading not drivingWhen it comes to worship leading, we all want to do a great job leading an inspiring our congregations into deep worship experience. However, some congregations are a lot more difficult than others to lead, and so many zealous worship leaders find themselves driving their people rather than leading them!

Signs of Driving Your Audience

One of the key signs that you are driving an audience rather than leading them involves you as a worship leader carefully observing the people you are ministering to. You need to know that your congregation is with you every step of the way when you are worship leading, and one of the classic worship leading mistakes occurs when the band and singers are lost in worship, but the congregation is simply standing there looking at them.

As a general rule, if people are looking at their watches or checking their cell phones you have lost your audience. You are no longer leading them but attempting to drive them into worship, and they clearly don’t want to be there!

Another sure sign of driving your audience or driving them occurs when you are constantly imploring them to greater heights of worship. It is okay to verbally encourage them from time to time, but when this is a constant thing you would do well to stop, look at yourself and what you are doing, and ask if you are actually leading them!

Signs of Leading Your Congregation

Successful praise and worship leading is not about whether you worship, but whether your congregation follows you into worship. A sure sign that you are leading your people successfully is when you can see the majority of the audience lost in worship, with their eyes closed, hands raised and maybe even a smile on their faces.

Another sign that you are leading your congregation occurs when open worship explodes spontaneously from the Somme you are single, rather than being forced or concocted by the worship leader. When you sense God’s power and anointing taking control of the meeting, you can be sure that you are worship leading rather than driving.

So how can you lead rather than drive your audience every week?

One of the best things you can do is to get some good worship leader training, because the more training you have the more skilled you will be at directing and leading an audience deeper into the presence of God. Another thing you can do is to spend more time with the Lord, because your worship leading ability will be directly dependent on the vitality of your personal relationship with God.

And if you find yourself driving your audience, and all of us do from time to time, this is the time to step back and let God take over. Trusting His leading can change the situation where you are driving people into worship they don’t want to be a part of into authentic, powerful and life changing worship leading.

126- How to Face 2014

New Year 2014Hey, Happy New Year one and all, and here’s a special worship leader podcast to get you in the mood for facing 2014, and making it the best year ever!

 

I am seriously believing that this year is going to be a cracker!  Having suffered through a few tough years, I reckon we can believe together that 2014 is going to be the best year ever, especially with regards your worship leading ministry.  It’s the time to laugh and enjoy, but also to learn and to work hard, and trust the Lord to grow something extra special in your life over the course of this year.

 

So, in today’s pod, Erick and I look ahead to the coming year, discuss what to expect and share a little about our own walk with God.

 

Trust me , you need to face this year believing that the Lord is going to direct you and raise your ministry to new heights.  As as such, this podcast is a great place to start the year!  Just sit back with a cup of tea, or put your headphones on, and enjoy a positive and wholesome, if not a little crazy, start to the New Year!

 

Check out the Big 2014 Worship Leader Podcast Today

 

 

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new worship songsHere is a “holy cow” I just cannot keep away from… How do you introduce new worship songs successfully, for both you and your congregation?   Most worship leaders have an insatiable, obsessive, almost crazy lust for new worship songs, and I am telling you now, the congregation HATES IT!!!!

The question arises, what is a new song? You see, from the congregation’s point of view, a new song is any song introduced in the last 3-4 months. The band thinks a new song is one played for the first time, so the second time you do it, the band doesn’t think it is new any more, mainly because they have playing it a hundred times at practice during the week. Here is a basic conflict of interest.

For any service, I believe 80%+ of your songs must be well known to the people. Add too many new songs, and they will not relax and enjoy worship, and your job description is not to teach people new songs, but to lead them into meaningful worship. Given the choice, most people in the congregation would prefer to just sing the old songs they are familiar with, so you must win their trust by carefully and lovingly introducing new songs.

Now, I know you want to be cutting edge and do the latest material!   We need to be introducing new songs, lest we be left behind forever (not a bad thing some would say). However, this does not mean you are under compulsion to do every song on the latest Worship album! Be thoughtful, be prayerful and be smart!   Here are a few thoughts on new songs, and their introduction to your repertoire.

  1. Pick the best: You don’t have to do every song on a new release album! Some you mightn’t like, some are not where your people are at. Some might be too hard, complex, difficult to sing or theologically suspect. Choose wisely, carefully and prayerfully, introducing new songs to church sparingly.
  2. Don’t introduce too many, too quickly: I usually only ever introduce one song in a service. Any more than that means people are not worshiping, they are trying to learn. I might introduce 2 songs across a couple of services. Take it slow and steady, and remember, when you hate the song and are sick of it, the congregation has just about learned it and it is no longer a new song to them.
  3. Do it every other week for 6 weeks: Do it each week, or 2 weeks and the people will begin to be familiar with the song. A classic mistake for worship leaders is to introduce a song, consider that people now know it, and move on to introduce another new song a week later. The audience hates it, and feels pressured by such actions. Take your time! That’s why you should only introduce the very best ones!
  4. Have a coordinated approach: The Music director must control the introduction of all new songs. Otherwise, every worship leader you have in the church introduces new songs, and the people are inundated to the point of overload by new songs. Get all of worship leaders to introduce the same songs, and take it slow. If you have 4 worship leaders in a month, and each introduces a new song (their own choice), then the people don’t hear it again for another 4 weeks. So, their learning is never reinforced, and every song sounds new each time they hear it. Don’t laugh, I have lived through this very scenario, and the congregation hates it!
  5. One or two at a time: Worship is not supposed to be a memory test. The more new songs you introduce, the more people will be READING off the overhead instead of WORSHIPING. So, keep them worshiping by limiting the number of new songs being introduced.
  6. Try introducing new songs initially as an item: A really pleasant way to introduce new material is as a feature item, sung by one or two of the worship team. This decreases the pressure people feel that they have to learn the song, and allows them to relax, absorb the words and what the song is saying, and fall in love with the song, just as you probably have. They will always find it easier to learn a song they love already!
  7. Your Own Songs: I believe every fellowship should be using some songs written by local church members. Now they should not use only these, because then the people miss out on the best that is on offer across the world, and when churches get together for combined meetings they don’t know any of the songs! But your people and perhaps you yourself may have a song that is from the Lord, fresh for your congregation! Ask Him and see!

introducing new worship songsSO, worship leaders, HERE’S THE BAD NEWS…

Follow this through with me. Consider this wise advice…

  1. For the congregation to really accept a new song, they should sing it at least 2 weeks in a row, miss the third week, and sing it again in the fourth.
  2. You should not try to teach more than one song at one time.

Therefore: According to the parameters listed above, if you can only introduce one song a month that the congregation will effectively learn (and that is pretty much the way it is), guess how many new songs you can introduce in a year??

12… maybe 14 or 15 if you are lucky!

I recognize that most worship leaders are introducing new songs by the truck load, and the really crazy thing is that they throw most of them out after a few weeks, never to be heard again!

new worship songsNow, come on worship leaders, who is guilty on this count? I have to confess, I was doing this (like most other worship leaders I know) for many years, until the futility and, indeed, utter stupidity of the situation struck me. I was hammering my people with new song after new song, many of which were tossed aside a month or two down the track.

So, according to what we have seen, we can only effectively introduce around one new song a month, so that the people learn it and are comfortable with it.

Therefore, when our team looks at new songs, we ask each other, “Is this song worthy of being one of the chosen 12?”   Think of it this way: when you know you can only get to introduce 12 new songs a year, you find that you are very, very particular about the new ones that get through. You watch the words, and the tunes, and the feels, and narrow the field so that you get something your church is really up for.

After all, this whole process is NOT about you, it is about your Pastor and your people, and the level that they can cope with.

So, introduce new worship songs wisely, carefully and sensitively, and at a pace that your church can happily cope with.

repetition in worshipIn today’s worship leader podcast we take a long, hard and slightly crazy look at repetition in worship.  From some of the new stuff which repeats a few words endlessly, to the times when repetition can serve a valid and useful purpose in our worship leading.

So how long is long enough when it comes to repetition in worship leading?  Are we using to to drive home the message, to allow intimacy with the Lord or are we numbing our congregations into a brain dead, semi-comatosed state?  Darin and Erick take up the topic and, as is usual in our worship leader podcast, treats the topic with a mixture of fun, seriousness, challenge and, well, just plain old lunacy

So don’t sit around wondering if excessive repetition in worship is needed, take a few moments to sit, relax and listen to the pod and make your own decision about the power, or not, of repetition in worship.

Let me repeat that… OK, excessive repetition in our worship leading is… You get the picture, i don’t have to repeat myself.  Seriously, just listen and if you don’t get it all, repeat it!  OK, I’ll stop now!

 

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And keep in mind that we offer free e-books at our website. So if you are starting out and desperate to learn some sensible worship leader tips, between the worship leader pod and the free books you’re sure to pick up info that will make you a greater worship leader, starting next Sunday. And yes, we have now great teaching for everyone from worship directors and worship leaders to musicians, singers and even sound guys!!!! If you have not got your free books yet, click on the hyperlink below.

And feel welcome to leave comments or e-mail us because we need to enjoy the journey along with you. I am sure that lots of you may have worship leading tips which you could share with others as well, so leaving comments on the weblog will likely be there for everybody to learn and be blessed.

Click Right here for your Free Worship Leader Podcast Tips Ebooks

To begin the Worship Leader Podcast, click on the hyperlink on the bottom of this page and let me know what you think! So God bless each of you and I look forward to sharing all these podcasts and worship leader tips over the forthcoming weeks and months as well.

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So, at the risk of repeating myself, listen to this week’s pod and find out how much excessive repetition in worship God wants!