Being on a Worship Team: What's Expected (and How to Keep Your Job)

Being on a Worship Team: What's Expected (and How to Keep Your Job)

I love being the worship team at my church. And I love the music gift that God has given me. The first worship team I was ever on was in a small-ish church. The Worship Leader was totally inexperienced, as she had been suddenly thrust into the position. Don’t get me wrong; she was a great person and loved Jesus with all of her heart. But there was very little order; very little discipline...

Worship Leading: 10 Common (but Avoidable) Mistakes (Part One)

Worship Leading: 10 Common (but Avoidable) Mistakes (Part One)

Worship leaders are a vital part of any church. They’re usually the first person that the congregation sees (and hears) during the church service. They’re lively, full of joy and energy, and they have one of the most important jobs in the church: to lead God’s people in praising and worshipping Him. Some worship leaders have a natural ability to do what they do and they do it well. Others are still honing their craft, and make mistakes that they often don’t know they’re making...

10 Attributes of a Healthy Worship Team

10 Attributes of a Healthy Worship Team

Healthy worship team members are some of the most selfless people on the planet. They spend countless hours every week in preparation of their music parts. They have families. Most have full-time careers. They purchase music gear at their own expense that would shock the congregation if they saw the pricetag…all for God’s glory. When a worship team is healthy, it’s evident to all...

Part 2: 10 Cancers That Will Stop a Church from Growing

Part 2: 10 Cancers That Will Stop a Church from Growing

I love nothing more than to see a healthy church. God wants our churches to be healthy, and if you're reading this, I know that you want a healthy church. So what makes a church unhealthy? Church cancers. In our last post (Part One), I wrote that Cancers must be eradicated, or they will kill your church. Church cancers, like bodily cancers, are toxic to the body. They not only stifle the growth of the body, but they become infectious, and will eventually kill the body....

Pastors: 10 Cancers That Will Stop a Church From Growing

Pastors: 10 Cancers That Will Stop a Church From Growing

Most of us have heard of Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life. This book sold millions of copies worldwide. However, many have never heard of a book Warren wrote before that, entitled, The Purpose Driven Church. In this book, Warren makes quite a case that a church is a living organism, likening the church to a child, and says that if your child isn’t growing, you need to take the child to an expert: a Doctor. Likewise, if your church isn’t growing, your church also needs an expert: a Church Consultant. He then says something that shook me ever since I read it over 20 years ago: “If your church isn’t growing, it likely has a cancer.” And hear me when I say this: Cancers must be eradicated, or they will kill your church...

Easter: 5 Things Worship Leaders Need to Know

Easter: 5 Things Worship Leaders Need to Know

Easter. Resurrection Sunday. Your church is about to be packed! And as a worship leader, it’s easy to get caught up in the mundane of, “This is just another Sunday.” Well, Easter is not just another Sunday. The story that we’re telling on Easter is central to our faith. It’s why we got saved. Easter is a time that will alter the course of eternity for many who will be attending your service on this weekend...

Is Your Service Too Long? 7 Time-Wasters Pastors Should Watch For

Is Your Service Too Long? 7 Time-Wasters Pastors Should Watch For

Most of us live in a world where time is of the essence. Our attention span has shortened than that of our parents. In our last blog, we wrote, “As a church, we have roughly 90-minutes to give visitors a compelling reason to return, get plugged in, and partner with us in making Jesus known.” This isn’t true only for visitors, but also for the regularly-attending parishioner.

So here are 7 Service Time-Wasters Pastors Should Consider:

5 Reasons Many Church Visitors Don't Return

5 Reasons Many Church Visitors Don't Return

I recently saw a study which showed that the millennial generation is desperately searching for a strong cause to get behind. A cause that’s bigger than themselves. A cause that they would be willing to even lay down their life for. But isn’t that what any person—regardless of what generation they fall under—is searching for?

As a church, we have roughly 90-minutes to give visitors a compelling reason to return, get plugged in, and partner with us in making Jesus known. So here are 5 Reasons Your Church Visitors May Not Be Returning:...

Worship Teams: 5 Things to Remember When Your Worship Pastor Rejects Your Ideas

Worship Teams: 5 Things to Remember When Your Worship Pastor Rejects Your Ideas

Imagine it: Your worship team in total sync with each other…living in perfect harmony…accepting all of each other’s ideas...everyone on the same page. Reality check: that world doesn’t exist. The fact is, music isn't like a formal language like English, where we can perfectly articulate the point we're trying to get across to the listener. Yes, we know where we're going as a worship team; but everyone has a different idea on how to get there...

Church Christmas Productions: Pros & Cons

Church Christmas Productions: Pros & Cons

Wow! What a title for a blog, right?! I know what many of you must be thinking…Not having a Christmas play?! How un-Christlike! Churches always have Christmas plays! Our entire faith is built on the birth of Jesus coming into the world to save us from our sins! True. God sent Jesus into the world to die for our sins. But let me give a few thoughts on how Christmas plays may be hurting your church, and later, offer a couple of solutions for how the story can also be communicated to your church.

Lack of Excellence: The Problem Most Churches Don't Even Know They Have.

Lack of Excellence: The Problem Most Churches Don't Even Know They Have.

In the Spring of 2014, I was visiting a friend’s church in Northern California. After the service, my friend introduced me to the Pastor and happened to mention that I was a church consultant. When the Pastor learned of my occupation, his eyes lit up and he proceeded to ask me a series of questions, but his final question was the most important one. He asked, “What’s the biggest problem you see in churches you visit?” My answer was short and concise. I replied, “A lack of...

5 Reasons Worship Teams Are Abandoning Charts

5 Reasons Worship Teams Are Abandoning Charts

In the old days, churches sang only hymns and were often accompanied by a pianist who used sheet music. As the church progressed, many churches added an organist. Still, both used sheet music. As time went on, musicians such as guitarists and bassists were added, and they continued to use sheet music (including music charts with chords). But today, many church worship teams are abandoning charts altogether. Here are the Top 5 Reasons Worship Teams Are Abandoning Charts: