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...