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:

7 Signs: When Worship is Just a Gig

7 Signs: When Worship is Just a Gig

Worship team members can be some of the most selfless people on the planet. They volunteer their time, spend countless hours in isolated preparation, and many spend hundreds and hundreds of their hard-earned dollars on their gear. But for those who are “volunteering” merely to display their talents, to them, they view “worship” simply as just another music gig. And even worse, their actions may be telling your congregation that their priority isn’t God, but self.

So here are 7 signs that a worship team member views worship as just a gig...

8 Crucial Teachings Many Churches Avoid (Part 1)

8 Crucial Teachings Many Churches Avoid (Part 1)

We all know them. Perhaps they’ve been in your church for years. They may tithe. They may volunteer. Some could even be department heads. But there’s something about them that just seems to…well…repel people. You’ve tried counseling them. You’ve suggested books, audio recordings and recorded sermons, but they just never quite seem to get it. So what’s the problem? They have Belief Deceptions. What exactly is a Belief Deception? A Belief Deception, simply put, is a...

10 Tips for Worship Team Members (Part 2)

10 Tips for Worship Team Members (Part 2)

(This post is a follow-up to our last blog, written by a former professional musician who has been in the trenches of worship music for the last 18 years. Part one was our most-read blog to date and we're sure you'll enjoy the follow up below. This article is intended to show the parallels between professional musicianship and successful worship teams.)

Thanks to all who read Part One of 10 Tips for Worship Team Members and for the many great comments and reviews. We'd love to hear your comments on both—as well as our other blogs. So please let us know what you have to say below. So if you're ready for part 2, buckle up…

10 Tips for Worship Team Members (Part 1)

10 Tips for Worship Team Members (Part 1)

10 Tips for Worship Team Members (Part 1)

(This post was written by a former professional musician who traded secular glory for God’s glory; first serving as a worship team member, then as a leader of multiple worship teams, overseeing all aspects of worship team production over the course of 18 years. This article is intended to show the parallels of professional musicianship and successful worship teams.)

Being a great worship team member takes more than just having a musical gift. It takes doing the behind-the-scenes things, too. If you want to be more of a team player and see your worship team soar, here are ten “must-know” tips to help you achieve and maintain that goal…