3 More Thoughts on Getting Worshipers to Participate

shutterstock_385628I spent my first year of little league in the outfield wasteland of right field. I think every novice player starts there. It’s where you pay your dues, where the coach decides if you have ADHD (I don’t think they had invented it back then), and where you learn to daydream. About twice a game I would get a ball hit my way – usually a grounder. I was dependable, showed up for practice, paid attention, and always struck out when it was my turn at bat.

The next year, I didn’t have to play right field anymore. Continue reading

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Worship Leaders: 3 Reasons To Stay Where You Are

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I recently talked with a young man, who was ready for his first full-time worship leading gig. He has a great heart and a load of musical talent. He actually had several churches that wanted him. His final choice wasn’t the most attractive of the offers. It would mean several years of hard work to bring the church to a point of embracing a truly contemporary style of worship. Continue reading

You Just Want To Be A One Talent Worship Leader.

You just want to be a one talent worship leader.

It’s not that you don’t want to have 2,3,4, or even 5 of them. It’s just that you think it’s impossible for you.

You’re just an average guitar player with a passable voice, and to do anything more than simple strumming while singing – well, don’t ask!

You’ve thought about taking some guitar or voice lessons, but you just don’t have the time. Besides, the church says you sing just fine. They never put any pressure on you to do anything more than just lead a 5 song set to get everyone ready for the preacher. The sermon is the most important part anyway. Continue reading

Where Have All the Singers Gone?

When I first came to my current church eleven years ago, the worship teams consisted of the typical bands with three vocal teams of nine singers each.  They were all lined up across the front of the stage sharing 4 monitors with the band hidden behind them. The congregation felt overwhelmed, especially if they were sitting near the front. It wasn’t working, but it took me several years to find the courage to make the painful, but necessary changes.  I now have eight total singers who rotate every 3-4 weeks, having one to three people on stage on any given weekend.

Most modern worship services have a worship leader and 1-2 “backup singers”.  That is the current “cool” look.  But, that brings up the burning question, Continue reading

How to Keep Your Worship Leading Job

It’s not a pretty sight.  We look at our churches’ offerings and we struggle to stay optimistic.  We see other churches cutting back on expenses and even laying off staff. We wonder who will be next.

As a worship leader, how can you be assured that you are going to keep your job?  Well – you can’t.  But there is one thing you can do that will make it very hard for them to let you go. Continue reading

Would David Make it as a Songwriter Today?

The Psalms are the Bible’s hymnbook.  For thousands of years, people have sung David’s lyrics as praise back to God.  One would be hard-pressed to find a greater collection of God-ordained, beautiful poetic songs.  David is admired as one of the greatest songwriters ever.

But would he make it today?

How would his songs sing in churches in 2011? Continue reading