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Worship Ministry Training Podcast (For Worship Leaders)

English, Religion, 1 seasons, 167 episodes, 3 days 15 hours 5 minutes
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A monthly podcast for Worship Leaders and worship teams. Practical training to help you and your teams excel musically, theologically and pastorally. For more content for worship leaders, worship pastors, music directors and worship team members visit www.worshipministrytraining.com
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How Do I Increase Engagement in Old Traditional Church?

If you're struggling with engagement from your people during worship, this little episode should help! In this bonus episode, we answer an academy member question: "How do I increase participation in my old, traditional, country church?" If you'd like to join the academy to get support, coaching, guidance, and training, check out our $1 trial! Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly Q&A sessions, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community!  Visit Worship Ministry Academy and start your $1 t
20/11/20235 minutes 5 seconds
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How to Speak and Lead Better from the Stage as a Worship Leader

Worship leaders often struggle with what to say and pray from the platform. In fact, "confident stage leadership" is one of the biggest challenges we hear from worship leaders all over the globe, regardless of their experience level. If you want to learn how to be a clearer, more confident, and intentional leader when on stage, this episode is for you. In this episode, Jason Squires interviews me about what we should say, when we should speak, and how to lead with pastoral confidence and clarity while standing on the platform. If you want more help in this area, check out our "Increasing Congregational Engagement and Participation" course inside the WMT Academy. Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly Q
13/11/202326 minutes 52 seconds
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The Importance and Power of Clear, Biblical Lyrics w/ Journey Worship Co

So much of worship music today has focused on creativity over clarity and catchiness over truthfulness. The problem with that is that Biblical worship is always revelation, then response. When Christ is clearly revealed in our songs, people will passionately respond in praise. Brett and the team at Journey Co Worship have decided to emphasize clarity over creativity as they write songs for their church. In this conversation, we'll be discussing how we can do the same and consider other important factors while selecting songs for our church's worship vocabulary. If you were helped by this, share it with a friend! https://journeyworshipco.com/   Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live monthly
06/11/202346 minutes 26 seconds
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The Invisible Worship Leader w/ Travis Doucette

As worship leaders we are at our best when we are invisible. Transparency is the goal. When people see through us and see Jesus instead, we are successful. But that can be hard to accomplish both on a practical level and a spiritual level. When we stand on stage with bright lights shining on us, how can we lead in a way that’s invisible? And when we’re off stage, how can we fight our pride and ego to live a quiet life of anonymity when social media rewards us for showing up and showing off? We’re going to attempt to tackle all of these questions in this thought provoking conversation with Travis Doucette.  The Invisible Worship Leader Article – https://travisdoucette.wordpress.com/2022/03/14/the-invisible-worship-leader/   Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy</st
01/11/202340 minutes 57 seconds
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How To Help A Background Vocalist Become a Lead Vocalist

Do you have background vocalists that would like to start leading songs? What if they aren't quite good enough to sing lead? How can you help them "get there"? What if they are putting pressure on you? How do you handle that as a worship leader? These are all of the questions I cover in today's bonus episode about worship background vocalists wanting to sing lead.  And if you want to ask your own specific coaching questions, join the Worship Ministry Training Academy for just $1 👇 Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly Q&A sessions, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community!  Visit <a href= "https://www.worshipministryt
16/10/20235 minutes 31 seconds
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Want a WMT T-Shirt?

Hey! I have a limited run of special edition WMT T-Shirts. This is the first (and likely only batch I will ever make).  They are $15 each, and I will cover shipping. (Currently only shipping to addresses in the USA).  🚩 Buy them right here before they're gone! - https://buy.stripe.com/6oE29H6jO38B1Py8wK  
11/10/20231 minute 38 seconds
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How do I co-write a worship song with a group of songwriters?

Writing worship songs can be hard. Co-writing worship songs can be even harder. Especially if you're new to songwriting, or your church wants to start a songwriting ministry. It can be difficult to get a diverse group of people writing worship songs together (also known as co-writing). In this bonus episode (taken from our live, private academy Q&A) Stephen Duncan shares some gold nuggets about how to co-write worship songs effectively as a group. If you'd like to join the Worship Ministry Training Academy to be able to ask your own questions to our podcast guests (plus get access to 10 in-depth courses, live monthly trainings, and done-for-you ministry systems that help you get organized) you try the Academy for just $1! 🚩 https://www.worshipministrytraining.com/
09/10/202311 minutes 37 seconds
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5 Rules of Worship Songwriting with Stephen Duncan

Many worship leaders want to become worship songwriters. This is a great desire. In fact, we SHOULD be writing songs for our own local churches. Who else knows our congregation's needs better than us? Stephen Duncan of the Worship Coalition teaches us how to write pastoral worship songs for our churches. Stephen is an award-winning song publisher and was instrumental in launching Lauren Daigle's career, so he knows a thing or two about great songs! If you desire to write deep, rich, pastoral songs for your church, enjoy these 5 rules of worship songwriting!  Know someone who needs to hear this? Be a friend and pass it on!  ✨ Worship Coalition:  https://theworshipcoalition.org ✨ Songwriting Devotional: http://bit.ly/inhalebook    Get 15 days of Worship Min
01/10/202342 minutes 7 seconds
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Help! A worship team member cheated on the Pastor's sister! - How to deal with sin in your worship team

We all deal with sin on our lives. But how do we as worship leaders deal with sin on our worship team? In this episode, I give real life counsel to an Academy member who's electric guitar player cheated on the pastor's sister with someone else in the church and got them pregnant! Yikes! How do we handle this mess? I hope my counsel to our Academy member, helps you know how you should process these types of situations. If you'd like this kind of personalized support and guidance, sign up for the Academy today: www.worshipministrytraining.com/ Only $1 to try for 15 days!
25/09/202313 minutes 11 seconds
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The Importance of Humility in Worship Leading with Hanz Ives Greg Laurie's Worship Leader

Pride. It's something many worship leaders and musicians struggle with. Yet, as Christians, we follow the most humble human who ever lived: Jesus. Though Jesus was God, He laid down His rights (and His life) for the good of others. How can we become more humble as worship leaders? And why is it important? How do we handle team members who are exhibiting pride? These are some of the questions I ask Hanz Ives, who has been Greg Laurie's worship leader for over 26 years. He has stood on the stage in front of tens-of-thousands at the Harvest Crucades...and yet he says the most impressive thing he's ever seen are humble and others-oriented people. Let this episode encourage you to grow in your humility. If you enjoy it, please send it to others. https://www.hanzives.com/   Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy <
11/09/202333 minutes 14 seconds
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Matt Redman - Theologically Rich Worship

🚩 https://www.worshipministrytraining.com/ In a distracted and shallow society, have we become equally distracted and shallow worship leaders? Join me as I interview Matt Redman about how we can get back to a Biblically rich, theologically vibrant worship culture in our own lives and in our churches. 💻 https://www.worthworship.com/ 🤳 Matt's Social Profiles https://twitter.com/matt_redman https://www.instagram.com/mattredmanmusic   Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly Q&A sessions, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship materi
01/09/202348 minutes 21 seconds
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Training Worship Leaders - Overcoming 3 Common Obstacles (Part 3)

🚩 Church Access to WMT Academy! - https://www.worshipministrytraining.com/church-plan 🚀 Limited time launch offer - $60 / mo for unlimited worship leaders! Looking to train up better worship leaders at your church? This 3 part mini series is for you! In this video we'll cover the 3 main obstacles you'll face while raising up worship leaders at your church, and I'll give you 3 solid solutions to overcome them! Keep training! Questions? Email [email protected] 
28/08/202310 minutes 36 seconds
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From Novice to Pro: 7 Steps for Training Up Worship Leaders (Part 2)

🚩 Church Access to WMT Academy! - https://www.worshipministrytraining.com/church-plan 🚀 Limited time launch offer - $60 / mo for unlimited worship leaders! Looking to train up better worship leaders at your church? This 3 part mini series is for you! In this video I'll teach you the proven 7-step process I use at my church (of 10,000 people) to train up humble, excellent, and God-honoring worship leaders! Let's get training! Questions? Email [email protected] 
28/08/20238 minutes 23 seconds
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Why You Should Train Up Worship Leaders (Mini Series)

 🚩 Church Access to WMT Academy! - https://www.worshipministrytraining.com/church-plan 🚀 Limited time launch offer - $60 / mo for unlimited worship leaders! Looking to train up better worship leaders at your church? This 3 part mini series is for you! In this episode we'll 5 reasons WHY we should raise up worship leaders, so you have motivation and understanding as to why the effort is worth it!
28/08/20235 minutes 48 seconds
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How to get out of a rut spiritually when leading worship every week

Do you feel like you're in a rut spiritually? Do you ever get on stage and lead worship and not even feel God's presence? Are you going through the motions and missing communing with Him? Have things become a routine? The truth is, this happens to most worship leaders at some point in their journey. Standing on stage week after week, we can get into the "mechanics" of the position. Pretty soon we're just executing the plan from muscle memory, and we aren't even personally worshipping God anymore. This was a problem one of our academy members brought forth in our weekly Q&A session, and this was my response. If it helps you, please forward it on to a friend who needs to hear it! Want to submit your own questions? 👇 Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live month
22/08/20238 minutes 50 seconds
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Let's meet in person!

Dear podcast friend... Let's hang out! Join me in Chicago at the Worship Innovators Conference (Oct 2-3, 2023). I'd genuinely love to meet you! More details, or sign up HERE: www.worshipinnovators.com love, alex
16/08/20233 minutes 5 seconds
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The Megachurch Music Monopoly: How a handful of churches are shaping how we worship

Is that a click bait title? Sort of. The truth is, a recent academic study revealed that the top 35 worship songs sung in churches around the globe are directly traceable to only four church groups (Bethel, Hillsong, Elevation, and Passion) and a handful of other artists. This means that a tiny minority of churches are shaping the worship vocabulary, theology, and liturgical methods of millions of churches around the globe. Is that a problem? It depends. In this episode I discuss with Elias Dummer and Shannan Baker about how the Christian Music industry is directly impacting how local churches worship. If you find this episode interesting, or know someone who should hear it, please forward it on! 🚩 Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly Q&A sessions, pre-built ministry systems, team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community! Visit
01/08/202341 minutes 23 seconds
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How to appreciate your worship volunteers

How can we show appreciation to our faithful worship volunteers? Should we buy them gifts? Do something special? How can we make them feel loved, encouraged, and cared for...especially those who have been serving on the team for a very long time? This was a question one of our academy members asked in our weekly Q&A session, and this was our response. If it helps you, please forward it on to a friend who needs to hear it! Want to submit your own questions? 👇 Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly Q&A sessions, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community!  Visit Wo
17/07/20234 minutes 59 seconds
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How to Get Hired as a Full-Time Worship Leader - EXPERT ADVICE

The path to becoming a full-time worship leader can seem confusing and unclear. How do you get hired for a full-time ministry job? What do you need to do to prepare yourself? What makes for a compelling resume and sample video? How do you know if a hiring church is compatible with your personality, theology, and skill-set? I ask all these questions (and way more) to Alex Purtell from Froot Group. Froot Group helps job-seeking worship leaders find compatible hiring churches. Alex knows a thing or two about what makes a worship leader a "top-candidate" in churches eyes. If you're looking for a job change (or a first time job), check out this insightful interview with Alex Purtell. Know someone who needs to hear this? Forward it to them. www.frootgroup.com If you recently got hired, check out THIS EPISODE here: https://ww
01/07/202342 minutes 56 seconds
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How to "Offboard" A Worship Team Member Who's Leaving

We've all heard about "onboarding" new team members, but how should we "offboard" a team member who is leaving to another church? Is there anything we should do to make it special? Should we conduct an exit interview? How can we make the transition helpful and encouraging for both them AND ourselves (as their leaders). This was a question one of our academy members asked in our weekly Q&A session, and this was our response. If it helps you, please forward it on to a friend who needs to hear it! Want to submit your own questions? 👇 Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly Q&A sessions, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community! <
19/06/20237 minutes 4 seconds
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How to Improve Your Church's Livestream Mix and Audio Quality

Does your church's livestream mix sound bad? You're not alone. Most church's don't have professional audio engineers on staff. It's usually a volunteer who's managing the "front of house" mix and the livestream mix at the same time (and usually with cheap or antiquated sound gear). It's no wonder churches struggle to make their livestream mixes sound great. John Dirks (from The Livestream Mix Co) is here to solve that. In this episode, John will teach you the secrets of a great livestream mix, how to get a good mix no matter what kind of gear you're using, and many tips, tricks, and hacks you can use to improve the sound quality of your livestream mixes. If you enjoy this episode, please send it on to your church's sound tech with a note of thanks and encouragement. www.thelivestreammixco.com
01/06/202345 minutes 34 seconds
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Common Traits of the World's Best Worship Leaders w/ Shalon Palmer (Worship Online)

What makes someone a great worship leader? What are the common traits of some of the best and most impactful worship leaders in the world today? That's exactly what we're talking about in this episode! Shalon Palmer (founder of Worship Online) interviewed many of the world's most influential worship leaders and synthesized his findings in a new book called "Worship Mentors". In this episode we talk about some of the lesser known qualities that make a worship leader truly impactful for the Kingdom of God. I think you'll be surprised by which qualities we discuss. 📖 Check out Worship Mentor's Book ✅ Check out Worship Online (Musician Training) 🚩 Get 15 days of Worshi
22/05/202338 minutes 27 seconds
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Using Mentors to Fast Track Yourself to Success w/ Shalon Palmer (Worship Online)

Want to become a world-class worship leader without it taking years and years? There is no magic pill you can take, but there IS something you can do to fast track your success. Find mentors. In this episode, I talk with Shalon Palmer (Founder of Worship Online) about how mentors can help us skip past much of the pain and failure and achieve our goals faster. We talk about how to find good mentors, how to be a good mentee, and the mindset you need to get the most out of your mentorship. If you're ready to level up as a worship leader, this episode is for you. If you enjoy it, please share it with a friend.  📖 Check out Worship Mentor's Book  ✅ Check out Worship Online (Musician Training) 🚩 Get 15 days of <a href= "https:
15/05/202335 minutes 35 seconds
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Battling Insecurity While Stepping Into Your Calling w/ Patrick Mayberry

Worship leaders, artists (and really most humans) can be quite insecure. Any time we are stepping into new territory we can feel unsure of ourselves and our abilities. How can we battle insecurity and become all that God is calling us to be? Patrick Mayberry says through having the right identity. More than what we do, or what we accomplish, or how well we 'perform', we are God's beloved children. What an incredible truth! If you feel God is calling you to more, but you are feeling insecure or unsure if you're capable...this episode is for you! Let this interview breathe life and courage into your bones, so you can step into ALL that God has called you to be. Know someone who needs to hear these truths? Send this episode to them!  www.patrickmayberrymusic.com    Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academ
01/05/202342 minutes 25 seconds
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Q&A - How do you unify your tech team and worship team?

In this bonus episode I answer a lot of practical questions that apply to both worship leaders AND worship team members. A list of the questions tackled is below. If you'd like access to coaching calls check out https://www.worshipministrytraining.com/ ---- - What do you wish you knew about worship leading when first starting? - How do you deepen your anointing as a worship leader? - Besides Jesus, what should teams be focusing on the most? - What is a role that took you out of your comfort zone? What tips would you have for someone in that position? - How do you unify the tech and worship team?
17/04/202315 minutes 53 seconds
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Q&A - How do I help my musicians play more cohesively together?

In this bonus episode I answer a lot of practical questions that apply to both worship leaders AND worship team members. A list of the questions tackled is below. If you'd like access to coaching calls check out https://www.worshipministrytraining.com/ ---- - How do you communicate vocal parts to your singers? - How do you balance flowing in the spirit vs planning? - How do you play more cohesively with other musicians? - How do you improve your camera shots on a limited budget? - How do you lead your team when you're actively leading worship or directing video? - How do you ACTUALLY recruit new people? - What do you look for in a potential worship member or leader? - How do you help someone become a lead singer?
10/04/202334 minutes 10 seconds
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Keys to Building A Healthy Worship Team

What are the key factors that make up a healthy worship team? In this podcast episode, I talk with Jimmy Cooper from Hey Worship Leader about how to develop your core values, how to communicate them, how to exemplify them, and how to lovingly correct team members who are not living up to the agreed upon standards. Plus much more around the topics of team building and team culture. Enjoy and if you were helped, please pass this on to one person who needs to hear it! https://www.heyworshipleader.com/   Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly coaching calls, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community! 
01/04/202335 minutes 56 seconds
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How to Teach Your Musicians the Nashville Number System

What is the Nashville Numbers System and how do we use it in worship? More importantly, how can we teach our musicians to understand and use the Nashville Numbers System? In this special bonus episode, I'm answering an Academy member's question on how he can practically teach his team the NNS (Nashville Number System) at his church.    Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get organized and equipped with our 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly Q&A sessions, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community!  Visit Worship Ministry Academy and start your $1 trial today!   FOLLOW US!
21/03/20238 minutes 28 seconds
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Improving Sound Quality in Small to Mid Sized Churches w/ Attaway Audio

Most churches don’t have money to hire professional sound techs. Usually, worship leaders get stuck being both worship pastor AND audio director. The problem is, most of us weren’t trained in audio. To make matters worse, our churches usually aren’t equipped with the latest and greatest sound gear. So how do we, as untrained audio engineers working with less-than-adequate gear, make our churches sound great? That’s exactly what we’re talking to James Attaway about in this very practical episode! It’s all about audio! Namely, how to improve sound in small or mid-sized churches. Honestly, no matter what your church size, you'll get a TON out of this great interview! Enjoy and share it with people who need to hear it! www.attawayaudio.com/livemixingfieldguide  www.youtube.com/attawayaudio    Get 15 days of
13/03/202345 minutes 52 seconds
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I started a new podcast!!

I started a 2nd podcast! 🎉.  1-Minute Worship Tips (daily!)  Subscribe in your podcast app of choice. 🚩 Search, or Click Here for easy access. (or follow along on Social Media) 👇 Instagram | TikTok | Facebook | Twitter | Linkeden
06/03/202357 seconds
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Moving Past Cookie-Cutter Worship w/ Aaron Niequist

What if the modern worship experience is incomplete? What if how we lead worship and what we include in our services is leaving our church malnourished? What if we aren't giving them the Biblical language and experiences they need to successfully navigate life as a believer? Can we do better? If so, what should our worship services look like? What elements should they include? These are all the questions I explore with Aaron Niequist, author of The Eternal Current and facilitator of the Pastors, Priests, and Guides retreats. I hope this conversation gets you thinking. Please share with your pastor and any worship leaders you think need to hear it. The Eternal Current Book - https://amzn.to/3u2tIci Retreats - https://pastorspriestsandguides.com/   Get 15 days of <strong
01/03/202344 minutes 53 seconds
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IMPORTANT Announcement (Listen before Feb 28th, 2023)

Academy is growing up: worshipministrytraining.com/landing
23/02/20233 minutes 39 seconds
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5 Ways to Disciple Your Worship Team

All ministry is about discipleship. Jesus didn't call us to make music, but make disciples. So how do we as worship leaders disciple our teams? If you're not sure where to start, I'll give you 5 simple methods you can use to help your team grow spiritually. Enjoy! If this helped you, send it on to a friend! 🚩 worshipteamdevos.com 🚩 worshipministrytraining.com 
20/02/20235 minutes 28 seconds
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How to Approach Keys and Piano for Modern Worship w/ David from Sunday Sounds

A huge part of the modern worship sound is amazing sounding keyboards and synthesizers. But it's not just the sounds of the keys that matter. It's also how our keyboardists approach what they're playing. In this podcast episode, I talk with David Pfaltzgraff of Sunday Sounds about how our keyboardists should approach their playing in a modern worship, live band context. We discuss mindset, hand placement, general technique, frequency awareness, active listening, helping classically trained pianists adapt, and more. After you listen to this, DEFINITELY send it on to the keyboard players of your team. We made it especially for them.... and for you too. :) Get Sunday Keys Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10
13/02/202349 minutes 42 seconds
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Setting Expectations for Your Worship Team

We can't expect anything from our worship team volunteers if we haven't clearly communicated what we want from them! The job of a leader is to provide clarity. Clarity around what we want our volunteers to do, why it matters, and how to do it successfully. In this episode, Jason Squires and I talk all about setting volunteer expectations for worship team members. If you were helped by this content, forward it on to a friend.  The Table Podcast Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly coaching calls, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community!  Visit <a href= "http
01/02/202332 minutes 54 seconds
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How do I get my team to respond to communication?

It seems that since Covid, people's attention spans and commitment levels have plummeted to near zero. This is a problem when we're trying to lead a team! How do we get our scattered teams re-engaged, especially when it comes to responding to our digital communication (emails, texts, group chats, etc)? Should we expect responses in a timely manner? How can we train them to be more responsive? This is the topic we tackle in this short clip from one of our weekly live coaching calls. Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly coaching calls, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community!  Visit Worship Ministry
23/01/202311 minutes 47 seconds
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3 Hard Truths About Team Building and Ministry

Everybody wants to build a thriving worship team. The truth is, building anything in life is HARD! This is especially true regarding team building. Healthy teams take work, sacrifice, time, and COST us. In this episode, Jenni McGrew and I discuss 3 hard (unpopular) truths about team building. Jenni has a lot of depth and wisdom, so you'll want to see what the Lord is trying to speak specifically to you. If you like this episode, forward it on to a friend. https://www.worshipleaderscollective.com/  https://hopecitychurch.ca/ Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly coaching calls, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a
16/01/202335 minutes 3 seconds
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Excellence in Small Churches w/ Jason Houtsma

The average church in America is 80 people. And the vast majority of churches in the US are under 200 people. Small churches are not small…they are actually NORMAL. Big churches are abnormal. So how can we stop comparing ourselves to big churches and try to be who God made us to be? How can we be excellent with what we have? Jason Houtsma from Worship Artistry joins me to discuss. We talk recruiting, training, arranging, and improving our sound. If you were helped by this episode, send it on to a friend! Thanks for being part of the WMT family! Try Worship Artistry Jason's last episode   Get 15 days of <
01/01/202341 minutes 44 seconds
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Being Still in God's Presence in the Midst of Chaotic Schedules w/ Andrea Olson

We live in a noisy world. But God speaks to us in a "still small voice". It's easy to miss. As worship leaders, we need to make time and space to hear from the Lord. We can't give to others if we're not receiving ourselves. But how do we do that in a world full of distractions? That's what I talk about this month with Andrea Olson from Overflow Worship. If this episode encouraged you, share it with a friend.    Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly coaching calls, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community!  Visit Worshi
01/12/202229 minutes 58 seconds
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How to Build Better Worship Sets - (Workshop)

Many worship leaders have never been taught the purpose of a worship set. Nor have they been taught HOW to build a set that flows musically and thematically toward a climactic destination of God's glory and grandeur. If that sounds complicated, don't worry. This episode is me teaching a group of worship leaders how to improve their worship sets by understanding a few simple frameworks. By the time you finish this episode, you'll know how to build better worship sets. And when you strengthen your sets, you'll strengthen your church's response in worship. If you enjoy this episode, send it on to a friend.    Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly coaching calls, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a sup
22/11/202240 minutes 25 seconds
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Rebuilding Your Worship Team After Covid - (Panel Discussion)

Many of us lost team members after the pandemic. In fact, some of us feel like our teams were decimated. We don't have enough musicians, and the musicians we DO still have are stressed and less reliable. How do we go about rebuilding healthy worship teams after Covid? That's exactly what I discuss with Brian Wahl (Worship Tutorials), Jenni McGrew (Worship Leader's Collective), and Jason Squires (Creative Launch). Enjoy and be encouraged!   Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly coaching calls, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team discipleship material, personalized help, and a supportive community!  Visit Worship Ministry Academy</strong
15/11/202226 minutes 7 seconds
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Music Is the Tool, Maturity is the Goal - (Conference Keynote)

What if we've been focusing on the wrong goals in our worship ministry? What if social media / YouTube has convinced us that success in worship ministry means musical excellence, fancy production, and killer songwriting? But what if that's not actually what Jesus is measuring? The truth is, worship ministry has never really been about music. Jesus didn't ask us to make music. He asked us to make disciples. In this keynote talk from the Loop Community conference, I try to bring us back to a Biblical understanding of our ministries. This is a super important episode, and I'd love it if you can forward it on to as many friends in worship ministry as possible. Thanks!    Get 15 days of Worship Ministry Academy for $1: Get 10 in-depth courses, live monthly training, weekly coaching calls, pre-built ministry systems and team documents, team
01/11/202221 minutes 50 seconds
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Q&A: Should We Sing Songs TO God, or ABOUT God?

Should all of our worship songs be addressed TO God? Is it weird to sing about God when He’s right there in the room? When is a testimonial song appropriate in a worship set? Andi Rozier and I answer these questions for an Academy member in this episode. Be encouraged and forward this episode to a friend who you think would benefit!   Looking for great training? Try the Worship Ministry Academy: Join me live as I interview our guests and submit your own questions. Plus get 10 in-depth courses, live training workshops, exclusive interviews, Q&A sessions, personalized help, pre-built resources for your team, and more! Visit Worship Ministry Academy and start your trial tod
17/10/202214 minutes 38 seconds
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Q&A: How to Give Critical Feedback to a Worship Team Member

How do we give negative feedback to a faithful team member? If a volunteer team member is doing something that we (or the congregation) doesn’t like, are we allowed to tell them? If so, how should we go about it? Andi Rozier and I answer this question for one of our Academy members. We also discuss speaking between songs, since that is the primary issue in question. Enjoy this episode and pass it on to a friend who would be helped by it!   Looking for great training? Try the Worship Ministry Academy: Join me live as I interview our guests and submit your own questions. Plus get 10 in-depth courses, live training workshops, exclusive interviews, Q&A sessions, personalized help, pre-built resources for your team, and more! Visit Worship Minist
10/10/202221 minutes 9 seconds
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Q&A: Balancing Spontaneity and Planning in Worship Services

Have we boxed the Holy Spirit in? If God wanted to move and change our service order, would we allow Him? How can we balance spontaneity and planning in our worship services? That’s what Andi Rozier and I answer for one of our Academy members. It is possible to be Spirit-led, well-planned, and still remain flexible to His in-the-moment promptings. Find out how in this episode.   Looking for great training? Try the Worship Ministry Academy: Join me live as I interview our guests and submit your own questions. Plus get 10 in-depth courses, live training workshops, exclusive interviews, Q&A sessions, personalized help, pre-built resources for your team, and more! Visit Worship Ministry Academy and start your trial today!</
01/10/202215 minutes 17 seconds
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Building Strong, Passionate Worship Cultures w/ Andi Rozier

How come some churches seem to have such passionate worship? Why do some congregations just engage more during the singing time? If you want to see greater participation from your congregation during worship, then this episode is for you! I have Andi Rozier back on the podcast (formerly of Vertical Worship), to help us learn how to build strong, passionate, worship cultures on our teams and in our churches. Lots of gold here, from one of the best! Forward this episode on to your senior pastor and other key leaders on your worship team.   Get 10 days free of Worship Ministry Academy: Join me live as I interview our guests and submit your own questions. Plus get 10 in-depth course
01/09/202238 minutes 6 seconds
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Unleashing The Creative Arts In Your Church (Dancing, Acting, Photography, Videography)

What if your church had a graphic design team, a photography team, a film-making team, a dance team, and a theater team? Why couldn't you? Do you have people in your church who have those skill sets and passions? Why not let them use those creative gifts to build up and serve the church? That’s exactly what Awaken Church has done! They have built creative teams of volunteers who are passionate about using the arts to portray the Gospel in beautiful and excellent ways. They seek to make art that rivals and even surpasses the art and creativity of the world! If you’re curious about how you can see more creativity at your church, let this episode inspire you!   Want to join me live as I interview our guests? Join the <a href= "https://www.worshi
15/08/202237 minutes 16 seconds
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How To Run Effective Worship Rehearsals

This month I’m giving you another free lesson from my brand new Musical Excellence Course! This time we’re talking about running efficient and effective worship rehearsals! Did you know it’s possible to get through a full 5-song worship set twice within one hour, with everyone feeling comfortable with their parts and excited about the upcoming service? Yep! It’s possible, and in this episode I’m going to show you how! After listening you’ll know how to lead better worship rehearsals! This lesson is part of the Worship Ministry Training Academy. Inside the academy you’ll get 138 more lessons just like this one, plus live monthly training, exclusive interviews, and personalized help to grow as a worship leader! Best news
01/08/202223 minutes 23 seconds
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14 Tips to Lead Your Worship Vocalists Better

This month I’m giving you a free lesson from my brand new Musical Excellence Course! I’ll be teaching you 14 ways to better lead the vocalists and background singers on your worship team. These are super practical tips, so get a pen, jot some down, and try them out next week in your worship ministry! Great worship ministries have great worship singers, and these tips will help you get there! Inside the brand new Worship Ministry Training platform, you’ll get 138 more lessons just like this one! Best news is, you can try it absolutely free for 10 days. Sign up HERE ALSO SEE: <a href= "https
01/07/202224 minutes 31 seconds
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14/06/202213 minutes 18 seconds
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Rhythms and Systems That Improve Your Worship Ministry

This month, I had the chance to be interviewed by Matt McCoy from Loop Community for their podcast! Matt and I talk about how to think of your ministry in terms of rhythms and systems. How can you do the right things, at the right times, in the right ways, to bring about the right results? You can design your ministry to get specific desired outcomes. Are you thinking strategically about what tasks you are repeatedly doing and optimizing them to bring health and stability to your ministry? Enjoy this month’s episode and think of one way you can apply these concepts to your ministry. BONUS #1: Matt and I will be teaching together at the <
01/06/202232 minutes 21 seconds
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How To Properly Use Tracks In Worship w/ Matt McCoy

Want to start using backing tracks in worship? Or maybe your church is already using tracks but you want to see if there's a better way. This episode is for you! This month I talk with Matt Mccoy from Loop Community about how to properly begin using tracks in worship. We cover... Which churches should be using tracks. How to get your band ready. Who should be in charge of running the software. What to do when things go wrong. How to overcome opposition. The future of technology in worship...(think metaverse and AI)! Loads more! This is a great conversation and you're sure to be helped and encouraged. Do us a favor and forward this episo
01/05/202244 minutes 52 seconds
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Advice for Younger Worship Leaders w/ Tommy Walker

Tommy Walker has been faithfully leading worship at his church for the past 30 years! Talk about steadfastness! Tommy has a lot more ministry experience than most of us! So in this month's episode I ask Tommy to share wisdom and advice with us younger worship leaders. Whether you’re just getting started in ministry or you’re two decades in, there is so much wisdom and encouragement in this episode. Get ready to get amped and excited about pressing into your local fellowship!     <div data-offset-key="d
01/04/202237 minutes 34 seconds
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11 Tips for Improving Your Acoustic Worship Sets

Acoustic worship sets can actually be very powerful. You don’t need a big band or huge sound system to see your church respond in worship. Led well, acoustic worship sets with small, simple teams can lead to passionate praise and intimacy during coorperate worship. Whether you’re part of a church plant with a small team, or a large church with a huge team. Embrace small. Try these 11 tips next time you lead an acoustic worship set, and you’ll be surprised how much your church responds, and how loud they will sing. Send this episode to anyone you know who leads acoustic worship often.  Check Out The Brand New Worship Leader Training Courses! Use Promo Code WMTpodcast for 25% off!
01/03/202251 minutes 54 seconds
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Music Directing Tips to Make Your Worship Band Sound Better w/ Tyler Wester

Having a great music director can really take your worship ministry to the next level when it comes to musical excellence. In this episode I talk with Tyler Wester from Highlands Worship about how to be a great music director, what key qualities are necessary, what to look for in potential trainees, and some pro-tips on how to make your worship team sound great musically! Whether you have a music director yet or not, this episode is a must-listen. And if you DO have a music director, then be sure to send this episode on to them! <
01/02/202239 minutes 22 seconds
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Investing In Your Worship Team Volunteers w/ Lee Baker (12 Stone Church)

Investing in your worship team volunteers is one of your most important tasks as a worship leader. You may not be able to pay your worship volunteers with money, but you can definitely show them you care in many other creative ways. This month I talk with Lee Baker from 12 Stone Church about how we can create "rhythms and layers" of volunteer care for our team members. There are a lot of really great ideas for ways you can show your volunteers how much you appreciate them! Take a few and apply them to your team this month! <div data-offset-key="df5n
01/01/202237 minutes 52 seconds
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Systems and Routines That Lead to Healthy Ministries w/ Highlands Worship

Systems, processes, routines, and schedules.  Most worship leaders run and cower in fear at the mere mention of such "structured" words. We are creatives. We like our lives to be free and flowing. But the truth is, you can't have a healthy ministry without solid and effective administrative systems and routines. The results you are currently getting in your ministry are directly correlated to actions you repeatedly take.  So what sort of actions do you need to start taking to get better results?  Thankfully, today I am talking to Chris and Tyler from Highlands Worship. Church of the Highlands is kn
01/11/202147 minutes 34 seconds
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Teaching Young People to Worship, Pray, and Serve w/ Circuit Riders

Many churches are lacking (and even losing) young people. But you don’t want that to be your church’s story. You are a leader who cares about reaching and engaging the next generation. You desire to see young adults equipped to be passionate prayer warriors and worship leaders. But how do we reach, disciple, and equip young people to be hungry for
01/10/202147 minutes 26 seconds
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The Pros and Cons of Backing Tracks in Worship

Backing tracks have been a blessing to many worship ministries. But tracks can turn into a curse if we implement them without pastoral wisdom and thoughtfulness. What are some of the ways that backing tracks can inadvertently harm our worship ministries? What are some of the benefits tracks provide? How can we strike a healthy balance? This month I’ll tell you all the pros and cons of using backing tracks in worship and guide you regarding whether or not you should be using them at your church. Check Out The Brand New Worship Leader Training Courses! Use Promo Code WMTpodcast for 25% off!   Helpful Links:  <a href="http://www.multitracks.com/" target
01/09/202122 minutes 21 seconds
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Deepening Your Relationship with God Through Daily Devotions w/ Craig Denison

Worship leaders are called to be worshippers first, leaders second. But sadly many of us have it backward. We perform the duty of being a worship leader, without learning to first be a worshipper.  Honestly, how is your personal devotional life with the Lord? How are your private times of worship? Do you have a hard time communing with God when it’s just you and Him? Are you leading from empty? We need to cultivate rich, private devotional lives in order to thrive in our public calling. “Apart from Jesus we can do nothing, but by abiding in Him we will bear much fruit.”  In this month’s episode, I talk with Craig Denison from First15 about how we can learn to have richer, more vibrant times of personal worship.  Enjoy, and share with someone who needs to hear this! <a href="https://www
01/08/202149 minutes 56 seconds
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How To Train and Develop New Worship Leaders w/ Andrew Wooddell

So many worship leaders are stuck leading worship every single Sunday. They have no one to back them up or fill in for them. This means they never get a break, which leads to exhaustion and burnout. Why do so many worship leaders have such a hard time raising up others to take our place? What should we be looking for in potential new leaders, and how do we help them grow to the level we need them to actually be capable of leading in our services?  Andrew Wooddell has been training young worship leaders for the last fourteen years and has a ton of wisdom for us on how we can find, develop, and deploy new worship leaders into our churches. Enjoy the episode!  Ocean’s Edge University</p
01/07/202142 minutes 13 seconds
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How To Improve Your Vocals (and Vocalists) in Worship w/ Charmaine Brown

Singing is a huge part of what we do as worship leaders. Yet most of us never received any formal training on how to properly use our voice. This leads to a lack of range, power, control, and endurance; none of which are good when leading others in song!  Thankfully all of these problems can be corrected by some simple training.  Charmaine Brown from The Worship Vocalist joins us this month to share how we can strengthen and improve our own voices, and also lead our background singers to sing. better as well!  Definitely send this episode to all the singers on your team! Enjoy! The Worship Vocalist
01/06/202156 minutes 37 seconds
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The Theology of Creativity and the Creative Process w/ Andrew Peterson

We were created to create! We reflect our Creator’s image and imagination by creating and being creative. God allows us to influence His story in the world through what we “output” via our creativity.  Art has an impact!  As musicians, singers, songwriters, set designers, and “creatives”, it’s vital that we have a Biblical understanding of art and its role within the world and the Church!  Andrew Peterson (one of the most creative people I have met) joins us to discuss creativity, and how we can be better creatives as we serve the Church and the World through God-honoring art!  BUY “Adorning the Dark” BUY “The Wingfeather Saga” 💻  <a href= "https://worshipministrytraining.com/new-courses"
01/05/20211 hour 1 minute 50 seconds
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Jeremy Riddle: Pursuing God’s Presence Vs. Performing Songs During Worship

Many of our worship sets have become so pre-planned that worship has become an act of simply executing the songs one after another.  How do we move deeper into worship and patiently pursue the Holy Spirit's leading during a set? How do we move past performance to actually pursuing God's presence?  And practically, how do we do that when we only have 20 minutes on a Sunday morning, and we're using backing tracks? Jeremy Riddle is back on the podcast to answer all of these questions and more! This is one of my favorite episodes! Check it out and be encouraged! Let's get back to the heart of worship! BUY THE RESET Check Out Th
01/04/202155 minutes 54 seconds
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What Is Corporate Worship w/ Matt Merker

Every week, worship leaders gather in a room filled with people to do something.  What is it?  Why do we gather?  What is corporate worship supposed to look like?  What is it supposed to accomplish?  Biblically speaking, what should we do while gathered? Which elements should we include in our services? In what order?  And what long term outcomes are we trying to accomplish through our times of corporate worship?  In this month’s episode, I talk with Matt Merker about his new book called “Corporate Worship“.   Enjoy and please share with a friend! Check Out
01/03/202139 minutes 49 seconds
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How To Be A Better Leader w/ Chris Vacher

Most of us were put in charge of our ministries because we were good at music. Now we have to figure out how to be leaders!  What is leadership at its essence? What does a good leader do? What are some common mistakes new leaders make? We talk about all of that and more in this month’s episode!  Enjoy! And remember, being a worship leader is more about leadership than musicianship! Check Out The Brand New Worship Leader Training Courses! Use Promo Code WMTpodcast for 25% off! ALSO SEE: Executive / Organizational Leadership (Unreleased Episode)</
01/02/202143 minutes 20 seconds
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Time Management Tips for Busy Worship Leaders

You have big goals. You have big dreams. You want to accomplish a lot with your life. But you’re busy. There’s not enough time to do all you want to do!  Or is there?  In this episode, I am going to share with you the things I’ve learned by managing an extremely busy schedule and a lot of responsibilities over the last three years.  You’ll learn how to view time, how to determine your desired destiny, how to design your days, and how to destroy your distractions.  Time management + task management. You might not have all the time you want, but you can wisely utilize the time you have.  The more efficiently you use your time, the more you can do for the Lord.  May God give you the wisdom to accomplish all that He has called you to do!   <a href="https://worshipministrytraining.com/new-courses" targ
07/01/202148 minutes 39 seconds
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How The Old Testament Informs New Testament Worship w/ Zach Neese

What do tabernacles, sacrifices, incense, and priests have to do with worship? Well, EVERYTHING! The worship practices of the Old Testament may seem like strange, confusing, and barbaric ways to worship, but when understood correctly we gain a deeper understanding of what God wants from us as worship leaders. Instead of looking to social media profiles, YouTube videos, and Mega-churches to learn what our ministries should look like, Zach Neese (author and worship pastor) is calling us back to seek God’s vision for worship as found in the Scriptures (both in the Old and New Testament). This is a fascinating, insightful, and powerful conversation, so be ready to have your mind and heart expanded! Check out Zach’s new course and
01/11/202036 minutes
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Bonus: How To Help Your Background Vocalists Sing Better

Worship Leader Mentorship (APPLY TODAY) Many of us under-utilize our background vocalists. We fail to equip them for this vital role. What are some things we worship leaders can do to help our background singers thrive and succeed? What are the tools, tips, and resources we can give them to help them sing better? This question came from our Worship Leader Mentorship.  APPLY for our Feb 2021 Session   FOLLOW US! TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, or FACEBOOK
12/10/20206 minutes 29 seconds
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How We Should Think About Covid - (Online Ministry)

The Coronavirus has forced the Church into all sorts of innovative and advantageous positions. I believe we can actually take ground for the gospel and come out AHEAD during this time.  If we are good stewards with this opportunity, we will be poised to increase our influence and impact as we reach the world through innovative ONLINE ministry. In this episode, I share how churches should view the coronavirus crisis, how we can think with an opportunistic mindset about this season, and I give you a whole BUNCH of ideas for how your church can effectively do ONLINE ministry and reach new people with the good news of Jesus! Definitely send this episode to your Senior Pastor or any other staff who are involved with vision and strategy.  Let's do this!!!! <a href="https://bit.ly/2zkVWpq" target="_blank" rel= "noopener no
01/10/202030 minutes 7 seconds
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Bonus: How To Help Your Sound Tech Improve Their Mixes

Worship Leader Mentorship (APPLY TODAY) Many churches have volunteer sound techs who haven’t received a lot of professional training. This leaves the audio quality of our church services sounding a bit less than desirable. What can we do as worship leaders to help train our sound techs, not just in the technical side of sound, but also in the artistic side of sound design?  This question came from our Worship Leader Mentorship.  APPLY for our Feb 2021 Session   FOLLOW US! TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, or FACEBOOK
14/09/202011 minutes 22 seconds
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Essential Habits Of A Healthy Worship Leader

Your personal health or unhealth will directly affect the health or unhealth of your ministry. That’s why as leaders, it is critical that we strive to be holistically healthy. We should be taking care of ourselves physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally so that we can bring the best version of ourselves to those we are called to serve. If you are drained, empty, tired, or unhealthy, you will not be able to serve others effectively. In this episode, I will be giving you four practical ways to improve your overall health. Remember, you can't take care of others if you don't first take care of yourself.  Enjoy, and share with someone you think needs to hear this! WMT 10-WEEK MENTORSHIP (APPLY HERE)   <
01/09/202044 minutes 29 seconds
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Hillsong Y&F: Creating A Thriving Youth Worship Ministry & The Future of Congregational Music

Youth Ministry can be a brutal place to be a worship leader. Kids stare, unengaged. No one sings along. The band is mediocre and the sound is bad. Help! Well Hillsong Y&F have definitely built quite the opposite experience at their church. In this episode we talk about how you can build a vibrant, thriving, worshipful community amongst the youth at your church. We also discuss the future of congregational music styles. Will everything become electronic dance-pop performed by computers? Find out in this episode! Best Friends – Spotif
01/08/202044 minutes 22 seconds
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Q&A: How Do You Change Your Team's Culture Without Losing People?

Worship Leader Mentorship (APPLY TODAY) When trying to change the culture of a worship team, how do we help our team members embrace the new values, without being impatient or leaving them in the dust? Change is hard and takes people a long time. How do we strike the balance of loving people well, while also pressing ahead to a preferred future?  This question came from our Worship Leader Mentorship.  APPLY for our Feb 2021 Session
20/07/20205 minutes 15 seconds
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Maintaining A Healthy Marriage In Ministry w/ Paul Baloche

Marriage is hard. Ministry is hard. Put the two together and things can get really tricky! But we all know that if we don’t have healthy marriages, our ministries will be negatively impacted. In fact, many worship leaders have forfeited their ministries because their marriages have failed. How can we balance serving the needs of our church AND the needs of our spouse? Well, thankfully Paul Baloche is here to help. Paul has successfully balanced a thriving worship ministry and happy, healthy marriage for over 33 years. Paul has some major insights for us! Even if you’re not yet married, listen to this episode, because one day you’ll need the advice. Dig in and enjoy!   <a href= "https://open.spotify.com/album/1l
01/07/202054 minutes 19 seconds
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How to Make Your Livestream Video and Audio Look and Sound Great w/ Jake Gosselin

Now that most of our churches are streaming services online, it’s time for us to figure out how to make them look and sound good! In this episode, I talk with Jake Gosselin from Churchfront about how we can improve the quality of our audio and video for our church’s livestream. We will be covering the technical details, the gear you should buy, how much it’ll cost, and pretty much everything else you need to know to get your livestream video and audio looking and sounding great! Get ready to take some notes, and be sure to pass this episode on to a “techy” friend! Churchfront Livestream Tutorial (YouT
22/06/202050 minutes 47 seconds
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Online Church: Best Practices w/ Carl Barnhill

When Coronavirus hit, just about every church in the world had to jump online with their services. For many worship leaders it was brand new territory, with lots of questions: How do we do online church well? How do we foster connection with our people and keep their attention? How do we make the services meaningful, engaging and impactful? Which livestream platforms are most reliable? What pitfalls should we avoid? What about online giving? All of these questions are answered in today’s episode with Carl Barnhill from Twelve-Thirty Media. Carl is a wealth of information and inspiration and you will definitely be helped by this episode, as you learn to navigate our new reality of doing church online. Know someone who would be helped by this
01/06/202045 minutes 27 seconds
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When Should I Give Up On A Team Member?

We all have various difficulties with our team members? Should we ever give up on some of them? When do we draw the line? Alex answers a coaching call from a new worship leader facing a difficult situation. RESOURCES MENTIONED: WMT 10-Week Mentorship!!!! ----- 13 Ways To Win When Starting At A New Church (Podcast) How To Have Difficult Conversations with Team Members (Podcast)<
22/05/20209 minutes 33 seconds
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Behind The Scenes: Achieving Musical Excellence w/ Celebration Church

What are the steps a church needs to take to achieve musical excellence? I stumbled across Celebration Church online and was impressed with their musical excellence, their sincere and passionate worship, and their high production value. Everything flowed so seamlessly, and seemed genuine and natural. In my second “Behind The Scenes” episode, we do a deep dive into their systems, structure, culture, training, and habits, to see what helped them achieve musical excellence without losing the heart. Enjoy the episode and share it with a friend!     I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!  EMAIL ME </stron
01/05/20201 hour 30 minutes 8 seconds
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FF - Use This Time Wisely (Quarantine Edition)

Video and Transcript: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/use-this-time-wisely More worship training content here: www.worshipministrytraining.com
17/04/20203 minutes 42 seconds
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Using Your Worship Ministry To Disciple Your Team w/ Aaron Keyes

Ministry has never been about making music. It’s always been about making disciples. Namely, we make disciples THROUGH music (the songs shepherd our congregation), and through making music TOGETHER (doing life week to week with our team). Music is just the tool we use to make disciples. But practically how does this play out on our teams?    Disciple making can feel like a daunting and mysterious process. Thankfully, on this month’s episode, I have discipleship expert Aaron Keyes to discuss how we can use our ministries to better disciple our worship team members. Aaron has been running 10,000 Fathers, a discipl
01/04/202055 minutes 37 seconds
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How To Get Your BIG Dreams Off The Ground w/ Ryan Romeo (Outcry Tour)

Every worship leader has a dream of some kind. Your dream might be to release an album, write a book, launch a YouTube channel, or host a conference. Whatever it is, it takes hard work, planning, a lot of wisdom, and God’s favor to get your dream off the ground. Ryan Romeo is the master dreamer. At age 26, he had a dream to launch a national tour featuring the best and most well-known artists in the Christian Worship space. Three years later and he was hitting the road with Hillsong United, Lauren Daigle, Kari Job, and more on the first ever Outcry Tour. It was a big endeavor, to be certain! So how did Ryan get the dream out of his head and into reality (and how can you do the same for your dream)? That’s exactly what we talk about on this month’s episode. Enjoy! Dream big!    RESOURCES MENTIONED:  <a href="https://overflowworship.com" target="_blank" rel= "noopener noreferre
01/03/202054 minutes 24 seconds
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Burnout, Balance, Recovery and Rest w/ Carey Nieuwhof

As leaders in the church, the needs are endless and the stakes are eternal. This can lead many church leaders to throw themselves into their ministries at unhealthy and unsustainable paces. Many ministers burn out. Carey Nieuwhof was one of those ministers.   As the founding and senior pastor of one of Canada’s largest and most influential churches, Carey burned out at age 42. Almost a decade later, Carey is not only recovered from his burnout, but is thriving in life and leadership. Carey is now an influential pastor, speaker, author, blogger, podcaster, and leadership consultant, all while maintaining a healthy pace of life.  <p class
01/02/202044 minutes 46 seconds
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FF - Stewardship

Video and Transcript: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/stewardship More worship training content here: www.worshipministrytraining.com
13/01/20205 minutes 16 seconds
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Tips & Techniques For Your Worship Bass Players - Tutorial

The bass guitar is such an incredibly important instrument in a worship band context. Bass carries all the energy, and when played properly can really help your church enter in and engage during musical worship. Yet many bass players take the wrong approach to their playing in a worship setting. Worship calls for a specific style of playing. In this episode I share four key concepts to keep in mind when playing bass in a worship band context, and then demonstrate a whole host of techniques that your bassists can begin applying this upcoming Sunday. Consider this a crash course tutorial for your worship bass players. Be sure to send this episode to them, or even better, send them the video version of the episode so they can watch me demonstrate the principles and techniques in ac
01/01/202044 minutes 20 seconds
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Q and A Episode - 16 Questions

I get a lot of emails from worship leaders asking for advice and counsel, and I am always happy to help! Some churches require even more help than a simple email response, so I recently started offering coaching services for an affordable rate. If your church needs some guidance or coaching, feel free to email me at [email protected] and we can try to get something on the calendar. Here are 16 questions I answered recently while coaching a church, and decided to make available as a podcast episode. The questions are listed below, so feel free to jump to the ones that interest you. Resources mentioned are also listed as well.   QUESTIONS: <
01/12/201933 minutes 58 seconds
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5 Ways To Battle Discouragement In Ministry

Ministry can be a very discouraging vocation. The discouragement can be caused by a whole host of issues: criticism from church members, lack of participation in worship, a church that seems stuck or dying, relational conflicts with key leaders, family problems, and even betrayal by ministry allies. So how do we press on in ministry when times get hard? How do we keep going when we feel like giving up? In this episode I give five things to do to battle discouragement in your life and ministry. Forward this episode to any friends who are having a hard time. Let’s soldier on together!     RESOURCES MENTIONED:
01/11/201916 minutes 36 seconds
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The Role of 'Music Director' + Practical Tips To Succeed In It

What is a music director in a worship band? What do they do? And how does it differ from the worship leader? Why should you consider creating a music director position? What type of person makes for a good music director? How do you pull it off from a technical standpoint? And what are some of the best practices and pitfalls to avoid in order to be successful at it? Those are the questions we will be addressing in this month’s episode. Hope you enjoy the episode and it helps strengthen your ministry!   RESOURCES MENTIONED: The Ultimate Guide To In Ear Monitors (Episode)</str
01/10/201924 minutes 10 seconds
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FF - Do You Feel Unworthy To Serve?

Video and Transcript here: http://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/do-you-feel-unworthy-to-serve More resources at: www.worshipministrytraining.com 
16/09/20193 minutes 36 seconds
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Common Worship Problems In Small Churches and How To Overcome Them w/ Andrea Olson

Every church has its unique set of problems. But church size definitely plays a role in the types of problems you have (enough so that Dr. Tim Keller wrote a free book about it). Small churches face a unique set of challenges, such as limited personnel, limited talent, limited budget, and more. But how do you overcome these seemingly insurmountable obstacles to create a thriving and excellent ministry? Thankfully, it’s not as complicated as you think. This month I talk to Andrea Olson from Overflow Worship, who regularly coaches
01/09/201940 minutes 50 seconds
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FF - Prepare Before So You Can Worship During

Link to video and transcript: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/prepare-before  More content at: www.worshipministrytraining.com 
19/08/20193 minutes 34 seconds
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Behind The Scenes: Crossroads Church (35,000 Attendance)

Ever wonder what worship ministries are like at other churches? In a new format of the podcast, I’m talking to churches that are doing things well to find out what goes on behind the scenes in their worship ministry. First up is Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Crossroads boasts over 35,000 people in attendance in their weekend services. Wow! Let’s find out what their worship ministry looks like and how they train up enough musicians to fill all the needed roles. Enjoy the episode, and if you’re helped, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Check out "God Of The Breakthrough" (at the very end of the episode). Or on <a href= "https://open.spotify.com/album/0h2DEw5z4tM95DMLudOIQ0?si=CpGTn_y
01/08/20191 hour 16 minutes 26 seconds
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FF - No Competition, Only Celebration

Link to video and transcript: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/lets-celebrate-not-compete  More content at: www.worshipministrytraining.com 
22/07/20195 minutes 8 seconds
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FF - Play Selflessly, Not Selfishly

Video and Transcript: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/play-selflessly-not-selfishly More resources at: www.worshipministrytraining.com
15/07/20192 minutes 41 seconds
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15 Tips To Improve Your Public Speaking On Stage

Speaking onstage can be a daunting task (in many polls it’s identified as humanity’s number one fear). And yet a huge part of the worship leader’s role today involves public speaking. The good news is that, just like anything in life, with practice and intention, you can improve your public speaking ability. A skilled orator can lift people’s eyes, imaginations, and hearts to the throne of God, invoking awe, wonder, and worship. In this short episode I give 15 tips to help you grow in your public speaking ability, as well as some real examples of what you can say at the various stages of your worship service. Enjoy the episode, and if you’re helped, please leave us a review on <a href= "http://bit.ly/WMTPodcast" target="_blank" rel= "noreferrer noopener" aria-label= "Apple Podca
01/07/201921 minutes 26 seconds
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FF - BE What You Want To SEE In The Team

Link to video and transcript: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/be-what-you-want-to-see-in-the-team More content at: www.worshipministrytraining.com 
24/06/20192 minutes 42 seconds
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FF - Why I Don't Want You To Make Mistakes

Video and Transcript available here: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/why-i-dont-want-you-to-make-mistakes  More content available at www.worshipministrytraining.com 
10/06/20195 minutes 57 seconds
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Ending The Worship Wars Over Style w/ Mike Harland

Many churches struggle, fight, and (often) even split over musical style and preferences. This is a sad reality, because music is a gift to build the church, not a weapon to destroy it. In this month’s episode I talk with Mike Harland, the Director Lifeway Worship about what caused the “Worship Wars” of the 80’s and 90’s, how the fallout is still affecting us today, and how we can move beyond it to shepherd our people with music that transcends genre and points people to Christ. If you’re struggling with fighting, dissension, and critical comments from your congregants, or if you’re just wondering how musical style fits into the grand scheme of worship, this episode is
01/06/201951 minutes 15 seconds
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FF - Lips and Hearts

Video and Transcript available here: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/lips-and-hearts  More content available at www.worshipministrytraining.com 
13/05/20194 minutes 46 seconds
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FF - Focus In The Age of Distraction

Video and Transcript available here: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/focus-friday-1-focus More content available at www.worshipministrytraining.com
06/05/20195 minutes 21 seconds
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Navigating Ministry Transitions w/ Mack Brock (Elevation Worship)

At some point in your ministry life you will transition out of your current role and into something new. Whether you are switching churches, or just changing roles within the same church, you will need some wisdom to guide you through that process. Thankfully, others have gone before you and can offer guidance. Mack Brock, the renowned songwriter, producer, and worship leader for Evelation Worship, recently transitioned off of staff at Elevation Church and into a new season of ministry. We discuss how to know whether your season is coming to a close, how to wade through deceiving emot
01/05/201932 minutes 20 seconds
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Women In Worship: The Unique Challenges and Benefits of Being A Female Worship Leader

More and more women are getting hired as worship leaders, and we think that’s a good thing! But female leadership in the church can be a tricky thing to navigate, depending on which side of the “conservative” aisle you fall on.  This month we talk with Krissy Nordhoff and Maribeth Dodd (of Brave Worship) about the unique challenges female worship leaders face, as well as the positive things women bring to the table in worship leadership.  To all our female listeners out there, thanks for all you do to advance the Kingdom of God! Send this episode on to another sister in the battle! SEE ALSO: <a href= "https://worshipministrytraining.com/wise-boundaries-with-the-opposite-sex-i
01/04/201950 minutes 29 seconds
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The Theology of Production (Lighting, Sound, Video) In Worship w/ Dr. Joe Way

What is the purpose of production in worship? Why do we have lights, sound, and video in our services, and does the Bible have anything to say to inform us of their intended use? Even the most simple churches have to make decisions about how bright the lights are, and how loud the sound is. In this month’s episode, I interview the only man on planet earth with a PhD in the Theology of Production. Dr. Josiah Way has some Biblical insight for us to help us understand both the purpose of technology in worship, and how to make sure we are using them to effectively communicate the gospel, and not distract from it. Check out Dr. Way’s <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/Producing-Worship-Theology-Church-Technical-ebook/dp/B07KNGMNKP" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria
01/03/201946 minutes 30 seconds
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Forming and Leading Creative Teams w/ Chris Vacher

Imagine a video team, a worship team, a photography team, a design team, a songwriting team, and a web and social media team all working together as one unit!  Sound like a dream?  It's possible and Chris Vacher from C4 Church has done it. As worship leaders, we want our churches to be creatively excellent for the glory of God. But how do we get all these teams to work together? What if we don't even have any of these teams? Where would we start?  In this episode, Chris shares how to form new creative teams, where to find the right people, how to set creative vision, keep the teams working together, and actually produce great creative content on a regu
01/02/201949 minutes 39 seconds
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BONUS: How To Increase Engagement In Your Worship Services

Every worship leader wants more engagement and participation from their congregation, but not many worship leaders know how to get it. Often we think if we had more talent, a bigger budget, and more (and louder) gear that it would help our church engage in worship more, but that is simply not the case. In fact, with some simple, prayerful planning you can craft and shape worship services that engage, excite and invite passionate participation from your congregants. This bonus episode is a recording of a free live webinar I taught with Brenton Collyer. If you’d like to be included in the next live webinar, sign up for my Mailing List <a href= "https://www
14/01/201946 minutes 35 seconds
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Phil Wickham: Caring For Your Voice

Phil Wickham has one of the most unique and beautiful voices of our generation. But four years ago Phil almost lost his voice forever. In this episode, I talk to Phil about what led to his vocal polyp, what he learned through the healing process, how he cares for his voice now, and how you and I can strengthen and develop our own unique singing voice for the glory of God and the good of our churches. Phil Wickham Online Living Hope (iTunes) Living Hope (A
01/01/201932 minutes 26 seconds
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Bi-Vocational Worship Leading w/ Zach Hodges

Most worship leaders are Bi-Vocational (meaning they hold a second job, or serve strictly as a volunteer). With all that we want to accomplish in our ministries, how can we move the ball forward while balancing ministry, family, health, and a second career? How do we find time to work ON our ministry, not just IN it? This month, I talk with Zach Hodges, about how he (as a bi-vocational worship leader) manages his time, disciples team members, delegates responsibility, balances family responsibilities and more, all while managing a 40-hour-a-week career. To all the bi-vocational worship leaders out there…we salute you!   I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!  EMAIL ME your thoughts on this episode or <
01/12/201835 minutes 47 seconds
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Hillsong's Systems That Lead To Musical Excellence

Why is Hillsong Worship so good? How do they achieve such high levels of musical excellence? What are they doing behind the scenes that leads to consistently great results in all of their campuses? Inquiring minds want to know. Thankfully, this month I am joined by Rich Langton, Creative Pastor for Hillsong Church, and he gives us a peek behind the curtains, helping us understand the systems, structure and culture that drives the creative machine we all know and love: Hillsong Worship. <p class="selectionSh
01/11/20181 hour 1 minute 28 seconds
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13 Ways To Win When Starting At A New Church

Starting at a new church can be a daunting and overwhelming task. The first few months in particular are crucial to setting the tone and direction you want to take the ministry. With the right attitude and methods, you can successfully adopt an existing team, win their trust, help them catch your vision, build momentum, and transition the culture and direction of the worship department. In this practical episode, Zach Hodges and I share 13 ways to win when starting at a new church. Enjoy and if you liked it, please leave us a review on iTunes  (or send us a dollar to celebrate our 4th birthday)!   :) Resources Mentioned: <a href="http://bit.ly/2G
01/10/201856 minutes 50 seconds
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How To Run Efficient Worship Rehearsals

All worship leaders have to run rehearsals, but not all worship leaders run rehearsals well. Wasted time, sloppy arrangements, and frustrated band members all stem from a lack of leadership. As worship leaders, we owe it to our teams to make our rehearsal times as fun, efficient and productive as possible. The goal is that everyone leaves rehearsal feeling excited, engaged, energized and expectant for what God will do in the upcoming service. This month’s episode is a recording of a live workshop I taught on how to run efficient worship rehearsals for your team. I hope you are helped by the content. If so, please pass it on to a friend. SEE ALSO: <a href= "https://worshipministrytraining.com/7-ways-to-use-your-rehearsal-night-to-its-full-potential/" target="_blank" rel="noope
01/09/201832 minutes 2 seconds
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How To Have Hard Conversations with Your Worship Team Members

Difficult conversations are an inevitable part of being a leader. But difficult conversations don't have to be viewed in a negative light. In fact, helping a team member grow is a very positive thing, and is actually commanded in scripture (Ephesians 4). In this month's episode, Brenton Collyer and I share how to reframe your mindset regarding difficult conversations, and give you very practical tips on how to have them in a variety of contexts (auditions, sin, bad team behavior, etc.) Also See: What To Do When A Team Member Sins Example Worship Team Expectations Docs</a
01/08/201845 minutes 29 seconds
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Building Incredible Volunteer Teams w/ Carl Barnhill

If you want to accomplish something great for the Kingdom of God, you need a great team of people around you. In today’s episode, I talk with Carl Barnhill about how to create healthy, happy, thriving, volunteer teams. Carl is truly an expert team builder. I learned SO much from this interview. We discuss recruiting  (“inviting”), onboarding, culture, communication, training, and so much more. This is a super practical episode, and I’m excited for what you’ll be able to take and apply to your ministry. Volunteer Handbook (Twelve-Thirty Media)   <
01/07/201854 minutes 44 seconds
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Q&A: How Do I Lead Musicians Who Are Better Than Me?

Hopefully, you’re surrounded by amazing musicians in your worship ministry (every worship leader’s dream)! But if you are, you might not know how to lead them, guide them, and give them direction. Maybe you don’t know how to “speak their language”, or you are intimidated by their skill and experience. In our final Q&A episode of the month, Justin Bell, Brenton Collyer and I share how you can learn to lead musicians who are more talented than you in a way that is winsome and respectable.   Also See: Helping Your Band Beat Busyness & Embrace Musical Simplicity <p cl
18/06/201813 minutes 34 seconds
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Q&A: Why Should I Make My Worship Ministry Better?

How good is “good enough” in worship ministry? It may seem like a silly question, but all of us have limited time, personnel, and resources. Why chase after excellence, when what we are currently doing serves the church just fine?  And why does worship ministry get all the special attention? Should a church’s worship department pull talent and resources from other departments? In our second Q&A episode this month, we tackle the many various reasons to continue pushing our ministries forward, and share some practical tips on how to do just that.  Also See:  What Is Musical Excellence For A Team Member? <a href="http:/
11/06/201811 minutes 37 seconds
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Help! I Inherited A Singer Who Can't Sing!

This month we will be doing a three-part Q&A series, answering listeners’ questions. This first episode addresses a common problem that many worship leaders face: Inheriting a team member (or multiple team members) who don’t have the musical skill to perform the task at hand. How do we as worship leaders help this beloved person understand that music ministry might not be God’s calling for their lives? Is there any hope that we can help them develop? In what other creative ways can we use them as part of the team? Brenton Collyer and Justin Bell join me this month to share their wisdom and insight. Enjoy the episode!   Direct Download</stron
01/06/201815 minutes 53 seconds
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Developing Future Worship Leaders w/ Passion (Kristian Stanfill, Brett Yonkers)

One of the prime objectives of scripture is to be fruitful and multiply. As worship leaders, we can multiply ourselves by investing in the next generation of worship leaders. It is our job to pass the baton to future generations and intentionally train and disciple them. At Passion City Church, worship leaders like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder have passed the baton to the younger guns: Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker, and Melodie Malone. This month I talk to Kristian Stanfill and Brett Younker about what it was like to be poured into by the greats like Chris Tomlin, and how they are already beginning to identify, train and raise up the next genera
01/05/201837 minutes 21 seconds
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Q&A: How Do I Get Hired As A Worship Leader?

How does someone get hired as a worship leader? Is there a path a person takes to become a paid worship leader at a church? And what are some tips to help navigate the hiring process for a full-time ministry position? Getting hired at a church can be a daunting and mysterious process, so in today’s episode, I try to take some of the mystery out of it and give you practical tips to guide you to the greatest chance of success. I share three principles for young worship leaders to keep in mind as they aspire to a ministry job. I also break down the five steps most churches take when hiring worship leaders and share practical suggestions on how to successfully navigate each step. In this episode, I cover: how to find a compatible church, how to write a s
09/04/201823 minutes 31 seconds
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Planning Center Tips, Tricks & Hacks w/ Aaron Stewart

Planning Center is used by over 30,000 churches worldwide, and for good reason: It is the most robust, easy-to-use software available for service planning and church database management. Aaron Stewart, the founder of Planning Center, started it as a frustrated worship leader looking for something to help manage his teams and his song sets. Today, the software can do much more than that and is helping thousands of worship leaders just like you do their job with less headache and hassle. In this month’s episode, I talk with Aaron about some leadership lessons he learned while building his company, and some little-known tips,  tricks, and hacks to get the most out of using Plannin
01/04/201840 minutes 23 seconds
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7 Ways To Use Your Rehearsal Night To Its Full Potential

Our rehearsal nights can be so much more than just playing through a few songs. If used correctly, they become times to shape culture, invest in relationships, do discipleship, train new volunteers, raise up new worship leaders, find better uses of our technology and more. This month, I’m the one being interviewed, by Carl Barnhill of the Church Media Podcast (check them out!). In this episode, I share 7 ways we can use our mid-week rehearsals to their full potential. Enjoy! (Please leave us a review on iTunes if you’ve been enjoying this podcast!)   I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!  <p class="se
01/03/201834 minutes 22 seconds
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Cultivating A Deeper Spirituality On Your Worship Team w/ Jeremy Riddle

In a world of pervasive “shallowness”, deep spirituality can seem an elusive thing to attain. Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and other distractions keep our minds in the shallows. This is the world that our team members live in.  As leaders in God’s Church, it is our responsibility to fight for depth, focus, and deeper spirituality in our people, so that there is power in our worship leading. But how do we do this? Today I talk with Jeremy Riddle of Bethel Church about how he helps his teams stay rooted and connected to Jesus. Enjoy the episode! Jeremy Ri
01/02/201838 minutes 52 seconds
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Helping Your Band Beat Busyness and Embrace Musical Simplicity

We have all had those band members who think that the worship set is their time to shred! The drummer who plays a fill every two bars. The electric guitar player who solos over the vocal. The bassist who won’t stop noodling! No more! Put an end to musical busyness with this month’s episode. This month, I give you seven principles to help your band beat busyness and embrace musical simplicity. God deserves excellence, but excellence does not equate to unceasing shredding. Help your band members embrace tasteful musicianship once and for all! This is definitely an episode you’ll want to share with your worship team members. So go ahead, take a listen, and pass it on! Also See: <a href= "http://worshipministrytraining.com/playing-parts-sound-like-professio
01/01/201836 minutes 56 seconds
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The Current State of Worship w/ Matt Redman

As we come to the close of the year, I asked prolific songwriter and worship leader Matt Redman about the current state of modern worship around the globe. Where are we at as a worship culture, what encouraging trends is he seeing, what concerns him, and what advice does he have for worship leaders as we stewart our calling well? This episode is less of a training and more of an encouragement and exhortation from a wiser, older brother. Be encouraged and challenged! Matt Redman Online @Matt_RedmanGlory Song Alb
01/12/201725 minutes 17 seconds
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6 Ways To Utilize Your Acoustic Guitar To Its Full Potential

Your acoustic guitar is an incredibly powerful tool. Its melodic and percussive nature allows you to create lots of energy and dynamic if utilized properly. Unfortunately, many worship leaders are under-utilizing this versatile instrument because they have never been taught a handful of simple techniques that can take your acoustic guitar playing to the next level. Whether you lead alone (just you and your acoustic guitar), or you have a worship band, using the six techniques outlined in this episode will help you grow as an acoustic player and better utilize this incredible instrument for God’s glory. The first half of this episode is a playthrough of a popular worship song (5:00 – 14:43), demonstrating the techniqu
01/11/201732 minutes 1 second
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Using Our Worship Services To Shape People's Souls w/ Zac Hicks

Our worship services have a formative effect on our people’s minds and souls. With weeks, bleeding into months, into years, and ultimately decades, the habits we form in our people have a long term cumulative effect. What we do in our services and how we do it matters. In today’s episode, I talk with author and Pastor Zac Hics about the ways in which worship is formative and how to best utilize our gathered worship times to shape our people into the image of Christ over the long haul. Get the free books: Tweet at @WMTpodcast and @ZacHicks <a hr
01/10/201745 minutes 55 seconds
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We Had To Change Our Name!

We were recently forced to change our name. In this episode I explain why and share a few ways you can help. All new content will now be at worshipministrytraining.com Thank you for your support!!!   Share with Your Friends: Tell your friends about us on EMAIL, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER.    <str
07/09/20173 minutes 39 seconds
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Creating Culture Through Consistent Communication w/ Aaron Ivey

Culture is one of the most important aspects of your worship ministry. Healthy culture will help your ministry thrive, while unhealthy culture will undermine everything you are trying to accomplish. But healthy culture doesn’t appear of thin air. Culture is something that is carefully cultivated through consistent communication of a clear and compelling vision. Aaron Ivey of Austin Stone Worship seems to have cracked the code of clear, consistent communication and has crafted an incredible culture of worship and creativity at the Austin Stone Church in Austin, TX.  That’s why we’re excited to have him share his insights on this month’s episode. If you’re struggling with bad team cu
01/09/201747 minutes 7 seconds
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5 Administrative Systems, Structures and Schedules to Bring Health To Your Worship Ministry

One of the key characteristics of a great worship leader is administration and organization. It may not be glamorous, or even fun, but you literally can’t have a healthy worship ministry without administration and organization. In this month’s episode, I share 5 administrative systems, structures, and schedules that are necessary in order to have a healthy, thriving worship ministry. Auditions Episode <a href= "http://worshipleade
01/08/201739 minutes 3 seconds
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Bonus Q&A: Switching to Multiple Worship Services

In our third Listener Q&A Episode, podcast listener Jason Daugherty asks for advice as his church plans to switch from one worship service to multiple worship services. Brenton Collyer, Justin Kalama and I share some key concepts to keep in mind when switching your church from one service to multiple services, from scheduling to family, to time usage, unity, keeping it authentic, and more. If you’d like to submit a question for a future episode email me at <a href= "mailto:[email protected]
17/07/201725 minutes 15 seconds
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Using Pads To Create Atmosphere and Enhance Your Worship Sets

Everybody wants a rich, full sound for their musical worship. And everyone wants smooth worship services that flow from song to song without distraction. But how can we achieve such excellence on a weekly basis? One answer is to utilize backing pads. What are backing pads? What are the benefits of using them in our worship sets? What are the key qualities of a great backing pad? What are the simple and advanced set-ups needed to run backing pads? We answer all those questions and discuss some advanced techniques, tips, and tricks for using backing pads in worship in this month’s episode. I truly believe backing pads will transform your worship sets.  Our listeners get 20% off all Cores
01/07/201732 minutes 3 seconds
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Bonus Q&A: How Do I Lead Youth Worship Team Well?

In our 2nd Listener Q&A Bonus Episode, we answer a question from podcast listener, Brian Johnson. Brian is a new worship leader and will be taking over an established youth worship ministry. He asks for advice on how to lead a band, and how to do his best as a new leader in a youth group context. Justin Bell and I answer. If you’d like to submit a question for a future episode email me at [email protected] or call and leave a voicemail at 831-607-WLT1. AUDI
12/06/201715 minutes 11 seconds
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Holding High Standards In Small Churches w/ Kade Young

The average church in America has only seventy members. This means that most worship leaders are fighting the uphill battle of trying to create an excellent worship ministry with limited resources and limited personnel. However, Kade Young seems to have cracked the code. In a church of only 100, Kade is consistently bringing forth excellence from both his worship and tech ministries. Today we talk to Kade about how to hold high standards for excellence in a small church. The principles outlined here will apply to small and large churches alike, so no matter what your church size, dive in and be encouraged! Collaborate Worship Twitter.com/collabworship</a
01/06/201731 minutes 59 seconds
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Bonus Q&A: Switching From Acoustic To Electric Guitar As A Worship Leader

Our first Listener Q&A Episode! Podcast listener, Rick Flood asks for advice on how to switch from leading worship on an acoustic guitar, to leading from an electric. Brenton, Sam and I share our tips, ideas, and concepts on how to approach leading from an electric guitar, and how it differs from leading on an acoustic. We talk tone, pedals, strumming patterns, chord voicing, mixing and more. If you’d like to submit a question for a future episode email me at ale[email protected]  or call and leave a voicemail at 83
15/05/201718 minutes 9 seconds
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Starting A Songwriting Ministry At Your Church w/ Andi Rozier (Vertical Church Band)

Sixteen years ago Andi Rozier started writing songs for his church, Harvest Bible Chapel. Today, his songs are being sung in churches all over the world. Many worship pastors desire to write songs for their church, so in today’s episode Andi (Vertical Church Band) helps us learn how to get started, what we should focus on, dangers to avoid, and how to practically and financially set things up for health and success. If you’ve been wanting to start a songwriting ministry in your church, this episode should answer all of your questions and give you the tools you need to get started.<
01/05/201740 minutes 19 seconds
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Bonus: Should Worship Look Like A Concert? (A Definition of Worship Ministry Success)

Should we be borrowing ideas and techniques from concerts to implement in our worship services? Can a small church with zero technology have a successful worship ministry? What defines ministry success? This short bonus episode encourages us to go back to the heart of our calling to examine the why, what and how of a successful worship ministry.  worshipleadertraining.com/resources I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!  EMAIL ME your thoughts on this episode or ASK A QUESTION that you’d like us to answer on a future episode by calling +1-831-607-
17/04/20178 minutes
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Recovering The Lost Art of Congregational Singing w/ Keith Getty

As many churches try to replicate stadium-style worship concerts in their weekly gatherings, the art of congregational singing is declining. Participation from congregants is down and what was supposed to be a participatory event has turned into passive observers watching leaders dance around a technicolor stage. But Keith and Kristen Getty are on a mission to revitalize congregational singing in churches across the globe. Today I talk with the prolific, modern day hymn-writer, Keith Getty about why congregational singing matters, why it’s in decline and how we can encourage more of it in our churches. Find out more about Keith and Kristen Getty or the <a href="https://www
01/04/201731 minutes 15 seconds
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Using Vocal Cues to Help Your Church Sing

As worship leaders, our job is not to sing, but to help the people sing. We are facilitators of the congregational choir. One way we can help facilitate is by using “vocal cues”. Vocal cues are the things you say or sing to help your congregation know where you’re going next in a song. Today’s episode feels less like a lecture, and more like you’re sitting across from me in my office with our guitars, working through some real-life examples of using vocal cues well. You’ll hear about how to sing them, say them, proper timing, tone, non-verbal cues and more. Enjoy the episode and thanks for being a part of the WLT community!
01/03/201718 minutes 8 seconds
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Wise Boundaries with the Opposite Sex (Part 2) - Worship Leader Roundtable

Last month we talked with specialist Zack Carter about Wise Boundaries with the Opposite Sex in Ministry. This month we talk to five worship leaders from across the U.S. about how they maintain wise boundaries with the opposite gender in their ministries. Our Guests:Krissy Nordhoff – KrissyNordhoff.com, Brave Worship Brenton Collyer – <a href="http://brentoncollye
01/02/201753 minutes 13 seconds
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Wise Boundaries with the Opposite Sex in Ministry w/ Dr. Zack Carter

Affairs and infidelity are occurring often in the Church. Not just among the congregants, but also among staff and pastors. How many great and influential pastors have fallen into sexual or emotional affairs in the last several years? If infidelity can happen to them, it can happen to us. We must be diligent to guard our hearts and our interactions with the opposite sex. Dr. Zack Carter joins us to talk about setting up wise boundaries with the opposite sex in ministry. Dr. Carter is a researcher and professor at Taylor University and has studied hundreds of affairs. He teaches on marital preservation, attraction, and non-verbal and online communication with the opposite sex. If you are serious about being fai
01/01/201744 minutes 25 seconds
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Bonus: The Best Way To Use Your Pre-Service Playlist

Almost all churches have some sort of pre-service music playing while people walk in. Instead of just filling that Pre-Service Playlist with your favorite songs, here's a "Pro Tip" (I'll share it with you right here in the show notes): Use your church's pre-service playlist as a tool to subliminally teach your congregation new songs that you plan to introduce. I'll explain my process in this short bonus episode, so if you want to find out how to subconsciously teach your church new songs, check this one out!  Direct Download <a href="http://bit.ly/WLTPod
06/12/20165 minutes 8 seconds
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Improving Announcements and Communication For Our Church Services w/ Brady Shearer

Great communication matters. We have only seventy minutes on Sundays to communicate to our congregants the things we feel are vital for them to know. We must think strategically and purposefully about every element of communication in our worship services: pre-service slides, announcements, prayers, lyric slides, videos and more. Brady Shearer, founder of Pro Church Tools, joins us today to help us improve our announcements and maximize our communication during our Sunday worship gatherings. If you play any part in planning Sunday worship services, or care about having an effective communication strategy at your church, this episode is for you. Follow Brady Online:</stron
01/12/201635 minutes 34 seconds
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7 Principles for Improving Your Church's Sound

Many churches suffer from poor sound in their sanctuaries. It doesn't have to be that way. Today we cover seven principles that you can apply immediately to improve the sound in your church's sanctuary, whether you're in a big church or a small church. Enjoy the practical advice in this episode, and may it help you get clearer, cleaner, better sound for the glory of God! A good sounding system in a bad sounding room will still sound bad. -Tweet That! When arranging your song, spread your band's parts across the frequency spectrum to improve your sound. -Tweet That! <p
01/11/201637 minutes 22 seconds
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Bonus: The Surprising Reason You Need to Start a Choir

  Traditional choirs are being killed off in churches across America, and quite honestly, I'm OK with that. However, there is one reason why I think you should consider keeping your choir, or starting one if you don't already have one.  It might be a reason you've never thought of before. Enjoy this short bonus episode, and let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments.  PS: Happy Birthday to the podcast! We turned 2 today! To celebrate, we're launching worshipleadertraining.com , a training website for worship leaders and worship team members! Check it out!  <a href= "http://traffic.libsyn.com/worshipteamtraining/Bonus_-_The_Surprising_Reason_You_Should_Start_a_Choir.m
19/10/20166 minutes 39 seconds
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6 Steps to Crafting Engaging Worship Sets

  "How do I put together a compelling and engaging worship set?" Whether you're a veteran worship leader or brand new to the game, putting together a song set is something you have to do on a regular basis. But how do we go about it? Is there a formula? Are there filters that can help us decide which songs to do and in what order? Song selection and song order is a key element to congregational engagement. In this episode I give six steps to crafting highly engaging worship sets. Consider this worship leading 101. I hope it's a help to you!  "Songs well picked and well placed engage the
01/10/201629 minutes 17 seconds
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Longevity and Fruitfulness in Ministry w/ Paul Baloche

  Nobody begins ministry with plans to burn out, ruin their family, walk away from the faith, or have an affair, but unfortunately these things happen on a regular basis in the Church. So how do we guard ourselves from these things? How do we set ourselves up to be faithful and fruitful for the long haul? Worship ministry veteran Paul Baloche joins us today to talk longevity and fruitfulness in ministry. Paul has had a 25 year career as a worship pastor, songwriter, <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LA70NWQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=worsleadtrai-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01LA70NWQ&linkId=3fb0737e69
01/09/20161 hour 29 seconds
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What Is Worship in Spirit and Truth? w/ Bob Kauflin

  John 4 may be one of the most well known passages in the Bible about worship. But what exactly is "worship in Spirit and Truth"? And as worship leaders and pastors, how do we plan our services to facilitate the kind of worship that the Father is seeking? The venerable Bob Kauflin joins us on the podcast today to answer these very vital questions! I promise you'll be fascinated by his insights!  Be sure to check out Bob's excellent books for worship leaders. They are MUST reads:<a href= "https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/158134824X/ref=as_li_tl
01/08/201639 minutes 47 seconds
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Announcement - NAME CHANGE!

  Big news! The Worship Team Podcast is now the Worship Leader Training Podcast!  When I started this podcast, I had it in mind to train my team members and team members from other churches. However, it quickly became apparent that I had much more to say to worship leaders than to team members. I have decided to change the name of the podcast to better reflect the content and make it easier for worship leaders to find.  My hope is to build an archive of helpful and relevant topics that will help new worship leaders do their job
05/07/20162 minutes 7 seconds
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Worship Leader Roundtable - Auditions

  Our first worship leader roundtable is all about auditions. Four worship pastors from different churches discuss how they do auditions in their church. What mediums do they use to announce their auditions? What does the lead up process look like? What does the actual audition look like? How do they tell people no? What happens after the audition? All these questions are answered on this episode of the Worship Team Podcast! Our Roundtable Guests:Brenton Collyer - 
01/07/201650 minutes 10 seconds
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The Power and Importance of Personal Worship w/ Stephen Miller

  We all know that private worship is supposed to fuel our public ministry, but some days our times with God are dry, boring, distracted or distant. Stephen Miller joins us to discuss the power and importance of personal worship and give us some tips for keeping our walk with Jesus fresh and vibrant! Connect with Stephen online: www.stephen-miller.com@stephenmiller</sp
01/06/201637 minutes 11 seconds
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How to Leave Your Church Well

  There comes a day for most Worship Leaders when they have to leave their current ministry assignment. Very few worship leaders get to serve the same congregation for 40 years. Sometimes the leaving is painful, under less-than-ideal circumstances. Other times, it is a joyous launching and hope-filled transition into an exciting new season. Whichever the case, it is vitally important that we leave our churches well. We should do everything in our power to leave well and set our churches up for success when we're gone. Today, our long-time guest Brenton C
17/04/201636 minutes 57 seconds
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5 Qualities Of A Good Congregational Song

  With so many great new worship songs out there, there's a temptation to grab whatever is flashy and cool and throw it into your next worship set; but we must be much more intentional about the songs we choose and introduce to our congregation. We are the "Gatekeepers" of our church's "worship vocabulary". We put the words on their lips that shape their theology and view of God, so we must be very intentional. In this episode, I give 5 questions that you should ask before introducing that new song, as well as a few tips for the song curation and introduction process. Enjoy, and please share with anyone who may be helped by this episode!<br /
01/04/201620 minutes 45 seconds
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How To Be More Organized and Productive w/ David Santistevan

  David Santistevan joins us this month to discuss organization, productivity, and efficiency as a worship leader. Many musicians have a bad rap for being lazy and disorganized, but this should NOT be the case in the Church! David is the host of the well-known “Beyond Sunday Podcast” (a podcast for worship leaders that you should DEFINITELY be listening to), as well as an author, blogger, worship leader, songwrit
01/03/201642 minutes 24 seconds
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What Good Worship Leaders Focus On Between Sundays w/ Chris Vacher

  Being an effective worship leader involves SO much more than just leading songs on Sunday mornings. Today we talk to Chris Vacher, award-winning blogger and Creative Arts Pastor at C4 Church, about what it takes to be a great worship leader when OFF the platform. The other parts of the job, like pastoring your team, keeping your wa
03/02/201629 minutes 51 seconds
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Songwriting For Your Church w/ Stephen Duncan

  Publisher of the Year, Stephen Duncan, joins us from Nashville to discuss the ins and outs of writing great, God-honoring worship songs for your congregation. Every congregation is unique and is walking through a unique set of experiences and circumstances. It is vital that we as the worship leaders give our church the language and words to express their prayers to God. Find Stephen Online:www.nextleve
01/01/201648 minutes 49 seconds
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Cultivating Healthy Relationships Between Senior Pastors and Worship Leaders

  We've all heard horror stories of the wars that go on behind closed doors between worship leaders and their senior pastors. What's the deal?! Why can't worship leaders and senior pastors get along? Today we talk with Ben Sobels, Senior Pastor of Cypress Church, about what it takes to have a great relationship with your closest ally in ministry. If you're a worship leader struggling with your senior pastor, or if you're a senior pastor wanting to have a better relationship with your worship leader, this episode is for you! Feel free to pass it on to anyone you know who is st
01/12/201543 minutes 37 seconds
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The Ultimate Guide To In Ear Monitors For Churches

  What's the big deal with in ear monitors? Does your church need them to be musically viable? On today's episode we talk to Taylor Knight, Technical Director of Harvest Bible Chapel and sound engineer for Vertical Church Band, about the popularity of in ear monitors, the pros and cons that they bring in a church environment, the different set-up
01/11/201553 minutes 53 seconds
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Getting The Best Out of Your Current Worship Team w/ Jason Houtsma

  Worship Leaders often pray for God to send some new, professional musicians to their church and onto their teams, but what if God wants us to change our prayer? Maybe instead of praying for new, better musicians, we should ask God to help us be faithful to train and pour into the ones He's already entrusted to us! It's all about stewardship today; taking what God has currently given you and cultivating it to be the best that it can be. Jason Houtsma of Worship Artistry joins us to share some practical ways to get the best out of your team! Contact Jason:<span style="font-size: 10p
07/09/201537 minutes 34 seconds
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Multigenerational Worship Leading

  Healthy churches are filled with people from multiple generations:  from Great-grandparents to newborn babies. How can we as worship leaders lead both young and old to sing together and actually enjoy it? That's what we talk about today on the Worship Team Podcast! Direct Download<a title="" href= "https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/worship-team-podcast/id931310179?mt=2" targe
05/08/201526 minutes 20 seconds
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Transitions - Why They Matter and How To Master Them

  Transitions between songs are one of the most important, and often the most overlooked, part of crafting a great worship service. Today, Brenton Collyer and I discuss why transitions matter, and give some very practical tips for making them as smooth and seamless as possible. Plus, a few cool ideas that you can try out in your next worship service! Enjoy the episode, and please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section.  <a href= "http://traffic.libsyn.com/worshipteamtraining/Transitions_-_Why_They_Matter_and_How_To_Master_Them.mp3" target="_bla
27/05/201541 minutes 30 seconds
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Humility, Brokenness and Authenticity As A Leader

  What does God desire in our worship and worship leading? One word: BROKENNESS. "You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."  - Psalm 51:16-17 In our worship and worship leading, God desires us to be humble, dependent, reliant, weak and broken. This is very opposed to what we find in the church today. Church / Worship Leaders are bold, self-reliant, have all the answers, and are on a mission to change the world. B
29/04/201536 minutes 12 seconds
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What To Do When A Team Member Sins

  Every one of your team members has sin in their life (including you!) but where does it cross the line to where someone should no longer be serving on the worship team? How should we address the issue, and is there a process of restoration we can follow to return the team member to service? What does all this look like in practice? These are some of the questions we will be answering in today's episode. If you are a worship leader wanting wisdom on how to deal with this delicate issue, or simply a team member wanting to better understand your spiritual responsibility to your church, this episode is for you! <div class="p
16/04/201536 minutes 36 seconds
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Multiply Your Ministry Effectiveness

  Want to do 100 times more ministry than you're currently doing? Want to have a massive impact on the kingdom of God that long outlasts you? Then you have to learn how to multiply yourself! In today's episode, I talk to Justin Bell, worship pastor of Calvary Nexus, about how he went from only 3 worship teams to 12 worship teams and 15 new worship leaders in 10 years! As worship leaders (and disciples of Jesus), we must learn how to multiply ourselves and continue our ministry through other people! Enjoy the conversation and feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments section! Connect wit
04/02/201548 minutes 27 seconds
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Playing In Parts - How To Sound Like A Professional Band

  Want to help your worship team sound more professional? Then it's time to start arranging and playing in "parts". Churches are filled with extremely talented musicians, but very few of those musicians have any experience playing in the context of a band, so a lot of worship teams just stand on the stage and play chords together. Music is meant to be so much more than just playing the chords on your chord charts! In this episode Brenton Collyer and I tackle what it means to play in parts and give some practical tips to help you begin creating more beautiful music arrangements for your church!   <span
08/01/201547 minutes 23 seconds
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8 Tricks to Improve Your Stage Presence

  How do you look on stage? Is your body language helping or hindering people from worship?  We communicate much more with our bodies than we do our words. That's why as worship leaders and worship team members we must care about improving our stage presence! In this episode (Episode 5) we tackle 8 tricks to help you improve your stage presence, so you can lead your church more effectively! Enjoy and pass it along to someone else!   <a title="" href= "http://traffic.libsyn.com/worshipteamtraining/8_Tricks_to_Improve_Your_Stage_Presence.mp3" target="_blank" rel="noop
10/12/201428 minutes 7 seconds
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Creating A Culture of Musical Excellence

  Does God care how our music sounds? Should we? In today's episode we tackle the theology / philosophy of musical excellence in worship, as well as some practical tips to creating a culture of excellence in your worship team. Brenton Collyer, Worship Pastor of Calvary Monterey, jumps in on the conversation to offer some valuable insights! Don't miss it! To learn more about Brenton and his ministry visit www.calvary.com or follow him on Twitter at <a title="" href="http://www.twitter.com/brentoncollyer" target="_blank" rel="no
21/11/201440 minutes 58 seconds
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3 Things About Prophetic Worship

  With churches like Bethel and Jesus Culture gaining in popularity and influencing the worship climate, there has been a growing interest in "Prophetic Worship". But what is prophetic worship? Are there any scriptures that can give us insight into this intriguing topic? That's exactly what we'll be tackling in today's episode. So jump in and enjoy the conversation!  Direct Download<a title="" href= "https://i
01/11/201414 minutes 58 seconds
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6 Tips For Great Worship Team Rehearsals

  Worship Teams spend lots of time in rehearsals, so it's important that our rehearsals are as efficient and effective as possible! In today's episode we cover 6 tips that will hopefully help you run more effective rehearsals!   Direct DownloadL
01/11/201423 minutes 40 seconds
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7 Traits of a Good Worship Team Member

  What are the traits of a good worship team member? In this episode, we explore 7 important characteristics of someone who wants to serve on their church’s worship team. If you’re a worship team member who is wanting to grow to be a bigger blessing to your team, or if you’re a worship leader looking to add new players to your team, this episode is for you! Direct Download<a href= "https://itunes
17/10/201419 minutes 27 seconds