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The Importance of Song Selection In Worship

The Importance of Song Selection In Worship

In musical worship, song selection is critical. Songs are the fundamental building blocks of our worship services. They are the tools with which we help our people see, savor and sing to Jesus. The stronger our songs, the more vividly we can paint the nature and...

7 Key Characteristics Of A Great Worship Leader

7 Key Characteristics Of A Great Worship Leader

Being a great worship leader is so much more than just having strong vocal chops and epic guitar skills. Worship leaders are leaders, shepherds, counselors, vision casters, communicators, organizers, and administrators. And that’s probably just scratching the surface....

6 Reasons To Have A Mid-Week Worship Rehearsal

6 Reasons To Have A Mid-Week Worship Rehearsal

Recently I became the worship pastor of a much larger church with multiple worship services per week. The sheer number of services requires a lot from our volunteer musicians so up until now there has never been a separate night dedicated to rehearsals. Currently,...

Tutorial: How To Create ChordPro Format Chord Charts

Tutorial: How To Create ChordPro Format Chord Charts

ChordPro format chord charts are becoming increasingly popular in worship ministries because of their flexibility and time-saving nature. What Are ChordPro Format Chord Charts? ChordPro Format chord charts are similar to regular chord charts, except that they embed...

How To Be A Better Background Vocalist

How To Be A Better Background Vocalist

Background vocalists have the unglamorous job of being in the "background". But don't be so quick to relegate yourself to some sub-class of singers. Background vocalists are vital to any musical set and particularly to a worship set. Congregationally, the church feels...

3 Things Worship Leaders Should Focus On

3 Things Worship Leaders Should Focus On

While I was perusing through Facebook, I saw an ad for an undergraduate program for Worship Leaders. The ad read, “Do you want to learn how to write songs, record studio-quality albums, and get your songs to music industry execs? Then come be a part of our college and...

How To Memorize Worship Songs

How To Memorize Worship Songs

This post originally appeared on brentoncollyer.com Memorizing your worship music has many great benefits, allowing you to be more in the moment musically, more focused on the Lord spiritually, and more able to lead the congregation pastorally. As daunting as it may...

7 Practical Ways to Improve Your Church’s Announcements

7 Practical Ways to Improve Your Church’s Announcements

Announcements are an inevitable part of our worship services. How we handle our announcements can make them either a distracting drain, or a life-giving, enjoyable part of our time together as a congregation. Here are 7 ways to make your announcement time a more...

Battling Discouragement as a Worship Leader

Battling Discouragement as a Worship Leader

Almost every worship leader I know has traversed through at least one dark season of discouragement in their ministry. 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...

Why You Should Smile While Leading Worship

Why You Should Smile While Leading Worship

God gave us bodies to use as tools to worship him and serve others. As worship leaders who stand on the platform, our body language can either be a help or a hindrance to those we are leading. Poor body language can distract and dissuade people from worship, while...

What Is Musical Excellence for a Worship Team Member?

What Is Musical Excellence for a Worship Team Member?

All worship leaders want excellent worship teams made up of excellent musicians, but often we don’t define what excellence means for our players. So here are a few key aspects of musical excellence in worship musicians to help paint a picture for your teams. Musically...

10 Great Podcasts for Worship Leaders

10 Great Podcasts for Worship Leaders

Podcasts are an incredible tool for learning and gaining new ideas with very little effort. You can listen while you drive to work, mow the lawn, work out, or clean the house (or don't clean the house. You're welcome). Worship Leaders should take advantage of...

9 Tips for Teaching Your Worship Team a New Song

9 Tips for Teaching Your Worship Team a New Song

This post originally appeared at brentoncollyer.com Introducing a new song to your worship team is always a bit of challenge.  Which song should I choose?  Can our team pull this off?  Will our congregation engage with it?  Each of these questions is worth a blog post...

5 Tips for Leading Worship with a Small Team

5 Tips for Leading Worship with a Small Team

This post originally appeared on brentoncollyer.com.  Leading worship with a small team of musicians is a real challenge and considering the majority of churches in the U.S. are two-hundred people or less this is a challenge most worship leaders face.  Whether you...

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