The Art of Selecting Worship Songs

 

When it comes to the art of selecting worship songs, everyone has a rooted opinion. Most of the time we are quick to disregard someone else’s opinion because it does not coincide with ours. So how do we select worship songs if everyone has a different opinion?

The key is to find a barometer that goes beyond each individual’s personal preference. Read More »

What To Say When You Are Leading Worship

When we hear the title “Worship Leader”, many of us immediately picture a musician leading us in song during our Sunday morning worship. This is a fair, yet incomplete picture, of the worship leader. Certainly song plays a large part in the role of being a worship leader, but by no means does song encompass everything a worship leader does on a Sunday morning.Read More »

Star Wars, Christmas, and Worship

Star Wars has burst back into the cinematic scene with J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. When I think of Star Wars, I recall one of my favorite scenes featuring Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. As Darth Vader attempts to seduce Luke to the Dark Side of the Force, George Lucas captures Luke’s inner struggle with some unique imagery. As Luke hides from Darth Vader, we see red light, representing the Dark Side, on one side of Luke’s face, and blue light, representing the Light Side, on the other side of Luke’s face.Read More »

Unpacking “Christian Worship”, Part II

Part I

This is the second part of a two part unpacking of a definition for Christian worship. See Part I here. Then continue here:

Covenant

It is important to recognize that worship is only accepted by God when the worshiper is in covenant with the Father, through the Son, and by the Spirit. It is within the redeeming covenant with God that a relationship exists between the worshiper and the Father, enabling the worshiper’s response to be accepted. One cannot offer worship without the help of a priest, and the Son, Jesus of Nazareth is our great high priest. It is through him that our worship may be laid at the feet of the center throne found in Revelation and the worship is pure.Read More »

Unpacking “Christian Worship”, Part I

Words are very important, and too often words can have many meanings. Worship is one of those words. There are many responses one could get if they were to take a survey of the word “worship”. From different worldviews to different traditions within the stream of Christianity, there are lots of thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Various Church cultures within these streams have various associations and implications when they speak of worship. This is why it is important to apply definitions towards words.Read More »

Becoming a Better Musician, Part II: Your Vocals

Part I

Guitar-1333353440ujZThis is the second of two parts in a couplet called “Becoming a Better Musician”. The goal of these posts is to offer practical ways worship leaders can grow in their musicianship now. The first part offered five practical ways you can improve your musicianship on your instrument of choice. All of the practices suggested can be used for any instrument.

Odds are, if you are like me, you lead from an instrument, but you also lead vocally. Improving my vocals has been more difficult than developing my primary instrument (acoustic guitar), but has been incredibly rewarding! Your vocals will be what the congregation relates to and listens to the most, so they are crucial to your worship and music ministry. Here are 5 ways to develop your vocals!Read More »

Becoming a Better Musician, Part I: Your Instrument

Guitar-1333353440ujZMy worship-leading career began with an injury. I grew up playing baseball, as did my three brothers. It was my freshman year of high school when my back began having pain that only got worse. Come to find out, I had a nerve that was pinched in my lower back. That ended my freshman season early, and would bother me for the next year and a half.

As a young high school student who was used to being active, sitting around the house all day, even after studying, began to drive me crazy. I needed something to do! My Dad had a guitar he bought twenty some years before with the intention of learning to play, but with only some fruition. The guitar seemed to beckon me while leaning in the corner of my parent’s room. One day, I just picked the guitar up, sat down next to the computer with some of the books my Dad had bought, and just started plucking away.Read More »

5 Principles for Leading Worship

Every job has essential principles for fulfilling the tasks it is assigned. What you are trying to accomplish does not change, but how you accomplish the job could change. These 5 principles are ones that I have learned and use to guide my development in becoming the best worship leader I can be. They have directly practical applications and guide my decision making processes. I trust you will find one or more of them insightful!

Invite people to participate.Bible_and_Lord's_Cup_and_Bread

As I mentioned in my last post, the worship leader knows when they have fulfilled their job when the people actively participate in the worship. Since worship is our response to God, and Sunday morning is a corporate event, everyone needs to be actively participating in the worship. Arguably the most important aspect of your job is to invite the congregation to participate. When you make your decisions, consider whether the decisions will allow the congregation to participate.Read More »

How To Know When You Have Led Worship

How do I know if I have lead worship?Songbook_by_Davide_Restivo

This was the question I remember my Dad and I asking when we met to debrief our most recent worship service (my Dad was the pastor. How could we know if I, serving as the worship leader, had successfully done my job? This was my job, after all, and I wanted to do my job right and to do my job well. My Dad wanted a worship leader who lead worship “right” and lead worship “well”.

These questions were posed early in my high school years. It would not be until my later years of college that I believed there was an answer to this question. How I wish someone had been there to tell my Dad and I how we could know if I had fulfilled my task as a worship leader!Read More »

Worship and Mission: The Great Paradox

If you have lead worship anytime within the last ten years, you can probably relate to my experiences.

You are planning for the coming Sunday’s worship, and the pastor says, “We need to make this Sunday missional.”

Wait, what?
You are in a job interview for a worship leader position and the lead pastor says, “We are all about mission.”

So you are hiring a worship leader because…?

We have all been there. And quite frankly, these circumstances can be difficult to navigate. You beg
in to wonder, what am I doing? What is my purpose? I am a worship leader trying to serve in missional churches. Can I reconcile worship and mission?Read More »