“3P” Model of Worship Leadership

This is one of those articles that afterward, you realize you already do these things but that categorizing your activities in this way may benefit your leadership. Using this model to categorize worship or liturgical leadership offers a neat and tidy way to think through the leadership process. This is the “3P” model of worship leadership.Read More »

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(Worship Leaders,) Feed My Sheep

Odds are many of our readers are familiar with the story of Jesus and Peter sitting near the edge of the water after breakfast when Jesus addresses Peter. Three times Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” And three times Peter says “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus responds, “Feed my lambs”, “Tend my sheep”, and “Feed my sheep”.

What does this mean for worship leaders?Read More »

Leading Worship In The Busy Times

This time of year may just be the busiest time of year. Late Spring turn to Summer finds all sorts of events going on, from finals and graduations to weddings and vacations, it seems to all go down and at the same time. My wife and I have been no exception! As I sit down to write my first post in a few weeks, I thought that addressing worship leading during in the busy times would be appropriate.Read More »

A Manifestation of Ancient-Future at an Ordination

Last week I had the blessing to be in Tulsa, Oklahoma to participate in the consecration (or ordination) service for the newest bishop for my denomination.  The service was very beautiful and one I won’t forget.  Even as I sit and write this a week later I can still sense the ripples of what I experienced that evening.  I want to try to paint a picture of it for you…Read More »

You Can Learn to Lead Worship

Today, I am going to make the case that worship leading is a practice. This interdisciplinary skill can be learned. Certainly some in the Body may be gifted in worship leading, some maybe for just a season of life. However, since worshiping is humanity’s primary purpose and the Church’s primary act, the act of worship leading can be learned at a basic level.Read More »

When Your Congregation Is In The Valley

For as much as I stress planning and intentionally when leading worship, sometimes last-minute adjustments need to be executed. Sometimes, they are made in the moment. I had taken the Doxology (Old Hundredth) and added some jazz chords and progressions. With the swing and a tempo that kept the melody moving, the arrangement brought out the exclamatory dynamic of the classic praise hymn. The worship service had gone according to plan, but took a drastic turn right before the closing song, the Doxology.

Since we were still a small church, we still invited those who had gathered together to share their prayer and praises publically. Person after person shared occasions for prayer and tragedy. The tone of worship shifted greatly. The jazz arrangement was no longer appropriate. Instead, I called an audible, into the microphone no less, announcing unbeknownst to the music team, that we were going to close by singing the Doxology acapella.Read More »

Journeys in Worship: Seasons of Faith, Pt. 2

The Bishop's Corner

Last week we looked at the first part of the Church calendar.  This week I’d like to finish that thought and consider potential “next steps.”

As mentioned last week, Robert Webber divides the Church calendar into two sections: the “cycle of light” and the “cycle of life.” (See Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Time)  The cycle of light contains the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany – all of which have some aspect of revelation, or “light shining in the darkness,” (John 1:5) aspect to them.  The cycle of life is the result of the cycle of light; you could say it is the manifestation of the revelation.  Webber notes,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 »