“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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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 »

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 »

Planning the Next Series

Every church follows a rhythm in time. Major decisions often center on the pattern that we create. For many evangelical churches, our church follows the time of sermon series. Often 4-6 weeks in length, these series are often topical and strive to offer practical advice for living the Christian life.

The question for worship leaders who serve at these churches is this: how do I plan for these monthly series? A couple of weeks ago we looked at what planning each week may look like for an evangelical worship leader. This week we are going to look at a slightly larger picture, how to plan for the next sermon series.Read More »

Journeys in Worship: The Service

Last week I shared about my first experience leading a worship service.  This week I want to turn our attention to a few specific things of the many I have encountered and learned in the intervening years.  I am couching them as the “journeys in worship”: things that can, to paraphrase The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, lead us “further up and further in” to a relationship with God and his Church.  These journeys not only lead the congregation on a “journey within a journey” (i.e. the Christian faith), they also ask the Church to live within a constant rhythm of God’s loving, salvific story.Read More »

Learning to Lead

Hello!  My name is Ryan Mackey.  I am a new contributor to TalkingWorship.com.  I am very excited and honored to share life with the TW community.  For my first post I want to share how I began leading congregational singing:

My first time leading a worship service was my junior year in college. Even though I’d been part of my church’s music team since I was in high school I had not led. At this college there was a Wednesday morning chapel service and a small Sunday evening worship service in a multi-purpose room/black box theatre; shortly after the semester started I began playing rhythm guitar and singing harmony in the small worship team.  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 »