10 Worship Leading Tips

The title says it all. Here are 10 tips on being a worship leader. Share some of your tips in the comments section below!Read More »

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The Best CCM Album You’ve Forgotten About

At this point in the history of TalkingWorship.com, most of our readers serve in an evangelical context that utilizes a rock band formation for their worship music. With this in mind, I thought I would share what I believe to be the best Contemporary Christian Music Album that you have probably forgotten about, for whatever the reason. Today, however, I am going to bring this album back to the forefront of your mind.Read More »

Music Tells the Story: Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers”

Yesterday my wife and I had the opportunity to listen to the Wichita Chamber Chorale perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas. The cathedral filled out very well and one could sense the anticipation from the audience.

The performance easily ranks as one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Combined with the spectacular acoustics in the cathedral, the chorale soothed our ears and filled our souls.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 »

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 »

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 »