Welcome!

For a long time I have been thinking it would be great to have a place to put random thoughts about worship leading that have been helpful to me over the years. This site will become a collection of those, including articles to download.

The intent here is to be a training and equipping site for those eager to learn more about worship and worship leading. I hope you will be blessed!

Mark

A Worship Leader’s Guide to Not Leading Worship

ON-STAGE

[Guest post from Mike O’Brien]

Whether you are a volunteer or paid worship leader, your influence within the community is operating both on and off stage. What you choose to do and don’t do will impact your teams, future leaders, and your own family. Let’s consider a wider realm of influence for our key leaders, one that takes into account more than just the “worship leading” role, which is vital. Leaders, consider these questions:

  • Do your teams get a chance to see you follow or are you always the boss?
  • Do you intentionally plan time away from the stage?
  • Does your church culture reward rest and simply being present?
  • When was the last time you took communion or received prayer at the altar? Are you always playing music or fixing issues?

(Read more…)

 

12 Questions We Must Ask About A Worship Leader

Small-Boy-and-Red-Guitar[Guest article from my friend Dan Wilt]

I’ve had the privilege of serving for over 25 years as a pastor, worship leader, and worship leader trainer. In that time I’ve also had the privilege of developing many worship leaders one-on-one, in groups, and online, who were at different levels of maturity and skill.

I’ve worked one-on-one and life-to-life with 4-5 worship leaders, very closely with at least 80-90 worship leaders (in live, extended mentoring situations), and less intimately with a few thousand other worship leaders through online training experiences. At some point, I settled in on what I was looking to see in a beginning worship leader, and what I was looking to see in someone who was wanting to mature as a worship leader.

Here are some ideas from my experience that may help you – whether you are a pastor, worship leader, or a developer of worship leaders. (read more…)

TEN SIGNS OF A GOOD WORSHIP LEADER

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[Guest post by Mark C Cole, worshipteamtraining.com]

How do you know if you are a good worship leader? You may think, well I’m just a singer, musician, audio-tech or pastor, but there is more to leading a song than what you realize. You are leading souls to the throne; and the most effective way is to be led first by the Holy Spirit and in the love of Jesus. Otherwise, you just become a clanging cymbal.

Below, are ten telling signs of what it takes to be a good leader of worship. (Read more…)

How to Identify a Worship Leader

Worship-LeaderHero[Great article from the Vineyard Church Planting web site on what to look for in a worship leader. By Becky Pechek.]

After the lead church planter, one of the very first people you want on a church planting team is a worship leader. And continuing to raise up new worship leaders is bread and butter to a growing church. Why? Because we want people to learn to experience and respond to God deeply and intimately in our churches. Musical worship is a key tool for nurturing a church that regularly and authentically encounters and is transformed by God’s presence in the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, it is probably a good idea to know what to look for when you are hoping to recruit and raise up new worship leaders. What might be some key characteristics of a potential worship leader? (Read more…)

When It’s Time to Let a Song Die

congregation-640x335[From collaborateworship.com]

I do my best to be led by the Holy Spirit when selecting songs for my congregation, but there have been many times that my personal preference has gotten in the way. I sincerely thought my song selection was spirit-led, but soon found out that it was just something I enjoyed listening to.

Maybe you have been there? You know, that time when you were so excited to introduce the new song to your congregation…and then it fell flat. They all just stared at you with a confused look. (Read more…)

Accessibility In Worship

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[Guest post by Brian Doerksen]

In the past few years, our societies have made huge strides to make public places more accessible to those with special needs. People with wheelchairs, hearing difficulties etc. can enjoy a lot more events and places than ever before. I think that is great. Sometimes as a worship leader I need to ask some of the same questions that brought about change for access in the places we live. Is our worship accessible for all, is it accessible for those who are not primarily artistic or mystical? (Read more…)

WORSHIP TEAMS: YOUR RELATIONSHIPS MATTER

hands[From an article by Mark Altrogge] Eventually all of us will be in heaven worshiping Jesus together before his throne. Side by side. So how is it that so often believers won’t work out their differences? How can we not obey Jesus’ commands to go to one another and be reconciled? How can it be that so many believers will have nothing to do with one another? I know leaders who once were on the same team together who today won’t speak to each other. How can this be? It is so grieving to God when his children remain unreconciled and don’t work out their differences. It grieves the Spirit of God when believers are divided. Read more…