Worship Team Tips

If you have the privilege of finding yourself on a worship team in a church responsible for the music on a weekend, there are some very simple things you can do to make life easier on your worship pastor or leader. Here are just a few of them… 1. Learn the parts Don’t waste your team’s time — prepare beforehand on your own time and come ready to rehearse!  Know the songs, know the arrangements and be ready to contribute at a higher level — warm up if you are a vocalist, tune up if you play an instrument, etc. 2. Show up. On time! As musicians and singers, it’s so easy to think you’ve done the right thing by showing up at all… that song that was running around your head sidetracked you, those lyrics you had to memorize, the latest song that just downloaded to your iTunes account that you just had to stop and listen to… The truth is though, as a musician you play on a team… there’s no room for lone rangers or late-comers. Respect others enough to turn up when you should and where you should — be punctual!  And if you have gear to set up, then arrive earlier! It won’t go unnoticed. 3. Take Lessons No matter how good you are, keep pushing the ceiling and keep getting better.  Not just in your leadership and Christian discipleship but in your skill, technique […]

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Desperate Worship

(Great thoughts by Adrian Carpenter…) Worship is the act of freely giving love to God. This forms and informs every activity of the Christian’s life. Worship can also be defined as a physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual expression of awe, submission, and respect toward God. Worship is important because we have been created to worship. We are “wired for worship.” Worship is in our genetic code. Therefore, we will worship God or we will worship something else. We worship by expressing adoration. We praise God simply for who He is. We worship by expressing thanksgiving. We give thanks for what He has done. We worship by confession. We acknowledge sin and guilt to a holy and righteous God. There are several phases of worship. The first phase is the Call to Worship. It’s like a declaration of intent. The second phase is Engagement. It is the electrifying dynamic of connection to God and each other. The third phase is Expression which is the physical, emotional, spiritual awakening to His presence. This phase can take the form of tears, laughter, jubilation, etc… The fourth phase is Visitation when Almighty God visits His people. It is important to recognize that Visitation is a by-product of worship. We worship not just for His presence but because He is worthy. The last phase of worship is the Giving of Substance. It is when we allow the Kingdom, the dynamic reign of God, to flow […]

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LEAD Worship

Worship leaders, when you’re leading people into worship through music, you’ve got their attention for 20 +/- minutes while you’re up there. I know I don’t have to explain the significance of the responsibility you carry. Or the weight that comes with being given the task of leading people into God’s presence. I know we’re all aware of that. But, what I do want to challenge you with is to make the most of the time you’ve got in front of your people. We can do so much more than to just lead the people to sing the songs we’re playing. So why not really step into leading them? Don’t always be content with just getting on stage and letting the music carry the worship set. Find those strategic moments where you can insert God’s Truth, God’s Word into their hearts. Whether it’s in the middle of a song, or setting up a song, or closing. Whatever. Prepare enough in advance to know what Scriptures you could use at certain points in your set. Think and pray through what you’re going to say before getting up there. The Holy Spirit can move just as much in your preparation as he can on stage in the moment. So why not be prepared on the front end, and then be open to his leading when your up there? We challenge ourselves in this area a lot. We think through every transition we […]

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Top 10

Here’s the 10 most used songs (in no particular order) that we did at Journey Church in 2008… 1. Mighty to Save – Hillsong United 2. Salvation is Here – Hillsong United 3. The Highest & The Greatest – Tim Hughes 4. Your Grace is Enough – Chris Tomlin 5. Beautiful Jesus – Kristian Stanfill 6. Everlasting God – Chris Tomlin 7. Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall 8. All Because of Jesus – Steve Fee 9. Glorious One – Steve Fee 10. Came to Save – Jon Lloyd

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