328- The Five Ps of Preparation for Worship Leading

Preparation for worship leading is an important part of any worship leading ministry.

Why Bother with Preparation for Worship Leading?

Now I know many of us worship leaders consider ourselves the Kings of Wing, but even for the most free flowing person, preparation for worship leading is still applicable.  Some are meticulous, planning every aspect of leading worship. Others are like Darin, floating along making things up as we go and “shooting from the hip.”

OK, somewhere in the middle is a balance, where we can be flowing with the Holy Spirit but where adequate preparations have been made.

Even the free-flowing guys like myself will definitely benefit from preparation for worship leading.  Wise leaders will prepare well, but still be ready to flow when it is necessary.  preparation and freedom are not mutually exclusive!

So in this podcast we want to look at the ways we can prepare for our ministry.  We examine this on a personal level, how each leader can prepare their heart to minister more effectively, but we also look at it on a team level, how you can prepare your team to up their game and lead more powerful, more anointed worship than ever before.

As a leader, we need to be the ones who are stepping up and making the commitment to excellence in our worship teams, and preparation is a huge part of this.  It also means that we can share this information with others and see them rise up to be the worship leaders they long to be!

So instead of floating along and making things up as you go, listen to this pod and learn how to prepare and lay the groundwork for your ministry.  Remember, preparation can make even the best of flowing people even better.

Settle back, prepare your heart and listen to this podcast believing that the right preparation for worship leading can build a more powerful, more highly anointed ministry to your people!


327- Is it OK to Visit Other Churches?

Is it OK to visit other churches, or if you do is it an act of disloyalty?

Be Honest if You Want to Visit Other Churches

This is a controversial and uncomfortable question, so the pod team thought we should have a balanced and serious look at this.

Many worship leaders feel guilty if they skip one of their church services and visit another church, mainly because we tend to visit larger, more successful churches than our own.  Is this guilt justified?  Should we tell others, or just sneak around on our own?

Erick and Darin share real-life experiences they have had visiting other churches and discuss the ethical and moral implications for those who do take a week out from their church and their responsibilities to check out other churches.

Clearly, we all can learn from other churches.  As a worship leader, I am constantly learning from watching other worship leaders and other worship teams in an effort to improve my praise and worship leading. Attending another church can add to this experience.

You can also visit other churches when you are away on holidays, and this is one way to glean useful information without the guilty conscience!

However, there are times when some worship leaders (not you of course!) go to another church to connect with their pastor and potentially open the door to a better worship leader position.  As the team discusses today, this is definitely not an OK reason to visit another church!

Oh, and we also discuss what you should say to your pastor.  In the end, honesty is always best, but you can share your heart without upsetting or becoming a threat to the leadership.

So settle back and listen to the worship leader podcast as we discuss this important issue.  If you’ve ever wanted to check out another church, this is a very important podcast for you…


326- The Secret Source of Worship Leading Power

We are all after the “secret sauce”, so what is the secret source of worship leading power?

The Secret Source or Worship Leading Power

Many successful products have some kind of secret attached to them.  KFC has their 11 herbs and spices, McDonalds has their Big Mac sauce.  Many other products have something secret that they do not talk about, but which makes all the difference.

So today we ask the question, what is the secret something that makes the difference between nice music and mind-blowing worship?

We have all seen it before… some great musicians and singers, pretty good songs, but while it may be a great performance, you cannot sense worship leading power that draws you closer to God.  Then again, you might have an average team of musicians and slightly dodgy singers, and suddenly the heavens open and you experience genuine, Holy Spirit inspired worship leading power.

This is not completely random!  While I always advocate training hard and being the best singer or musician you can be, sheer ability is not the secret sauce!

Song choices, talent, being nice, even Bible study is not the secret source of worship leading power.  No, there is something else, something more elusive perhaps, but tangible enough that many worship leaders discover and apply this sauce and get tasty results every time!

This podcast is a look behind the scenes at what really is the source of worship leading power in your ministry.  It takes a frank and compelling look at the various methods we try to make our worship leading better.  It also reveals what our team believes is the secret sauce, the thing which gives worship leading its true power and anointing.

So don’t miss this exciting podcast, and make sure that every time you lead you are touching lives and seeing people worship deeply.  There is a secret source of worship leading power, and it is yours to explore…



325- Gearing for Growth

Are you gearing for growth in your worship team?

Gearing for Growth is Important

If you are not growing in your worship team, and in your ministry, then you are often going backward!  Growth is a normal and healthy part of team development, and so it is important that you constantly look ahead and dream of the future and the growth of your ministry…

Philippians 3:13-14 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The best worship teams continue to grow and develop over time, and while you want to see stability and commitment from your team members, stagnation is not what you want to see in your worship.  So are you gearing for growth, are you stuck in a rut (which is just a grave with the ends knocked out after all)?

In this podcast, we look at not only the growth of your worship team but also of your worship ministry.  Are you growing in the things of the Lord, and are you growing in your ministry, getting better and better, and getting more anointed and powerful as the years go by.  With the years of experience our team has, we are still always looking to grow and improve everything we do.

So grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and sit back and enjoy this week’s pod.  It’s time to forget what is behind and concentrate on what is ahead, straining towards excellence and gearing for growth in your team and in your own personal walk with God.

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