19- Make a Song your Own

Most of us can play music or sing, and we can hear songs on Youtube, read a chord chart and play the song. However, if that is all you do with music, then you are missing out on the greatest inspiration you could have… making a song your own.

How to Make a Song Your Own

So what do we mean by make a song your own?  It means doing it in a way that is unique, that is inspired, that is something you can make the song into.

So rather than just reproduce what the band on Youtube does, why not adapt it to suit your style and musical tastes.

If you want to play a song in church, and you only want to do it exactly how the CD does it, then why not just play the CD in church?  I mean, why spend countless hours just trying to reproduce what someone else has done?  You are better than that!  God has given you a creative spirit, and with a few select changes, you can make a song into something special, into your own version, full of God-given creativity and inspiration.

In this 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast you will learn how to make a song your very own, and be inspired to change things to create inspired and wonderful worship songs, different and even better than the ones on YouTube or the latest CD.  You can give these songs a different style, different feel and a different structure than the ones the bands play.  And here’s the crazy thing… that same band, the one you are watching on the internet, they will play the same song differently next week!

So if you want to explore a whole new area, if you want to supercharge your worship and do worship in a new and inspired way, then this is a great pod to listen to…


18- Are Smoke Machines and Laser Lights Necessary

Smoke Machines and Laser Lights are often used as part of the modern church worship experience.  Now if you go to a secular conference or concert, you will see the same thing… Smoke and Laser Lights everywhere, providing a spectacular and exciting show.

But are Smoke Machines and Laser Lights Necessary for Great Worship?

I often hear people jokingly say, “The presence of God was not in church this morning because the smoke machine was broken.”

Now, this may be a joke of sorts, but if you go to most modern churches, you can see the point.  Many are magnificent spectacles, lights, lasers, smoke, darkened rooms, and one wonders whether people can actually worship God without all that stuff.

And I must confess, I actually like all that spectacular stuff!  I love the excitement and visual stimulation that incredible presentations like this provide. However, I do not for a moment believe that we need anything technical to usher in the presence of God in worship.

That’s what this podcast is all about… We ask the big question, Do we need smoke machines and laser lights to truly worship, and if we don’t, why do so many churches use them? Is it that we need to relate to the young generation?  Is it that we feel the need to hide substandard worship behind smoke and mirrors?  Are they just great fun, and they catch the attention of a world seemingly obsessed with shiny objects, more and more spectacular films and shows and anything new and, well, laserish?

Whether your church is a laser and smoke lovin’ place or not, check out this slightly controversial podcast.  In all seriousness, we are not just slamming lasers and smoke, but we are suggesting that if your church cannot afford such a visual display, then genuine, heartfelt and powerful worship will attract people more than smoke, lasers and a spectacular performance.


17- The Bible in Your Worship Leading Life

Using the Bible in your worship leading is important, not only in your personal walk with God but also on stage.

Why Use the Bible in Your Worship Leading?

The bible should be a huge part of the life of every believer, whether they are on stage or off stage.  The Bible is not some ancient book covered in dust we like to read. No, the Bible is, to quite the Bible itself,

Hebrews 4:12 New International Version (NIV)

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

So we wanted to do a podcast refocusing our many worship leaders back onto a pivotal part of leadership, and being a Christian.  Using the Bible in your worship leading life will energise, transform and empower not only your ministry, but every aspect of your life.

And to help you in this regard, we want to give away our Bible reading program, which takes you through the entire Bible in just one year, by only reading 2 chapters a day.  How is this possible?  We hit the highlights only, and keep the passages moving and exciting, enabling you to invest just 5-10 minutes per day and cover all the important aspects of the Bible in just one year.


Sometimes we get so involved in the music and presentation of our worship, that we forget the pivotal role that the Bible must play in our lives. We can use the Word of God between songs, we can make sure our songs are accurate, and we can live each day with the power of God’s Word leading and influencing us.

So settle back and invest 12 minutes into making the Bible the central part of your life, both on and off stage…


16- Dealing with High Emotions in the Worship Team

Dealing with High Emotions in the Worship Team is never easy, but this 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast could really help.

High Emotions in the Worship Team can Kill Unity

Let’s face it, musicians and singers can be people of high emotions at times.  They are passionate, they are gifted, and frankly they are often intolerant of others, especially is others are less gifted than they are!

High emotions in the worship team, especially if you have gifted people, is almost par for the course.  We get so passionate about our craft, about our songs, our arrangements, our gifts.

But as you will discover when you listen to this 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast, no amount of gifting, no amount of talent justifies the poor treatment of other team members.

So many singers and musicians consider themselves gifted and look down upon others who seem to be less gifted that they are.  Thing is, Jesus did not call us to be gifted, He called us to be servants.  No matter your gifting, no matter how talented you might be, there is no excuse for treating people badly.

Unity, after all, should be the central part of our worship team. But high emotions, things like anger and frustration, are used by the enemy to ruin unity.  And there is nothing like music to make emotions run high, and to quickly and effectively destroy unity!

Most worship leaders, in fact, all worship leaders, are going to have to deal with this at some time!  So, do not be surprised by the high emotions in the worship team that threatens to disrupt what God is doing. Listen to this podcast, learn how to deal with the problems ahead of time, detect and meet the high emotions and potentially save your worship team and the unity your team needs to be truly effective leading worship…


15- How to Hit the Vocal High Notes

Hitting vocal high notes is a challenge for every singer. If you are a singer, then this is a podcast you will not want to miss.  And I am guessing that most of you singers out there would love to stretch your vocal range so you can tackle the high notes with confidence, right?

Every Singer Wants to Hit the Vocal High Notes

Vocal expert Erick, and serial vocal abuser Darin take you through some of the awesome techniques they use to hit the high notes, so tune in and listen to this 12 minutes designed for singers to help them become better at what they do.

The thing is, no matter what your standard as a singer, there are always things you can do that will help you reach your full potential. Sometimes you can even change the entire range you have, hitting vocal high notes that you have ever hit before.

It is possible, it is achievable, and this 12-minute podcast can be a game changer when it comes to your vocal range. How do I know? I know because I have done it myself (this is Darin speaking).

Over the years, I have stretched my vocal range from fairly deep baritone to a rich tenor, but this 12-minute podcast can show you shortcuts that can help you achieve the range of vocals that you want to achieve. Plus, you will have a load of fun and a few laughs along the way.  Believe it or not, stretching towards a higher vocal range can actually be fun!

So singers, what are you waiting for?  Do not be content with an average range, when you can do something to achieve the vocal high notes you dream of.

Check it out now and let this 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast give you the vocal range you always dreamed of.