30- Sound Mixing Disasters

Sound mixing disasters are a clear and danger when worship leading, so this 12 minutes, we want to look at how you can quickly and effectively deal with sound, and the possible disasters you might face.

Sound Mixing Disasters can Ruin Your Whole Day!

Any time you deal with sound gear, there is always a possibility that something could go wrong.  You know what I mean… those annoying buzzes, clicks, pops and the dreaded earth loop, that low drone that can ruin everything!

Now some of these problems are due to aging gear, so keeping your sound gear in tip-top shape can minimise the problems.  If you do run into problems, diagnosing what the issue is, a lead, the desk, a particular instrument, is often a long, involved and very frustrating exercise!

Some sound issues are due to “operator error,” and these can be a cause of much distress, panic, and bad blood in the worship team.  If your sound tech is inexperienced, or if they panic, then once again sound can become an unmitigated disaster.  This is also true of the sound guys who are perpetual fiddlers… trust me, I could write a book on the times I’ve had to deal with these guys!

So how do you deal with these sound mixing disasters effectively, kindly and in a way that keeps everyone happy, but still produces excellent results? How do you do so without upsetting, discouraging or making an enemy of the sound person.  And trust me, you want your sound team onside, not as an enemy.  Remember, these guys can make your worship leading, or destroy it, so be nice, be patient and be godly in all your dealings with them, no matter how frustrated you become!


This worship leader podcast is a must for every single worship leader who wants to lead worship powerfully, and peacefully! Tune in and find out all about it in just 12 minutes in today’s podcast!


29- Items and Solos

Items and solos can play a big part in worship leading.

Items and Solos can be Part of Worship

There is something about a solo that can reach right into the hearts of the listeners. As a worship leader, you can use this unique ability to touch the hearts of your congregation.

A solo voice often creates an intimate atmosphere.  So why not harness this power and use items from your worship team to bypass people’s heads and connect with their hearts.

And this item can be a part of the worship.  It might be a worship song, a song that someone in the team has written, or it might be a Christian song. this gives your team the chance to express their talent, and it also blesses those who are listening.

And listen people will. There’s such power in worship leading, and when you combine this with items or solos, you can enhance the effects.  A solo voice, even just introducing a song in the worship set, makes it extremely personal, and many people will stop singing themselves and start listening and opening their hearts.

So listen to this podcast and learn how you can use items and solos to reach into the heart of your audience, and thereby lead them closer to the Lord in worship…


28- Free Worship

Free worship is worship that you do freely, that is with little or no structure.

Free Worship Can Really be Free

Some worship teams find this easy, and for some it is absolutely never going to happen. Many churches and worship leaders are uncomfortable with the whole concept of open worship, but let me ask a question, is it something we should be terrified of?

Worship should just be an expression of the heart, our heartfelt love for our Lord flowing freely.  However, most of what we do in worship leading is more about structure or performance than it is about freedom.

The thing is, most of us are a little uncomfortable with situations we cannot control. Losing control is not a thing we enjoy, so the prospect of worship unbridled and free is, well let’s just say, slightly uncomfortable.  We’re a bit like Michal watching David dancing and worshipping before the ark of the covenant.

2 Samuel 6:16
As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart.

Yet, as this podcast explores, we really have nothing to fear about free or open worship. It doesn’t have to be weird, tongues, or out of control at all. It doesn’t have to be prolonged, but just a few bars for people to worship without constraint is doable, no matter how conservative the church. You can have freedom in your worship and you can make free worship an acceptable part of your church worship today.

Learn more about free worship and how you can begin to see real freedom in your church worship in a way that almost every church will accept and enjoy, in this 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast…


27- What to Wear Worship Leading

Deciding what to wear worship leading can actually have a big effect on how your ministry is received by the congregation.

But How Do You Know What to Wear?

Fashion being what it is, worship leaders wearing different and modern forms of fashion can be quite strong reactions from especially older members of the church.  While many worship leaders try and look trendy, some of the older folk really find what we wear quite offensive.

So how can you wear something that is cool and modern, if you have a congregation full of old and old fashioned people?

Is a suit and tie the preferred option? (Oh, I certainly hope not!!!) What about jeans with rips in them?

What we wear can open the hearts of people, or it can close them down.  It can cause some to reject our ministry, even if the ministry is great because they cannot get over the way we are dressed.

Of course, a lot of this depends upon who you, and where your church is ministering.  I mean, a suit and tie are probably not going to work with a youth church and ripped jeans may not fly with an elderly congregation.

Another consideration, mainly for the ladies, is wearing clothing that is suggestive or provocative.  I’ll admit, as a middle-aged male I rarely have to think about such things, but certainly, some of you young beautiful ladies may have to give some thought to what to wear when worship leading.

So if you want to make the right impression as you lead worship in church, and if you want your ministry to be well received right across the various age groups, then this could be a super important 12 minutes for worship leaders podcast.

And for those of you, like me, who can tend to dress a little shabbily, it could start a great discussion with your other half about fashion and may involve a trip to the local mall to get that shirt, or pants, or dress that you’ve always wanted!  Enjoy, and have a good think about what to wear when you next lead worship…