46- Looking Back on a Bad or Good Year 2019

We have good years and bad years, tough ones and easy ones. So, worship leaders, this is our final pod this year until we kick off again in mid January, so we thought it would be a cool idea, and a bit of fun, to look back on the year that was, 2019.

Has 2019 Been a Good Year?

This has been a tough 12 months for many, especially those in ministry, but I believe the Lord has something great coming up in the year of vision, 2020!

Personally I have found 2019 to be among the toughest I have experienced in many ways, especially in ministry.  I don’t mind telling you that I am glad to see the back of 2019, and look ahead with great expectancy to what the Lord has for us in the future.

But this doesn’t mean that, if we count our blessings, 2019 has not been good.  We are, after all, still alive at the end of it, and that is good. However, many of us have found that it has been a tough, difficult slog this last 12 months, and so be the end of it many are telling me they are exhausted, disheartened and generally feeling low and flat.

It is OK to not be on top of the world all the time, right?  I have not found 2019 bad at all, just tough, and things that previously seemed easy have seemed hard and sometimes overwhelming, especially as the year wore on and we all got tired.  OK, maybe I am just getting old and tired myself, but sometimes things can feel overwhelming, and we need to just honestly tell the Lord how we are feeling and ask His help, direction and provision for the next season.

Let me leave you with this wonderful and inspiring scripture…

Habakkuk 3:17-18 New International Version (NIV)

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

So settle back and look back, rejoicing in the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly of 2019 in this last 12 minute pod this year…


45- Raising the Energy of a Worship Song

Raising the energy of a worship song should be a priority for all worship leaders.

Yes, But How Do You Raise the Energy of a Worship Song?

Worship songs, being corporate in nature, tend to be a little repetitive and often simple.  This means that, if your church has sung these songs several times before, there is a huge tendency to just sing them the same old way, the way you’ve done it time and time again in the past.

I know this bores many worship leaders and band members, but it also bores your congregation as well!  I mean, if you are not inspired byt the song, what makes you think the audience is going to be inspired?

But how do you do it?  What can you actually change in your song that takes it from an average, less than inspiring song to a song with tons of energy, loads of character and heaps of anointing?

There are actually secrets that really work, and in this podcast we are going to go through a number of techniques you can use, starting the Sunday, to transform a boring, also ran song into an inspiring, exciting and uplifting anthem of praise! You can learn how to transform an average worship song into a spiritual powerhouse… it’s not an impossibility, it is very achievable and not even that hard.

Take 12 minutes out of your day to check this out now… and glean your own ideas from what we share…  Implementing a few well-chosen techniques could make all the difference in the long run, and transform an ordinary, flat worship time into an incredible journey of blessing and the presence of God.  Discover the easy and fun ways to increase the energy of a worship song today by listening and applying this awesome info!


44- When It All Goes Wrong in Worship

As a worship leader., you’ve probably figured out that sometimes, despite all your preparation and rehearsal, it all goes wrong!

But Don’t Panic When It All Goes Wrong in Worship!

Even the best, even the pros have times when, despite all their preparation, skills and checking, things go wrong!

No matter who you are, how good you are, how experienced you might be or how much you pray, sometimes things just don’t happen the way we want.  It might be a power issue, a broken guitar string, a dodgy cable or something worse!

I’ve learned that the best worship leaders are not those who have talent, big capable teams or a massive reputation.  Many times the best worship leaders are those who can flow with changes and wing their way through potential disasters.

I hesitate to use the term “fake it til you make it”, but frankly sometimes this is a reality.  Accomplished worship leaders tend to be really good at doing this when things are getting grim!  I know, I’ve probably done it a thousand times, and mostly the audience had no idea!

I remember singing my own material, forgetting the starting words of one of my songs and making up and entire verse on the spot… rhyming and all!  No one knew, except my wife who commented that she really loved the new verse.  I was so panicked I could not remember a thing!  These are the time when you have to let go and flow with the Holy Spirit, and it takes courage and obedience to do this.

We want you to become that kind of worship leader.  Listen to this week’s 12-minute pod and learn some of the secrets to adapting, overcoming and even triumphing through the times when it all goes wrong, and how your congregation might not even realise that you’ve had these struggles!