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3 Strategies Of Doing Less So You Can Do More

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:23:12 +0000

One of the ironies of leadership – whether you’re a worship leader, a senior pastor or in any kind of position where you are leading people – is that success typically results in complexity not simplicity. A worship leader grows their worship team and now has to manage scheduling multiple worship leaders and multiple worship teams. More complex, not more simple. A senior pastor whose church is growing has to sustain new ministry programs, multiple worship services and perhaps launching new sites. More complex, not more simple. Success isn’t wrong and complexity isn’t necessarily bad but unchecked complexity will quickly be the downfall of what was once success. Success leads to complexity. Complexity undermines success. As leaders, how do we push and pray for success while at the same time remaining focused on the key things God has called us to in our ministry? How do we raise up new leaders while personally maintaining visionary direction over the areas we have been tasked with leading? How do I as an individual stay close to Jesus and connected to the source of my leadership and my effectiveness so that I don’t burn out? I’ve been thinking about this and working on […]

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Write Worship Songs: 10 Steps from Inspiration to Completion

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 06:00:30 +0000

A few years ago I wrote a series of posts focused on help you write worship songs for your church. As much as I love to lead worship and equip leaders, I love writing songs and being part of a church community that love to work together on songs for our church to sing. Of course we sing songs from Hillsong or Bethel or Chris Tomlin or Elevation because those are opportunities to join in with the church around the world in a unified song of praise to God. But there are also some songs that our church needs to sing that nobody else can write for us. God is doing things globally which can be sung through our collective songs but God is also doing things locally which need to be sung in unique ways by your own church. To help you with this I’ve gathered all ten of these posts as a guide “from inspiration to completion” on how to write worship songs and it’s available now here as an immediate PDF download: Worship leaders wear many hats and one of the things we get asked to do is write worship songs for our churches. This is a […]

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10 Questions Pastors Didn’t Have To Ask 10 Years Ago

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:06:34 +0000

No value judgements, no statement on whether these are good or wise or helpful questions. So much has changed over the past 10 years that what was present only in the biggest, most forward thinking churches is now possible in almost any church in most of the world. As we lead in a new world and raise up new leaders who will lead in new ways we haven’t even dreamed of, we all have new questions we have to ask. The beauty of change is that we’re forced to wrestle with what we do and how we do it and sometimes asking new questions reveals better and more effective ways to reach more people with the gospel. So, pastors, what questions are you asking now that you didn’t have to ask 10 years ago? Here are some that I hear pastors asking today: Should we have one Facebook page for our whole church or one for each ministry? How do we deliver teaching by video to each of our campuses? Are we okay with our musicians reading sheet music off their iPad when they play with the worship team? How can we use YouVersion to help people in our church read the Bible […]

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Best Apps for Worship Leaders – 2017 edition

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:41:51 +0000

Technology has been both a blessing and a curse for worship leaders. What we can are able to do now in our worship services is at the same time easier and more complex. Our phones and tablets can now carry so much of the work which took so much time before. We also have so much new technology at our fingertips that it can be hard to sort through it all and find the ones which are genuinely helpful. As technology improves we can now find different and new ways to do our jobs as worship leaders. The goal is not to use as much technology but to find the right apps and tools to help us do our job better. It’s hard to imagine what we’re able to do with these small devices in the palm of our hand but at the same time there are so many apps out there how do you even begin to find the best ones?? I first released this ebook in 2014, a revised edition in 2016 and now and updated version for 2017 with the best iPhone, iPad and Android apps for worship leaders.   I’ve compiled my new Best Apps for Worship Leaders: […]

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Identifying and Developing Young Leaders

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:18:53 +0000

One of the responsibilities of leadership is not only to lead but also to identify, inspire, motivate and develop future leaders. Helping others see the potential of their own leadership – even when they may not see it themselves! – is an incredible privilege we have as leaders. Face it, you have not always been the leader you are now and at some point you were given an opportunity to step forward in a new way. Someone saw something in you that made them think you were worth investing in. And now you get to pass that on and do the same for someone else. And remember, all leaders are temporary. Whatever role you’re in now – whether you’re a worship leader or pastor – you won’t be there forever. Your time will come to an end with a new opportunity or a new position and someone will need to take your place. What better way to ensure that your successor continues your work in the direction you’ve set than to raise up that leader yourself! But how do you identify who these potential leaders could be? Especially if you’re at a small church it may just come down to […]

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Who Chooses The Songs We Sing?

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:59:19 +0000

Over the years as a worship leader I’ve had all kinds of relationships with the pastors I worked for and the teams I led. Almost always those relationships have been fantastic and have been the fertile ground where God was able to grow His work in the lives of people in our church. One of the key relational dynamics between senior pastor and worship leader is figuring out how songs are chosen for the church to sing in worship services. Is song choice up to the senior pastor? Does the worship leader get to choose the songs? Who gets to make the final call when there’s a disagreement or lack of clarity around what songs should be sung? I’ll preface this by saying that in some churches there is very little decision-making to be done. Either because of liturgical requirements or sometimes depending on the philosophy in a multi-site church the worship leader of that congregation really has no input at all in song choice. But in the majority of modern evangelical churches the responsibility for song choice in a worship service is going to fall somewhere on a spectrum between the worship leader/pastor and the senior pastor. Let me […]

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Build a Worship Team Audition System for your Church

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 04:19:14 +0000

One question that comes to me all the time for worship leaders and senior pastors is how to build an audition system for your church worship team. The concept isn’t difficult – identify people, give them an opportunity with some kind of evaluation – but it’s the details of worship team auditions that people get stuck on. I’m here to help you! Since being in full-time worship ministry in 2003 I have auditioned hundreds of musicians and we’ve now developed a system that identifies the best musicians, helps them succeed, builds your worship team and keeps you as a worship leader from going crazy! Before I lay out the full plan it’s important to get this analogy. I love baseball. Do you love baseball? Even if you don’t you’re probably familiar with the way that baseball teams can build their roster. Generally there are three ways – you make trades, you sign free agents and you draft young players. Now a worship team is not a baseball team but the analogy is helpful when we think about the idea of what kind of team do we want to build? Over time your team will take on some characteristics and one […]

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New Year’s Evolutions

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:10:32 +0000

So the year is wrapping up, we’re all looking back and remembering our successes and failures of the last 12 months. Some of you are filled with joy and pride because of what you’ve been able to accomplish this year and some of you are disappointed, frustrated and wondering where you go from here. Enter.. New Year’s Resolutions! All of a sudden we feel like we can go from success to success or from zero to hero simply by placing some magnificent goal in front of us and committing to that behaviour for 365 days. Whether it’s the number of books we read, how much we pray, how many times we work out or how many Bible verses we memorize there is this attraction to new behaviour at this time of year which tempts us with the promise of new results and new success. I’m not here to rain on your resolution parade but if you are part of the 92% of people who fail to keep their New Year’s Resolution through to completion let me offer you an alternative. New Year’s Evolution. Don’t think resolution, think evolution. Why charge out of the gate with a commitment to read one book a week […]

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3 Creativity Hacks for Normal People

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:16:55 +0000

Everyone’s looking for a shortcut. Everyone’s looking for a way to get more bang for their buck. Everyone’s looking for opportunities to come up with new ideas and new solutions. Creativity is one of those mechanisms that helps us go from obstacle to output but where do these creative ideas come from? One of the fallacies of creativity is that people who are labelled as creative have access to some secret stash of inspiration that’s not available to the rest of the mortal world. Whatever it is that you find to be the most inspirational for your creative output – nature, technology, conversations, art – is the same inspiration that is available to the people who are known as the most creative. Inspiration is not the difference. Attention is the difference. If you want to be more creative, you have to pay more attention. I wish there was more of a shortcut than that but there really isn’t. Once you pay attention you begin to see new things, think new things, dream new things. You begin to see patterns and connections between events or songs or words that you didn’t see before. You begin to understand what it is that impacts people beyond the […]

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There Are No Creatives. We Are All Creatives.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:21:44 +0000

I’ve been thinking lots lately about creativity – what exactly that means and how that word has been segmented down to a class of people we call creatives who seem to be this magical breed of human who come up with bizarre ideas and want to test them out on people. Creativity seems to be this magical ability of these unicorns known as creatives who can conjure up weird, wacky and wild ideas that get our attention in ways that a powerpoint presentation just can’t. And yet at the same time we get nervous around these people known as creatives and we love their output but not always their input and so creativity becomes this hocus pocus that happens with some cauldron in a backroom and the expectation that these creatives will be able to conjure the right spell to present a video, a song, a graphic, a fill-in-the-blank that will help the powerpoint presentation make sense. But how does the adjective of creativity get turned into the noun of creative? How did we get to the place where creativity has been simplified down to describe only the group of people who are able to produce some kind of creative work? Creative has become a […]

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