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A monthly podcast for Worship Leaders and worship teams. Practical training to help you and your teams excel musically, theologically and pastorally. For more content for worship leaders, worship pastors, music directors and worship team members visit www.worshipministrytraining.com

A monthly podcast for Worship Leaders and worship teams. Practical training to help you and your teams excel musically, theologically and pastorally. For more content for worship leaders, worship pastors, music directors and worship team members visit www.worshipministrytraining.com
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A monthly podcast for Worship Leaders and worship teams. Practical training to help you and your teams excel musically, theologically and pastorally. For more content for worship leaders, worship pastors, music directors and worship team members visit www.worshipministrytraining.com






FF - Play Selflessly, Not Selfishly

Video and Transcript: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/play-selflessly-not-selfishly More resources at: www.worshipministrytraining.com


15 Tips To Improve Your Public Speaking On Stage

Speaking onstage can be a daunting task (in many polls it’s identified as humanity’s number one fear). And yet a huge part of the worship leader’s role today involves public speaking. The good news is that, just like anything in life, with practice and intention, you can improve your public speaking ability. A skilled orator can lift people’s eyes, imaginations, and hearts to the throne of God, invoking awe, wonder, and worship. In this short episode I give 15 tips to help you grow in your...


FF - BE What You Want To SEE In The Team

Link to video and transcript: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/be-what-you-want-to-see-in-the-team More content at: www.worshipministrytraining.com


#FF - Why I Don't Want You To Make Mistakes

Video and Transcript available here: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/why-i-dont-want-you-to-make-mistakes More content available at www.worshipministrytraining.com


Ending The Worship Wars Over Style w/ Mike Harland

Many churches struggle, fight, and (often) even split over musical style and preferences. This is a sad reality, because music is a gift to build the church, not a weapon to destroy it. In this month’s episode I talk with Mike Harland, the Director Lifeway Worship about what caused the “Worship Wars” of the 80’s and 90’s, how the fallout is still affecting us today, and how we can move beyond it to shepherd our people with music that transcends genre and points people to Christ. If you’re...


#FF - Lips and Hearts

Video and Transcript available here: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/lips-and-hearts More content available at www.worshipministrytraining.com


#FF - Focus In The Age of Distraction

Video and Transcript available here: https://ccsbworship.weebly.com/blog/focus-friday-1-focus More content available at www.worshipministrytraining.com


Navigating Ministry Transitions w/ Mack Brock (Elevation Worship)

At some point in your ministry life you will transition out of your current role and into something new. Whether you are switching churches, or just changing roles within the same church, you will need some wisdom to guide you through that process. Thankfully, others have gone before you and can offer guidance. Mack Brock, the renowned songwriter, producer, and worship leader for Evelation Worship, recently transitioned off of staff at Elevation Church and into a new season of ministry. We...


Women In Worship: The Unique Challenges and Benefits of Being A Female Worship Leader

More and more women are getting hired as worship leaders, and we think that’s a good thing! But female leadership in the church can be a tricky thing to navigate, depending on which side of the “conservative” aisle you fall on. This month we talk with Krissy Nordhoff and Maribeth Dodd (of Brave Worship) about the unique challenges female worship leaders face, as well as the positive things women bring to the table in worship leadership. To all our female listeners out there, thanks for all...


The Theology of Production (Lighting, Sound, Video) In Worship w/ Dr. Joe Way

What is the purpose of production in worship? Why do we have lights, sound, and video in our services, and does the Bible have anything to say to inform us of their intended use? Even the most simple churches have to make decisions about how bright the lights are, and how loud the sound is. In this month’s episode, I interview the only man on planet earth with a PhD in the Theology of Production. Dr. Josiah Way has some Biblical insight for us to help us understand both the purpose of...


Forming and Leading Creative Teams w/ Chris Vacher

Imagine a video team, a worship team, a photography team, a design team, a songwriting team, and a web and social media team all working together as one unit! Sound like a dream? It's possible and Chris Vacher from C4 Church has done it. As worship leaders, we want our churches to be creatively excellent for the glory of God. But how do we get all these teams to work together? What if we don't even have any of these teams? Where would we start? In this episode, Chris shares how to form new...


BONUS: How To Increase Engagement In Your Worship Services

Every worship leader wants more engagement and participation from their congregation, but not many worship leaders know how to get it. Often we think if we had more talent, a bigger budget, and more (and louder) gear that it would help our church engage in worship more, but that is simply not the case. In fact, with some simple, prayerful planning you can craft and shape worship services that engage, excite and invite passionate participation from your congregants. This bonus episode is a...


Phil Wickham: Caring For Your Voice

Phil Wickham has one of the most unique and beautiful voices of our generation. But four years ago Phil almost lost his voice forever. In this episode, I talk to Phil about what led to his vocal polyp, what he learned through the healing process, how he cares for his voice now, and how you and I can strengthen and develop our own unique singing voice for the glory of God and the good of our churches. Phil Wickham Online Living Hope (iTunes) Living Hope (Amazon) Direct Download I'D...


Bi-Vocational Worship Leading w/ Zach Hodges

Most worship leaders are Bi-Vocational (meaning they hold a second job, or serve strictly as a volunteer). With all that we want to accomplish in our ministries, how can we move the ball forward while balancing ministry, family, health, and a second career? How do we find time to work ON our ministry, not just IN it? This month, I talk with Zach Hodges, about how he (as a bi-vocational worship leader) manages his time, disciples team members, delegates responsibility, balances family...


Hillsong's Systems That Lead To Musical Excellence

Why is Hillsong Worship so good? How do they achieve such high levels of musical excellence? What are they doing behind the scenes that leads to consistently great results in all of their campuses? Inquiring minds want to know. Thankfully, this month I am joined by Rich Langton, Creative Pastor for Hillsong Church, and he gives us a peek behind the curtains, helping us understand the systems, structure and culture that drives the creative machine we all know and love: Hillsong...


13 Ways To Win When Starting At A New Church

Starting at a new church can be a daunting and overwhelming task. The first few months in particular are crucial to setting the tone and direction you want to take the ministry. With the right attitude and methods, you can successfully adopt an existing team, win their trust, help them catch your vision, build momentum, and transition the culture and direction of the worship department. In this practical episode, Zach Hodges and I share 13 ways to win when starting at a new church. Enjoy and...


How To Run Efficient Worship Rehearsals

All worship leaders have to run rehearsals, but not all worship leaders run rehearsals well. Wasted time, sloppy arrangements, and frustrated band members all stem from a lack of leadership. As worship leaders, we owe it to our teams to make our rehearsal times as fun, efficient and productive as possible. The goal is that everyone leaves rehearsal feeling excited, engaged, energized and expectant for what God will do in the upcoming service. This month’s episode is a recording of a live...


How To Have Hard Conversations with Your Worship Team Members

Difficult conversations are an inevitable part of being a leader. But difficult conversations don't have to be viewed in a negative light. In fact, helping a team member grow is a very positive thing, and is actually commanded in scripture (Ephesians 4). In this month's episode, Brenton Collyer and I share how to reframe your mindset regarding difficult conversations, and give you very practical tips on how to have them in a variety of contexts (auditions, sin, bad team behavior, etc.) Also...


Building Incredible Volunteer Teams w/ Carl Barnhill

If you want to accomplish something great for the Kingdom of God, you need a great team of people around you. In today’s episode, I talk with Carl Barnhill about how to create healthy, happy, thriving, volunteer teams. Carl is truly an expert team builder. I learned SO much from this interview. We discuss recruiting (“inviting”), onboarding, culture, communication, training, and so much more. This is a super practical episode, and I’m excited for what you’ll be able to take and apply to your...


Q&A: How Do I Lead Musicians Who Are Better Than Me?

Hopefully, you’re surrounded by amazing musicians in your worship ministry (every worship leader’s dream)! But if you are, you might not know how to lead them, guide them, and give them direction. Maybe you don’t know how to “speak their language”, or you are intimidated by their skill and experience. In our final Q&A episode of the month, Justin Bell, Brenton Collyer and I share how you can learn to lead musicians who are more talented than you in a way that is winsome and...