Hearing From God During Worship

I firmly believe that it’s impossible to worship in a vacuum. All of the Christian life is a response to God—to Who he is, to what he has done. So, I’m finding it more and more disconcerting to presume to be worshiping God without listening. But—”Sing it again!” “Louder!” “Clap!” “Jump!” “Shout!” (depending on your […]

Grim’s Tips #1: Clean Your Guitar

[Today’s post is a new column that we’re excited to announce. Our own Dave Grim is beginning a new monthly column/video blog series on guitar maintenance here on the site. Dave is a custom guitar builder, and I love the motto of his business, Grim Custom Guitars: “destroying darkness–one guitar at a time.” I’m sure we’ll enjoy and […]

Making a Difference (through Worship and the Creative Arts)

[Note: The following was originally given as a speech at “The CACCies” (an award show we put together for our team a couple of summers ago), but we wanted to share and archive this content here on the blog.] What Difference Does It Make? If you ask a lot of people in our culture what “church” […]

Lessons Our Creative Arts Teams Can Learn from Jimmy Fallon, Pt. 2

This is part 2 of 2 part series on what we can learn from Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show. Be sure to check out the great short article in the link in Part 1. How do we learn to reach and engage people in a relevant way? One way is by studying those who are […]

Lessons Our Creative Arts Teams Can Learn from Jimmy Fallon, Pt. 1

I love the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I’ve been a Fallon fan since his SNL days. His “Late Night” was so fresh and fun, I always enjoyed watching it. Jimmy is an engaging and super-talented entertainer, and he seems genuinely interested in the people he’s interviewing. I applauded NBC’s decision to move him to “The Tonight […]

What To Do When You’re Not Playing

If you’re a part of the band (instrumentalist or vocalist), have you ever thought about what to do when you’re not playing or singing or scheduled as a tech? Did you ever think that how you enter or exit the platform matters in trying to eliminate distractions in worship? Or, what’s the point of sitting in […]

Engage the “Middle 60”

How do you engage people in worship? Is there anything that can be done to get more people to participate? These are problems that any good worship leader should grapple with. Bob Branch posted an excellent article on WorshipLeader.com that identifies what he calls the “Swing Vote” Principle in worship leading. Here’s an excerpt: Over the […]

Setup Your Planning Center Account Like a Pro

We use Planning Center Online for service planning, scheduling, communication, and rehearsal preparation among other things. So, it’s vital that each of us take the time to setup our account and keep it updated. Here’s what you need to do: New band members and techs, read steps 1-3. If you already have an account, skip to Step […]

Worship Leader Q&A with Hillsong’s Jad Gillies

Jad Gillies is one of Hillsong’s key worship leaders. They recently interviewed him at a team night gathering about worship leading. There are many good and interesting thoughts here (once you get past the puff questions at the beginning, haha). Hillsong uses a system of co-leadership to apprentice and train new worship leaders and he speaks to […]

Co-Leader – Responsibilities

Help worship leader to execute song/arrangement notes (worship director adds/updates in Planning Center the week of rehearsal, sometimes coordinated with worship leader and co-leader, if necessary) Help support vision of worship leader/band leader for individual songs and worship sets The co-leader encourages, reinforces, and celebrates the positive contributions of others Responsible for helping to oversee vocal team […]