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The Importance of Song Selection In Worship

In musical worship, song selection is critical. Songs are the fundamental building blocks of our worship services. They are the tools with which we help our people see, savor and sing to Jesus. The stronger our songs, the more vividly we can paint the nature and...

7 Key Characteristics Of A Great Worship Leader

Being a great worship leader is so much more than just having strong vocal chops and epic guitar skills. Worship leaders are leaders, shepherds, counselors, vision casters, communicators, organizers, and administrators. And that’s probably just scratching the surface....

Blue Yeti Pro Microphone – Review

If you're looking for a great sounding, easy to use USB microphone, look no further! The Blue Yeti Pro microphone is an incredible sounding mic that is extremely versatile, easy to use, and delivers consistently solid results. I have been using the Blue Yeti Pro for...

6 Reasons To Have A Mid-Week Worship Rehearsal

Recently I became the worship pastor of a much larger church with multiple worship services per week. The sheer number of services requires a lot from our volunteer musicians so up until now there has never been a separate night dedicated to rehearsals. Currently,...

Ableton Live Template for Worship

Ableton Live 'Click & Pads' Worship Template When I first purchased Ableton Live four years ago, I immediately jumped online and searched for a template created specifically for worship leaders. I did not want to play with pre-produced backing tracks, so I was...

How To Be A Better Background Vocalist

Background vocalists have the unglamorous job of being in the "background". But don't be so quick to relegate yourself to some sub-class of singers. Background vocalists are vital to any musical set and particularly to a worship set. Congregationally, the church feels...

3 Things Worship Leaders Should Focus On

While I was perusing through Facebook, I saw an ad for an undergraduate program for Worship Leaders. The ad read, “Do you want to learn how to write songs, record studio-quality albums, and get your songs to music industry execs? Then come be a part of our college and...

How To Memorize Worship Songs

This post originally appeared on brentoncollyer.com Memorizing your worship music has many great benefits, allowing you to be more in the moment musically, more focused on the Lord spiritually, and more able to lead the congregation pastorally. As daunting as it may...

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Worship Leaders

Christmas is almost here! If you have people in your life who are clueless about what kind of gifts a worship leader might like, send them this guide as a subtle hint. This list was hand-picked and curated with care by worship leaders from all over the country. CHECK...

“Split The Sky” by Chris Quilala – Review

I love artists who push music past the point of predictability (think Gungor). While not so far out there as Gungor, Chris Quilala’s first solo project “Split the Sky” pushes the boundaries of what modern worship music can be. It is a fresh fusion of retro tones...

Battling Discouragement as a Worship Leader

Almost every worship leader I know has traversed through at least one dark season of discouragement in their ministry. Discouragement can be caused by a whole host of issues: criticism from church members, lack of participation in worship, a church that seems stuck or...

Why You Should Smile While Leading Worship

God gave us bodies to use as tools to worship him and serve others. As worship leaders who stand on the platform, our body language can either be a help or a hindrance to those we are leading. Poor body language can distract and dissuade people from worship, while...

“Your Mercy” by Paul Baloche – Review

In an industry of over-production, synths, samples, and ceaseless striving after clever lyrics, Paul Baloche’s “Your Mercy” is a breath of fresh air. It's an album that is happy to be its own unique thing; mature, confident and comfortable in its own skin. Paul’s...

What Is Musical Excellence for a Worship Team Member?

All worship leaders want excellent worship teams made up of excellent musicians, but often we don’t define what excellence means for our players. So here are a few key aspects of musical excellence in worship musicians to help paint a picture for your teams. Musically...

10 Great Podcasts for Worship Leaders

Podcasts are an incredible tool for learning and gaining new ideas with very little effort. You can listen while you drive to work, mow the lawn, work out, or clean the house (or don't clean the house. You're welcome). Worship Leaders should take advantage of...

S’well Bottle – Review

Worship leaders tend to sing a lot. Some of you sing four or five times a weekend. Worship leaders also tend to love coffee (I know I do). But, unfortunately coffee can't replace water and worship leaders really need to stay hydrated. One of the best things you can do...

9 Tips for Teaching Your Worship Team a New Song

This post originally appeared at brentoncollyer.com Introducing a new song to your worship team is always a bit of challenge.  Which song should I choose?  Can our team pull this off?  Will our congregation engage with it?  Each of these questions is worth a blog post...

5 Tips for Leading Worship with a Small Team

This post originally appeared on brentoncollyer.com.  Leading worship with a small team of musicians is a real challenge and considering the majority of churches in the U.S. are two-hundred people or less this is a challenge most worship leaders face.  Whether you...

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