Worship Leader Lessons #14 – Cheap, Fast, Good

Ever heard the saying “Good, Cheap, Fast – you can pick 2….” I’ve seen the sign in restaurants.  Makes me laugh, mostly because it’s true.  And wow – does it ever apply to ministry.  Each decision you make when it comes to your ministry, and the people involved can, and should be run through that grid.  Good, Cheap, Fast – …

Worship Leader Lessons #13

Don’t wait for Atlanta to tell you what songs you need to be doing. You know the stories – those (worship leaders) that anxiously await the latest CD from [insert name of artist here]. And they might be in Atlanta, or Nashville, or Australia . . . and immediately download the charts, get their guitarists a new pedal, and try …

Worship Leader Lessons, #12

I haven’t posted one of these in a while. You can get the rest of them here. Do you practice? When i graduated from Samford in ’98, I could play my scales and arpeggios at 132 (that’ll only mean something to a small few of you). Now, I can play them at about 120 – but I still find myself …

Worship Leader Lessons #11

I haven’t posted one of these up in a while. Christmas happened. When Christmas happens in a worship leader’s life, everything else stops except for what you’re doing with Christmas. Anyway . . . back to it. You CAN’T change people’s hearts. This was a tough one to learn. Before coming to Oak Mountain, i worked at a small church …

Worship Leader Lessons, #10

Learn how to arrange. No one knows your teams better than you do. If you don’t know how to use notation software, I hear that Sibelius is very easy to learn and use. I use Finale – and the reason I don’t switch is because I spent FAR too much time learning Finale, and all of its in’s and out’s. …

Worship Leader Lessons, #9

Take a day off. I’m currently sitting at home. It’s 3:45 on a Sunday afternoon. I was at work this morning at 7 (a solid hour before my volunteers show up) and left at 1. I’ll be back at 4:30 for children’s choir and afternoon activities. Sunday is a work-day for me. Therefore, I take off on Fridays. It’s crucial …

Worship Leader Lessons, #8

Do you exercise? Really. Do you take time during the day – MOST days of the week to exercise? I do. I HATE it, but I do. In fact, if I try to skip it, my wife insists that I do because I become grumpy and obsessed with the ridiculous. God’s raised the bar with YOU to take care of …

Worship Leader Lessons, #7

Simplified, accurate, quality technology makes all the difference. Regardless of your church budget, you can afford a streamlined technical process. Vocal monitors – They REALLY don’t need to hear drums, guitars, reverb . . . train your vocalists, and have them rely on less as opposed to more. Vocalists that sing with me get my voice and piano in their …

Worship Leader Lessons, #6

Make it easy for people to get involved. Our choir meets every Wednesday night. But we’re a tad different than other choirs. First off – we don’t have lady who’s only job is to sit at the front of the room and mark your name on a list when you do (or don’t) show up. I’m constantly having conversations with …

Worship Leader Lessons, #5.2

Taking time to learn – part 3 As a creative, are you creating? Do you have time carved out to create? I subscribe to a certain email group – and I doubt any of them read this – but i’m always amazed at the number of requests that are posted that read something like this: “Does anyone have a chart …