There will always be someone that can sing better than you, play an instrument better than you, or look and sound much cooler when encouraging the Church to sing along. The good news is that God hasn’t called any of us to be the best singer, the best musician, or the coolest looking person on stage. Our calling as musicians and worship leaders is to lead people to a place where they are able to engage with God in those moments and experience His presence in their lives – a place where the daily grind of life and everything surrounding them in those moments fades away and it becomes just them and God. That is what I call “the art of disappearing,” and that is what you are called to do.

In most churches today, we are standing on a stage in front of everyone, with lights focused on us and everyone singing whatever we sing. Nothing about that makes it easy to even think of disappearing, let alone actually figuring out how to do it. Sometimes I wonder if they had the same challenges we do today in the early Church. In the Old Testament, the Levites led worship while standing along the wall, very much in front of everyone. The model of worship we see in the New Testament is similar. It was usually in smaller groups with the person leading in front of everyone. There isn’t a right or wrong way to lead worship. Whether it is done by standing on a stage in front of everyone or from an organ in the back of the sanctuary, the art of disappearing takes more than trendy visuals or solid talent. It’s about fostering a heart for worship in ourselves and in those we lead…

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Song Transitions and Flow

Josh Pauley —  June 26, 2013

One of the most effective ways you can create an atmosphere that encourages worship is to work on song transitions and the flow of service. This is something that isn’t always given the attention it deserves, but it can completely transform a set list when done well. I usually plan time to sit down for at least an hour a day or two before the week’s first rehearsal so I can work through what I want the transitions to be and how I want everything to flow. It is important to take this time to experiment a little without the pressure of the band waiting on instructions from you, and so you can clearly communicate the details to the band. This eliminates confusion during practice, and your band will appreciate that you aren’t wasting their time trying to figure it out.

Here are the usual parts of the songs and worship set that I think through when preparing for Sundays. In no way is this an exhaustive list, just some of the most typical…

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Each of us at Worship Together, not only has a passion for worship but also to see worship leaders raised up, to lead their churches into the presence of God. We want to see you thriving where God has planted you so that we are all able to encourage people through worship to have a real and authentic relationship with Jesus.

If you are at a worship leader event or conference this summer or fall be sure to come see us and pick up a physical copy of the new Worship Together Survival Guide. But, for those who can’t make it out, we wanted to make an shortened version available on our site in the form of blog posts! We’ve written on topics that we feel are essential to leading well, from relationships, to planning, to leadership, and mentoring. You can find links to the posts and descriptions of each post below. We hope you enjoy this survival guide, which is our free gift to you. More than survive, we hope that you thrive in your ministry, making Jesus famous wherever you lead…

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To celebrate the recent release of “All This For A King” an Essential Collection by David Crowder*Band, Multitracks.com is partnering with us & sixstepsrecords to host a REMIX Competition with the classic song “Everything Glorious” by the David Crowder*Band. “Everything Glorious” is also this month’s free MultiTrack of the Month, so you can download all 18 stems including the lead vocal for free and use any of the original tracks or add in any of your own sounds to create your remix, as long as they are royalty free! Multitracks is also teaming up with Ableton, Line 6, Shure, and Sweetwater to offer some great gear and software to the winner – you won’t want to miss this competition! Winners will be chosen by Crowder himself and all entries must be received by July 15th at contest@multitracks.com. Check out all the details here. We’re excited to see what you create! Happy mixing…

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I fought it for a long time but finally caved. I am now a proud user of the click-track when I lead. The first few weeks were tough and brought back some painful memories of sheet music, scales and a metronome when I was 10. However, I settled in, and after a month, there was no going back.

The main reason for holding out, despite all the encouragement and recommendations from other leaders, was the fear that it might be a hindrance to the Spirit’s leading and a distraction to my personal worship. Oh, was I wrong. Here are a couple of the benefits the click has afforded my ministry…

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For those who aren’t worship pastors or leaders, but rather band members and vocalists, it’s important to realize the significance of your role on the team. Even if you’re not the person actually leading everyone, speaking over the congregation during worship, selecting music for next Sunday’s set, etc., you still play a part in leading people into the presence of God. Your participation is setting an example for the congregation to follow. You are leading too. Once you begin to realize how important your contribution is, it’s good to know how to steward that responsibility. I thought I’d share a few tips with you on how to best support your worship leader and fulfill your role as a member of the worship team…

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Christ Is Enough by Hillsong is new and will be on their upcoming album, Glorious Ruins. It is a song of devotion that celebrates Christ’s sufficiency for our lives.

Often we fill our lives with busyness and surround ourselves with things that meet our own needs. But ultimately, as believers, we have to separate ourselves from those things and make sure we keep Christ at the center. We should find ourselves in a place where no matter what is taken away or given to us, Christ is our goal and is more than enough. That’s when we really come alive…

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I’ve played with bands since high school and have been in probably a thousand rehearsals. For most of us, band rehearsals feel like a sports practice. It’s something we have to endure to get to game time. However, rehearsals don’t have to be a dreaded event. In fact, rehearsals should be part of developing our worship community in addition to preparing for Sunday.

Here are five things I’ve learned about running a great rehearsal…

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This is the beginning. All of last week’s hard work culminated in Sunday’s worship service. Now, it’s time to choose the songs for the next service. If you’re like me, choosing songs either happens quickly and effortlessly, or it becomes a few grueling hours of going through possible songs and trying to narrow down options.

I tried to think about times in the past when the setlist came together really well. I recognized there were three key elements that had to happen. It almost never fails that when I am able to apply all three of these, the process is much easier…

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Children Of Light was written by Kristian Stanfill, Jason Ingram, Pat Barrett, and Jesse Reeves. Even though the song came out of the 2013 Passion Conference, Kristian and Jason began writing the song at the beginning of 2012. When it was time to begin writing and pulling songs for Passion 2013 they revisited the song, but it felt like it still wasn’t quite finished. That’s when Jesse and Pat were pulled in to help. Pat had written a hook that he had not been able to use in a song yet. They liked Pat’s hook so much that they reworked their version of Children Of Light to fit. The funny part of the story is that Pat had almost entirely given up on it!

The inspiration for Children Of Light comes from Ephesians 4-5 where we are encouraged to live as children of the light. It says, “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth).” It is a powerful thought to think about what God can do through His followers when we walk as children of light. In obedience to Him, we are all called to let the world know how wide, long, high and deep is the love of Christ…

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