Worship Together Survival Guide

Josh Pauley —  June 25, 2013

Worship Together Survival Guide

At Worship Together, we, too, are worship leaders and are singing along with you. If you are not familiar with us, here’s a bit of our story:

Worship Together was first envisioned as an online resource to simply introduce new modern worship songs to the church. Much was happening in worship music in the late 90s as fresh new songs were being written by worship leaders like Matt Redman, Delirious, Sonic Flood, Brian Doerksen, Brenton Brown, and “up and comer” Chris Tomlin. A new wave of worship was overtaking the church.

Over the last 14 years, worship music has exploded and Worship Together has expanded past just being a website to a complete worship resource – creating New Song Cafe videos, print and recorded products, live events, and worship training. However, the vision of Worship Together has remained the same: to resource the church with the most current and best worship songs created.

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 a 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.

PUT DOWN THE HAMMER
The temptation for worship leaders in a new ministry can be to change things. We encourage you not to, and instead, spend that time with your team.

A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A WORSHIP LEADER
It can be tough to get into a successful routine each week as a worship leader. Here is what a week looks like for us most of the time.

CHOOSING SONGS FOR YOUR SETLIST
Choosing songs for your worship setlist can be tough. You’re challenged to keep the songs fresh but still familiar. Hopefully these three points can help!

FACILITATING A REHEARSAL
Band rehearsals have the tendency to take longer than they need at times due to various reasons. Here are five thoughts to help you keep it on track!

THERE’S NO “I” IN TEAM
Here are a few practical tips for worship team members, and how to support the worship leader, while at rehearsals and on Sundays.

EMBRACE THE CLICK-TRACK
Adopting the practice of playing along with a click-track can be a hard process but it can eventually payoff in a big way for you and your band.

SONG TRANSITIONS AND FLOW
Song transitions and the flow of service are one of the most effective ways you can create an atmosphere of worship in your service.

THE ART OF DISAPPEARING
Leading people to a place where they are authentically engaging with God during worship is an art, we call it “the art of disappearing.”

RAISING UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF WORSHIP LEADERS
Raising up the next generation of leaders may be the most important thing you do when serving in ministry. Here are a few tips to be an effective mentor!

For over 1,200 songs and a bunch of free stuff, visit www.worshiptogether.com, sign up for our free weekly newsletter, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Josh Pauley

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Josh joined the team at the beginning of 2013 and now manages all things digital for Worship Together, which includes running the website, overseeing all online content, and handling visual design. Prior to Worship Together he worked for a record label that includes artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder, and Kristian Stanfill. Josh leads worship in Nashville, enjoys trying out specialty coffee brewing methods, and heads outdoors on the weekends to hike, mountain bike, or camp with his wife Kaylee and their dog, Tucker.

6 responses to Worship Together Survival Guide

  1. Don’t forget the audio techs. We need to be in the loop also.

    As FOH and monitor engineer I believe it’s just important for me to know the songs and order of worship well in advance. (5th Beatle Syndrome) I need to know who’s doing what and when so I can actively mix to the benefit of all who are worshipping. The days of set it and forget it are long gone.

    • Ray- You are so right! I view my audio techs as another part of the band. If they are not prepared to know how the song flows and how its supposed to feel… It’s like have the drummer struggle with the same thing, essentially- a train wreck.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Cameron, I was thinking the same thing; thank you for posing the question.

    Josh, thank you for the terrific news; looking forward to the pdf.

  3. Cameron Watford June 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Is it possible to still obtain a physical copy of this survival guide even if we are not able to attend any worship together events or conferences? I appreciate the blog posts so that I can still read the information; however, I would still like access to this information at times when I’m not near internet access or without having to have internet access to view it. Thank you for the consideration.