Taking A Break

My friends, this is going to be the last post on Worship Links for a while.

When I first started this site in 2012, my life was very different. In the past three and a half years, I’ve been hired as a part time worship leader (I was a volunteer before), I’ve been given some management responsibilities at my day job, and my band has started to gain some traction locally. These are all good things for which I’m extremely thankful!

But that means that my life has less margin than it used to, and I need to readjust my priorities right now.

I’m hoping to restart this site later this year with a more collaborative style. If that’s something you’re interested in, please be in touch!

In the meantime, please continue to make use of the resources you’ll find here. And since some people have asked, if you’d like me to write a guest post for your site or be a guest on your podcast, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Thank you all for your support and friendship. See you soon.

All for His glory!

When Worship Seems Too Hard

Chuck Lawless shares what to do in those times when your heart just isn’t into worshipping:

It happens. Even believers struggle sometimes with worshiping. Life gets hard. Problems get in the way. We go to church, but leave our heart at home. What should you do if you expect to find worship hard this weekend?

The struggle to worship hits worship leaders just as hard as everyone – maybe even harder sometimes. Chuck lists ten things you can do to get past yourself and focus on worshipping God. Check it out here.

What Really Matters

Great post by Kelly Sundsvold about what really matters during corporate worship:

“Wow, she just killed that solo on Sunday!” or “His voice is amazing, he really brought it!”

He brought what? His Bible? The Holy Spirit?

And what was “killed”? The guitar? Was there a tragedy on the stage?

Have you heard these phrases thrown around in the worship community? They may be just phrases said to encourage the person leading the song, but where do they point people’s attention: to God or to people?

Our songs can’t bring Jesus, He’s already present, are you?

Click here to read the whole thing. It’s a powerful reminder that our hearts need to be right before we lead worship.

Where To Find New Music

Matt Brady shares a few places you can find new songs for your worship catalog:

Of the many tasks placed on the shoulders of a worship leader, one of the most exciting (and stressful!) tasks is finding new worship songs to introduce into the local church. We each have our favorite sources for finding new worship songs, but there may be other options out there that you have not considered.

The list below is in no particular order, and is certainly not exhaustive. These are some of the places that I have personally used, and a few that I am going to be using more in the future. I hope this list helps you find your church some favorite new worship songs!

I love that Matt includes hymnals on this list. Where do you go to find new music for your church? Read Matt’s list here.

Three Moments

Alex Robinson writes that there are three specific moments that every worship service needs. He calls them the Awe, the Aha, and the Haha:

Awe moments are those moments when we begin to realize who God is and who we are in light of this. These are very experiential moments… Aha moments are those moments when we “get it.” When we finally grasp something in a way we can live it… Haha moments add “personality” to worship services. They add a relational element. Have fun. Be real. Connect with people.

He goes into much more depth in the full post. Check it out here.

The Artist And The Shepherd

Mike Harland on the church’s need for those who create and those who lead:

Recently, in one of my classes, a discussion broke out about the differences between Artists and Shepherds. The context of the discussion was around church ministry and which role best described the Worship Pastor. Here are a few of the thoughts from the dialogue that day…

Mike shares the differences between artists and shepherds – and how the church needs both. Read the whole thing here.

When To Let It Die

If you know your congregation well and listen to the Spirit, you’ll pick the right songs most of the time. Most of the time. But every now and then, every worship leader tries a new song only to have it fail spectacularly.

Kade Young on knowing when to cut a song from the rotation:

I do my best to be led by the Holy Spirit when selecting songs for my congregation, but there have been many times that my personal preference has gotten in the way. I sincerely thought my song selection was spirit-led, but soon found out that it was just something I enjoyed listening to.

Maybe you have been there? You know, that time when you were so excited to introduce the new song to your congregation…and then it fell flat. They all just stared at you with a confused look.

He explains how long it takes, in general, to know if a song is going over well with your congregation. Check it out here.

What Worship Is And Isn’t

A post at Songregate tackles three things that worship isn’t – and three things that it is:

This week we’re officially diving into some content and I felt like with this being a new venture, why not start from the bottom and work our way up? Today and for the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about worship as a lifestyle. I’ll be the first to say it, I am not in any way an intellectual kingpin about what worship is, however, I can base my knowledge on what I know worship is not.

Looking forward to more of this series from Songregate. Read the post here.

Five Things To Do Less

Todd Wright on recording the service so you can tell what needs to be fixed:

We don’t livestream worship at my church, but I do enjoy video recording services when I get the chance. Not only do they give me a whole new perspective on what our platform looks like and what the sound in the room is doing, but it also helps me see the stuff that needs fixing.

He shares five things that worship leaders could stand to eliminate or at least do less, such as:

DOING COVERS

There are definitely “hooks” that make or break songs, but a lot of that stuff doesn’t translate in a live setting. Plus, most of our people don’t even listen to worship music and aren’t going to know what we’re trying to pull off. This is never more obvious than in octave jumps. It sounds cool on the record when the worship leader starts in a low whisper, but don’t forget that’s been mixed to be vibrant and clearly heard. Our octave drops end up sounding like we just lost our voice in the middle of the tune.

Read the whole post here. Good stuff. What do you need to do less of?

Awesome Tips For Building A Great Worship Team

Rich Kirkpatrick shares a huge list of practical tips for building a strong and healthy worship team:

It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to prepare to lead a worship. Here is a list to help you think through things that can help you build strong worship teams and meaningful weekend worship services.

This is a fantastic list of ideas and tips for a healthy worship team and excellent services. I especially liked number 9, number 16, and number 38. But they’re all good. Check out the whole list here.