This page is intended as a resource for our Worship Team members. We hope that you will find the posts to be useful in developing your heart and your skill for worship!
"...leading worship starts with the way I live my life, not with what I do in public."
-Bob Kauflin, Worship Matters
Being a worship leader requires more than being a great musician. There is so much more. We have a two-fold responsibility as people who lead the body of Christ into corporate worship. We must prepare ourselves musically, but also prepare ourselves spiritually.
Worship leading is less about what we do with our hands and more about what we do with our hearts.
One of the many ways that we prepare our hearts to be leaders of worship is to make a habit of spending time with the Lord. Take a moment to check out this video from Hillsong about quiet time! We want to encourage you, wherever you are, to make time for heart preparation.
Hey Worship Team!
We have another great song to rollout this week! The song is Here With Me by Phil Wickham (Originally by Tim Hughes). Make sure to check it out and become familiar with your parts.
General Notes: This song is a cover of the original by Tim Hughes. It's intended to be very simple led mostly by vocals and one or two instruments. While it will certainly benefit us to have more instruments playing, we want to stay true to the heart of the song and let the simplicity ring out.
Technical Notes: There are not any tutorials available due to the simplicity of the song. Vocals will want to pay attention to those tight harmonies and really letting the song have space for the lyrics to drive it.
Check out the newest album from Hillsong - There Is More! We hope you enjoy it and find the songs to be an asset in your personal worship.
A big part of our life as worshippers is finding new music that speaks to your soul. Worship is food for the soul. Just like we can't sustain our physical bodies with one meal a week, we need to immerse ourselves in the presence of God on a regular basis! One effective way to do that is to listen to worship music. We hope that this new music touches your heart and fills you with new hope!
We have a new song that we will be adding to our song list this month. This is intended to help you learn the song and any specific details that go along with it. We are trying a new method by offering tutorial videos in Planning Center. Make sure to note, these tutorials are a tool to help you while learning your part, but don't feel the need to replicate them perfectly. Please take some time to review your parts, including any tutorials. We look forward to playing with you and leading our congregation in worship with a fresh anointing!
General Notes: Another great song from Passion! Pay special attention to the rise & fall of the song dynamics.
Technical Notes: This song has a differently formatted chorus that is driven very heavily by drums & EG. There is an extended instrumental from 2:46 - 2:54 on the recording that we will likely bypass. We will just play the turnaround and then go right into the bridge. Additionally, we will plan to end the song playing once more through the bridge and ending on the last line.
|Drums:||16th notes on the hi-hat drive the chorus. The drums cut right before chorus & the kick builds the bridge.|
|Keys:||Pad sound throughout with piano coming in on chorus|
|AG:||AG drives the rhythm on this while the EG focuses on the turnaround and ebow.|
|EG:||Very quick & prominent turnaround lick|
As people serving on worship teams, we can too easily have a mindset that if we are not the rostered ‘worship leader’, we can rest a bit and just quietly do our thing, and leave the ‘leadership’ to the worship leader position only. Within our church, we tend to take a different approach…Jad Gillies, one of our senior worship leaders, always tells our team that “everyone is a worship leader”.
Psalm 145 talks about how God’s people endlessly bless Him, they talk about His glory and sing songs to Him, letting the world know of His goodness.
We encourage our whole team, no matter what position they are serving from, to consider themselves as helping to lead the church in worship. The responsibility of leading worship isn’t limited to a rostered position on Planning Centre, (although we do need and have rostered worship leaders ?), the responsibility is actually carried by our entire team.
Every time you step onto the platform to play an instrument, sing in the choir, etc, you have the privilege and opportunity to encourage and lead others to worship God, so use everything you have to point people to Jesus.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1 NIV)
You may not have a mic to sing, but you have a voice.
You might not be at the front of the platform, but you have a posture.
Your outward expression can point people to the goodness of God and inspire others to lift their eyes to Jesus.
In light of that, there are some very practical principles that we can apply when serving on the platform, to help us do it better … Here’s some of the things we teach our own team, I hope you find some of it helpful for you and your team!
1. We lead from wherever we are
It is not solely up to the worship leader to lead the congregation. Each of our platform team have a responsibility to be leading from wherever they are, from whatever position they find themselves serving from. Whether behind a drum kit, guitar, keyboard, vocal microphone — we are all worshippers and leaders, first and foremost. If we craft the most perfect songs and setlists, but fail to help carry and engage the church alongside the worship leader, we have missed the mark. We are not gigging or on stage to simply play and sing excellently — we are on the platform to lead people into the presence of God. That must be our first and foremost objective!
However, this does not discount excellence — we shouldn’t be raising our hands at the expense of paying attention, or missing cues and parts to execute our craft ☺ … it’s possible to do both! It means we need to practice and achieve a level of excellence and ability within our craft, so that we’re able to engage and actively be singing / worshipping / leading from wherever we find ourselves (in addition to playing and singing well)!
2. We set the standard on AND off the platform
Leading in a service does not just stop with the platform team rostered on that Sunday. Our pastors / leaders / volunteers lead our church in response. If we’re not rostered on platform for a service, we lead still off the platform — by worshipping passionately, raising our hands, dancing, clapping, engaging in the service. We should have the same level of passion on and off the platform! If we are only able to show life and energy when we are on platform, we have missed the point. The platform should be an overflow of the leadership and passion for Christ that already exists within us!
3. Our posture and stance are either inviting or distancing for people.
Whether we like to admit it or not, when we are on the platform, people can actually see us (not just the worship leader) and are often watching us. Our body language says more than we think it does. If we have our heads down, solemn faces, rigid bodies, while the worship leader is doing their best to engage and lift the congregation — there is disparity in our message. It’s all of our responsibility to be in unity in leading and encouraging the congregation through whatever position we are serving in.
When you’re not required to play or tune etc, be participating in engaging the church — singing / clapping / lifting your hands, moving around. This may sound trivial, but if we see ourselves as leaders, supporting the worship leader and doing all we can to be worshipping and engaging the church from where we are, it brings a new freedom and desire to be inviting in your posture.
Something as simple as a smile can change the atmosphere. Eyes shut and intense faces have their place, but can also be off-putting if not balanced with an inviting posture. We encourage our team to be smiling, singing, and using their instruments and body language to be engaging and welcoming to the people in the congregation. Sometimes we need to tell our faces to show the love of Jesus ☺ !!!
In closing — the goal of this blog is not performance or ‘doing’ things differently — it’s simply to raise awareness that all of us are actually leaders both on and off platform, and it’s our job to collectively be leading people into the presence of Jesus … whether behind an instrument, console, lighting desk, standing on the front row or back row in the congregation, or worship leading.
When each and every team member realizes they have something to bring and begins to lead out of their own heart and gifting, it’s amazing to see the atmosphere lift and change and see people step into the presence of Jesus like never before.
Everyone matters. Everyone leads from wherever they are.
24 August 2015
We have a new song that we will be adding to our song list this month. This email is intended to help you learn the song and any specific details that go along with it. We are trying a new method by offering tutorial videos in Planning Center. Make sure to note, these tutorials are a tool to help you while learning your part, but don't feel the need to replicate them perfectly. Please take some time to review your parts, including any tutorials. We look forward to playing with you and leading our congregation in worship with a fresh anointing!
|General Notes:||This is a song that we have been doing with the youth, and they absolutely love it! We will do the song very much like the recording, with exception given for the worship leader's direction.|
|technical Notes:||The Turnaround & Intro have the same chords, and mostly we will play through the chord progression twice each time, with the exception of after the first verse. This is indicated in the roadmap by a "1/2 T.A". Additionally, the song is in 6/8 with a very subdivided beat, however it's easier to count the song in a "1...2..." swing-feel counting.|
Please Click the link above the check out tutorials for this song!