SEASONING: Hosting an effective Worship Workshop

WorshipWorkshopI’ve always enjoyed conferences. I come away from them rested (even in spite of getting no sleep), encouraged, challenged, and excited, with a fresh of vision of what I can do and how things can be.

Wouldn’t it be nice to take your whole team to a conference? Sadly, that’s probably not feasible – the complexities of work & family schedules, not even account for church finances.

A few years back I began putting on Worship Workshops for my teams & those interest in one day joining – ‘mini-conferences’. We held several for our youth teams, & they not only gave our people a fresh vision & a renewed passion, but also served as an opportunity to invest in future talent which we could then integrate into the team. [Read more…]

NEXT: Fresh New Worship – July 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 12.14.00 AMI not only have a deep love of Jesus, & His people, but I enjoy serving God & His people through Gospel-centered song. I dig through everything that is released – from labels & independent – & find those unique gems you might otherwise overlook. Here are my picks from July – I pray they help you more effectively serve your people.

What new songs have you recently introduced? Share in the comments below!

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NEXT: Fresh New Worship – June 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 10.04.43 AMI know it can be hard to find solid, new corporate worship songs for your congregation, especially if you don’t subscribe to the “one-size-fits-all” mentality of only pulling from the CCLI Top 100. I collect new songs year round, listen, play along, & analyze to see which ones float to the top – that’s to say, I’ve done some of the work for you. I hope this curated list of new worship songs helps you better serve your congregation.

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Father’s Day Reflections at TheWorshipCommunity

Screen-Shot-2016-06-18-at-11.13.04-AM-702x336@2xI recently shared some developing thoughts about God as Father & how that affects us as worshipers & worship leaders over at TheWorshipCommunity. Be encouraged to drop by, give it a read, & join in on the conversation!

NEXT: Fresh New Worship – May 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 11.32.58 AMAre you looking for new corporate worship songs to use in your ministry/church?  I’ve attempted to do some of that work for you, collecting new songs year round to see which ones “stick”. I hope this curated list helps you better serve your congregation!


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A birthday announcement…


As my closest friends have learned over the years, on my birthday I don’t prefer huge parties, or being showered with gifts. I tend rather to set aside some quiet time to invest in something that is meaningful for me.

Today, I am honored to announce that Ascension Worship’s CITY WORSHIP PROJECT has recorded & released a song I was a part of bringing to life, “You won’t Stop“.  [Read more…]

NEXT: Fresh New Worship – April 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 9.44.56 AMAs I’ve noted before, it can be hard to find solid, new corporate worship songs for your congregation, especially if you don’t subscribe to the “one-size-fits-all” mentality of only pulling from the CCLI Top 100. I collect new songs year round, listen, play along, & analyze to see which ones float to the top – that’s to say, I’ve done some of the work for you. I hope this curated list of new worship songs helps you better serve your congregation.

Being a fan of more upbeat music, I found myself very surprised that April’s list is so mellow, & uniquely feminine. Even if you find nothing here to use at your church, these would make great quiet time songs. [Read more…]

SEASONING: Rory Noland’s “Seven Characteristics of a Seasoned Worship Leader”

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 5.03.47 PMAdding a little seasoning to jump off of content of my eBook Unseasoned,  I asked none other than seasoned Worship Leader/Author Rory Noland if I could share a few quotes from his latest piece from Worship Leader Magazine.

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NEXT: Fresh New Worship – February/March 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-05 at 3.47.58 PMTaking a month or two off to really sit with some new music (you can read 2015’s “end of the year best-of” HERE), the NEXT playlist/blog is back in play. I’ve found a few lesser-known gems from newer artists, & a few major worship teams who consistently bring some of the best new songs to the fold.  Also, as a reminder, I only make these Spotify lists so you can be introduced to new-to-you songs. If you like any of them, be encouraged to purchase them from iTunes.

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Did I mention that I wrote a book?

294128_184177244991931_1864152103_nBack in 2010 I was honored to be part of something unique: The Forge Conference, spearheaded by Joel Klampert. Created with the vision of equipping those serving in the trenches, & “forge”-ing supportive relationships/community among worship leaders, I was afforded the opportunity to share my experience with mentoring inexperienced worship teams as a break-out session. [Read more…]