This is another great example of how Social Media can make a big world so small. I learned about Mark through a Facebook group we’re both a part of and I’ve been checking out his stuff ever since I found him!
Mark’s a guy who has great perspective when it comes to leading worship and has plenty of experience to back it up. Doesn’t hurt that he’s a Canadian, we seem to have a rash of those on 5 Questions recently.
Along with his insights below, Mark’s got some other great stuff you need to know about that you can find at the bottom of this post. Be sure to catch that, and enjoy 5 Questions with Mark Cole!
Whether you’ve been a Worship Leader for years or are just starting out, you’ve felt/seen the tension between these two things. This is true for anything we do in life, but Character & Competency are the two core aspects that we need to be successful & faithful in ministry.
You can’t do what you do with one and not the other, and we have to cultivate both in our lives if we want to become better at what we do. I contemplated calling this post “How to Not Ruin Your Life In Ministry,” because that’s how important it is to understand this topic personally and for your team. I know first hand.
I love it how being online can introduce you to people that you would have probably never met otherwise. Mat is one of those guys for me. I get to write over at Sunday| Magazine every once in a while, and I’ll often check out some of the other writers to see who they are and what’s going on with them.
Mat caught my attention with a post he wrote called 2 Types of Learning You Need to Lead Worship. I loved his practical insights combined with the obvious heart of a pastor, so I started checking out his stuff, including his new record with his wife, Nicole, The Union: Vol. 2. More about that later, you’re not going to want to miss it.
Anyways, the more I checked out his stuff, the more I knew that Mat was a guy you needed to hear from. I reached out, and he’s got some great stuff for you guys today!
Be sure that you stick around to the end of the post to learn how you can get a free copy of their new record, The Union: Vol. 2.
Being the new guy isn’t easy. This couldn’t be more true that for Worship Leaders in a new position or church. New Worship Leaders have to contend with “they way things have always been” as well as building relational equity with team members, staff members, and especially the congregation.
I’ve been the New Guy 3 different times in my life, and each situation was vastly different. In each situation, I found that the first 3 months were the most pivotal in dictating the tone and direction of my leadership there. I don’t think I’m a special case, and that every new Worship Leader’s first 3 months are incredibly important.
We can all appreciate the importance of a good start, and in looking back at my time being the new guy, I’ve identified several things I could & should have done differently. Today, I want to share with you three mistakes that new Worship Leaders might be tempted to make, so that you can avoid those hurdles and have an awesome start in your new spot!
With the start of a New Year comes everyone’s favorite guilt-filled tradition: Resolutions. Every year we make these decisions to see change in our lives, and it seems like most of us can’t get the traction to see that change come to fruition.
However, I believe that resolutions can be great tools, if we put a structure in place to measure our progress with the resolutions! There are tons of great systems that you can use to keep track of and measure your resolutions, and I would suggest reading up on S.M.A.R.T. goals to get you started.
I wrote a post recently called “Do Worship Leaders Need to Go to Seminary?,” and I kinda answered the question by saying Yes & No. However, if seminary isn’t for you, then what other options are there?
I wanted to take a quick moment today to share with you 3 of my favorite alternatives to seminary, that I probably would have used myself if I didn’t choose to go to seminary and work full-time. PLEASE NOTE: these are not the only 3 alternatives or even the 3 BEST alternatives for you! I simply want to open your mind to some ideas and to get the wheels turning in your head about what is best for YOU!
With that in mind, here’s my brief thoughts on 3 great alternatives to seminary for Worship Leaders:
We talk here a lot about things we can do as Worship Leaders to grow in our knowledge, craft, and leadership. However, there may be a cap on how much self improvement and development we can do on our own. There is a lot to be said for a great mentor or even online courses, but what about the traditional option: Seminary.
I personally decided to go to seminary, but we’ll get to my story in a bit. It feels like I talk to Worship Leaders almost weekly about whether seminary is the right option for them or not. Especially heading into a new year, this has been a hot topic of conversation recently.
Since this has been on my radar, I wanted to take some time to speak directly to Worship Leaders about whether seminary is the right option for them and maybe what might be the right next step for you!