I’m in Cali for Thanksgiving! = No Posts

Hey all!

I was gonna pump out some new stuff this week, but then I remembered it was Thanksgiving and I’m in Cali, and I’m gonna be thankful for family this week by NOT writing new content.

Hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends, and you can catch new stuff next Tuesday!

–  cd

3 Great Apps for Worship Leaders

3 Great Apps for Worship Leaders

Earlier this week, I was doing my semi-annual culling of all the apps on my iPhone. I don’t know if you do this, but I have to or I’d have too much crap to sift through just to get to the stuff that I really want to use.

Anyways, I got to thinking about some apps that have been helpful to me as a Worship Leader and I thought I’d share 3 that are really killing it for me right now.

Lets start by getting a few of the mainstays that everyone knows about out of the way, even though they deserve a mention anyways:

How to Find Your Team’s Sound Without Losing Your Team

How to Find Your Team's Sound

The frustration of many Worship Leaders, both new and seasoned, is getting the sound you desire out of your band. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you typically play, whether gospel, modern, blended, whatever, you’ve got the sound you’re looking for in your head.

You’ve heard it on records or maybe in another live experience before, but you don’t know how to coax it out of your own team. This can not only be frustrating but disheartening, even if your band sounds pretty good anyways. When it comes down to it, you know it can be better and you’re not quite sure how to make that happen.

No NEW Posts Week of Nov 9

Hey guys!

Just wanted to give you a heads up that we won’t have any new posts this week. We’ve got our staff retreat this week and we’ve also got a MILLION other things going on, so I don’t want to short change the content here because of my crazy life.

We’ll kick things off again the following Tuesday, Nov 17 with some great new content! Hope you guys are enjoying everything, be on the lookout some helpful stuff for Worship Leaders and team members.

Hope you guys are great, and feel free to check out some of these recent posts:

6 Tips for New Worship Leaders

The Worship Leader’s Guide to Evernote

How to Best Serve Your Pastor

How Worship Leaders Should Handle Critique & Criticism

How Worship Leaders Should Handle Critique & Criticism

No one like to be told they’re wrong or they suck. When most people think of critique and criticism, they think that they are being reprimanded or slammed. It is, however, something MUCH different.

Anything that has to do with art, including music, literature, dance, anything really, is subject to both critique and criticism. This includes leading worship. I believe that most Worship Leaders haven’t been coached on how to identify, handle, or even process critiques and criticism.

I want to take a few minutes to provide a framework for understanding critiques and criticism as well as some helpful tips for how to handle them as a worship leader.

5 Questions with Leslie Jordan

5 Questions - Leslie Jordan

Today is my birthday and I think I’ve got a treat for myself as well as everyone else! I reached out to Leslie a while ago on Twitter and she was so gracious take take time from her busy schedule to share with us today.

Leslie is a really interesting Worship Leader because along with her recording and traveling with All Sons & Daughters, she’s also creative arts staff and a worship guide at Journey Church in Franklin, TN. Her perspective is something that is needed in the Christian music industry, but she provides a lot of great insights for all kinds of worship leaders.

Take the time to get to know Leslie a little bit, I know you’ll be encouraged!

Stick around til the end of the post to get your chance of getting a FREE copy of my favorite All Sons & Daughters album, Live.

How to Best Serve Your Pastor

How to Best Serve Your Pastor

If you’re on staff at a church, you relationship with your Pastor can really dictate your experience there. I’ve had the good fortune of working for several Pastors that I both respect and followed gladly (SHOUT OUTS to Dawson, Ribera, & Stone), but that’s not to say that I’ve always served them well.

To say your relationship with your pastor is complicated is be an understatement. Yes, your Pastor is your boss. But they are also your Pastor, your spiritual leader. They can also be a friend, a supporter, and even at times a member of your team.

No matter your position on the staff team, your goal for your relationship with your Pastor should be to serve the well. We see support for this in Bible where church leaders are shown to be worthy of honor (1 Tim 5:17) and that obedience and submission to them is good (Hebrews 13:17). Assuming that your Pastor is leading in a way that honors God, serving your Pastor is paramount to your ability to serve God in your role.