5 Questions with Mark Cole

5 Questions - Mark Cole

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!


Mark Cole

Bio

Name  ||  Mark Cole

Church & Role  ||  C3 Church: Church Consultant & Worship Pastor

Main Instrument  ||  Piano & A-Guitar

Fun Fact  ||  I have done music and worship ministry in over 50 countries.

Links  || Website, Facebook, TwitterPraiseCharts

5 Questions

(All Emphasis from Chris)

1) How did you learn to/get into leading worship (mentor, school, etc)?

I grew up in a great church with a strong worship emphasis. After finishing my music degree and traveling in a Christian band for 4 years to over 30 countries, my home church asked me to come home and be the Music Pastor.

2) What is the most helpful habit you have developed as a Worship Leader?

My best daily habit is waking up early and spending time with God reading my Bible and praying. I wouldn’t have survived in ministry all these years without that foundation.

My best daily habit is waking up early and spending time with God reading my Bible and praying. - Mark ColeClick To Tweet

3) What has helped you develop as a Worship Leader?

– Growing up in a great worshiping church.
– Growing comfortable with playing and singing in front of congregations.
– Getting my Bachelor of Music degree.
Regularly watching and working with other strong worship leaders.
– Leading worship 3-5 times a week.

4) What’s one thing you wish you would have known 10 years ago?

That’s a tough question. At this point in my journey, I wish I already had my Master’s degree, so I guess I wish I had known the importance of getting that degree. But having said that, the opportunity is just opening up now for me to start that. So, I believe that God has His own unique timing for every person.

5) If you could only give one piece of advice to a growing Worship Leader, what would it be?

Get all the training, education and experience that you can so you can be highly effective and fruitful all the days of your life.

I believe that God has His own unique timing for every person. - Mark ColeClick To Tweet

I love how Mark says so much with such brevity. I think we all need to be reminded of the high importance of our own relationships with Jesus, and Mark’s encouragement to get up early and do that first thing is a great encouragement.

I’m also a fan of how much Mark appreciates and promotes education. Whether you’re doing it through a traditional university or seminary, or maybe through other means like worship schools, conferences, or even really good books, improving your education will always be a good idea.

If you want to hear more from Mark, then one thing you DEFINITELY need to know about is Mark’s great book, Following God: Notes from a Grand Adventure. Part memoir, part Worship Leader handbook, this is something that would be a great addition to any Worship Leader’s library! Check it out HERE!

Character vs. Competency

Character vs Competency

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.

5 Questions with Mat Crisp

5 Questions - Mat Crisp

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.

3 Mistakes New Worship Leaders Make in Their First 3 Months

3 Mistakes

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!

5 Game Changing Resolutions for Worship Leaders

5 Game Changing Resolutions for Worship Leaders

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.

3 Great Alternatives to Seminary for Worship Leaders

3 Great Alternatives to Seminary for Worship Leaders

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:

Do Worship Leaders Need to Go to Seminary?

Do Worship Leaders Need to Go to Seminary?

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!