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[Video Blog] What It Takes to Change Your Team

[Video Blog] What It Takes to Change Your Team

By Jon Nicol   |  July 12, 2016

What would you like to change about your worship team?

  • Maybe they don't practice enough.
  • Or they stare at the music stands the whole time.
  • Are there attitude issues you're dealing with?
  • Maybe you need more musicians.
  • Or you need the ones you have to step up their game a little.
  • Or maybe it's not your team that needs the most work, but your congregation—if you could only get them to sing and engage more.

Here's the thing, leading your church and worship team through change would be super easy...

How Do We Become More Honest In Worship?

How Do We Become More Honest In Worship?

By Jon Nicol   |  June 27, 2016

Giving voice to where your congregation is really at...

Expectation & The Hardened Heart of The Worshipper

Expectation & The Hardened Heart of The Worshipper

By Dusty Wallace   |  June 16, 2016

Perspective
Being an Ohio native, many summers in my childhood included at least one trip to Cedar Point, the theme park in Sandusky on Lake Erie.

I remember when I wasn't quite tall enough to ride the "big kid" rides. Of course, when you're just shy of that threshold height, there's going to be a few tears when you see your older sibling hopping in line for a ride that you just missed the cut for.

In those moments, everything is HUGE. Walking up to the college kid in the bright polo holding the measuring stick, the measuring stick seems huge. Everyone in line towers over you. Dwarfing them all in the distance, the first monstrous drop of the roller coaster hill.

Six Sound-Related Terms That You Might Be Messing Up

Six Sound-Related Terms That You Might Be Messing Up

By Dusty Wallace   |  May 27, 2016

I Don't Think That Means What You Think It Means

You ever feel like your audio engineer has no idea what you’re talking about? Chances are, your audio engineer feels the same about you from time to time. That happens a lot when we mix-up definitions of often-used audio terms. It’s pretty inconceivable. (Yes…I had to make the Princess Bride joke. You’re welcome.)

Here are six terms (grouped in sets) that we get crisscrossed:

Practice By Numbers: Setting Clear Expectations For Your Worship Team

Practice By Numbers: Setting Clear Expectations For Your Worship Team

By Jon Nicol   |  May 13, 2016

How does this song go again?

Do you hate that question during rehearsal as much as I do?

You planned the setlist three weeks ago. You uploaded the charts and mp3s to the worship planning app. You wrote out the band and vocal notes outlining who plays what where. And you’ve said time and again, “Show up prepared for rehearsal.”

And then at rehearsal someone asks: “How does this song go again?” 

He might not ask it audibly, but he doesn’t need to. The look in his eyes as he fright-reads the chart tells it all: he didn’t practice.

One of the most important leadership lessons I learned a while back is this: culture trumps everything. The culture of your worship team determines their behavior. I realized I had a culture that didn’t value preparation. So, I set out to change it.

4 Tips To Help Get Worship Leaders Out Of Their Own Heads

4 Tips To Help Get Worship Leaders Out Of Their Own Heads

By Dusty Wallace   |  May 10, 2016

When Sunday is always coming, it can be easy to get tunnel vision.

A lot of churches have systems in place to make sure their staff worship leaders get time off to rest and refocus. However, I would venture to say that most churches don't. Here are some practical tips and activities to give you that much-needed breather.

1. Go See A Show That You Can't Critique

Sometimes, it is nearly impossible to go to another church for a night of worship or even to a show at a bar when you're a worship leader without mentally breaking down every little piece of it.

That floor tom sounds like junk.
I can tell that lady is lip-syncing.
That worship leader has better hair than me.

You NEED to find some artistic/musical performance that will at least make it difficult for you to put on your "expert" goggles.

How To Change The Bad Habits In Your Worship Team, Part 2

How To Change The Bad Habits In Your Worship Team, Part 2

By Jon Nicol   |  May 5, 2016

In part one, we talked about what habits are and why they matter (good and bad) to your team. You'll want to read part one if you haven't already.

Let's dive into the step-by-step process for leading your team towards healthy habits.

How To Develop A Healthy Habit

1. Determine Your Why, What & How

Too often we have an idea that some bad habit needs to change, but we don’t take the time to articulate exactly WHAT that change looks like, HOW we’re going to get there, and WHY it matters that we change.

The HOW and WHY are crucial. Too many leaders stop at the WHAT—they tell people what the vision is, and then expect them to get on board.

But people are so much more willing to go along with change if they understand why they need to make the change and how it’s going to come about. So make sure that BEFORE you go public to your team, you’re crystal clear on the What, the How, and the Why.

How To Change The Bad Habits In Your Worship Team, Part 1

How To Change The Bad Habits In Your Worship Team, Part 1

By Jon Nicol   |  May 4, 2016

Habits
That word for the longest time had only a negative connotation for me. I’m not naturally wired to crave routine, focus on details, or have any discernible self-discipline whatsoever.

Whether I was being chewed out by my mom for my “habit” of leaving the kitchen cupboard doors open after looking for a snack or chiding myself for not having better study habits in college (the last minute and I were very, very well acquainted), all my habits seemed bad.

Define Loud: Three Things To Consider Before Turning It Down

Define Loud: Three Things To Consider Before Turning It Down

By Dusty Wallace   |  April 22, 2016

I don’t know if there is a single, more irritating critique to a worship leader or audio engineer than the “too loud” comment.

It’s just too loud.
Why does it have to be so loud?
It hurts my ears!
Do you think God can’t hear us or something?

Blah.

Now, here’s the problem with loud complaints. There is no universal standard for loud.

Let me give you a personal example…

Failing Forward: How to Mess Up The Right Way as a Leader

Failing Forward: How to Mess Up The Right Way as a Leader

By Andrea Hamilton Binley   |  April 13, 2016

Fact: 100% of leaders mess up.

Even the most seasoned, exemplary influencer still says and does things that fall short of perfect.

As a Christ-quoting leader in ministry, I don’t take my trip-ups lightly; in fact, I tend to feel embarrassed, discouraged, and down on myself when I realize I haven’t been practicing what I preach in some area. But I’m learning that messing up can actually give me helpful feedback and spur my leadership skills.

So, since we’re all in this boat together, let’s talk about how we can make the most of our failures.* Here are three tips for turning our common failures into catalysts for growth:

What To Do When Your Singers Sing Too Much

What To Do When Your Singers Sing Too Much

By Jon Nicol   |  March 30, 2016

Note: I posted a shorter version of this to a couple of Facebook groups I run and found it struck a nerve. So I thought I’d expand on this topic here in the blog. Enjoy it or hate it. And please comment either way.

An Aural Assault

Several years ago, I was between churches and offered to do some “pulpit fill” in some churches brave (or desperate) enough to hire an out-of-work worship leader to preach.

At one church I preached at, they just had a guitarist, drum machine, and six to eight vocalists.

From the pick-up note of the first song to the final rubato whole note of the last song, every singer sang every...single...one...of...those...notes.

And it was not a short set.

After I finished preaching and was driving home, I thought about why that musical worship experience made me want to curl up in the fetal position under the pew with my hands over my ears.

7 Ways To Survive The Crazy Stress of Easter

7 Ways To Survive The Crazy Stress of Easter

By Jon Nicol   |  March 9, 2016

Let’s face it, worship leaders, it’s our Super Bowl. Easter Sunday is THE "big game" for many of us.

But with so much preparation and so many moving parts, sometimes you can feel more like the tackling dummy than the starting quarterback.

So as we count down the last three and a half weeks before Easter, let me give you seven ways to get through this season with at least a smidgeon of your sanity remaining.

Five Ways To Better Lead Your Vocal Team

Five Ways To Better Lead Your Vocal Team

By Jon Nicol   |  March 3, 2016

In today's episode, we talk about what worship leaders can do better as they lead their vocalists.

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A "Freak Out" Moment That Kept Me From Leading Worship This Past Sunday

By Jon Nicol   |  February 25, 2016

OK, I can’t NOT tell you this story that happened just this past Sunday. Here it is:

We often use the last five minutes of our pre-service time to play a new song that’s about to be introduced into the rotation.

(It’s more for the band to get comfortable with the song than the congregation. Let’s face it, most of the congregation won't arrive for another 15 minutes anyway.)

As the second service was about to begin, my three-year-old daughter, Cora, came into the auditorium.

She had been playing out with her older siblings and their friends while my wife manned a women’s ministry event sign-up between services. But she must’ve seen me on stage and decided to check it out. So she found a seat about six rows back from the front and sat down.

Your To Do List is Keeping You From This Crucial Leadership Role

Your To Do List is Keeping You From This Crucial Leadership Role

By Andrea Hamilton Binley   |  February 11, 2016

What is one thing that sets apart many spiritual leaders from the GREAT spiritual leaders? Their prayer life.

Prayer is one of the biggest privileges we have as team leadersand one of the biggest necessities.

The apostle Paul’s leadership of the early churches he oversaw included consistent, positive, and bold prayers for them:

  • He wrote to the Romans that he unceasingly made mention of them in his prayers. (Romans 1:9-10)
  • He told the Ephesians and Philippians that he never stopped thanking God for them. (Ephesians 1:16, Philippians 1:3-4)
  • Informed the Colossians (in what might be my favorite of Paul’s introductions) that he's praying:

“… [they] may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

(Colossians 1:9-10)

Seeing the priority Paul placed on prayer and intercession as an example, let’s fight the tyranny of the urgent that so often tempts us to attack our to-do list before we lift up prayers for the teams we lead.

Why You Should NOT Lead a Worship Team Without This Document

Why You Should NOT Lead a Worship Team Without This Document

By Jon Nicol   |  January 27, 2016

Wait, what key is this song in?

Umm…I lost my place in the bridge. Well, and in the instrumental. And in the second chorus, too.

Can we listen to this song before running it again?

What do you mean I’m not playing my part? I’m playing the chords written on the chart!

Those are all questions and comments that you’ve probably heard at rehearsal. And they pretty much signify that people haven’t practiced.

Jealousy in Worship - Why It's Twice as Deadly

Jealousy in Worship - Why It's Twice as Deadly

By Andrea Hamilton Binley   |  January 13, 2016

There’s a well-known list (as well as a super creepy 90’s movie) known as the “seven deadly sins.” I don’t know just how biblical it is to call just seven sins deadly, but Jealousy definitely deserves to be on that list.

Have you seen jealousy sneak into a team before? Have you ever had to fight it in your own heart? Here are some serious reasons why it’s detrimental for a worship community.

10 Tools That I Couldn't Live Without As a Worship Leader

10 Tools That I Couldn't Live Without As a Worship Leader

By Jon Nicol   |  January 6, 2016

DOWNLOAD THE EPISODE

In today's podcast, I talk to you about the 10 tools (apps and such) that I love, and that make ministry easier/better.

Four Simple Habits That Can Transform Your Rehearsal (Before It Even Starts)

Four Simple Habits That Can Transform Your Rehearsal (Before It Even Starts)

By Jon Nicol   |  December 2, 2015

Ever had a rehearsal tank?

I have.

I won’t bore you with the story right now. Just suffice it to say that most anything that could go wrong did. (Except an earthquake. I can thankfully say we didn't have a massive earthquake at that rehearsal.)

Doing a post-mortem on that rehearsal, and others like it, I can point to several factors that made things go sideways. But inevitably, I find that often it’s what didn’t happen BEFORE the rehearsal that contributed to the mess.

I’ve learned that four pre-rehearsal habits can make a big difference. They can redeem a sub-par rehearsal from completely tanking. And they can also elevate a good rehearsal into a great one.

016: Death By Announcements

016: Death By Announcements

By Jon Nicol   |  November 25, 2015

Why your announcements are sucking the life out of your worship service (and what to do about it)...

Workaholic Worship Leader: 3 Tips for Keeping First Things First

Workaholic Worship Leader: 3 Tips for Keeping First Things First

By Andrea Hamilton Binley   |  November 18, 2015

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only recovering workaholic in ministry. The fact that you clicked on this title probably means you're wrestling with this issue. But if you're not, remember: denial is one of the symptoms. :)   

Having a willing-to-serve personality is mostly a huge blessing, but now and then it makes it harder for me, and all of my servant-leader brothers and sisters, to keep a healthy balance of life’s activities.

In ministry, there’s no end to the list of people's needs. And it’s such a righteous cause, that it almost feels godly to be slightly workaholic - you know, skip some date nights and Sabbaths - all for the Gospel of course.

Who's Number One

But I’ve been thinking about this question lately: Where is my "number one" ministry?

Why I'm Giving You Half My Paycheck (And Other Big Changes Around Here)

Why I'm Giving You Half My Paycheck (And Other Big Changes Around Here)

By Jon Nicol   |  November 4, 2015

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post called, "Why I Fell Off The Planet." It explained my almost complete disappearance from the blog and podcast for a couple months due to stringing too many “sprints” back-to-back without enough rest.

Well, I’ve done it again. Disappeared, that is. And I was sprinting, but this time it had an end in site. So why did I disappear for about month and to what end?

4 Ways to Disarm Division On Your Team

4 Ways to Disarm Division On Your Team

By Andrea Hamilton Binley   |  October 9, 2015

Practical steps to follow Romans 12:18, "...live at peace with everyone."

015: The Worship Leader Hiring Process

015: The Worship Leader Hiring Process

By Jon Nicol   |  October 2, 2015

We talk to Tim Foot about the hiring process for churches and worship leaders.

Dear Worship Leader, Just Sing the Dang Melody!

Dear Worship Leader, Just Sing the Dang Melody!

By Jon Nicol   |  September 3, 2015

A reason why people stop singing in your church...

014: The Six Must-Have Leadership Roles Your Team Needs

014: The Six Must-Have Leadership Roles Your Team Needs

By Jon Nicol   |  August 20, 2015

The building blocks for an equipped leadership team...

Six Ways to Grow an Engaging Worship Team, Part 2

Six Ways to Grow an Engaging Worship Team, Part 2

By Jon Nicol   |  August 17, 2015

Part 1 of this post looked at the first four ways we engage. (Click to read Part 1) Each of those facets of engagement had to do with others: God, leaders, other team members, and the congregation. But now we’re looking at two other ways team members engage.

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