In this episode, I had the chance to talk to Sandra McCracken again about: How scripture inspired and is woven throughout her new live album. The recording process for a live project. Some practical considerations for how to do it ourselves. Advice for how to go off script in a healthy way during a worship […]
In this episode myself and Chris Bellamy had the chance to talk to Chris Quilala again about: Jesus Culture’s latest project. What God has been doing lately through Jesus Culture Sacramento. What it looks like to do week to week worship ministry for Chris. The nuts and bolts of how teams are scheduled for Jesus […]
In this episode I had the chance to talk to Josh Baldwin of Bethel Music about: How he went from being a drummer to a worship leader and songwriter. His home church. How he got connected with Bethel Music. Advice for songwriting and working through songs that may not be finished. Growing in the craft […]
In this episode Chris had the chance to talk to Stephen Christian about: His transition from Anberlin to local worship ministry. How songwriting looks different for worship. His latest project Wildfires. Some of the details on what he uses to record with in the studio. Why we need to be careful that the worship stage […]
Subscribe here In this episode we got to talk to Louie Giglio about: His latest book Goliath must fall. How to get connected with Louie through a daily devotional. Some practical advice for keeping our mind on Jesus in the midst of ministry and life. Something really cool he’s got in the works for the […]
In this episode myself and Chris Bellamy talked with Stu G about: The beatitudes project. How it evolved to be more than just an album. Thoughts about the upcoming movie. How the story of God’s mercy can be seen throughout the project. All the technical details surrounding the recording of the album. What Stu draws […]
In this episode I had the chance to talk with Elias Dummer of The City Harmonic about: How they’re wrapping up The City Harmonic and what that means for them personally. How to go about ending something well. What it looks like to do ministry in a local church while being a part of a […]
In this episode, a couple of our main contributors over on the East Coast got together to talk about some practical worship leadership stuff. They’re part of a fantastic connect group that you should get involved with. Check it out here. Some specific topics discussed: The importance of being teachable as a leader. Why we […]
In this episode myself and Chris Bellamy got to talk with Darlene Zschech about: How God called her and her husband out in a step of faith to plant a church. The worship conference that her church will be doing for the first time this year. Fostering a heart of gratitude in everything we do […]
In this episode I talked with Joshua and David from Covenant Worship about: The creation of an album that might not necessarily be intended for corporate worship but how God can use the music in a corporate setting. How we can incorporate various elements in to our service to glorify God. What the week to […]
In this episode myself and Chris Bellamy were able to talk to the man Behind Labyrinth, David Baloche about: The heart behind writing the music for Labyrinth. How the music has been amazing in ministering to those who suffer with anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Who was involved in the writing and recording process. David’s musical […]
In this episode, I had the chance to talk with David Dunn about: His song “I want to go back” and what it looked like for David to write it. Lessons we can learn from kids in our faith-walk. How God can be seen in the midst of very difficult times in our lives. The […]
In this episode myself and Chris Bellamy get to talk to Kim Walker-Smith about: Her newest project, “On My Side” The dynamic of creating a personal album while being involved in the music and life of Jesus Culture. Some practical advice on how to manage the tension of personal ministry and corporate ministry in our […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode myself and Chris Bellamy were able to talk with Sarah Reeves about: How God has been moving in her life. Her latest project! Thoughts on worship and how it sounds similar in a lot of places. Where Sarah […]
We had all kinds of fun at our one day west coast worship conference! Check out some of the highlights in the vlog!
In this episode, Josh and I talk with Chris Abbott about: Why are we talking about Facebook advertising on the TCC podcast? Tons of practical ways to use Facebook ads to connect with new people for your Easter service. Things you can do today to engage with your congregation online. Why you should pass this episode […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talked with Kristian Stanfill about: Their new album and what God’s doing in and through their music. Some of the practical steps taken to pull off Passion every year. The relationship between the passion conference and doing […]
If you haven’t heard our first conversation with Darren from We Are Messengers, check it out here. They’ve been a part of the soundtrack for the Shack. You can go get the album here. Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode we talk about: Creating […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I had the chance to talk to Ellie Holcomb about: How God has been working in her and her community over the past two years. Why is it important for us to find opportunity to celebrate God in […]
In this episode I had the chance to talk to Kari Jobe again! You can hear her first interview here. Here are some of the highlights: How God has been working in and through Kari through marriage, having a kid, and life in general. The process in which God called her from her church to […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I had the chance to talk to Jenn Johnson about: What the day to day ministry of Bethel Music looks like. The heart behind Jenn and Brian’s latest project together. How God uses our life circumstances to mold […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode Chris Bellamy and myself talk with David Gungor of the Brilliance about: His podcast to help tell the stories of the music in their album. The theme and purpose of their latest project. The reason we have […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode we talk about: The heart behind publishing “The Jesus Bible” What God has been doing with the their Bible so far. Why Jesus must be at the center of our Bible reading. Louie’s thoughts on the power of […]
In this episode I talked with Audrey Assad again! You can check out the first interview here. In this one we talk about: How to balance the joy of Christmas but also recognize that there is room for hurt too. Thoughts on what the spirit of Christmas is in the context of a local church […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode, myself and Fox talk with Grant Norsworthy of More than Music Mentor about: What it was like touring with SONICFLOOd. What he is doing with More than Music Mentor to help train worship leaders. His take on what’s […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode myself and Chris Bellamy talk with Chris Quilala about: His new project and what it was like creating it. The differences and similarities between his new music and what’s come from Jesus Culture. How the difficulties of life […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talk with the Krissy Nordhoff and Maribeth Dodd over at Brave Worship about: Their ministry to women in worship ministry. The tension of raising kids, songwriting, worship leadership, and everything else involved. What it takes to be […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I had the chance to talk with Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf) about: How God changed her when she was going through dark times in life. How God led her in to songwriting and music. Ways to look for God’s […]
In this episode I talk with Michael Neale about: The journey that brought Michael to Prestonwood. The process of moving the hearts of the church toward participatory worship. What the songwriting process looked like for Prestonwood Worship. What creativity looks like at the church. How to foster songwriting and develop it as a personal talent. […]
The guys over at integrity music have offered up a free mp3 and chart from their new Christmas album. Time’s up! Be sure to stay tuned for more opportunities!
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I get a chance to talk to Paul Baloche about: The lead worship conference he just led in PA. How you can come join a bunch of us in Modesto, CA in November. Get info here! The process […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I had the chance to talk with Jeremiah Carlson of The Neverclaim. We chat about: How the Neverclaim was birthed from local church worship ministry. Their move to Nashville and how God was calling them back to local […]
We’re super excited to host the stream of one of the tracks from Paul Baloche’s new project. You can go preorder the album here. Special thanks to our friends at integrity music and we are worship!
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I had the chance to catch up with the always awesome Zach Bolen of Citizen’s and Saints. They just put a new album out, you should probably go get it. In this episode we talk about: What they […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode myself, Josh, and Fox talk about the age old question. How loud should our services be? Some topics: The levels we are running in our services. How the level at your church will likely be different than another […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode myself and Chris Bellamy talked with Josh Havens from the Afters about: Growing up in worship ministry. The balance between touring and doing local church ministry. Their new project “Live on Forever.” How God has been working through […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talk with Jeff Sandstrom about: What it looks like to run production for Worship Night in America. Worship Connect at Sweetwater. We’ll be there! You should too! Details about all the technology used for some of the […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode myself, Fox, and Chris talk about how to encourage more participation in our churches. We talk about: How to go about recruiting musicians and leaders. What songs we should choose to help encourage participation. The importance of the […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talk with Luke McElroy about: Salt! (you should come join us!) How they go about changing the set for every main session. Advice for a smaller church who wants to go for the bigger things they see […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode myself, Chris, and Adam talk about: What should we do when our senior pastor is part of the worship team. What if our older pastor feels like the younger worship leader is not picking the right music? The […]
We had a fantastic time! Here’s the handout Chris references. The Church Collective Online Guitar Workshop Handout
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode Chris and I talk with Bryan and Katie Towalt about: Their new album champion. The need to recognize God’s power in the midst of our situations. How Bryan and Katie got connected with Jesus Culture. Why most of […]
There are some fantastic songs on this album to use in your church. Here are some thoughts on songs that stood out to me. You’ll definitely want to pour over the album for yourself to see what works in your church context. World of Grace // I get a big coldplay vibe from this one. […]
The guys over at sprig music are putting together some great music for the church. There’s a uniqueness to Weston Skaggs’ new album that may be just right for your church. Here’s a breakdown of some of the songs that stood out to us: Glory to Your Name // The musicality of this track is […]
In this episode myself and Chris talked with Keith Everrett Smith and Tasha Layton Smith about the value of theology in worship. Some points made: The difference between corporate and private worship. A discussion about the “why” for corporate worship in the first place. The importance of teaching our churches about worship. Partnering with our […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I had the chance to talk with Leeland about: How the band Leeland came to be. What it was like growing up in a traveling ministry family. How powerful it can be to have mentors in our lives. […]
Chances are you’re probably doing a lot of the songs from Hillsong United’s Empires in your church already. If you are, this record will give you some fresh ideas and arrangements. If you’re not, maybe this will help you contextualize the songs for your church! Here are my thoughts on some of the album: Here […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode Miles, Adam, and Chris talk with Chad from Kings Kaleidoscope about: What the band has been doing lately. Their latest project Beyond Control. What it’s like now that Chad is no longer a week to week worship pastor […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode Adam and I continue our discussion with Dustin Smith about: Why we need to constantly fill ourselves up with the Word of God. The songwriting process with others. Starting the songwriting process with just worshiping. Ways to become […]
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”–John 1:1-4 The Word I love the Gospels. I love the […]
The trouble with trying to aim for young people for the sake of just aiming for young people. Should we use a fog machine in our service? The franchising of the church vs the smaller boutique church. How the fasted growing churches in the country are multisite. The village mentality and what it means for […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode myself and Adam talk with Dustin Smith about: His heart and ministry in The Healing Project. Why we need to be focused on the people in our church over the music. Dustin’s dream about the healing power of […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talk with Travis Ryan about: The tension of writing music from a place of brokenness. The reason for worship music in the first place. Why we need to be vulnerable as worship leaders. The tension of being […]
Adam and Miles continue their conversation with Bob Kauflin, renowned author and leader in worship ministry.
It’s that time again! Here are some of the worship setlists that were shared through our community on instagram. What songs did you do at your church? You can mention derrick_mclendon• You Make Me Brave • Nothing But the Blood • This I Believe (The Creed) • Holy Spirit lakesideonlineSearch My Heart, My Heart is […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode myself, Chris Bellamy, Chris Sligh, and Adam Dolhanyk talk about: What we think is going on with worship ministry and church in general. How the change in church culture is cyclical. The reality of the retirement of a […]
Miles and Adam talk with Bob Kauflin, author of worship matters about his latest book. They also deep dive in to the importance of theology in worship and the why behind we all do what we do in the first place.
For this week, you can grab “Lift My Eyes” from the team over at All About Worship. The chance to grab the mp3 is over! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to find out when the next opportunity comes!
It’s that time again! Here are the sets that were shared through our community on Instagram. What Worship Setlist did you do at your church? You can join the conversation on Instagram next week or by joining our facebook community. Or just leave a comment on this post here! kenneth_andres This Is Amazing Grace // Manifesto […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talk with Jordan Frye from Urban Rescue about: The impact of worship on the life of the artist. How an encounter with God can wildly change our lives. The impact of a simple ask from a […]
It’s that time again! Here are the sets that were shared from those in our instagram community this week. tbear1289God is able, Glorious Grace,Great are you Lord, Come to the altar,Alive in you paulhnicholsWhat A friend we have in Jesus – ghost ship // love ran red // good good father // revelation song blangsview54This […]
Podcast interview with Darren Mulligan of We Are Messengers. Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. The Interview In this episode I talked with Darren Mulligan from We Are Messengers about: How God changed his life and came to meet him. The influence that secular music had on […]
Every week we highlight and share images from our community. We have been getting a lot of questions asking for a list of the setlists that are shared. We’re excited to start this new section of the site! Here’s what people did in their worship services for the week of April 24, 2016. scottderuiter1 Only […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode we talk about: What getting vocal nodes did in Phil’s life. How it affected his songwriting. The way God birthed songs through the experience. How to seek and find peace in God through trails. Why we need to understand […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. I the chance to talk with Ben Calhoun from Citizen Way about: How they started their band. The importance of education as a worship leader and musician. Here’s a great article about that! Why we have to mentor other leaders. How […]
In this myself and Patrick from Soul City Church talk about when everything at church goes wrong: Patrick tells us about losing power to the entire building mid service. How our reliance on technology doesn’t need to hold back what we can do on the weekend. The importance of having someone in the role of […]
In this episode Miles and Adam talk with Zach Bolen about: How the bands from Mars Hill Music has come together now to make Gospel Song Union. The heart behind coming together to provide music for the church. The importance of fighting against the celebrity culture of the church. The need to resource the smaller […]
In this episode myself and Cliff talk about vocal health! Here’s what we chat about: The danger of singing too much. Fear of having nodules or nodes. What exactly a nodule is and how we can avoid getting them. Some encouragement for those that think they may have them. The mechanics of singing. Why it […]
In this episode I talk with Audrey Assad about: Here latest project, Inheritance. How she intentionally recorded this album of hymns without the addition of new choruses. The roll of hymns in the formation of our theology. How she worked with some charites for this project. Some stories about the depth of the lyrics in […]
In this episode I talk with Jason Ingram about: What’s going on with One Sonic Society. Check out our interview with Stu G here! The balance between songwriting and worship leading. Moving from leading in a local church to writing for the global church. How Jason got involved in worship music. CCM vs church music. […]
In this episode we talk with Chris from Brothers McClurg about the heart of selecting music for our church. Some topics covered: How every church will have it’s own unique needs for worship. The desire to sound just like the recordings of bigger worship ministries and the struggle that can cause. The need for songs […]
In this episode I talk with Chris Cleveland from Stars Go Dim about: The heart behind their latest project. How each member of the band are worship leaders. The balance between touring and doing local church ministry. Having feet in both local church worship ministry and the CCM world. The need to understand who we […]
In this episode I talk with Meredith Andrews about: The importance of trials in our life for the sake of our growth. The songwriting process for her latest project. How God uses seasons of difficulty to grow us. The importance of focusing on God in the midst of difficulty in ministry. Why we have to […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talk with Brett Younker about: What’s going on with Passion conference this year. The writing process for their latest single Remember. The importance of being open to feedback from others when we are writing. Why we have […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this Episode, Adam, Chris, and I talk to Chris Quilala about: Jesus Culture Sacramento. Their latest album “Let it Echo.” The songwriting process and how the songs on this album are being used in their church. Why they decided to […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. This was a fantastic convo! Here’s what’s we talked about: Their rerelease of “Have You Heard” and how they went about making it fresh. You can grab it here. What it was like pioneering worship in the early days of Delirious? […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this Episode Adam Dolhanyk, Chris Bellamy and myself talk with James Mead from Kutless about: The process of writing this new album and the shift toward Kutless as a rock band. How Kutless got started. The balance of working with […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode Cliff Lampbert, Spence Parkerson, and myself answer a called in question about: The relationship between leading the congregation in worship both on and off the platform. Taking the chance to connect with the congregation. The importance of spending […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talk with Chris Rohman from Sanctus Real about: How Sanctus Real started through getting involved in a student worship team. What’s coming now that Matt is leaving the band. The process of finding a new singer for […]
Came across this news this morning and was really touched. If you have the means, any support is a big help for everything going on in Syria. Here’s the press release: After an exclusive music video premiere on Billboard.com, platinum selling Hillsong UNITED’s “Even When It Hurts” is being given away with a donation to the international […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode Callie Garret, Ryan Loche, and Paul Zach talk about: How it can be lonely to be the only creative on staff at church. How the Charlottesville Worship Collective came about. The importance of joint ownership of a local worship […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talked with Jon Guerra about: How he and his wife ended up recording an entire album of Christmas music. Writing music with your spouse. What God has been doing with his previous project “Little Songs” The calling […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode Adam Dolhanyk, Miles Nelson, Chris Bellamy, and Ryan Loche talk about: The process we use to select music in our churches. The method we go through to bring in a new song. The roll that hymns can play in […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talk with Aaron Ivey from Austin Stone Worship about: How songwriting began at their church. How Aaron got involved in music and songwriting. Why worship music tends to be best birthed from a local worship context. How […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode, Fox and I go at it with a big debate that he and I have at our church. He believes that the tech and worship teams need not mix. I believe that he’s just wrong. Many of our […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. Check out our review of the album here. In this Episode I talk with BJ Pridham from Planetshakers about: The heart behind their youtube series “The Well.” How a local church can begin to have a passionate worship ministry. The importance […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. Welcome to the very first episode of The Ask the Church Collective Podcast! You can submit your questions for future episodes via the phone number given on the podcast so we can play it back for everyone to hear! Cliff Lambert, […]
We had a great chat with John Mark about the recording of this podcast. Be sure to check it out. If you’re only familiar with John Mark McMillan because you’ve seen his name attached to “How He Loves.” You’re missing out on a lot of great music. You may not find a lot of songs […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. Check out our review of the album here. In this episode myself, Chris Bellamy, and Bryan Lopez got to talk with John Mark McMillan about: What’s going on in his life now. His latest live recording. His songwriting process, how he […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talk with Big Daddy Weave about: The story behind their latest project Beautiful Offerings and what God has done with it. Stories behind the songs they have been writing. How God has used the difficulties of life […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can subscribe on Stitcher here. In this episode I talked with Tim Timmons about: How God got him involved in worship ministry. How God has used his incurable cancer. The importance of having mentors in their life. His style of leading worship and how we need […]
Chris Bellamy and myself will be in Nashville on October 21-23 for Salt Nashville! Go get yourself registered! We were there last year and can say that it a conference that you do not want to miss!
In this episode Chris Bellamy talks with Phil Joel of Zealand Worship about: His involvement with the Newsboys. How God has been moving him toward ministry with Deliberate People. How God moved through Acquire the Fire and how Phil stepped into leading worship. The heart behind Zealand worship. The recording process for their new project. […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! Wow guys, this episode has so much practical, spiritual, and musical help for us. You’re going to love it! In this episode I talk with Paul Baloche about: How you can get superior quality recordings from your closet at home. (seriously, give it a try). His latest […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode we talk about: Her background and love for scripture. The practice of singing scripture and pulling from the great hymns in church history. Her experience at International House of Prayer. The importance of writing music that can minister to multiple generations. The balance between […]
We’re honored to have a great guest post from Andrea Lucado. We’re all building our own little walls. At least, they start out as little. But it doesn’t take long before they have grown tall, then a little taller and a little taller. We have to use a ladder in order to place the next […]
In this episode I talk with Josh Wilson about: How he got involved in worship leading and song writing. The process of writing music and the need to be ok with writing some music that aren’t that good. The importance of the context of who you are writing music for. The balance between entertaining and […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode I talked with Aaron Shust about: His latest project Doxology. The process of collecting songs and recording them for the church to hear. Some of the standout moments from the writing process. The importance of strong theology in the songs we write and lead […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode I talk with Mikey from 7eventh Time Down about: The heart behind their latest project: God is on the Move. The evolution of their style and how it related to their growth in life. The balance of family and ministry. Seeing God through the life […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode Fox and I talk with the crew from For All Seasons about: How their music has been spreading through the world and how the TCC audience has really embraced their music. How For All Seasons came about. Getting started as a chapel worship team […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode Miles and Adam talk with Cam Huxford from Ghost Ship about: The close of Mars Hill and the effect it had on the team. How they helped plant a new church in the wake. The Northwest Collective album and the worship nights that are […]
In this episode I talk with Elias Dummer from The City Harmonic about: How their team came about. The importance of being the hands and feet of Christ in your local community. How worship leaders came together to lead together in Hamilton. The value in getting together with other Christians who do not believe exactly […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this Episode Chris Bellamy talks with James Duke about: Who he’s currently playing with. The process of recording the latest project with John Mark McMillan. What the night of worship looked like at Abbey Road with Matt Redman. Check out our interview with Matt here. How […]
In this episode, Adam Dolhanyk, Chris Bellamy, and myself talk with Tim Hughes about: How Tim went from leading worship to planting a new church. The transition from being a lead worshiper to a lead pastor. How the lead pastor is also the lead worshiper. The importance of getting creatives and artists together and build […]
In this episode myself and three of our core team members (Chris, Brian, and Fox) talk about: The balance between being a touring artist and a worship leader. The mindset that is required to do both. How both the local worship leader and the touring artist have to communicate Christ on the platform. The planning […]
In this episode Chris and I talked with Matt Redman about: The recording and songwriting process in Abbey Road. How God moved during the night of worship that became his latest project. How the title song came together just shortly before the worship night. The importance of having a flexible team. The team involved in […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode I talk with Danen Kane about: How Danen got started in music and worship. The transition from piano to learning guitar. His involvement with campus crusade. How he began as a songwriter. How most of his music comes from the life of a Christian […]
5:30 Monday June 15th Join Ryan and Chris as they talk through the relationship between the worship leader and the guitarist. We’ll also be talking with some of our partners and sharing what’s coming up this fall with TCC! Sign up below to let us know you’re coming and we’ll email you the link when […]
In this episode I talked with Sam Evans from Planetshakers about: The heart for their new outback worship album. The writing process for their new album. The feedback that they’ve been getting about their latest music. How Sam goes about keeping connected with God. The importance of having a home church. The necessity of keeping […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode we talk about: The balance between the Old Testament God and Jesus. Their book “Transcending Mysteries.” The value in understanding who the God of the Old Testament is in the life of the worship leader. The transition from leading worship to writing a book. The […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode I had the chance to talk to Joel Houston from Hillsong United about: How he has cultivated his ability as a songwriter and lyricist. The importance of the Bible in his songwriting. What Joel’s personal relationship with God looks like. What growing up in […]
Before we get started, remember that our reviews are meant to help you navigate the album and offer suggestions for use in your church context. I’d love to hear how you’re using this music in your church in the comments below. Here’s my rundown. Here Now (Madness) // The opening track for the album is […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode we talk about: The heart behind the worship initiative. How it came out of a heart for biblical training for worship leaders. The process in which they chose the 100 songs they recorded and how they recorded them. The importance of discipleship in […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! Interview with Joshua from Midnight 30. How he designed the starry night delay pedal. How he and Bryan got together to make an Ambient Notes pedal. How all 15 sold out within two days and then had 22 orders. The origin of the name Midnight30. How […]
NASHVILLE, TENN – MAY 4, 2015 –Capitol CMG is excited to announce the release of Josh Wilson’s new single, “That Was Then, This Is Now,” which is available now on iTunes. This song is the title track to Wilson’s new album that is scheduled to release later this summer. “‘That Was Then, This Is […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode I had the chance to talk with Matt McCoy about: The heart and story behind his latest project How we can get stuck in the songwriting process and how we can get out of it. We get to check out a song from his latest […]
Nashville, Tenn. (May 6, 2015) // Centricity Music’s Jason Gray is releasing a new single, “Glow In The Dark,” going for radio adds May 15. The song, co-written by Gray and Ben Glover, is a powerful message about the attempt to find Grace over our struggles. Doesn’t matter how deep, how dark the night is […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode Fox and I interview Derek Johnson. We talk about: Derek’s musical background. The value of learning music at a young age. How he began as a drummer and the effect it had on his musicianship. His involvement at a Vineyard church and how it […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode Chris talked with Jon Micah Sumrall about: His latest project “Faith and Family” and the heart behind why he titled it as such. The importance of both our faith and our family as children of God. The inclusion of some love songs that he […]
The guys over at Soul City Church in Chicago have put out a great bunch of songs that will work well for pretty much any congregation. Here are my thoughts after listening to it a few times. Enter In // Standard opening number that would go really well with a visual element, scripture on the […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! Our friends over at We Are Worship are also giving away charts for six of the songs here. In this episode Miles and I have a great conversation with Garrett and Sean of Worship Mob. We talk about: The vision behind Worship Mob. The need for worship […]
God moved in a tremendous way at the Identity Worship Conference in Christchurch, NZ. Check out the recap: Brian is heading up a team in Auckland, NZ this weekend! Head here to register.
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! I had the chance to talk with Ellie Holcomb about: How God worked through her to write music about Jesus. The value of scripture in the songwriting process. (we’ve got a great post here about theology in worship). The process of culling from 45 songs down to […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode we talk with Brian Campbell and Joel Muddamalle about the importance of theology in worship leadership as well as how Logos Bible software can help you better study the scriptures. We talk about: How many worship leaders feel like they do not have enough […]
centricworshipplus.com Our friends at Centric Worship just released their new subscription service to get music to the local church! Check out the details here: FRANKLIN, TN, (Feb. 5, 2015) — CentricWorship announced today the launch of its new digital music subscription program, CentricWorship PLUS. Teaming up with some of Christian music’s most prolific songwriters, CentricWorship PLUS […]
A solid rig from James Thain!
If you’d like to be featured, head on over to this form and tell us about yourself! Dalton Huxley Anthem Church Amp: Vox AC15 Custom Electric Guitar: Fender American Vintage ’72 Thinline Telecaster Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Pedalboard (guitar to amp): Boss TU-3 Boss Orange Squash Compressor Exotic Effects EP Booster Walrus Audio Voyager Drive […]
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 I don’t know about you, but It’s been a staggeringly busy season for me. I have the best intentions every year as we move into the holiday season but, […]
Welcome to our second gear rundown. If you’d like to be featured, head on over to this form and tell us about yourself! Adam Bailey Second Baptist Church. Lancaster, SC. Electric Guitar I play a Fender Deluxe Stratocaster, which goes into my board. My pedal order goes something like this: Xotic Effects SP Compressor JHS […]
Want to tell us about your song? Share it here! Now I’ve Seen is about looking back and seeing God’s faithfulness. Inspired by a conversation I had with a recovering addict and gang member. He shared with me how he found Christ. He said something in our conversation that floored me. He said – ”You know […]
Chris Sligh and his team at his church have put out a great album of original music, with a live recording to come. We’re all about getting new music into rotation at your church so here’s my worship rundown of this album! Be sure to check the songs out here. Here are my thoughts on the songs: […]
This is the first of our posts highlighting one of our community member’s gear! If you’d like to be featured, head on over to this form and tell us about yourself! Tom Lemmons New Life Christian Center // Turlock, CA Electric Guitar I usually play thru a dual amp rig. A marshall plexi reissue and a […]
Ryan and Chris talk with Don Moen about the current state of worship, keeping healthy in ministry, and trusting God through a life of serving him.
Want to tell us about your song? Be sure to check out our last interview with the guys from Sow and Tether. The song is based around the idea of Advent, or simply the incarnation of Jesus. We wanted to write a song that captured the essence of what the birth of Christ truly […]
Listen in on a great round-table discussion from the core team of The Church Collective
Man, the guys over at Centric Worship are cranking out some great music for the church. Here’s our worship review for their latest project “Come Alive” Greater is He // This one is really singable and easy to catch onto. We interviewed Jonathan on last week’s podcast and he shared some great insight into the […]
Jonathan Lee of Centric Worship is offering a free christmas single for a limited time!
Ryan interviews Jonathan Lee of Centric worship about the his latest project and about the heart of worship leading.
Miles and Ryan talk with Chad from Kings Kaleidoscope about their full length album, the state of worship today, and the heart behind what they do.
I trust that God’s doing a great work in your church this week. It’s always great to see people lifting his name up all over the world. Are you on Instagram? Find us @thechurchcollective and use the hashtag #thechurchcollective to share where it is that you’re worshiping. Here are some highlights from this week: We […]
Planetshakers have come out with another album full of anthems for the church! Here’s our worship breakdown: This is Our Time // If you’re congregation is into music that really pumps, this is a wonderful opener for your service. Word of caution though, you’re going to want to grab the backing tracks if you don’t […]
This is the first of our “Ask the Collective” podcast episodes. If you have a question that you’d like to hear some of the contributors respond to, please get in touch with us!
The Church Collective founder, Ryan Loche, brings us thought provoking questions from Paul’s letter to the Romans.
It’s always so great to see where everyone is worshiping during the weekend! Be sure to find us on instagram to join in on the sharing! This week we’re featuring some great shots from one of our contributors, John. Be sure to check some of his posts out!
In this episode, Miles talks to For All Seasons about: What it’s like joining a church for a weekend while they tour. Leading worship in the morning and then leading a concert at night. Leading, working, and living at Hume Lake Christian Camps Trusting God’s leading after college at Biola. Recording the new worship album […]
Our friends at Centric Worship just put out a single from their upcoming release! Be sure to check it out. You can hear our interview with Corey here.
Always so much fun to see where everyone is worshiping! Feel free to join in. Mention @thechurchcollective and use #thechurchcollective on instagram to share!
Always so much fun to see where everyone is worshiping! Feel free to join in. Mention @thechurchcollective and use #thechurchcollective on instagram to share!
Sometimes it’s easy to miss some of the great training for leading worship on the site. I took the time to put together some of our more popular posts for people wanting to lead worship. Spence talks about how leading worship comes from a heart that is chasing after him in this great post. It’s […]
In case you missed our first online guitar workshop! Here it is for a limited time! Jon and Chris did some great training for worship guitarists. Including voicings, tone, swells, and more. Jon and Chris did a fantastic job. Be sure to check out their posts and training on the site. Get the handout mentioned […]
There are some great songs on this new EP from Lauren Daigle and our friends at Centric Worship. Check out a live video here: and grab the EP here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/how-can-it-be-ep/id915626960
Always so much fun to see where everyone is worshiping! Feel free to join in. Mention @thechurchcollective and use #thechurchcollective on instagram to share! I had the chance to hang with Aaron Long at Creation Northwest this year. Amazing guy with a heart for God. He’s on tour now with Brian Campbell. Here’s a great […]
There have been some amazing shots shared on instagram this week. Here are a few! Feel free to join in. Mention @thechurchcollective and use #thechurchcollective on instagram to share! The first picture this week is from our friend Eko Funke. He’s got a pretty sweet youtube channel you should check out here. The second […]
Miles talks with Aaron about: The idea of worship and justice. How Aaron got involved in worship ministry in Northern Ireland. The church landscape in Ireland. How worship is more than music. The art of taking simple truth and creating music from them. (Check out Jesus Healer) The power of coming together in corporate worship. […]
Welcome to the first of this weekly post! It’s always amazing to see where everyone is worshiping! So many people use the hashtage #thechurchcollectve that we’re going to start featuring pictures here to. Feel free to join in. Mention @thechurchcollective and use #thechurchcollective on instagram to share!
I had the chance to chat with Corey Voss about his journey as a songwriter. We talk about: How he came to know God and got involved in music. How learning piano helped him when he was younger. Advice for classically trained piano players. The impact of growing up Catholic on his worship leadership. The […]
I’ve had the chance to talk with some of the guys over at centric worship and it’s been so cool to hear their heart. They’re writing music for us week to week worship leaders. Sometimes we have to do a lot of work to make a song work for our congregation but I think you’ll […]
Bluetree has put out another great album! Be sure to stay tuned for an interview on our podcast as well! Here’s the rundown: It is Finished // I really dig this opener. It serves as a great reminder of what Christ has done to make a way for us to come together in life and […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! We love the guys in Citizens and Saints! Check out a couple previous interview with them here, and here. Miles talks with Zach about: Their name change from Citizens to Citizens and Saints. Zach’s resignation from Mars Hill. Their heart for Jesus to be seen through their […]
Before saying too much about this album I will admit that I have a very soft spot for David Crowder’s “hoedown” style worship that he regularly employed during live shows for a few songs when he was leading the David Crowder Band. Having broken away from the David Crowder Band and transitioning into the artist […]
Here’s our worship breakdown for Bellarive’s latest, Before There WasLet There Be Light // this song serves as a great opener for the album and would work well to kick off your church service. There are a lot of cool synth things going on so be sure to challenge your players to emulate or get a […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode I talked with Chris and Jon about some practical worship guitar tips as well as hear the heart behind their upcoming guitar workshops. In this episode we talk about: The value of connecting with other worship leaders. The story behind the start of these […]
Piggybacking on the success of their album release and conference, Hillsong has put out a trailer for a new movie. Looks great!
Be sure to check out our other worship reviews as well! Remember that we write these reviews from the perspective of a week to week worship leader looking to bring new songs to their church. This I Believe (The Creed) // From an album standpoint, this song isn’t as uptempo as we’ve heard on previous […]
We had the chance to chat with Zach and the guys from Citizen’s while they were at the National Worship Leader Conference in San Jose. Aside from being in awe of all the amazing facial hair in their band, we talked about their new album. They’re really excited about their new music that will be […]
Do you remember the first time you picked up your instrument? (Bear with me pianists, drummers, and pipe organists) Remember what it felt like the first time you figured out how to play something that didn’t sound terrible? That wonderful moment where you thought “Hey! I can play this instrument.” Your friends gathered around you […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! Spence and Seth are well known here at the Church Collective. Be sure to check out their articles here and here. Scott and I dig deep with Spence and Seth from Crosspointe in Valdosta, GA about their song Arise that has really started seeing traction in churches. Here’s […]
Artist: Leeland Album: Christ Be All Around Me -Live Label: Awaken Nation Music Release Date: June 10, 2014 We can always count on some great music for the church from Leeland and their latest recording “Christ Be All Around Me” doesn’t disappoint. Here’s a breakdown of the album with some recommendations for your team. God […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! This week’s podcast is all about working with click tracks and backing tracks in worship. There are some tremendous resources out there and your musicians will become all the better for using clicks. Brian and I chat about how we use clicks and tracks in our own […]
Early next year, The Church Collective is going to be hosting conferences in Peru. It’s been so cool to connect with so many leaders all over the world and one such leader is Albert from the church Mas Vida. He is helping coordinate our conferences and we want you to get to know him and […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! I had a really great conversation with Chris Sligh about: What it was like growing up in a family that was deeply involved in ministry. How he came to know God and really make his faith his own. His first job at a church doing youth worship […]
I had the chance to go to a worship night with Bethel last year and remember Amanda singing this song that night. It stuck, even when I couldn’t find any recording of it, I still had the bridge stuck in my head.
Are you planning on going to the National Worship Leader Conference in San Jose, California this year? We’d love to hang out with you! Be sure to find our booth, we had so much fun meeting everyone last year! Be sure to use promo code TCC10 for a discount if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet!
The great folks over at Relevant Magazine are providing an exclusive pre-release stream of the new Jesus Culture album “Unstoppable Love.” Be sure to check it out! I’d love to hear what songs stand out to you on your first listen! Stay tuned for our full review soon. Head over to Relevant to listen.
This week’s episode features Aaron and Hope from Fellowship Creative: Miles and I chat with them about:
How Fellowship Creative ties in to Fellowship Church.
Their process for getting people involved in worship ministry.
What they do to get young people involved in leading worship.
Their discipleship process for team members.
Plus a bunch more just great practical worship leading insights!
In this episode Ryan chats with Spence Parkerson about his ministry and the heart behind his new book The Gospel Centered Worship Leader: Raising Up Worshipers Who Lead.
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! Miles, Casey, and myself had a great conversation with Toby and Matt from the band Emery and Bad Christian. In this episode we chat about: The heart behind their new venture: Bad Christian. Their book: Bad Christian, Great Savior and the process of writing it. Their podcast and […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode we talk about: How Kings Kaleidoscope came together. Where they draw their musical inspiration from. Chad’s experience in serving at the local church. Their new partnership with Bad Christian How their new EP was recorded in one night. The importance of strong theology in […]
In this episode of the podcast we have interviews with Jadon Lavik and Crystal Lewis. If you’re in southern california, you’re going to want to head to An Easter Together. Be sure to check it out!
Ryan’s review of our very own Spence Parkerson’s new book. Be sure to grab it and take your team through it!
Paul Baloche gives us a fantastic live album that’s full of some of his most popular songs as well as some new ones. As you know, our worship reviews are meant to help you add music to your services. With that said, every song on this album can be picked up by your congregation. You probably already do more than a few of these anthems!
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode I talk with Dave Helmuth of adlib music about: How Dave got involved in worship ministry. The value of being faithful daily to God. How he started coaching other worship leaders. The identity of the worship leader. We then talk with Josh White about […]
Kari Jobe brings us another great album full of new music for the church. Here is a track by track review from Ryan. Be sure to check out our podcast interview with her!
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! You can also check out our worship review of Kari’s new album here. In this episode I had the chance to chat with Kari Jobe about: The process of bringing together so many worship leaders and musicians. The story behind the song “Forever” on […]
That’s right! Coming up Wednesday, March 26th at 5:30 (PT) we’ll be hosting a songwriting webinar. Rob Corona, Josh Brainard, and myself will be facilitating a great conversation, be sure to sign up and invite your friends in ministry. You can check out some of Rob and Josh’s songwriting training here. Check out the facebook […]
Over the past couple weeks we’ve looked at the things we’re doing to sabotage our rehearsal times. You can read the posts here and here. You may feel like your worship practice time is stagnant and are struggling to bring change. I want to challenge you to look over some of these steps and prayerfully […]
Planetshakers can always be counted on to bring some solid music for the church. Their latest release gives us some great music to work with. Here’s one worship pastor’s perspective on this album. Endless Praise // Punchy and synth driven, endless praise opens this album up with a lot of energy. There are a lot […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! Wow, what an honor it was to be able to chat with Wisdom from the All About Worship Podcast! If you haven’t subscribed to his podcast, you really need to! In this episode we talk about: How Wisdom got involved in worship ministry. The balance of doing […]
Be sure to check out the write up from out interview here. Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! In this episode we talk about: How All Sons and Daughters came to be. How they go about writing their music. The story behind “Brokenness aside” The songs that have most impacted their lives. The […]
This episode has your whole worship ministry covered. We start with an interview with Jeff McIntosh of Church Motion Graphics. We talk about: How Jeff got involved in creating graphics for worship. The power of someone believing in you and pushing you forward in ministry. The value of technology in the worship service. His great […]
I started this discussion last week with my post called “How to Kill Your Worship Rehearsal.” Be sure to check it out to see where we started. The truth is, as I have been working on these posts, there are a lot of ways we are killing our rehearsals without even knowing it. I hope […]
In this episode we talk about: The launch of the downtown campus for Mars Hill. Their new campus that launched just over a year ago. How their new building was the first church in Seattle. How the new space was involved in the recording of their latest album. How Cam works as the worship leader […]
My worship team rehearses on Thursday nights. We start in the evening after a full day for the team members and myself. To be honest, there are times where we’re all going through the motions and just want to get home. Over the past few months I’ve really felt that God was asking more of […]
This week’s episode is awesome! Miles interviews Cam Huxford from Ghost Ship. We talk about: Are you a big fan of Mars Hill? Check out part 1 and part 2 of our interview with Citizens! Be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter to hear when the next part of this interview is released! Head […]
I had the chance to ask Nic Brandt some questions about his great resource, Gearnerds. Check it out! TCC: Tell us how Gearnerds got started. NB: GearNerds started for a few reasons. First and foremost because I tend to nerd out about guitar gear haha. I definitely believed that there were other people out there […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! I talk with Brian Campbell about how he got involved in worship ministry and just had a wonderful conversation. Some highlights: The value of pouring in to young people. Being faithful with small things leads to big things in Christ. Focusing on putting others above yourself. How […]
As many of you guys know, there are some really awesome pages on Instagram! We’ve had the chance to work with Brad of Toneheaven many times and he’s an awesome guy! We asked him some questions and hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as we have! Tell us about how Tone Heaven […]
Click here to go to iTunes and subscribe! I had a great time talking with Shalon Palmer about his PadLoops and ministry in general. We chat about: How he started making PadLoops. How worship leaders are using the PadLoops to enhance worship. How he’s recently started going to school at Gateway. The value of getting an education […]
In this episode I talked with Fox and Scott about what their churches did this past Christmas and what they’re doing going in to the new year. We talk about: How to ramp in to Christmas throughout December. Service times for Christmas Eve special services. What our churches are doing to help plug in new […]
I talked with Nick Kaskel who plays with Brian Campbell about how God moved through their most recent tour. We also talk about: Nick’s journey to becoming a touring musician. Practical tips to become a better worship guitarist. The value of taking guitar lessons. Nick’s personal Testimony. What’s coming up for Brian Campbell and his […]
I talked with Nathan Parrish about his band Kingdom. In this episode we talk about: The heart of a worship team. The school of worship at their home church. The challenge of getting two albums out in one year. The value of hymns and strong theology in worship. Not losing your congregation for the sake of […]
Here’s part two of our interview with Zach and Adam of Citizens. In this episode we talk about: How the band came together. Balancing weekly worship leading with being a successful band. The band model of worship ministry at Mars Hill. Taking the time to write theologically sound songs. Head over to iTunes to subscribe […]
We’re all about getting the word out for solid groups that honor God in their music! Ryan had the chance to speak with David from Spacesuit. Check out latest EP, We, for your listening pleasure while you read the interview.
We had the chance to talk with Warr Acres about their latest album. Be sure to check out our review too!
We had such an awesome conversation with Zach and Adam from Mars Hill Music’s Citizens. This will be the first part, look for the second half in next week’s episode. In this episode Miles, Ben, and I talk with them about: Their heart for creating music for the local church. How they are using their […]
I talked with Daniela about her church. Check it out! The church I volunteer at “Anthem Church” started back in 80’s with the name “New Beginnings Christian Center,”in 2013 the senior pastor and the leaders decided that it was time to rebrand the church and name it “Anthem Church” since the church moved from a […]
I had the chance ask Brad some questions. He runs a great resource called Worship Links. TCC: Where do you serve in worship ministry? Tell us about your church? Brad: I’m the worship leader for Crossings Community Church in Columbia, Pennsylvania. We’re a small church in a fairly depressed little river town, but I love […]
In this Episode I had the chance to talk in person with Ben and Scott! We talk about: Scott’s church in Santa Rosa. The transition to a drum cage. Integrating a dobrough in a worship set. The art of crafting your worship set using the musicians you have. Using youtube to find stripped down versions […]
Acoustic Guitar tutorial for Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) acoustic version off of Hillsong United’s Zion Acoustic Sessions. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to hear when new tutorials come out! We’d love to get you plugged in to the collective! Tab for this lesson here: Oceans-Acoustic Nashville chart for the whole song here: Oceans […]
We had the chance to talk with Ryan and Tyler about their project. Be sure to check out our worship review here! TCC – Tell us a little bit about yourselves Ryan – Well I was born in Germany so I can’t be president. TCC – Is that true? Ryan – Yes. (sighs). TCC […]
I had the chance to chat with Nick Kaskel about his ministry on the road. He’s heading out on a short tour with Brian Campbell and will be keeping us updated! TCC: Tell us a cool story from being on the road. Nick: The only one that comes to mind is when i was with […]
I had the chance to talk with Frank about his church, check it out! TCC: Tell us about your church! Frank: Cottonwood started back in 1983 in a small office in Los Alamitos, Ca with about 50 or so people. From 1983 to 1989 our church grew from 50 to 650 people in attendance each Sunday morning. […]
Scroll to the bottom to enter the giveaway! Album: No Other Love Artist: Jeremy Horn Label: Ardent Release:November 12th, 2013 Before we get started, remember that we review these albums from the point of view of a worship leader. I’ll unpack the songs musically, theologically, and thematically to help you as you’re planning your worship sets! […]
I had the chance to talk with Ben and Carly about some of the cool stuff going on with the site and about Carly’s posts about encouraging your worship team. Check out her posts here! Check out our pedal presets here!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out everything on Loop Community. You should go do that now! I’ve had some great discussions with Matt McCoy, the founder of Loop Community and love the heart behind his site. Here’s our interview with him: TCC: Tell us about yourself, how did you get involved in […]
This week’s featured worship space comes from Calvary: SoBe TCC: Thanks for taking the time share about your ministry! How did this tattoo parlor campus get started? Amor: Through a series of events my Friend and I purchase the tattoo shop in May. the next day I met a couple at an anti-human trafficking […]
For this Worship Space feature, we contacted Kyle Gordon of Valley View Church in Louisville, Kentucky (vvchurch.org). Their “Wood Walls” stage design is a creative and cost-effective way to transform the look & feel of the worship platform. Read on to learn about the process of putting it all together! The wall was originally built […]
This is our first roundtable worship leader discussion! Eric, Carly, Jeremy, and myself talk about the nuances of an acoustic or unplugged worship set in each of our churches. We go in to specific details and recommendations if you’re hoping to do the same at your church. How do you plan for an unplugged weekend? […]
This lesson focuses on finger dexterity and introduces the hammer-on and pull-off.
This lesson teaches the note names on the 5th and 6th strings
Building on the Previous lesson, this lesson teaches the 6th string major scale.
This simple scale can be moved all over the fretboard.
I talk with Caleb Ramey about how he manages to lead a high energy youth service during the week and a more conservative hymns based service on the weekend. Connect with Caleb on twitter
Album: Take This City Artist: CrossPointe Worship Release Date: September 19, 2013 Remember that our worship reviews are from the perspective of a week to week worship leader. We recommend each song based on lyrics, melody, style and arrangement. Take This City // This song opens with a great signature riff. It works well as […]
This episode is all about songwriting! I had the chance to talk with two solid guys about the process of writing songs for the church and the importance of growing a team of writers. Check out Songsmith Creative here. Connect with Josh Brainard here.
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In this episode I chat with Jeremy McKee, an awesome musician and technical director. We talk about the roll of the keyboard in worship as well as how discipleship is at the core of recruiting volunteers to your tech ministry. Here’s a list of links to the equipment Jeremy talks about: Ableton Live, Spectrasonic Omnisphere, […]
I had a fantastic conversation with Joe Vidot a worship leader serving at Bethel Church in Richland, WA. In this episode we talk about: The importance of humility for the worship leader and musician. How to foster a culture of discipleship in your worship ministry. What the week to week work looks like for a […]
Welcome to another worship review here at the Church Collective. We look at each album from the perspective of a worship leader…what I can I say? It’s what we do. Here’s the breakdown of Matt Redman’s latest album. There are some really solid songs on this album. You can see some of our past reviews […]
In this episode I had the chance to talk with Chris Burke, an awesome worship leader from Canada who had to make the tough choice to pass up a job opportunity because of theological differences. We talk about: The importance of the worship leader and pastor being on the same page theologically. Praying through taking […]
In this episode we had the chance to talk with the co-founders for Guitars for Glory. We’re so excited to be partnering with them! As they’re sending guitars, we’ll be helping train up and deploy worship leaders as their needs arise. Be sure to head over to their site and see what they’re up to! […]
Lesson 6 PDF – C – G7 You’ll find that you’ll be using the C for a long time. The G7 not so much but it helps for this exercise.
Lesson 5 PDF – D – A7 Be sure to spend time between each chord. Make sure each note rings out.
Lesson 4 PDF – G – D7 This lesson teaches two simple chords using only four strings. Spend time going between each chord to build up speed. Leave a comment below if you have any questions.
Lesson 3 PDF – E – Am Two chords with the same shape. Be sure to spend time going back and forth and be sure to use a metronome.
Lesson 2 PDF – Chromatic Scale This scale will serve you for the life of your guitar playing career. It may seem daunting at first but I promise it will become easier if you apply yourself and follow the guidelines given in the video. Start with just the top string and don’t add other strings […]
Lesson PDF: Lesson 1 – Standard Guitar Tuning You have to make sure that your guitar is appropriately tuned and ready to go. Invest in a quality tuner to make sure that you’re starting from the right place. This tutorial teaches you how to tune with a tuner as well as how to begin tuning by […]
Bethel’s latest album introduces some fantastic music for the local church. Remember that our worship reviews are geared toward the worship leader trying to find new music to introduce to their congregation. I break down each song with some recommendations for how to go about implementing each in your service. Chasing You // The opening […]
In this episode I had the chance to talk with Deanna Joven from Worth Dying For and their new church in Los Angeles called Fearless. You can learn all about Fearless here. We talk about: How she came to know the Lord. What the Lord did in her life to prepare her for worship ministry. […]
In this episode we chat with Zach Senn, a missionary heading to Cambodia to help Steps of Justice. We were able to send a baby Taylor with him that he will use to train up worship leaders and then leave with them so they can continue to praise God for years to come. We also […]
Album: Evening : Morning Artist: The Digital Age Label: Fair Trade Services Release Date: August 13, 2013 The Digital Age has finally released their first full album titled “Evening : Morning” and it’s fantastic. If this is your first time reading one of our reviews please note that each song is looked at from the perspective of a worship […]
In this episode we talk about what you need to do to become a worship leader and also give an update on our Kenya campaign. How to find a mentor What the Bible says about being a worship leader What worship is like in Kenya Please head over to iTunes and subscribe! We really appreciate […]
It’s been incredible seeing what songs everyone is doing around the world! Every week we update this list to represent what you’re all doing in your churches. Click here to bring up the playlist in spotify And here’s the playlist right here:
Kim Walker-Smith has been a staple in worship ministry for quite a while now and her new album “Home” has another batch of great songs that will be a blessing to churches around the world. Known primarily for being part of Jesus Culture, she shines on her solo albums. Her husband, Skyler Smith, leads out […]
In this episode I talk with Seth Gehrke about his mission trip to help BC Mission Boat. We were able to quickly pull together enough money to send a baby Taylor with him to gift to the ministry there. Be sure to keep connected on our site as we roll out updates. You can also […]
It’s no doubt that Hillsong is one of the go-to worship teams for new music but this new album is something special. From a guy who has been on the hillsong bandwagon for years, I can happily recommend their 2013 release “Glorious Ruins” as one of their best. I’m going to break down the songs […]
Brandon took a moment to get a quick update with Diane at the Agape House in Kenya: God’s done something great over there and will continue to do so! Thanks for being a part of this great outreach! In case you missed the interview with Brandon before he left check it out here. We’ll be […]
The cycle of doing church every week can be grueling. Just as soon as we’re done with one week we have another coming, and another week after that. In the midst of trying to pull off a service every week your team members are living their lives. Some are on the mountaintop and others are […]
In this episode we talk about the importance of having multiple leaders for your worship ministry. You may be the guy but you don’t need to be the front man for your worship team every week. We also unpack how our services went and talk about the songs. Some of the topics from today’s episode: […]
Check out the team in Kenya leading “Deep Cries Out.” Continue to pray for the team. And another angle: In case you missed it: Here’s an interview with the worship leader that’s over there And here’s info about the campaign:
If there’s ever a verse that stands out as one pointed right at the worship leader it has to be this one: Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. Ps 33:3 (NIV) This past week we had an extended rehearsal, not because we planned for it, but because we ran […]
Here’s a quick shot of the team in Kenya leading worship using one of the guitars you all so generously helped us send over there. Thanks to Rachel for the shot. Continue to pray for God’s favor. Check out the podcast with Brandon (the guy playing the guitar) in case you missed it. More updates […]
The mission’s trip is underway! Brandon and I had a chance to sit down before he left and talk about what the team will be doing as well as what Brandon will be doing with the guitars we’re sending with them! You can keep up with the trip over at Shelter Cove’s site. We’ll be […]
I’m completely blown away by the generosity of those involved in our first campaign. We started a little over a month ago with the goal of raising one thousand dollars and we met it! We were also able to raise a little more over the past week so we can send strings over the next […]
First off, we made our goal in sending guitars to Kenya! Check out the thank you video here. In this episode we talk about how to introduce a new song. How many worship songs should be introduced? Where in the set do you put it? Can you build momentum going in to the new song? […]
These chords shapes work really well for worship!
We had a great conversation after service yesterday about crowd participation in our services and it’s really got me thinking about how we as worship leaders should be living a lifestyle that gives glory to God every day. Our worship services will be anemic at best if we’re not regularly spending time with God throughout the […]
In this episode we talk about crowd participation in the worship service. Here’s what we talk about: How should the worship service start? How to keep a cool head when something goes wrong on the stage. Lead worship by example. Should you open the set with high energy music? Should you invite the crowd to […]
Have you ever had a church service where it feels like the technology is out to get you? Yesterday was one of those mornings, I came in bright and early to be greeted by a locked out lighting system and a projector that decided it didn’t want to do it’s job. As I’ve done in […]
In this episode we talk about the flow of a worship service. Here’s a breakdown: Our backgrounds as worship leaders, what kind of service flows have we used. Crowd participation before and after the sermon. Is there a right way? The importance of having some songs that drive home a point from the sermon. Is […]
I’m hanging out today exhausted from a weekend of incredible ministry and worship. On Saturday, we had the chance to play music at the UN Plaza in San Francisco along with Stop Motion Poetry to begin gaining awareness for our first ever campaign. You can check it out here. We met some colorful characters for sure but […]
We use Ableton 9 to run our clicks and tracks in our services and events. Here’s a short video that shows how I setup a setlist. In this video you’ll learn how to: Set up a click track using tap tempo Import a backing track Setup hotkeys for playback
Have you ever reached the end of a worship set and just stood there in awe of what God did? Seemingly out of nowhere, God moved in your service in a way that you’ve never seen. What was going to be “just another service” took on a life of it’s own as God ministered to […]
Here’s Josh playing “Never Look Back” by Worth Dying For. Get their album here: Live Riot
Here’s Josh doing a cover of Worth Dying For’s “Love Riot.” Get their album here.