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Episode 136 // Josh Baldwin

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 […]

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Episode 135 // Stephen Christian

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 […]

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Episode 133 // Stu G Returns

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 […]

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Episode 132 // Elias Dummer

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 […]

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Episode 129 // Covenant Worship

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 […]

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David Dunn

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 […]

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Episode 127 // Kim Walker Smith

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 […]

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Episode 126 // Sarah Reeves

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 […]

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Episode 124 // Kristian Stanfill

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 […]

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Episode 123 // We Are Messengers

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 […]

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Episode 119 // The Brilliance

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 […]

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Episode 118 // Louie Giglio

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 […]

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Episode 116 // Grant Norsworthy

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 […]

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Episode 115 // Chris Quilala Returns

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 […]

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Episode 114 // Brave Worship

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 […]

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Episode 113 // Lacey Sturm

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 […]

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Episode 112 // Michael Neale

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. […]

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Episode 108 // Josh Havens // The Afters

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 […]

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Ask the Collective // Episode 11 // Does Theology Matter in Worship?

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 […]

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Episode 104 // Leeland

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. […]

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Episode 100 // Travis Ryan

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 […]

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Episode 95 // Phil Wickham

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 […]

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Episode 92 // Audrey Assad

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 […]

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Episode 91 // Jason Ingram

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. […]

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Episode 89 // Meredith Andrews

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 […]

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Episode 86 // Stu G

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? […]

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Ask the Collective Episode 5 // A Worship Ministry that’s Part of the Congregation

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 […]

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Hillsong United Offering “Even When it Hurts” to Aid Syrian Crisis

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 […]

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Episode 83 // Jon Guerra

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 […]

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Episode 80 // John Mark McMillan

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 […]

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Episode 79 // Big Daddy Weave

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 […]

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Episode 78 // Tim Timmons

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 […]

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Episode 76 // Paul Baloche

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 […]

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Episode 75 // Kristine DiMarco

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 […]

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Episode 74 // Josh Wilson

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 […]

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Episode 73 // Aaron Shust

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 […]

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Episode 72 // 7eventh Time Down

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 […]

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Episode 71 // For All Seasons

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 […]

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Episode 68 // James Duke

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 […]

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Episode 67 // Tim Hughes

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 […]

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Episode 66 // Preparation is Key

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 […]

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Episode 65 // Matt Redman

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 […]

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Episode 64 // Danen Kane

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 […]

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Episode 60 // Shane and Shane

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 […]

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Episode 58 // Matt McCoy

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 […]

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Episode 57 // Derek Johnson

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 […]

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Episode 55 // Worship Mob

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 […]

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Episode 54 // Ellie Holcomb

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 […]

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Episode 53 // Theology in Worship

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 […]

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Worship News // Centric Worship Plus

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 […]

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Worship Guitar Gear // Electric Guitar Rig // Dalton Huxley

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 […]

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Episode 47 // For All Seasons

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 […]

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Leading Worship Roundup

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 […]

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Episode 46 // Aaron Boyd of Bluetree

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. […]

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Episode 45 // Corey Voss

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 […]

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I’m Too Busy to Practice!

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 […]

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Episode 39 // Chris Sligh

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 […]

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Episode 38 // Fellowship Creative

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!

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Episode 35 // Kings Kaleidoscope

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 […]

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Episode 29 // Jeff McIntosh of Church Motion Graphics // Part 3 with Cam Huxford of Mars Hills Ghost Ship

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 […]

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Episode 26 // Brian Campbell

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 […]

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Episode 25 // Shalon Palmer of PadLoops

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 […]

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Episode 22 // An Interview with Nick Kaskel

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 […]

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Episode 21 // Kingdom

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 […]

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Hillsong United // Oceans – Acoustic

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 […]

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Worship Review and Giveaway // Jeremy Horn // No Other Love

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! […]

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Episode 16 // Acoustic Worship Sets

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? […]

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Worship Review // Take This City // CrossPointe Worship

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 […]

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Episode 13 // The Role of the Keyboard in Worship // Discipleship in Tech Ministry

  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, […]

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Episode 10 // Guitars for Glory

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! […]

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Worship Review // The Digital Age // Evening : Morning

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 […]

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Episode 7 // I Want to be a Worship Leader, now what? // Update on the Kenya Campaign

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 […]

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Episode 6 // BC Mission Boat

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 […]

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Episode 4 // Worship Training in Africa

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 […]

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Episode 3 // Introducing New Songs

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? […]

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Episode 2 // Worship Participation

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 […]

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Episode 1 // Worship Service Flow

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 […]