Equipping and Empowering Worship Leaders Worldwide

Join the Collective

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 […]

Episode 134 // Louie Giglio Returns

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 131 // How to Be a Better Leader

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 […]

Episode 130 // Darlene Zschech

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 128 // David Baloche // Labyrinth

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 125 // Social Media Strategy with Chris Abbott

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 122 // Ellie Holcomb Returns

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 […]

Episode 121 // Kari Jobe Returns

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 […]

Episode 120 // Jenn Johnson // Bethel Music

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 117 // Audrey Assad Returns

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Episode 111 // Paul Baloche Returns

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 […]

Episode 110 // Jeremiah Carlson // The Neverclaim

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 […]

Episode 109 // Zach Bolen Returns Again // Citizens and Saints

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 […]

Ask The Collective // Episode 14 // How Loud Should My Worship Service Be?

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 107 // Jeff Sandstrom // Worship Through Production

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 […]

Ask The Collective // Episode 13 // Why Won’t My Church Sing?

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 […]

Episode 106 // Luke McElroy // Salt

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 […]

Ask the Collective 12 // What if the senior pastor is part of my worship team?

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 […]

Episode 105 // Bryan and Katie Torwalt // Champion

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Episode 103 // Chad Gardner Returns Again // Kings Kaleidoscope Returns

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 […]

Episode 102 // Dustin Smith // Part Two

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 […]

Ask The Collective // Episode 10 // Where is the Church Going? Part Two

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 […]

Episode 101 // Dustin Smith // Part One

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 99 // Bob Kauflin // True Worshippers // Part Two

Adam and Miles continue their conversation with Bob Kauflin, renowned author and leader in worship ministry.

Ask The Collective // Episode 9 // Where is the Church going?

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 […]

Bob Kauflin Worship Matters

Episode 98 // Bob Kauflin // Worship Matters // Part One

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.

Episode 97 // Jordan Frye // Urban Rescue

  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 […]

Episode 96 // Darren Mulligan // We Are Messengers

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 94 // Citizen Way // Ben Calhoun

  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 […]

Ask the Collective Episode 8 // When Everything Goes Wrong.

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 […]

Episode 93 // Zach Bolen // Citizens and Saints // Gospel Song Union

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 […]

Ask the Collective Episode 7 // Vocal Health for Worship Leaders

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Ask the Collective 6 // Choosing and Creating Music for Your Home Church

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 […]

Episode 90 // Stars Go Dim // Chris Cleveland

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 88 // Passion // Brett Younker

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 […]

Episode 87 // Chris Quilala // Jesus Culture

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 […]

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? […]

Episode 85 // James Mead // Kutless

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 84 // Sanctus Real // Chris Rohman

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 […]

Ask the Collective // Episode 4 // Connecting and Collaborating with Local Worship Leaders

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 […]

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 […]

Ask the Collective // Episode 3 // Song Selection

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 […]

Episode 82 // Austin Stone Worship // Aaron Ivey

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 […]

Ask the Collective // Episode 2 // Should the Worship and Tech Teams Mix?

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 […]

Episode 81 // Planetshakers // BJ Pridham

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 […]

Ask the Collective // Episode 1 // You’re not called to lead your favorite songs

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 77 // Phil Joel // Zealand Worship

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 70 // Cam Huxford Returns // Ghost Ship

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 […]

Episode 69 // Elias Dummer // The City Harmonic

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 63 // Sam Evans // Planetshakers

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 […]

Episode 62 // Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens

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 […]

Episode 61 // Joel Houston // Hillsong United

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 59 // Midnight 30 Music // Ambient Notes

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 56 // Jon Micah Sumrall

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 52 // Don Moen

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.

Episode 51 // Show Up On Time

Listen in on a great round-table discussion from the core team of The Church Collective

Episode 50 // Jonathan Lee of Centric Worship

Ryan interviews Jonathan Lee of Centric worship about the his latest project and about the heart of worship leading.

Episode 49 // Kings Kaleidoscope

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.

Episode 48 // Ask the Collective // How do I Become a Worship Leader?

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!

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Episode 44 // Zach from Citizens and Saints

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 […]

Episode 43 // Electric Guitar Tips with Chris and Jon // Guitar Workshop

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 […]

Episode 42 // Sam Maynes // River City // Lewiston, ID

In this episode we talk about: The songwriting process at River City. The value in having one large team of players and leaders. The process they go through to decide which new songs get introduced at their church. The challenge of crafting songs and giving control to River City.  How they help their songwriters create […]

Episode 41 // Song Stories with Spence and Seth

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 […]

Episode 40 // Click Tracks in Worship with Brian Campbell

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 […]

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 […]

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!

Episode 37 // Spence Parkerson // The Gospel Centered Worship Leader

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.

Episode 36 // Matt and Toby from Emery and Bad Christian

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 34 // Jadon Lavik // Crystal Lewis // An Easter Together

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!

Episode 33 // Dave Helmuth // Josh White // Worship Mentoring and Accesible Conferences

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 […]

Episode 32 // Kari Jobe // Brian Campbell // Free Songwriting Webinar

      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 […]

Episode 31 // Wisdom Moon of All About Worship

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 […]

Episode 30 // All Sons and Daughters

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 28 // Cam Huxford of Mars Hill Music’s Ghost Ship Part 2

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 […]

Episode 27 // Cam Huxford of Mars Hill Music’s Ghost Ship

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 24 // Arise Internship

In this episode Josh Brainard interviews Adam Kees about Arise Internship.  We talk about: The heart and start of Arise Internship. The value of leading well and doing art well. How to get involved with Arise Internship. Some tweetable quotes from the episode: I want to see the arts return to the church @adamkees Click […]

Episode 23 // Worship during the Christmas Season // Starting the New Year Right

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 20 // Interview with Citizens Part 2

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 […]

Episode 19 // An Interview with Zach and Adam of Citizens Part 1

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 […]

Episode 18 // Help Your Worship Team Sound Like Themselves

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 […]

Episode 17 // Encouraging Your Worship Team

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!

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? […]

Episode 15 // Where do Hymns Fit in Worship?

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

Episode 14 // Innovate, Don’t Imitate

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.

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, […]

Episode 12 // Humility and Discipleship in Worship Ministry

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 […]

Episode 11 // Not Compromising Theology for a Worship Job // Pedal Maker Matthews Effects

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 […]

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! […]

Episode 9 // Deanna from Worth Dying For // Update on BC Mission Boat Society

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. […]

Episode 8 // Sending a Guitar to Cambodia // Love Shines Missions in Honduras

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 5 // Worship Leading Without the Leader

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: […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]