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The Worship Leader Toolbox

The Worship Leader Toolbox

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The Worship Leader Toolbox was created to equip today's worship leaders with the tools, knowledge, and strategies to grow their ministries.
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The Worship Leader ToolboxSep 10, 2020

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#92 Build The Habit Of Scripture First

#92 Build The Habit Of Scripture First

How does the habit of "scripture first" play into the life of a worship leader?


1. Scripture should be first in The Day

2. Scripture should be first in Planning

3. Scripture should be first in Response



May 25, 202326:09
#91 What Is Life Like As A Worship Leader?

#91 What Is Life Like As A Worship Leader?

Here are five aspects of the life of a worship leader on a day-to-day basis:

1. Discipleship – self, others, team, church, prayer, scripture

2. Communication – with pastors and staff, team, tech ministry, and volunteers

3. Music – planning, finding, charting, files, creativity

4. Organizing – rehearsals, staging, teams, flow, Sundays

5. Recruiting – praying for new people, raising up the next generation, discovering volunteers

May 11, 202322:49
#90 Three Benefits To A Small Worship Setting/Situation...

#90 Three Benefits To A Small Worship Setting/Situation...

It's great to learn from other churches, to be inspired by bigger and better, but what about the smaller settings? What if you are leading in a smaller church? What if your stage area is more traditional, without grand lighting or state of the art tech?

You may not have a huge budget, a large talent pool, incredible production, but Jesus is still the ultimate worship leader, the Holy Spirit is still present and you have these three advantages:

1. Relationally Driven

2. Less Commotion

3. Opportunities for Involvement



Apr 27, 202321:16
#89 Make The Summer An Investment For Your Ministry

#89 Make The Summer An Investment For Your Ministry

Now is a great time to start thinking about the summer. You can use it to your advantage to strengthen, boost and recharge your ministry worship ministry. Here are some ideas for your life and ministry this summer…

1. Create a social event

2. Plan with your pastor

3. Plan your own ministry

4. Keep the music simple

5. Include others in leadership

6. Music themed Sundays

7. Highlight team members

8. Schedule your home time (and stick to it)

9. Serve at a kids event or outreach

10. Get the big blocks in for the fall

Apr 13, 202330:59
#88 Incorporating Teams Is An Act Of Good Leadership

#88 Incorporating Teams Is An Act Of Good Leadership

This you can do it all?

You can't, and you shouldn't.

Here are some random thoughts to encourage you, the leader, to invite, ask, and otherwise pull people into serving in ministry with you:

ASKING OTHERS TO SERVE

Don’t say “no” for others before asking. Don’t rob people of the joy of using their gifts. Don’t think you’re supposed to do all the ministry. Work at getting over your perfectionist tendencies to allow others to begin, learn and grow into it. Set up a small advisory board to work toward (and give you confidence) to ask others to serve. There may some frontloaded time investment, but make a plan and get it rolling knowing of the time you’ll save in the future (and the way others will grow in it)!

WHAT DO WE ASK

Ask people to join you? Ask people to take on responsibility. Ask people to assist you in roles in which you are weak. Someone is gifted for the role. Too often, we think if we don’t like doing something, no one would, so we just buckle down doing things we don’t enjoy while someone else who would love to do it is missing out. I think about putting furniture together, creating certain chord charts, setting up the stage, etc. Don’t begrudgingly take on the burden, pray about the right person who may find it fulfilling and rewarding. Ask them to do it or join you in learning to do it. Invite people to use their gifts in one time projects – like season stage design, painting, a video, sending thank you notes, writing music, etc. I have found that when people can see the light at the end of the tunnel for a project it’s much easier to be a part of it and jump in. Ask your team to respond the kinds of things they would love to do. But most often, it’s the personal invitation that will make a difference in how a person responds. You ask a specific person to consider taking on a role of some kind, etc. Ask people to join you in thinking of new ideas. Incorporating people into leadership is more fun, more effective and more clearly accomplishes your mission of equipping the saints.

EXAMPLES OF ASKING

put all the lyrics and graphics into the computer, operate it for rehearsals and services in each of our worship spaces and in many of our traveling events. operate the sound board for services and well as set all the stuff up in advance lead some of the songs and lead the whole service at times take care of loading all the tracks, clicks and pads into the workstation help come up with new songs for worship take care of welcoming, greeting, prayers, etc. welcome people into worship as a guest service team take care of all the coffee and other hospitaly details on sundays edit blog posts send blog posts, emails and more
Mar 30, 202321:15
#87 Focus On Leading And Good Performance Will Follow

#87 Focus On Leading And Good Performance Will Follow

Place your focus on edifying the church, helping the congregation connect with God, and pointing toward Jesus in all you do and sing. As we do this, we will be focused on leading the church in worship. And you know what? Great performance will follow.

To lead is to be a servant. Here are some of the ways we serve from an angle of leading worship:

1. Invite and Involve Others To Develop Their Gifts

2. Care For Your Volunteer Team

3. Do The Hard Work Of Organizing

4. Humbly Assist And Partner With Your Pastor

5. Pray For Your Church

6. Sing The Songs That Connect With and Help The Congregation Engage

7. Stretch And Challenge Your People To Grow

Mar 16, 202329:45
#86 - The Revolutionary Question For Great Worship Flow

#86 - The Revolutionary Question For Great Worship Flow

The question is for a great worship flow is, "What's Next?"

Today we talk about how to instill this question:

1. Write out the order with details

2. Teach them to ask the question

3. Remind them to ask the question

Mar 02, 202325:34
#85 - Teach The Church To Worship
Feb 16, 202332:42
#84 - How To Help Your People Grow In Skill

#84 - How To Help Your People Grow In Skill

Part of the role of the worship leader is to help develop the church to grow in their ministry skills! Each of these ideas will help you as the leader equip others to grow in their own skill as leaders of worship:

1. Increase Expectation

2. Provide Resources

3. Plan In Advance

4. Instill Encouragement As A Culture

5. Generate Inspiration

6. Include Guests In Worship

7. Model Growth In Skill


Feb 02, 202333:07
#83 - Ten Simple Tools We Use

#83 - Ten Simple Tools We Use

In this episode we'll be discussing ten simple tools we use for worship leading each weekend:

1. Guitar

2. Capo and Tuner

3. Bible

4. Phone

5. Planning Center

6. "Slack" software

7. Pro-Presenter

8. Songselect (CCLI)

9. iPad

10. Ableton

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Jan 19, 202334:47
#82 - The Benefits Of Sharing Dreams For The Ministry

#82 - The Benefits Of Sharing Dreams For The Ministry

Sharing dreams and visions with your worship team is important, and here are some benefits:

1. Builds A Culture Of Vision

2. Allows Other People To Add Their Gifts

3. Helps Uncover Passion In People

4. Helps Draw People To The Team

5. Gives Your Team And Leaders Hope

6. Helps You Stop Doing So Much Of The Ministry Yourself

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Dec 22, 202227:25
#81 - Five Things Great Worship Team Members Do

#81 - Five Things Great Worship Team Members Do

Tim and Dave talk about five things great team members do!  

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Dec 08, 202224:22
#80 - The Big Three For Worship Team Leadership
Nov 27, 202221:60
#79 - The Hard Work of Worship Leading
Nov 10, 202229:55
#78 - Don't Put Your Worship Planning And Leadership On Autopilot
Oct 27, 202229:19
#77 - Stop Comparing Yourself To Other Worship Leaders
Oct 13, 202213:47
#76 - Nine Practical Hurdles Worship Leaders Must Overcome
Oct 06, 202222:37
#75 - Three Barriers To Asking People To Help You In Ministry
Sep 29, 202219:11
#74 - Help Your Team Succeed By Staying Calm When Things Go Crazy

#74 - Help Your Team Succeed By Staying Calm When Things Go Crazy

Surprise, snags and situations are always a reality when you have so many moving parts in your worship ministry. How you handle the chaos will help your team move on! 

Sep 15, 202225:21
#73 - Trust The Holy Spirit To Lead Your Worshippers

#73 - Trust The Holy Spirit To Lead Your Worshippers

Worship Leaders should be actively praying for these six things. Without the leadership of the Holy Spirit, there will be no power or depth in your congregation or ministry. 

Sep 01, 202218:31
#72 - Five Things Worship Leaders Should NOT Do
Aug 18, 202211:41
An Invitation To And The Why Behind The Ministry Leadership Conference - For Worship Leaders And Tech Teams!
Aug 13, 202205:27
#71 - Four Ways To Trust Your Team More

#71 - Four Ways To Trust Your Team More

Tim shares four ways to trust your team members more. It's the best way to grow leadership in your team members. 

Visit WorshipLeaderToolbox.com to view the blogposts. 

Jul 21, 202212:60
#70 - 7 Ways To Help Kids Proclaim God's Glory In Worship

#70 - 7 Ways To Help Kids Proclaim God's Glory In Worship

In this episode, Tim shares thoughts about getting kids involved in proclaiming God's glory in worship. It makes a difference in the life of the next generation, but also in the hearts of the worshipping congregation! Seeing children involved in various ways is always fun and inspiring!


Jul 07, 202211:45
#69 - Six Foundational Components For Healthy Congregational Worship

#69 - Six Foundational Components For Healthy Congregational Worship

Tim shares six foundational components for congregational worship.... every worship leader and every church can implement these. worshipleadertoolbox.com

Jun 23, 202213:12
#68 - Eight Ways You Can Become More Of A Sacrificial Worship Team

#68 - Eight Ways You Can Become More Of A Sacrificial Worship Team

The idea of being a sacrificial worship team means that we are humble investing our gifts, using up our time and talent, serving in the unnoticed ways so that the church can grow closer to Christ through worship. Here are eight ideas to build into your team. 

Jun 09, 202217:52
#67 — Brad Hoefs - Fresh Hope For Mental Health, Especially For Worship Leaders
May 26, 202227:39
#66 — Four Clarifying Questions for Your Leadership and Team
May 12, 202212:45
#65 — Worship Leaders Hurt Too, And the Stage Can Amplify It or Hide It: An Interview With Scott Box, Author of Heroic Disgrace
Apr 28, 202229:15
#64 — Four Basic Things Worship Leaders Must Do Each Week
Apr 14, 202218:04
#63 — Preparation Precedes Presentation — Five Ways to Maximize Your Prep
Mar 17, 202225:53
#62 — The Higher the Predictability, the Lower the Impact
Mar 03, 202222:28
#61 — Ideas For Introducing New Music
Feb 17, 202217:46
#60 - Worship Leaders: Plan Your Service With An Outward Focus In Mind (Here Are Five Ways You Can)
Feb 03, 202213:12
#59 — Continued Growth Is Important In All Stages Of Your Ministry
Jan 20, 202215:14
#58 - Don't Miss Out On The Joy Of Serving!
Dec 16, 202114:38
#57 - Five Ways Worship Leaders Can Honor Humbly And Make A Major Impact
Dec 02, 202117:41
#56 - There May Not Be A Formula For Authentic Worship, But There Are Ingredients
Nov 18, 202120:28
#55 - How To Rekindle Your Passion For Leading Worship
Nov 04, 202117:01
#54 - Small Improvements Over Time Will Stack Up To Amazing Results
Oct 28, 202120:42
#53 - One of the Best Ways to Prepare for Worship
Oct 21, 202105:12
#52 - Alignment With Your Pastor Will Prevent These Three Things
Oct 07, 202114:35
#51 - Worship Leaders Must Become Like Great Tour Guides

#51 - Worship Leaders Must Become Like Great Tour Guides

We spoke with Tia Turnipseed from Restore Church about how the worship leader is like a tour guide. It was a great conversation! 

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Sep 23, 202124:39
#50 - Nine Basic Training Topics For Worship Leaders In Your Church

#50 - Nine Basic Training Topics For Worship Leaders In Your Church

This has been an outline we've been working on to use for training worship leaders in our church - especially some of the younger ones. This podcast episode is an overview of these nine aspects of becoming a great worship leader. 

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Sep 02, 202121:14
#49 - Five Aspects To Selecting The Right Songs For Worship
Jul 15, 202114:28
#48 - Five D's of Worship Ministry Leadership (To help bring about great delivery as you lead your church in worship)
Jul 01, 202123:23
#47 - Ideas For Growing A Dynamic Student Ministry Worship Band

#47 - Ideas For Growing A Dynamic Student Ministry Worship Band

Great to have Lonnie Trembly join us to talk about growing effective student worship bands! Some awesome insights into student ministry worship teams and amazing fruit from his local church student ministry! 

Visit the blog post to view a sample of the student band! 

http://www.worshipleadertoolbox.com/grow-a-dynamic-student-ministry-worship-team


Jun 17, 202139:55
#46 - Don't Miss These Two Obvious Opportunities To Enhance On Stage Connection

#46 - Don't Miss These Two Obvious Opportunities To Enhance On Stage Connection

Tim and Clint talk about five aspects to the connections worship leaders and teams have with the congregation. 

http://www.worshipleadertoolbox.com/dont-miss-these-two-obvious-opportunities-to-enhance-on-stage-connection/


Jun 03, 202123:50
#45 - Seven More Ideas To Help Change The Culture In Your Worship Ministry Team
May 27, 202126:19
#44 - The Worship Team As Prompters

#44 - The Worship Team As Prompters

The old theater analogy for worship is well known, that the worship team helps the congregation perform, in a sense, for the audience of one, God. In that sense, the worship both worships and help lead others. Too often, we forget that our job is to prompt the congregation in what to do and say so they can authentically worship. Here are four thoughts about being "promoters" in worship. 

May 13, 202119:03
#43 - Scheduling, Charts & Rehearsals: Three Practical Basics For Worship Leaders

#43 - Scheduling, Charts & Rehearsals: Three Practical Basics For Worship Leaders

On this episode, Tim Price, Clint Benesh and Drew Allsman talk about some practical ideas for accomplishing these three basics in worship ministry... investing 20% of your time in these things will produce 80% of the effectiveness in your ministry leadership. 

www.worshipleadertoolbox.com/make-your-worship-team-unstoppable-with-these-three-basics

Apr 15, 202129:56
#42 Creating Powerful Moments In Worship (Three Simple, But Big Ideas)
Apr 01, 202113:02
#41 - Would You Say Your Worship Team Has A Fixed Mindset Or A Growth Mindset?

#41 - Would You Say Your Worship Team Has A Fixed Mindset Or A Growth Mindset?

Tim and Clint talk about the Fixed Mindset vs. the Growth Mindset for your worship teams! 

Mar 18, 202128:29
#40 - Change Your Worship Team Culture With These Simple Steps
Mar 04, 202115:41
#39 - Here Are Ten Tips When You Are Looking For A Part-Time Worship Leader To Serve In Your Church

#39 - Here Are Ten Tips When You Are Looking For A Part-Time Worship Leader To Serve In Your Church

Tim and Clint talk about ten ideas as a starting point for finding a part-time worship leader for your church.

View the post at worshipleadertoolbox.com. 

Feb 18, 202122:34
Basic Reminders For Our Church Worship Teams

Basic Reminders For Our Church Worship Teams

Since we haven't been able to gather with our team in a leadership meeting format, we took this podcast episode opportunity to share some reminders for our worship band and tech team as we venture back to in person worship this Sunday! Thanks, Troy UMC Worship Teams and Tech Teams!  You guys are making a huge difference... 

For all those listening, I hope some of these reminders might be practical and helpful for you too! 

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Feb 04, 202125:22
#37 - Personality And Worship Ministry - A Few Thoughts With Ava

#37 - Personality And Worship Ministry - A Few Thoughts With Ava

Tim and Ava talk about some differences between extroverted and introverted worship leaders, about talking on stage and off, about poise and confidence and about authentic leadership for local churches. 

Jan 21, 202115:15
WLT #2.1 - Christmas Wrap-Up Highlights

WLT #2.1 - Christmas Wrap-Up Highlights

As we kick off our second season, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the reflections from Christmas Eve Services at our church in Troy, IL. On this episode, we hear short clips from Clint, Andy, Emily, Noah, Josh, Dan and Nick. Thanks.


Jan 07, 202124:46
WLT #35 - Three Gifts You Can Give To Your Team As We Wind Down The Year

WLT #35 - Three Gifts You Can Give To Your Team As We Wind Down The Year

Tim Price shares three gifts we can give our teams as we wind down the year. 

http://www.worshipleadertoolbox.com/three-gifts-we-can-give-as-we-wind-down-this-year/

Dec 17, 202010:09
WLT #34 - Three Things Worship Leaders Should Not Do During The Christmas Season
Dec 03, 202010:53
Thankfulness Is So Important For Worship Leaders!

Thankfulness Is So Important For Worship Leaders!

Tim and Clint talk about a few ways thankfulness plays a role in worship ministry and in the lives of worship leaders. 

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Nov 26, 202013:00
Practical Tips For Song Selection During "Online Only" Seasons Of Worship In Your Church

Practical Tips For Song Selection During "Online Only" Seasons Of Worship In Your Church

Tim Price shares four thoughts for choosing songs for the music portion of worship when your congregation is only attending online and no one is in the building with you. 


Nov 19, 202009:52
Grant Norsworthy on Developing A Goal For Your Worship Team, Choosing The Right Key, Success Vs. Significance and lots more great conversations for worship leaders.

Grant Norsworthy on Developing A Goal For Your Worship Team, Choosing The Right Key, Success Vs. Significance and lots more great conversations for worship leaders.

Great to have Grant Norsworthy on the podcast today - a great conversation with lots of thoughts for worship leaders and teams! 

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Nov 12, 202043:53
Five Areas Where Worship Leaders Are Pastors And Shepherds

Five Areas Where Worship Leaders Are Pastors And Shepherds

Tim Price shares five areas where worship leaders take on a pastoral role. 

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Nov 05, 202014:33
WLT #29: The Seven Basics Of Leading Worship In A Local Church
Oct 29, 202025:52
Worship Leaders With Side Jobs
Oct 22, 202020:33
WLT 27: Five Ways Attending A Conference Will Strengthen You And Your Ministry
Oct 08, 202016:33
The Importance Of Internships In Ministry (Ryan Froidcoeur)
Oct 01, 202013:37
Motivation For Less Worship Hindrances
Sep 24, 202025:49
Ten Habits For Your Worship Team

Ten Habits For Your Worship Team

Tim and Clint talk about worship team habits for which any team can be proud! 

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Sep 17, 202028:43
Interview With Matt Vollmar (The Great Romance): Insights on contentment, local church ministry, relationships, building teams and more!

Interview With Matt Vollmar (The Great Romance): Insights on contentment, local church ministry, relationships, building teams and more!

Tim Price interviews Matt Vollmar who is a Worship Leader and Youth Pastor at St. Matthew in Belleville, IL. Matt also leads The Great Romance. 

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Sep 10, 202040:10
JEFF NAIL Interview: On raising up worship leaders, the handing off roles, ministry struggles and our main role as worship leaders.
Sep 03, 202029:51
Random Tips To Make Worship More Fantastic In Your Church
Aug 27, 202030:43
The Dynamic of Leading Worship For Kids
Aug 06, 202027:53
14 Ideas For Great Transitioning Between Worship Songs
Jul 30, 202029:41
Six Areas Where You Can Improve Your Worship Ministry This Week
Jul 23, 202033:08
Eight Keys For An Effective College Worship Team
Jul 16, 202016:45
Keys To Engaging Stage Presence (Ava Andrews)
Jul 09, 202021:36
Serve Like You're Serving The Best Church
Jul 02, 202025:13
Worship Leader Confidence Comes From These Seven Things
Jun 25, 202024:29
Interview With Jeremiah Cox
Jun 18, 202027:31
Innovations Often Come From Obstacles
Jun 11, 202018:32
Jason McAtee Interview - Life on the road, ministry in church, transitioning to new worship leader roles.
Jun 08, 202031:02
Don't Stop Developing Your Worship Ministry
Jun 04, 202016:41
Worship Leader Hiring Insights
May 28, 202034:16
Digital Sherherding VS Digital Outreach
May 21, 202010:15
Seven Ways To Energetically Lead In A Small Setting
May 19, 202011:15
The Concept of Social Loafing And What That Means For Your Team
May 14, 202007:31
Starting Something New
May 07, 202013:43
Seven Ways Worship Leaders Shape The Church
Apr 29, 202030:13
Worship Teams & Sound Checks
Apr 14, 202022:59
What Your Worship Team Needs In Time Of Crisis

What Your Worship Team Needs In Time Of Crisis

Here are five things a worship leader does that take on a different feel once your church, community or ministry is going though a crisis like the Spring 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Though these five are general ministry leadership characteristics, we must stay diligent as we keep moving forward in this season with no clear end date. Thank you for your ministry!  

Apr 06, 202010:42
The Importance Of Advanced Planning In Worship

The Importance Of Advanced Planning In Worship

Planning for your worship services in advance can remove a lot of stress from your weekend services while improving your worship team. Prepared worship leaders are better able to effectively lead their teams, but more importantly they are are better able to lead their congregations into worship. On this episode, we discuss how advanced planning can pay off big in every church!

Oct 30, 201920:57