What is a ChordPro?

September 18, 2015

We, at Worship Together, have recently added new features to the site that we hope will better equip worship teams with the resources that they are looking for. One of the main new features is a ChordPro file that is now provided on many of the song pages. Along with this is also a lyric chart (both will download as a text file and can be saved to your computer). Of course, chords are still provided on most song pages, but this way you can take your chart wherever you need it.

Our friends at Planning Center Online have made creating and transposing chords as easy as possible. When you download a ChordPro from Worship Together, you can copy and paste it into the “Lyrics and Chords Editor” of a song arrangement in Planning Center (see video here for a tutorial). Once it’s loaded, you’ll be able to transpose songs into any key or format, including numbers and numerals.

We hope this resource is a blessing to you and your ministry! Happy charting!

-The Worship Together Team

In this blog, Worship Together intern, Andrew Holt, gives his feedback on the importance of growing student worship ministries. He is involved with our Camp Electric worship team and has years of experience in worship ministries, specifically with youth.

I have lead worship for student ministry in different capacities for almost six years, and it has become one of my favorite ministries to be a part of. One of the trickiest parts of building a strong student worship team is navigating through all the challenging parts of being a teenager in hopes to build something powerful and game changing for your entire church.  Here are 5 key practices that I believe can lead to exactly that.


1…Re-define student worship as a part of the overall worship ministry
       

A challenge that keeps many student worship teams from seeing huge success is their separation from the overall worship ministry of the church. The leadership often comes from within the student ministries’ leadership and not the worship ministries’. If you are a worship pastor, I would encourage you to get involved with your student worship leaders and begin to pour into them and push them to grow. Encourage your main worship team members to find students who play the same instrument or even sing the same parts and begin to build relationships. This will achieve two things. First, it will make your student worship teams feel accepted and appreciated by the worship ministry as a whole. Secondly, it will bring growth for both your students and adults because they will begin to learn from each other.


2…Begin raising up leaders at an early age

One of the most impactful times in my life was when I was in middle school and an older worship leader in my church began to give me opportunities to be involved. Chances are that a student at this age is going to be awkward and inexperienced (I know I definitely was), but finding students at this age will give them 7 to 8 years to gain experience before they graduate high school.  That’s more than enough time for a student to grow in extraordinary ways. The hope is that you will begin to grow a culture of discipleship within your worship ministry, and that students will begin to mentor each other as you mentor them.


3...Encourage and Embrace Growth

The truth is that most students interested in worship ministry will not be well-seasoned musicians, and that is a good thing. Never dismiss someone who does not match the quality that you think they should have. Instead, look for potential to grow, a heart that is passionate about worship, and someone who is willing to learn. There has to come a time where someone is willing to take a chance so that they can grow and become all that God wants them to be.


4…Don’t Discount the Power of a Student Leading Worship

Some of the most powerful worship that I have been a part of has been led by students, and by students leading multiple age groups in worship.  So often we dismiss student worship leaders as having the ability to lead adults in worship, but I believe God can work through the heart of a student in ways that are very unique.  A student leading worship for your whole church body can bring a fresh, new quality that your church can be challenged and changed by.


5…Step Back and Let Them Take Hold of Some things

Once you feel like a student is in a place where they are prepared and mature enough to take the lead on different aspects of your ministry, give them opportunities.  The worst thing that you could do for young worship leaders and musicians is to train them and prepare them, but never give them opportunities.  Allow your students to take a whole Sunday morning and lead worship, and give them space and the resources to succeed.

Overall, it is not too demanding to take the necessary steps to bring success and purpose into your student worship team. However, by investing into your student ministries’ worship, you are also investing into your church. And many beautiful, powerful things can come from it.

3 Reasons You Need A Looptimus

September 18, 2015

A few months back the folks a Loop Community sent us their Looptimus pedal to check out. Our team has used it on the road at National Worship Leader Conference and at our home churches on Sunday mornings.

Here are a few reasons you might want to grab one:

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This question was asked at a conference where I was a guest on a panel on worship music. Honestly, at the moment I had a bit of a loss for words. The flow of new worship songs is essentially endless. I chuckle when I hear people say, "There's just not any great new worship songs!" Depending on your definition of great that may be true, but there certainly isn't a shortage of contenders.

So when the guy asked, "Should I be writing songs for my church?", my first impulse was to shout, "No! Please don't! We have plenty already!" But after thinking about it for a few moments, I said, "Maybe."

Non-committal, right? Well, the answer to this question does require some thought and a little self inspection. Here are some probing questions to consider that will help you answer this for yourself:

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When You're Out of the Picture

September 18, 2015

I’m sure mine is not the only church with a running joke about staff only having to work one day a week. Worship pastors get to take this to the next level when we say, “And all I have to do is play guitar!”

If only this were true.

Worship leaders are passionate about leading. We love to be involved on Sundays. We love creating moments where people can experience the presence of the Lord and passionately express their worship to God. Worship leaders are also human and we have very real, physical limits.

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