Over the coming months, we'll be sitting down for informal conversations with each of our Worship School coaches. To kick off these talks, we met up with Terry Foester, a brand new coach, to talk about discipline, and serving the greater mission of the Church.
Taylor sat down with one of our Online Experience students, from the Pilot Class. They've just begun Track 2, after completing the first 6 months of huddle. For more information about our Online Experience, visit: http://worship.school/online
Aaron recently sat down with Pete James to talk about the worship culture of Europe. They discuss how the role of "worship leader" has evolved, as well as a growing desire by young worship leaders for apprenticeships.
We've all been there. We posted the song on Planning Center in the key of F, (and everyone learned it in F), then on Sunday morning the vocalist can't hit the high-note. She needs it dropped to the key of E... Or, in the middle of rehearsal, you realize it'd be great to flow from one song into the next, but you learned one in the key of B and the other is the key of C. Do you need to run back into the church office and print out new chord charts for the band?
Tragedy struck a family in our church and, while visiting their house, I was called upon to lead worship for a room of grieving family members, with no monitors, no lights, no haze, no band, no confidence monitor, and no advance notice.
And in that moment I found myself with nothing to sing and even less to say.
I remember strumming very poorly through part of a hymn, mumbling a prayer, and leaving the house crushed by my inability to pastor these beautiful people during this precious moment in their lives I had been invited into. Of course, they were incredibly gracious, but I knew that I had failed.
As I’ve led worship increasingly in various countries and foreign cultures in the past few years, I’ve had the chance to not only share some of the worship songs God’s been using in my local community, but I’ve also had the distinct privilige of hearing some of the indigenous worship songs that are being written around the world.
I’ve long loved Psalm 34:1, “I will praise You at all times, your praise will continually be on my lips.” I want to praise God at all times—not just the good times, or easy times—but I so often fail to. I often default to whining, not worshiping. I often complain, rather than consistently praise God in faith. “The Valley” is an aspirational prayer that aims to determine: no matter what comes my way, I choose to bring you praise.
Whether we like it or not, worship leaders are theologians. They are shaping the theology of every believer with every song they sing. This is a terrifying reality and responsibility. Many of us in the 10,000 Fathers community say it this way: we need a generation of worship leaders who aren’t just leaders of songs, but leaders of people.
One of the most rewarding moments at 10,000 Fathers is the opportunity to see and experience transformation of individuals over the course of 18 months. In huddle, week in and week out we’ve cried, laughed and sought the Lord together in learning to develop our character and craft...
Without question, male worship leaders dominate the stage in our worship gatherings, leaving little room for gifted and anointed female worship leaders to join in. If a female worship leader (without a sort of “male chaperone”) is actually found leading a congregation, it’s a rare and beautiful thing to witness...
I’ve come to believe that a reformer is not so much a person who renews as much as one who remembers. A reformer looks back to remember how a movement or religion began in it’s purest form, and does everything in his or her power to return it to its original glory.
We were backstage at a massive event a few years ago. I was about to lead worship for around 3,500 people in the room, and another 100,000 (!) people watching online. In-demand preachers were slated to preach. We were going through the program beforehand, getting on the same page regarding all of the cues, transitions, and last-minute details. The producer of the event asked me what I planned to do for the opening worship set...