I’d love to say I’m a leadership expert. I wish I could give you 10 amazing leadership truths like John Maxwell or Andy Stanley. I can’t. In fact, looking back at 20 years of leading teams, sometimes I feel like I know almost nothing. So why I am writing this…to say I have nothing to tell you? Not quite. What I found is that I backed into a few things that have worked for me.
In this lesson I will quickly show you the basics of vocal harmony. I briefly talk about scale and inversions in this video, but if those concepts are new to you, you may want to study up on them to set a better music theory foundation. I have put a few more links to other related lessons, documents and worksheet to further explore how music works.
I have noticed a shift that has taken place musically over the past 30 years, which greatly affects us as worshippers — since it affects us as worshippers, it greatly affects us as worship leaders. I can’t speak for every church and every denomination, however I feel confident this affects most churches that have a “contemporary” style of music.
So, let me tell you my observation and then I will try to back it up with some examples. The volume music is played at can have a direct result in how engaged a congregation is in worship.
I’m cringing even as I type that. Volume shouldn’t have anything to do with how engaged we are in worshipping the One who gave His life for us. However, in my experience, for this generation it does.
Some time ago I started about thinking about what I felt were major lessons I’ve learned about worship. I started collecting the thoughts in a simple list to organize them for review and further development. Over time I would continue to add to it as I thought of more things. Below is a list of some of the most impactful lessons I’ve learned. This list is not all-inclusive and the items are not in any particular order.