Three Actions of a Growing Worship Leader, Part 2

Jason Hatley

Who’s in your circle?

I’m not really talking about your Google+ account. This question cuts a little deeper than that 🙂

I’m talking about the 5 or so people that are the most influential people in your life. They are the people that are currently speaking into your life (good or bad) and are, in many ways, helping to shape who you are today.

Why does this matter?

Well let me rewind quickly to lay the foundation. . .

Last week we kicked off a 3-part series on the importance of your growth and leadership in the church. Remember the story of David’s annointing in 1 Samuel 16:13? As the oil was poured on to David’s head it ran down all over him signfying that “as goes the King, so goes the Kingdom.”

The same can be said for Worship Leaders and worship ministries. And so we started down this path of discovering THREE ACTIONS of Growing Worship Leaders.

The first action (and what we talked about last week) is that growing Worship Leaders have a written plan for their Growth. They think about what areas of their life (spiritual, ministry, family, finances, health, etc.) they need to grow in and they make a plan for how they will do it.

A written plan is central to your growth as a Worship Leader. After all – Growing Worship Ministries are led by Growing Worship Leaders.

However, a written plan isn’t the only action of growing worship leaders.

The second action is just as important and it is this:

ACTION #2: Surround yourself with people who help you grow.

Jim Rohn has said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

That is – you and I are who we are today because of the influence we allow other people to have on us. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or co-worker we are greatly shaped by those who are closest to us.

This can be both good and bad.

After all, if you are surrounded by Godly men and women who are encouraging you to become all that God has called you to be, you will be challenged by them and more readily pursue that in your life.

However, if you surround yourself with people who speak negatively, don’t have God-sized dreams, aren’t learning / growing / reading, or aren’t sharpening you (Proverbs 27:17), well . . . you will most likely take on some of their traits and follow suit there as well.

This is a hard teaching, but important for us to understand. Becoming all that God has called you to be requires sacrifice. And sometimes the sacrifice we need to make is that of a relationship that is keeping us from growing. After all, “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor. 15:33)

The key is to maximize the time you spend with those who challenge you to grow. And, according to Proverbs 13:20, here’s what will happen . . .

“Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm.”

If you invest time with Godly leaders, you can become a Godly leader

So here are TWO IMPORTANT QUESTIONS for you:

#1 – Who are the people in your life that are helping you grow as a pastor / worship leader / spouse / parent / child of God? How can you maximize your time with those people?

#2 – Who are the people in your life whom you find are keeping you from becoming all that God has called you to be? How can you minimize the time you invest in those relationships? What other relationships could you reallocate that time to?


What if you had a group of Worship Leaders around you who were just as passionate about leading their worship ministries and personal lives with excellence as you are? What kind of positive impact would that have on your life and your ministry?

That’s exactly the type of enviornment that I work to create in the Worship Leader Tele-Coaching network. Fellow worship leaders who pray for you, whom you can build relationships with, and learn from. Keep reading below to learn more about to get involved, or visit to learn more.

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “Five years from now you’ll be the same person you are today except for the books you read and the people you meet.”

Decide today to invest in the most important and life-giving relationships in your life.


Your partner in ministry,


PS – Are you ready to join with other Worship Leaders and GROW YOURSELF AND YOUR MINISTRY this year?

I want to invite you to be a part of my NEW Tele-Coaching network for Worship Leaders beginning on March 16. And when you apply by February 15 and are accepted into the network, you will receive over $733.00 in savings and bonuses.

For quite a while now you have heard me talk about these Networks (some might even say too much – ha!). I’ll admit – I’m passionate about Coaching!

The Reason? The Results!

I have personally coached 200 Worship Leaders in the last 6 years through these networks and for many of those:

  • The worship team volunteers DOUBLED
  • Worship services become MORE CREATIVE and LESS STRESSFUL
  • The relationship with the Pastor DEEPENED
  • The Worship Leader got MORE done, FASTER, so they could work on the MOST important things (and make it home for dinner each night 🙂

For me – the joy of coaching is in the fruit it brings to your life and your church’s. So YES… I’m passionate, and YES, I would like for you to seriously PRAY about joining this network.

I know there are plenty of excuses not too:

  • “I don’t have time.” — In our FIRST session you will learn HOW the network will actually save you time! Plus there is no travel time or expense. Join each session right from your office via the web and our private conference call line.
  • “It’s not in my budget.” — Many Worship Leaders find the network pays for itself just in the lessons you learned during the Provision Challenge session (we’ll talk about budgeting, equipment purchase standards, how to teach your team to tithe, and more).

    PLUS –
    The network investment is the same as taking a few team members to a big conference this year. BUT with the my network you get over $1,400 in FREE resources, hands-on coaching, and more (see below for a full list).

  • “I don’t know if I will like it.” — That’s why the network has a 90-Day Guarantee. If at any time before our 4th Coaching session you’re not satisfied, I will personally return every nickel you’ve invested in the network, and you can keep the free resources I have given out up to that point.
  • “Maybe next year.” — If you could see these great things happen in your ministry NOW, why would you wait until 2013? Remember the Parable of the Hidden Treasure!

So what do you say? Will you pray about join my new Worship Leader Tele-Coaching Network?

If so . . . here’s what I’ll do for you:

If you apply for the network and are accepted by by February 15, you can still save $300 on the total network investment, take home over $373.00 in BONUS Resources (including signed copies of my two books), AND my “Revolve: Changing the Way You See Worship” teaching series – a $99.00 value).

That’s $733 in Savings and Bonuses if you apply by February 15 and are accepted into the network.

Just go to to apply online. It takes only takes about 10 minutes to apply, but I MUST have your application ASAP in order for you to receive the over $733.00 in Savings and Bonuses!


Here’s a powerful question for you: What could you do over the next year that would dramatically impact the development of your worship ministry and your personal growth as a leader more than this network?

Imagine for a moment, what if …

  • Your worship team could double over the next year and so could your personal effectiveness?
  • You could consistently get everything done at the office, manage your staff and volunteers well, see consistent growth in excellence and still get home on time for dinner and family fun each night?
  • You could develop personal leadership growth habits that help you lead yourself and your team at an optimum level?
  • You could achieve greater clarity and a stronger working relationship with your pastor?
  • You were able to work with your pastor to plan your services months in advance, and create more impactful services than ever before, while reducing the stress of Sunday?

What would your life and church look like one year from now if your worship team and effectiveness grew by 50%? I can’t promise these results but I can say that they are typical of results I’ve seen in the nearly 200 worship pastors who have completed my coaching process over the last 5 years.

I’m not teaching you theory or stuff that I’ve only read about. I’m coaching you as a fellow worship pastor and practitioner who is in the trenches day after day leading a growing worship ministry. In addition, the coaching process that I will lead you through is a proven process that has been effective with nearly 200 churches who have been through this coaching process, and hundreds more who have taken part in my one-day seminars.

** If you are ready to apply now, click here to read more and apply online:


Instead of you flying to our office in New York City for an ‘in person’ coaching network, you will participate in this coaching network via your telephone and your computer.

Think about it, you will experience the same network experience that others have experienced while SAVING THOUSANDS of dollars in travel costs and SAVING DOZENS OF HOURS on cross-country flights.


The short answer . . . I will share every worship ministry and personal development principle I know and give you every resource I’ve developed to help you implement each principle.

Don’t worry, it will not be overwhelming . . . everything will be delivered in a manageable bits over the course of the year.

All that said, here’s the ‘official list’ of all that you receive:

  •     Monthly hands-on coaching from me.
  •     A proven coaching process that leads to growth and health.
  •     Over $1419.00 in FREE resources from Worship Leader Insights.
  •     Unlimited email access to me and the WLI team.
  •     A monthly coaching environment where everyone is focused on a Kingdom agenda.
  •     MP3s of each session for your review. NOTE: Even if you miss the exact date, you can listen to the network at your leisure.
  •     Free attendance at all WLI training events during your network.
  •     Private “call-in” times with me to have your specific questions answered in more detail.
  •     NEW – a private weekend training event (in sunny South Florida) exclusively for Tele-Coaching members, complete with a behind-the-scenes look at The Journey on a Sunday morning ($1500 value)
  •     The opportunity to grow and take your church to the next level.

Plus much, much more . . .

As you can see, just the tangible benefits you will receive as part of this network will far out-weigh your monthly financial investment.

** If you are ready to apply now, click here to read more and apply online:


Each phone call is 90-minutes long and we will meet monthly for one year. This is a big commitment but I want to make sure that we fully cover all 7 of the Worship Leader Challenges and I’ve outlined in my resources.

You will complete the network with a personal library worth of worship ministry leadership materials and personal development insights.

I have a degree in Sacred Music, and I can guarantee you that what you will learn in this network is the ‘practical, will work tomorrow’ stuff they don’t teach in college or seminary!


We will cover each of my Seven Challenges of a Worship Pastor plus issues related to personal development, time management and more. As a reminder, the seven challenges are:

* The Personal Challenge – How to develop personal leadership growth habits that help you lead yourself and your team at an optimum level

* The Pastor Challenge – How to achieve clarity and a develop a strong working relationship with your pastor

* The Planning Challenge – How to plan your services months in advance, and create more impactful services than ever before.

* The People Challenge – How to double your Worship Team volunteers and strengthen their commitment to the church through a proven audition system that leads to growth and health.

* The Provision Challenge – How to invest wisely the resources spent on the Sunday service for now and the future, especially in a troubled economy

* The Professionalism Challenge – How to create a culture of excellence that brings the very best out of you and your volunteers

* The Production Challenge – How to ensure that every Sunday service is successfully planned for and executed, with nothing left to chance


Each tele-coaching call will be from 11:00am – 12:30pm Eastern Time. Literally, you could call in to the network from anywhere in the world. Cool, huh?

All the calls are on Fridays, which I’ve found to be the best day for most worship pastors, but I also understand that you may have to adjust your schedule..

Remember, each call is only 90 minutes so even if you have to step out of a meeting or call in from home, it will not consume your entire day. Here are the dates:

  •     March 16, 2012
  •     April 13, 2012
  •     May 11, 2012
  •     June 15, 2012
  •     July 13, 2012
  •     August 17, 2012
  •     September 14, 2012
  •     October, 12, 2012
  •     November 9, 2012
  •     December 14, 2012
  •     January 11, 2013
  •     February 8, 2013


I strongly encourage you to make every date a priority but I also know that ministry is messy and uncertain so I will record every session and you will receive the complete MP3′s of each session within a day or two of meeting. If you attend, the MP3 is for your library and for your review. If you are unable to attend, you will still be able to gain the full experience.


As I mentioned earlier, this network is not for everyone but if you choose to apply and you are accepted, I would like to offer you a no-hassle, no questions asked guarantee.

Here it is: I’m so confident that you will find this Network beneficial that any time prior to the fourth monthly meeting (June 15, 2012) you can call my office and tell me that this network isn’t benefiting your church or your leadership ability and I will refund everything you have invested, including any long distance costs you might have incurred. Plus, you can keep any of the resources, MP3s or seminar materials that you have received to date.

In other words, I want to remove any fear you might have in joining this network. You can try it for four months with absolutely NO RISK!


I have tried to keep the monthly investment in this network as low as possible. But remember, you are receiving thousands of dollars of resources, free passes to my seminars, email support and private consulting. At the same time, you are saving thousands of dollars in hotel, flight costs, rental car expenses, gas, etc.

That said, the monthly investment is $247 per month if your application is received by December 31 ($297 per month after December 31). Once you are accepted, your credit card will be charged for the first two months.

You’ll find that is about the same as taking 3 key team members to one of the major worship conferences this year (registration, travel, hotel, meals).

HOWEVER, with the Tele-Coaching network…

  • You get 12-months of hands on personal training with systems that ACTUALLY work in churches of all shapes and sizes
  •  You walk away with $1419.00 of FREE Resources (try doing that at the resource table for your next Worshp Conference)
  •  The training doesn’t end after 3 days… in addtion to the 12-monthly session, you get audio MP3′s of each session, meaning you walk away with a library of over 24 hours of nuts-and-bolts practical systems to build a health and growing worship ministry and share with the key leaders in your church.
  • Personalized Q&A call-in session to have all of your questions answered about what we disucss in each session
  • Plus much more!

** If you are ready to apply now, click here to read more and apply online:


In addition to the monthly call, you will be assigned to read or listen to one of my resources plus another book (generally, a ministry leadership or business book with clear application to ministry). While the network will stretch you to grow, study and read, it will not be overwhelming. I’ll help you prioritize so you can get the most from the network.

At the same time, there will be opportunities for you to share your ideas and learnings from the network plus you’ll be able to submit prayer requests and ask questions to me and everyone else in the network.


While I certainly can’t guarantee that our network will in any way produce the same fruit as previous networks, I can share what I’ve seen God do in the past! I’ve seen:

* Worship Leaders who were stuck in their leadership, break through to new levels of personal effectiveness

* Worship Teams double in a year

* Worship Leaders become so effective that they never miss a day off again

* Pastors write me letters thanking me for helping their worship leader

I could keep going but let me allow some of my coaching alumni pastors to share their results:

“Join this network! We all need to be growing in our leadership and there’s no better way to grow than to get into a network. Jason does a great job of identifying seven universal challenges that we all face. Once you are fully aware of these challenges and are armed with the tools that Jason gives you in the network to overcome them, you will begin to soar in your effectiveness as a Worship Pastor.”

– Mike Martindale, Westside Community Church Beaverton, OR

“I did not know what to expect from this network, but all I know is that after the very first session, I was inspired, motivated and mostly importantly, humbled.”

– Jean Sandoval, New Life Church Meriden, CT

“This is an excellent network for learning some great skills in implementing systems in your church. You are worth it; your church is worth it.”

– Archie Jackson, South Bay Church San Jose, CA

“I felt encouraged to grow in my weaker areas of my ministry. I didn’t feel beaten down; instead I was given systems that could help me in areas I have always struggled with in the past. Even my team could tell the difference!”

– Lisa Johnson, Valley Brook Community Church Granby, CT

“It’s worth every penny!”

– Dave Swanson, Calvary Fellowship West Hartford, CT

Visit for additional video testimonies from worship leaders just like you!


God has given me a unique opportunity to serve in a church that is not only passionate about reaching and discipling people, but also returning what we have learned back to the kingdom so that other churches can do the same in their cities and towns.

In the last 10 years of my ministry here, I have been able to build systems for developing a thriving worship ministry that have worked not only here, but in churches all over the country. The reason I am doing this network is because I want to see you succeed in fulfilling your mission in the local church, and I believe with all my heart that this network can give you tools, insights, and systems to do exactly that.


In 2002, Jason Hatley helped launch The Journey Church in New York City, directing the programming of their worship services. He served as the Pastor of Worship Arts and has built from scratch The Journey’s worship arts team, a group of over 200 artists and technicians who develop and implement the creative and technical elements at weekly Sunday services.

Currently, Jason and his family live in Boca Raton, FL to serve as the Pastor of Worship Arts at The Journey’s newest location in South Florida.

The Journey has been recognized as one of Outreach Magazines fastest growing and most creative churches.

Jason has been a worship leader since 1996. He invests in Worship Pastors around the country through interactive coaching networks and worship planning resources. He has been a featured break-out speaker at the Willow Creek Arts Conference (2007-2009), The Purpose Drive Worship Conference (2003-2004), as well as seminars around the country. He has a B.M. in Sacred Music Performance from Appalachian State University.

Jason is the founder of, the author of nearly a dozen resources on Worship Leadership, including the BRAND NEW BOOKS Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services and Revolve: A New Way to See Worship.


Please complete the application and return it to my office ASAP. I am reviewing applications right now and will try to review your application and let you know within two weeks, but please bear with me. We are receiving greater response to this network than any other network I’ve offered.

** If you are ready to apply now, click here to read more and apply online:

Let me know if you have any questions . . .  just email

Jason Hatley

Pastor of Worship Arts

The Journey Church

TUESDAY MORNING INSIGHTS is Jason Hatley’s free weekly training resource specifically designed to provide you as a worship leader with proven principles, tips and practices to help you lead a healthy and thriving Worship Arts Team.