How to Keep Your Congregation Engaged this Christmas

“Why did we do that song on Sunday?”

I’ve asked myself that question in frustration before… how about you?

What seemed like a good idea in the music planning meeting, didn’t turn out all that great in the service on Sunday.

Maybe it was too hard, too high, too hip… whatever the reason, it didn’t connect. And as a result both me and the congregation left the service thinking, “Why did we do that song?”

Remember — when planning our worship sets, we’re not there to sing songs, but to create moments. And that’s especially important this time of year as we sing Christmas songs that have tremendous power, yet at the same time can come across mundane and boring without proper planning. Read more

Creating “Moments” in Your Christmas Music

You’ve heard me say it before — our goal in worship on Sunday isn’t to sing songs, but to create life-transforming moments (thanks to Tom Jackson for introducing me to this principle).

This is especially true as we’re preparing music for the Christmas season. But oftentimes, the temptation is to give Christmas music the “same old treatment” that it received last year.

Doing the same arrangements of the same songs on the same Sunday’s we did them last year.

But the story of Christmas is powerful and life-transforming. And the music of Christmas can be as well, if we’ll answer these 3 questions as we plan: Read more

The ABC’s of a Successful Service — New Podcast from Jason Hatley

Do your Worship Team members know what it means to WIN on Sunday? 

In this brand new (FREE) podcast with Jason Hatley (Pastor of Worship Arts at The Journey Church), you will go behind the scenes into a closed-door training meeting where Jason teaches his Worship Team what it means to have a successful serving experience on Sunday.

Jason will walk you through a proven way to communicate the vision, values and expectations of your Sunday service to your Worship Team.

And be sure to listen all the way to the end to learn how you can download a FREE copy of The Journey’s most recent New Season Kick-off training notes and a FREE 75-minute training mp3 (a $49.95 value!).