3 Powerful (and Easy) Summer Reading Goals

I admit it. I have not always had a love of reading. But it didn’t take long as a young Worship Pastor at The Journey for me to recognize my need to read in order to survive in ministry, much less lead a thriving worship team.

I first started in ministry at age 23. I was fresh out of college. I had been a worship leader, but I had never been a Worship Pastor in the church before. I could stand onstage and lead worship, but I couldn’t write a task list, build teams, lead people . . . you get the picture.

It was at that point – aware of my personal and ministry shortcomings, and certain that I needed to make a change – that I developed a love for reading.

How about you? Have you been there?

This Summer you and I have a unique opportunity. While most of the world looks at summer and says, “I’m going to take it easy and just GLIDE through the summer,” you and I can choose a better course. We can choose to GROW this summer. Read more

3 Ways to Step-up Your Sunday Focus Time, Part 3

A few years ago I had the opportunity to attend a 3-Day story-writing seminar taught by legendary Hollywood screenwriter and professor Robert McKee.

During the 14-hour a day, 3-day seminar McKee said something that resonated with me then and still does today, especially when it comes to leading our Worship Teams. Read more

3 Ways to Step-up Your Sunday Focus Time, Part 2

Every worship leader has them. But not every worship leader knows how to use them wisely.

I’m talking about the precious moments you have as the “leader” of your team each Sunday.  After all of the set-up and sound checks are finished your Team pulls together for a time of prayer.

These moments are important not only because we will ask God to bless our services, but because for a few minutes you have the opportunity to invest in the leadership and growth of your team members.  These moments are a vital part of your Leadership, and that’s why recently I started this 3-part series about how you can make the most of them every week!

Last time, I talked about the importance of taking time to Celebrate in your Focus Time each week (Focus Time is what we call this time of prayer and investment @ The Journey).  And today, we look at the second way to step up your Focus Time me each week: Read more