Three Ways to Overcome the Hard Days of Ministry

“On it’s best day, ministry is hard.”

That is the advice my Pastor shared with me when I first started in ministry, and it’s true.

God has called us to no easy task. It’s hard work on it’s best day. And I don’t even want to talk about it’s worst day!

This is one of the biggest misconceptions about ministry. That since it’s God’s work it’s always fulfilling, fascinating, and fun. But a year into ministry and you realize that while it is all of those things sometimes, it’s not all of those things all the time.

When you’re short on budget, short on volunteers, short on time, and short on enthusiasm, ministry can be anything but fun. Read more

How to Resolve Conflict on Your Worship Team… Fast!

Conflict happens!

(I know… tell me something I don’t know). And worship teams are not immune.

The truth is you can’t prevent conflict on your team (sorry – we’re all human and we all make mistakes).  But just because it can’t be avoided, doesn’t mean that we can’t minimize it’s effects on our team by dealing with it quickly.

There’s a ministry rule that I learned a long time ago, and that has saved me countless hours of heartache as a Worship Pastor.  The rule is simply this:  Run to conflict!

Whenever conflict arises we have two choices: Read more

What’s in Your Top 5?

I’m not talking about your Top 5 80’s love songs (though I do love power ballads). No – I have something a little more important in mind.

Here’s what I mean: If I were to ask you to write down on a sheet of paper the TOP 5 MOST CRUCIAL activities that you do as a leader in your church, could you name them?

This is a question we asked in a Journey staff meeting years ago and one that I oftentimes ask to the Worship Leaders in my coaching networks.

The question is simple on the surface, but powerfully clarifying when you take time to answer. Read more

Free Report

Overcoming the Seven Challenges of a Worship Pastor

Overcoming the Seven Challenges of a Worship Leader

Every worship pastor, regardless of church size, worship style, denomination, or demographic faces SEVEN MAJOR CHALLENGES that, without the systems to overcome them, can keep you from becoming all that God has called you to be as a worship pastor in your church.

Jason Hatley’s Overcoming the Seven Challenges of a Worship Pastor E-Book provides an overview to these challenges and will help you determine the current health of your worship ministry systems and the practical steps you can take to lead your worship ministry to greater health and effectiveness.

In this 20-page PDF E-Book, you will:

  • The 7 major challenges that every worship leader faces (and the vital role that healthy systems play in overcoming each challenge)
  • The #1 challenge that likely keeping you from overcoming all the others (*hint – It’s not what you think!)
  • How well designed systems save you stress, time, energy and money
  • The importance of developing a healthy Pastor / Worship Pastor Relationship
  • How you can honor God by striving for excellence in your worship planning
  • And much more!

Please send me my FREE Seven Challenges of a Worshp Pastor E-Book.


Jason Hatley

Jason Hatley In 2002, Jason Hatley helped launch The Journey Church in New York City, directing the programming of their worship services. He serves as the Pastor of Worship Arts and 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. 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, The Purpose Drive Worship Conference, as well as seminars around the country. He has a B.M. in Sacred Music Performance from Appalachian State University.

Jason is the author of Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services and Revolve: A New Way to See Worship as well as over a dozen worship leader personal and ministry growth resources.

Jason and his family currently live in Boca Raton, FL where he serves as the Pastor of Worship Arts at The Journey’s newest campus in South Florida.