Who’s in YOUR Circle? (3 Actions of Growing Worship Leaders, Part 2)

Welcome to this special “Thursday edition” of our weekly training newsletter!  Today we continue the 3-part series we began last week with a question:

Who’s in your circle?

I’m not 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 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 is only the first 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 will 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 what my brand new Worship Leader Gold Network is all about. 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 www.WorshipLeaderGold.com 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 – Did you go into ministry because you wanted to do ‘average’ things for an ‘average’ God at an ‘average’ church?

Me neither!

And that is precisely why I just launched my brand new Worship Leader Gold Network (and why I want you to join me in this network and abandon average in your worship ministry, too! But you have to hurry… there are only 19 Founding Members spots remaining!).

Worship Leader Gold is a group of passionate, cut-against-the-grain, discontent-with-average, motivated-for-ministry, what-are-we-waiting-for Worship Leaders who want to have a growing and healthy ministry AND personal life.

At the heart of this new network is the LIVE Monthly Update and Leadership Briefing that I’ll lead each month via conference call (though there are hundreds of dollars of bonus resources every month, the LIVE call is the cornerstone of the network).

Each month together we will look at…

…The calendar – what’s coming up, what you should be thinking about now and in the weeks to come, and how to stay one step ahead in your planning and preparation. (This planning time alone will save you dozens of hours and countless missed opportunities).

…My latest learnings about time management and life-ministry balance. During each briefing, I’ll share what I’m learning about how to be a good steward of your time and how to honor God as a spouse, parent, friend and relative.

…Your worship ministry’s systems and what might be the missing link. Often one or two missing elements mean the difference between mediocre and excellent results. Each month I’ll point out a “fatal flaw” that churches make and how you can avoid it.

…The seasons of the year. Just like all of God’s creation, there are different seasons in life and ministry. I’ll help you learn to recognize these seasons, predict their effect on you and your worship ministry, and prepare to maximize each for the cause of Christ.

…How we can support one another in prayer. Every month, we’ll include a time where we can lift up our churches, families, personal lives and one another up in prayer. (As Worship Leaders we need to plan, prepare and work like everything depends on us, and pray like everything depends on God.)

Oh, and I’ll also save time at the end of the call for one-on-one Q and A – where I’ll answer your questions about the challenges, obstacles and opportunities you’re facing right now.

Here’s why this Monthly Briefing is so valuable:

Average worship leaders ask,  “What happens next?”

You and I must ask, “What happens AFTER what happens next?”

As a member of Worship Leader Gold I want to help you look ahead and develop a strategic plan for your worship ministry.

By joining you will be challenged, equipped and I will guide and encourage you in each of these focus areas:

  • Personal and professional growth
  • Worship Team Health and Growth
  • Advanced Planning
  • Healthy Worship Ministry Systems
  • Becoming a better spouse and parent
  • Fulfilling your calling as a minister
  • Stress Management and emotional strength
  • And so much more

See, Worship Leader Gold is about far more than your worship service… it’s about a comprehensive approach to life and ministry.

The live briefing will provide members with our monthly connection – no matter how busy life gets, I’ll be there to help you plan and prepare to make the most of every opportunity and break free from average in your ministry and your personal life. Even if you can’t join me live for the call, we’ll record it and make it available on MP3 to you as part of your membership. You’ll be able to listen (or listen again) to each briefing at your convenience.

You can learn more and join right now at this link:


** Yes Jason, let me in NOW. I’m ready to join Worship Leader Gold for “Founders Only” rate of just $99 per month – that’s nearly ONE THIRD the monthly investment of a regular coaching network but hurry, this founders status won’t last long. ONLY 19 SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE **

Worship Leader Gold is designed to help you break through the busyness of ministry, and not just survive, but develop the necessary habits to thrive in ministry, your personal life and family life as well.

Worship Leader Gold is not like my other intensive coaching networks that last for one year and focus exclusively on worship ministry systems (I’ll continue to offer those on an annual basis and you might go back and forth between Worship Leader Gold and the regular Coaching Network).

This network is about a lifestyle that honors God, advances the Kingdom and models Biblical priorities.

You can learn more and join right now at this link:


** Yes Jason, let me in NOW. I’m ready to join Worship Leader Gold for “Founders Only” rate of just $99 per month – that’s nearly ONE THIRD the monthly investment of a regular coaching network but hurry, this founders status won’t last long. ONLY AVAILABLE TO THE FIRST 50 WORSHIP LEADERS. **

Worship Leader Gold is a monthly subscription MEMBERSHIP program that includes:

1) The Worship Leader Gold LIVE MONTHLY UPDATE AND LEADERSHIP BRIEFING. . At the heart of the network is a monthly update and briefing from me via LIVE Conference Call. This monthly “pastor to pastor” call (which will be recorded on MP3 for your library) will be a personal, practical, packed-with-content training where I will challenge you, enlighten you, equip you and guide you to maximize your next season of ministry.

With the Worship Leader Gold Monthly Update and Briefing, you’ll always be one step ahead in your planning and fully inspired and equipped to lead your worship ministry at the highest level ($199.00 per month value).

2) Monthly Equipping Interview/Conference Call – with me, Nelson Searcy, one of our mentors, a noted author or ministry leader – previous interviews include Steve Stroope, Larry Osborne, Patrick Lencioni, Tim Stevens and more. Listen live when you can, and you’ll receive an MP3 recording each month ($195.00 per month value).

3) Two practical, nuts-and-bolts CD’s sent directly to your mailbox each month. Even if you can’t make the live briefing or equipping calls – we’ll be sure you don’t miss a thing each month.

4) Monthly bonus mail package to help you stay on track and ahead of the calendar. This monthly kit will be mailed to you, including recordings, transcripts, members-only opportunities, event invitations and more!

5) Private Call-In-Hours where you can talk directly to me ($295.00 per month value).

6) FREE Church Growth Champions newsletter, featuring pioneers of church growth and evangelism to inspire you and your ministry.

7) NEW – Monthly Book Summaries for the duration of your membership. Your Worship  Leader Gold membership includes a complimentary subscription to the leading executive summary service for pastors for no extra charge – that’s 30 book summaries per year ($379.00 per year value).

8) FREE “Growth Points” Newsletter written by Church Growth expert Dr. Gary McIntosh. You will be able to keep up with the latest research and learnings on church growth and church health.

9) RESTRICTED ACCESS Online Membership Site/Blog/Resources ($99.00 per month value). You’ll have instant access to all your Worship Leader Gold benefits, documents, recordings, etc. in your online Worship Leader Gold hub.

10) Continually Updated WORSHIP LEADER GOLD RESOURCE DOCUMENTS AND DIRECTORY ($399.00 per month value). If there’s a document that we use at The Journey or that is shared by someone else in the network (and I think its helpful) I’ll share it with you.

11) Members-Only 30% DISCOUNT on all Worship Leader Insights and Church Leader Insights Resources ($245.00 value).

12) FREE Webinar Access to all Church Leader Insights and Worship Leader Insights Webinars ($197.00 per month value).

13) NETWORK ONLY rates on Coaching Networks and Advanced Coaching Networks
 ($141.00 per month value). As a member of Worship Leader Gold, you’ll be able to enter a future 12-Month Worship Pastor Tele-Coaching Network or put a staff member through one of our other networks at the lowest possible rate.

14) Lowest Event Registration Rate for all Church Leader Insights and Worship Leader Insights Events ($100.00 per month value), including upcoming Renegade Pastors Conferences and Church Systems Bootcamps.

15) $595.00 SHOPPING SPREE Gift Certificate upon completion of your sixth month in the Network (99.00 per month Value)

16) $813.20 in FREE Resources when you join today! These resources will be waiting for you in yourWorship Leader Gold Online Hub within two hours of the time you join – you can start taking advantage of these resources immediately! AVAILABLE ONLY TO THE FIRST 50 WORSHIP LEADERS TO JOIN.

Total value of resources and training you receive in this network exceed $2,667.00 per month.

But the network is far more than just the resources you receive. The focus this network provides for your ministry and the ideas and insights in your life are simply priceless.

Are you ready to be a founding member of Worship Leader Gold?

You can join right now at this link:



** Yes Jason, let me in NOW. I’m ready to join Worship Leader Gold for “Founders Only” rate of just $99 per month – that’s nearly ONE THIRD the monthly investment of a regular coaching network but hurry, this founders status won’t last long. ONLY AVAILABLE TO THE FIRST 50 WORSHIP LEADERS. **

Jason Hatley
Pastor of Worship Arts
The Journey Church



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