Your 2014 personal growth plan?

When is the last time you read the story of Samuel anointing David as the future King of Israel (see 1 Samuel 16)?

It’s one of the great stories of the Old Testament, and even now as 2014 begins it has powerful meaning for you and I as worship leaders… 3,000 years later!

Let me explain . . .

In the Old Testament when a person was pronounced king, they underwent the tradition of being anointed with oil. The oil was poured on the soon-to-be king’s head. From there it ran down the hair, through the beard and all over the body.

This symbolized two important things . . . God’s spirit being poured out on the new King (1 Samuel 16:13), and the belief that as goes the King (oil running down the head), so goes the Kingdom (running over the rest of the body).

As goes the King, so goes the Kingdom.

What an incredible illustration of the power of Godly leadership . . . both then and now!

To make this even more personal think of it this way:

“As goes the worship leader so, so goes the worship team.”

Humbling isn’t it?

When we are growing, our teams will as well. But when we’re stagnant . . . well you know how this sentence ends.
This principle is true across all areas of our ministry:

  • Your team will be ready for rehearsal to the extent that you are ready for rehearsal.
  • Your team will pray for and prepare for Sunday to the extent that you do.
  • Your team will model Christ-likeness and genorisity to the extent that you do.
  • Your team will . . . you get the picture!

So, as leaders of worship ministries we must have a constant focus on our own personal growth — spiritual, leadership, artistic, etc — because you can bet our teams have a constant eye us!

Over the next few weeks I want to share with you THREE WAYS that you can invest in your personal growth (and as a result your family and your ministry) this year.

Let’s cover the first one today . . .


You will grow only to the point that you plan to grow. If you approach personal growth (in any area of your life) with little thought, goals or plans, don’t be surprised when you find yourself in the same ruts next year that you’re in right now.

Remember: Personal growth requires planning.

That’s why I started the brand new Worship Leader Gold network.  The first Leadership and Briefing call is this Wednesday, Jan. 8 (just two days away), and on that call I’m going to walk a great group of worship leaders (just like you) through how to create a written plan to make 2014 their best year in ministry ever!

It’s not too late for you to join in on the call — just visit to join the network and get these 2014 Planning Principles.

This is going to be a powerful process that provides a written game-plan for the year ahead and markers to help you stay on track and I hope you can join us!

Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write the vision and make it plain…”

God’s instruction to Habakkuk can also apply to you and I.

Write down a clear vision / plan for what you want to see God do in and through you this year, and you will likely see it come to be!

Next week we’ll talk about Step #2, but for now here are some thoughts to help you get started:

#1 – Set aside one-hour this week to write down the key areas that you want to grow in this year.

#2 – Pray and ask God to help you accomplish your goals / plans and make 2014 your best ministry year ever!

#3 – Join us me on the Worship Leader Gold Leadership Briefing Call this Wednesday, and allow me to come alongside of you to help you plan, prepare for and create a healthy family / ministry balance in your life this year.

Your partner in ministry,


PS – The first Leadership Briefing Call is this Wednesday, January 8, but it’s not too late for you to join the new Worship Leader Gold Network be a part of the LIVE Call (or listen to the replay later if you can’t make it).

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.

And I would love for you to become a Founding Member (limited to the first 50 worship leaders).  Here’s a quick overview of how it works and what you receive…

Worship Leader Gold is a dream I’ve harbored for a long time about how to help Worship Leaders build not only a healthy and growing worship ministry, but personal and family life as well… and it’s finally here!


The Mission of Worship Leader Gold is to help you achieve personal growth, ministry-life balance and accomplish great things for God’s in your Worship Ministry.

Go to to learn more.

Worship Leader Gold will focus on:

  • 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

It’s about a comprehensive approach to life and ministry.

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).

>> NOTE: The First Briefing is TWO DAYS away, Wednesday, January 8 at 2:00pm Eastern Time.  Don’t miss out… Sign up today!

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