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10 Best Church Leadership Books

While a leader’s primary source of wisdom will always be the Bible, those who embrace other sources of knowledge have more tools and context for its interpretation, and case studies for how best to apply biblical teaching in a modern church leadership role. 

When searching for church leadership books there are a lot to choose from, but not all authors have the strong theological education and discipleship experience to provide instruction on church leadership.

So how do you find the best books for you and your leadership team without reading through the entire bookstore? The humble book review is here to help. In this list, we bring you some of the most iconic Christian leadership books that teach different approaches to the unique challenges of pastoral ministry. 

Best Church Leadership Books

1. Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence For Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders

Part of the Sanders Spiritual Growth series, this book is best read by church leaders looking to enhance their leadership in the spiritual and physical realms to lead their congregation or church community better under the strong guidance of the teachings of Jesus Christ. 

The book draws from the Scripture and has elaborate examples of charismatic servants of God like Nehemiah, Moses, Paul the apostle, and Charles Spurgeon. While Sanders recognizes that natural leadership attributes are a gift from God, they are only truly effective when used to bring glory to God. As such, church leaders keen on enhancing their leadership abilities should check out this book and draw from its teachings on topics such as:

  • The one major requirement of true leadership
  • The cost of true leadership
  • Leadership responsibility
  • Tests of leadership
  • How to reproduce good leaders
  • The attributes of quality leadership
  • The criteria of quality leadership.
  • The key principles of true leadership

2. The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World by Peter Scazzero

This is part of the eight books in Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality series and is best for church leaders looking to enhance their inner life to make more impact in their leadership in the church and the world at large. 

The book shows church leaders how they can build a satisfying Christ-led inner life and focuses on key areas such as overcoming stress, planning, decision-making, team building, influencing other people and nurturing a healthy culture. It is geared toward helping you become a holistic individual with the proper emotional health required to lead as a Christian. 

The book focuses on some key areas such as:

  • Helpful tips on facing your shadow, leading others whether you are married or single, slowing down, and embracing new beginnings out of different endings
  • Elaborate assessments meant for leaders to gauge their leadership health
  • Practical, tried, and tested ways for equipping leaders both at local churches and internationally all over the world
  • Core issues of unique Christian leadership.

3. Who Moved My Pulpit?: Leading Change in the Church by Thom S. Rainer

This 160-page church leadership book is a good choice for ministers, pastors, lay leaders, and other key leaders in the church who are struggling with understanding and managing change in a fast-changing world. As much as change is inevitable and is beneficial for the development of a church, Christian leaders need to know how to embrace such change to ensure both they, and the entire church, remain spiritually healthy. 

This short book will cost you a few hours of your time to read or listen to but it will be a gem in your journey with church leadership, especially where changes are frequent and intensive. It will equip you with some of the following key points:

  • Knowing where change is coming from
  • Knowing why changes are happening
  • Finding out how you should deal with the changes while still following God all along
  • Being ahead of change to ensure your church remains true to its timeless calling while still serving opportunities in the new era
  • How to change approaches to reach a fast-changing culture.

You can also check out Rainer’s other bestseller, Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive. 

4. Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger

Sometimes as a church leader, minister, or pastor you may find that the tables have turned and you are leading in a cultural context that is way different than your expectations. 

You may realize that, at such times, your training holds you back rather than carrying you along. This celebrated book by Tod Bolsinger changes such scenarios for you and illuminates your leadership path with practical insights for reimagining effective leadership.

In a fast-changing world, you will need more than just canoes to conquer the mountains of modern-day Christian ministry. I like Bolsinger’s book as it leads the reader into finding new navigational tools to be able to conquer the hardships of ministry. 

The book now has a study guide that helps you formulate ways to lead in Christianity with courage and confidence. The most important thing to do when you find yourself in a different cultural context is to adapt to new ways of leadership, and this book will help you do so drawing from Bolsinger’s extensive pastoral experience.

5. Courageous Leadership: Field-Tested Strategy for the 360° Leader by Bill Hybels

If your zeal is to do your best to effectively lead your church in spreading God’s message of hope to bring change in the world, then this is the right book for you. As a leader, you have the potential to positively change the world by bringing believers together and nurturing their spiritual gifts to help non-believers become devout followers of Jesus Christ. This book will show you the right tools to use to achieve this noble responsibility.

The one major aspect I like about the book is that it draws heavily from Hybels’ personal life experiences, through which he brings out important life principles with compelling first-hand stories. Hybels explores the challenges, tasks, and tools of your true calling. Among other things, he helps you to:

  • Discover the power of a vision and turn it into constructive action
  • Embrace change
  • Discover your leadership style
  • Walk with God and stay put in your God-given course
  • Develop other leaders; and 
  • Make the best of the spiritual gift of leadership in you.

6. Leading Change Without Losing It: Five Strategies That Can Revolutionize How You Lead Change When Facing Opposition by Carey Nieuwhof

Leading Change Without Losing It is part of Nieuwhof’s The Change Trilogy and is a good fit for the church leader who has encountered opposition while trying to bring about change. 

As a leader you try your best to bring change into an otherwise disoriented world, but this is often met by opposition and you have to equip yourself with means of navigating the change itself as well as the opposition.

Nieuwhof’s book helps you bring about change without losing it through the following five strategies:

  • Determining the people who support or are opposed to the change and why
  • Deciding where to put your undivided attention
  • Developing the questions that will inform your course of action
  • Learning to attack problems rather than the people fronting them
  • Persevering right up to the crucial breakthrough.

Other church leaders will find this book a gem as they try to navigate the uncertain waters of bringing change in the ministry and leaving a positive lasting legacy in their churches and beyond. 

7. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henri Nouwen

At only 107 pages, Henri Nouwen’s In the Name of Jesus is a short read. It’s aimed at church leaders curious about discovering Nouwen’s unique approach to Christian leadership as not just the effort of church leaders but also that of the entire church community. 

Nouwen believes that the best way to determine the success of leadership is to consider the “communal and mutual experience” rather than the ordinary consideration of the effectiveness of the leader only. This unique approach posits that leadership without the community is impossible since, as Christians, we are all collectively called by God into enjoying a common experience. 

Church leaders, pastors, and ministers will find this book a game-changer amongst the broad outlook on matters of church leadership as they now have to factor in the contribution of the congregation in shaping leadership. 

It is not enough to recognize that, as a leader, you have the responsibility to lead. It is important to know and understand the role your community plays in how effective or ineffective your leadership turns out. 

8. The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities by Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni’s approach to major leadership lessons using simple fables endears him to scores of readers across the world. The Motive is one such fable that Christian and business leaders can look to for tips on examining their true motivation for taking up leadership. 

While it calls for utmost honesty to oneself, not many leaders would be able to fully discover the true motivation behind their zeal to lead. Lencioni presents us with practical ways of examining ourselves to see what spurs us into leadership.

By following his actionable tips, as leaders we are able to avoid the loopholes that kill our church communities and eliminate the pitfalls that cause hurt to the very followers we are serving. 

Lencioni uses plot twists and dialogues to bring us to an unexpected and equally enlightening resolution, coupled with simple life lessons from the fable and practical advice drawn from his theory on leadership and life in general. 

9. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

This bestseller is part of Sinek’s Start with Why series. It explores, in depth, the idea that leaders need to determine the reasons or motives that drive people into joining a movement or service. For the leader, the Why part would include assessing oneself to determine the reason you are involved in leadership.

This is a must-read leadership book for examining the real-life motivations that guide people into different lines of action. He also draws comparisons between major world leaders who, although from different backgrounds, exhibit similarities in their manner of thinking, acting, and communicating. Sinek names this aspect The Golden Circle. 

The Golden Circle offers a system through which movements are led, organizations built, and people inspired. Sinek provokes us with several questions, such as why some people command greater loyalty from both employees and customers. The same methods can be replicated in church situations. 

10. Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future by Andy Stanley

Church leadership will soon become obsolete if churches fail to invest in leadership development to bring up a future disciple team from the youth ranks. In this book, Andy Stanley notes that missional mandates can be instilled in the youth to prepare them for leadership roles in the future through equipping them with the five basic characteristics: 

  • Clarity
  • Courage
  • Coachability
  • Competence; and
  • Character.

Andy Stanley shows us how the future crop of leaders can be mentored through practical advice and approaches to:

  • Leverage uncertainty
  • Maintain stable moral authority
  • Discover and tap into one’s strengths
  • Enlist the help of leadership coaches
  • Harness one’s fears.

At only 176 pages long, this is a must-read for all church leaders who realize the importance of nurturing the next generation. Just like a robust country thrives on how best the youths are trained, a healthy church calls for an equipped young generation.


Other ways to improve your ability to lead churches and congregations include church leadership training programs and attending church leadership conferences. And as we all know, leaders are always learning new things. Why not take a look at this article: 10 Top Church Technology Resources For Leaders in 2022.

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How To Build And Lead A Worship Team

The time has come; you have finished bible college ready to take on a new leadership role as a worship pastor. Or maybe you have recently planted a new church or inherited a struggling worship team. Whatever it may be, you find yourself starting a new worship team. 

It’s exciting and maybe a bit overwhelming. Where does one start? In this article, we will talk through how to build and lead a worship team!

Some topics we will cover in this article are:

Back in 2011 my husband and I had just moved to a new city. We were eager to find a new church family, so for a few months we tried different churches. We had heard of a new church plant that had just started and we were eager to try it out. 

After the first Sunday morning we attended, we were hooked. We knew we had found our new church family. It was a young church with a group of about 40 people. The service was a little rough, but there was an authenticity that we loved about it. We were excited to join this new worship team in our new church. 

Fast forward 6 months and the senior pastor sat my husband and I down and asked us if we would create and lead a worship team. Whoa! Talk about pressure. I had been involved with training and leading worship teams in the past, and had attended Bible College, but was I really equipped to start from scratch with a 4 person team? 

Establishing Guidelines For Your Worship Team

The first thing I had to establish was, what culture did I want for this worship team? What was my vision for the team? And what expectations did I have for this team?

As a worship pastor, your first priority is to lead your team well, and a huge aspect of that is creating the culture of the team. The culture of the team determines the effectiveness of the team. If you create a culture of camaraderie, connectedness, and encouragement, your worship ministry will be much more effective.

The first step in creating a culture of camaraderie and connectedness is to communicate clear guidelines and expectations right at the start. 

Clear expectations are actually comforting for team members. Knowing what’s expected allows the worship team to relax. There’s nothing more frustrating for a volunteer than committing to something and then finding out they’re expected to do things that they aren’t prepared or qualified to do.

What Worship Team Guidelines Should Cover

Some topics to cover in your worship team guidelines are:

  • Your team’s mission statement
  • Your vision for the worship ministry
  • Expectations around commitment and attending rehearsals
  • Rehearsal schedules
  • Standards for musicians and worship leaders
  • Skills and responsibilities
  • Dress code 
  • Communication tools that the team will use, such as Planning Center

If you want to see some more samples or download a worship team guidelines template, check out my article on how to create worship team guidelines

Worship Team Auditions

Once I had established the guidelines and expectations for being involved in the worship team, it was time to grow the team. 

In some circles, auditioning for a worship band has been a taboo concept. There is an argument that worship bands don’t need perfectionism or professional musicians, and that it’s about our worship to God, and that we need to look at the heart, not about how skilled we are on a Sunday morning. 

But is that really true? How does God really feel about the quality of our music? Does He care about skill or talent during a worship service? Does He care if we can’t play the worship songs well?

Many don’t think He cares at all. Many people believe as long as you are singing good theological songs, nothing else matters. “Let the Holy Spirit do its thing” is what I have often heard. This argument will often arise when people are being pushed past their comfort zones and don’t want to deal with all the practice and rehearsals. I have seen this many times, as not everyone wants to put in the hard work.

Holding auditions for your team is a really easy way to understand and observe a musician’s skill level and desire to serve. It’ll help connect people’s skills to where they can best serve in the church. The end result, a growing and thriving worship team that is passionate about the presence of God, is worth it.

The most important thing to remember when you audition musicians is that it is always easier to add a member to the team than to remove them from the team. No one wants that awkward conversation—been there, done that, never want to do it again.

Take your time in adding members to the worship team. Thankfully, the Lord doesn’t expect a certain sound or instrument to be playing when we are praising him, so we shouldn’t feel any pressure to add a bass player or drummer to the worship band as soon as possible.

Finally, a worship team audition should be a fun experience. It’s important that everyone who auditions feels encouraged, no matter how well they have done or how successful they were.

For more ideas on how to audition your worship band, see my previous article here.

Worship Team Training

Now that you have created your worship team, it’s time to do some training. Wait? Training? If we have set a standard of expectations and you held auditions, why do we need to train? 

Training a worship team, whether it’s musical or nonmusical training, is an important aspect in leading your team. 

Leading worship, as you know, is not just about singing. There are a lot of balls to juggle. Just because the team has the musical ability and all the skills to sound great does not mean that the team has the skills to lead worship. The opposite is also true; if they are not the strongest musicians, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t lead worship. 

“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16v7) In the same way, worship leaders should look beyond just talent and look at the heart of their musicians. That being said, the more skillful the team is on their instruments, the more comfortable they will be on a Sunday. This will also draw the congregation into worship more effectively. 

If the musicians and vocalists are having to think too much about playing their piano or guitar, or which chords to play, then they’re not going to be able to fully worship God and lead people to Him as easily. Training and practice will assist team members in this, and if they are constantly improving on their instrument, they will be able to focus more on worshipping. 

For more on how to conduct worship team training, read my article here!

Tips For Leading Worship Teams

Here are my top three tips for leading worship teams effectively and with grace.

1. Build Relationships

Relationships are a huge aspect of your role in building a worship team. Be intentional about developing strong relationships with not only your senior pastor but any support staff as well. 

I can not emphasize this enough. Build strong relationships with your worship team. When tension and storms come to your church and ministry, which I am sorry to say will come, a strong relational connection will help weather those storms.

At my church, we would hold a team night once a month, where we would come together as a team to share food, pray together, and just have some fun. It was a great way to break through relational barriers and to get to know the team members in personal ways. 

Ask them about their families, how their jobs are going, and their hobbies. When your team feels cared for, the bonds between them will strengthen. If they are only looked at as a drummer for Sunday service and as having no value outside of that, this will cause resentment and hurt feelings.  

Although completing tasks is an important part of the worship leading process, it is secondary to relationships—first with God and secondly with each other. If we miss this, we miss everything.

2. Communication

Let’s be honest, there is nothing more annoying than a person with bad communication skills. A great way to honor your team is by practicing good and clear communication. If the idea of phone calls and emails stresses you out, take steps to move past this. 

Promptly returning emails and phone calls is such an important tool in building trust and cohesiveness with your team. Set aside time each day to check your emails, respond to worship team members, and clear your inbox. Don’t allow it to pile up. Focus on this as an utmost priority, because it is.

Stay connected by keeping your contacts organized with these tools: 10 Best Church Contact Management Software [2021]

3. Organization 

Serve your team well by being organized. Have the schedule nailed down on your communication or team management software, plan out rehearsals in advance, and have the setlist out early enough so the team can practice.

A lack of organization can be frustrating to your musicians and singers. So jump into the organization aspect with excellence. Your team will love you, and thank you for this! 

Related Read: 10 Best Church Management Software For Small Churches

Now What?

After all this, the hard work begins. Probably not what you want to hear, right?

While many musicians excel at being relaxed and carefree, the job of the music director or worship pastor can be quite stressful sometimes. There are a lot of moving parts in the worship ministry, and many people to lead and care for.

While being prepared and organized is an essential part of the role, remember that there are times when it will be necessary to relax and have fun! After all, your volunteers are there because they love music and using their talents to serve. 

You want to preserve those passions and foster a team that people are excited to be a part of. As a worship pastor, you will have many moments of exercising your patience. In times of frustration, remember why you are there and why you took the position in the first place. 

If you have any other suggestions or tips for leading a worship team, put them in the comments below, I would love to hear what has worked for other people!

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The First Church Of YouTube: Getting Your Ministry Online Fast!

Day after day, the world moves further toward a full service economy where groceries, fast food, and even furniture are delivered to your door. People are living to older ages than ever before, and even people with disabilities are connecting in ways they never could before the age of the Internet. 

According to a U.S. Census report released in April 2021, by 2018, 85% of U.S. households had a broadband internet subscription, and 84% of households used smartphones. Your church members use the internet to connect to the world around them. You can use the internet to connect to them as well.

I’m Lexie Schmidt, and, by the end of this article, I will teach you how to bring your church into the 21st century and start reaching some of our most underserved populations. I was trained to be a pastor by my grandfather, and spent a great deal of time in my youth learning everything he knew about the ministry. When my grandfather was between churches, my mom took my siblings and me to a megachurch where my mom founded the first IT department, which I helped her run. 

That church put on plays, illustrated sermons, and other multimedia presentations. I worked my way up to Assistant Youth Pastor, taking nearly every job in between, where I was in charge of producing announcement videos, coordinating leadership teams, and running sound while playing lead guitar for worship, so multimedia leadership and ministry are my wheelhouse.

This article applies to every church no matter how big or small. Be sure to keep that in mind as you go forward. While this article will have you ready to go live, the actual content you provide depends on your congregation. No one knows your congregation and their specific needs better than you.

Before we get into the nuts-and-bolts of creating your church’s YouTube channel, let’s look at the benefits of having a channel and, at the end of the article, we’ll examine a few goals that your new channel can help you complete.

Here’s what I’ll cover specifically:

Benefits Of Youtube Channels For Ministries 

First, having a YouTube channel makes it easy for members of your congregation who have limited mobility to participate in services from home. This also applies to those who have to work during church hours to provide for their families.

Instead of missing church by two hours, the waitress working the breakfast shift at the local diner can praise the Lord and listen to the Word after her shift. The disabled man who can only come once a month when someone can give him a ride will now be able to attend every service.

Another benefit is that YouTube is free to the user and creator. The ability to reach into someone’s home and touch their hearts is not the realm of the rich anymore. Your church no longer needs expensive television time slots. Your viewers no longer need cable or satellite packages that specifically include Christian content.

How To Set Up Your YouTube Channel

1. Creating a Google Account and Getting to YouTube

Now, to the fun stuff! The first step to creating your channel is to create a Google account. If your church already has a Gmail account, you should use that one. If not, go to Gmail and click on “create account”. Follow the instructions. It should only take a minute or so before you come to a page that looks like this…

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A brand new Gmail account, ready to start a channel.

The circle on the top-right corner is where you can access all of your account information. The nine dots to the left are where you find all of Google’s apps, including YouTube. Click on the YouTube icon, and you will be sent to YouTube’s front page. Once there, click on the circle to get a list of options.

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Your account menu on YouTube.

As you can see, I set my appearance to “Dark” which I recommend to anyone who uses a computer for long periods of time. Save yourself from eye strain!

2. Creating Your Channel

Next, click on “Create a channel”. Upload a picture that represents your church. The photo could be of the congregation, a cross, a Bible, or even your church building itself. As long as your photo is easy to identify for your members.

A name will be auto-filled based on the name of your Google account, but you can change it at this stage. Typically, you want your channel to have the same name as your church so that there is no confusion for search engines and people who are less tech-savvy than others.

If you are happy with the photo and name of your channel, click on “Create Channel” in the lower-right corner. Congratulations! Your ministry is now on YouTube. My work here is done. Wait…I promised to get you to your first uploaded video. It is very simple, but I’ll be thorough so that you understand the whole process.

3. Recording A Welcome Video

The next step is recording a welcome video. This video will display on your church’s YouTube page every time someone comes to see what’s new. This video should be around one minute long, and no longer than two minutes. 

Say welcome, state your church’s purpose, and explain what newcomers to your channel can expect. Don’t worry if this first video feels weak. Working in front of a camera is much different than working in front of your congregation, and it can take time to get used to new media.

How To Record The Welcome Video

The easiest way to record is to use your smartphone. A laptop with a built-in camera works, too. As long as the visuals are sharp and the audio is clear, whichever method you choose is the right one. You can upload videos from any device that can access your YouTube account, so don’t be afraid to experiment with a few choices from what is available to you. 

Current smartphone cameras are comparable to television cameras, and their quality is just a bit behind movie cameras since those switched to all-digital productions. If you decide to make more videos, investing in better equipment can help take you to the next level. Until then, stick with what you have at hand.

Camera work, especially for preachers, takes practice. When preaching, you ebb and flow. You’re quiet one moment, shouting the next. You walk from one side of the stage to the other. You hold up the Bible to emphasize a point. For something like a welcome message, you have to speak as though you are talking personally to the viewer. The softness of counseling someone should come through as you invite them to spend time with your ministry in worship and the message you have prepared.

Now, there are good videos and bad videos on YouTube. Your loyal members might be forgiving of a bad video, but newcomers are typically harsh, so before you start recording, keep these things in mind:

  • Lighting. Keep yourself in the light, and out of shadow. Sometimes, the best place for this is at your pulpit or in a chair on stage where lighting is already designed to be balanced. Bad lighting can make an otherwise good video unwatchable.
  • Presence. Presence is how you fill the screen and where you are on it. Is this a headshot? Are you sitting in a chair? Do you have a church symbol you want to display next to you? My advice is use a one-quarter shot, which includes your head and shoulders. Your viewers will be able to see you from the tiny box that the welcome video plays in on your channel’s page, while also not being too close for people who watch it in the larger video player. Remember, you’re not filling the entire stage like you are when you preach. Fill the screen.
  • Wardrobe. This should go without saying since pastors are usually expected to be presentable. First impressions are always the most important, so record this in your Sunday best.
  • Smile. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget to smile when you are recording a video. So many other things go through your head that you forget to be pleasant. You are inviting people into your church. Show them you’re happy that they have come.

4. Uploading Your Video

The next step is to go back to YouTube. Make sure you are signed in under the church’s account, not your own or someone else’s account. Click the circle, which should now be the photo you uploaded during channel creation, and click “YouTube Studio.” On the left, you will see this list. If all the options are not visible, the list should be scrollable.

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The left side of your channel screen.

You can play around in all the different areas later. First, click on “Content”. It will say “No content available” just above a button that reads “Upload Videos”. Click the button and select the video from wherever it is saved on your device. A new window will pop up asking for a title and description. More options are available under the description, like “Thumbnail” and “Playlist”. The one to take note of is the only required selection (other than the title), which is whether the video’s intended audience is kids. 

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The Details screen.
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Details continued. Unless your video is made for your children’s church, select No.

Select “No, it’s not made for kids.” The way that YouTube indexes children’s content can hide it from some people due to how YouTube’s content algorithm works. It can also restrict certain options like comments. Click “Next”. 

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Video Elements. These options add accessibility and can help keep viewers engaged by linking to other videos you make.

The “Video Elements” screen has three options. 

Subtitles

If you are trying to reach people who are deaf and hard of hearing, you might be interested in subtitles. YouTube subtitles are not perfect, but they work. The language selection is on the “Details” screen. Scroll down and click on “Show more” and continue scrolling to the language section. Select your country’s language, and then select “This content has never aired on television in the US” for Caption Certification. Back on “Video Elements”, you can enable subtitles. 

End Screen

“End Screen” is something that will display at the end of your video for a few seconds. Later on, as YouTube becomes a bigger part of your ministry, you might want to consider adding one. 

Cards

“Cards” display over your “End Screen”, if you have one. They are small previews of other videos on your channel that your viewers can click on to watch. If you are doing a multi-part Bible study, for example, you could add links to other videos in the series using the cards option.

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This is only needed if you want subtitles.

On the next screen,” Checks”, YouTube checks for copyright violations, but you should be fine unless you were playing music in the background of your video. Finally, on “Visibility”, your welcome video should probably be published immediately. Later videos can be published at different times, based on the situation.

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Copyright can get your video taken down. Be careful of music especially.
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Visibility. You decide when your video becomes active and who can see it. These options can be changed later.

Hooray! Your upload is completed, and you have published a video that anyone can see! There is only one thing left to do: make it your channel trailer. Click “Customization” from the list on the left (shown in the third screenshot above), select your welcome video, and you’re done! 

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Channel customization. Your channel trailer is the perfect way to highlight your welcome video.

Now, when you want to livestream your Sunday service, click on “Create” next to the circle in the top-right, and click “Go live” from the menu. The method of recording is the same as your other videos, but make sure that the person who is recording has a full view of the stage so that you can preach to the congregation within the building as well. Your live videos of services will, most likely, not be made with the same personal nature that you recorded your welcome video with. 

You may ask why you would want to stream your services live instead of putting up recordings later. The answer is two-fold. First, streamed videos stay on your channel and can be watched later by people as they would a recording. Second, your members who cannot join in person will experience your service at the same time as the members in the building, which increases the feeling of fellowship with their brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Upload or Go Live from the Create button.

Moving Forward Online

This is where your goals come in. A channel is useless without videos to put on it. Videos can come from many sources: your services, your Bible studies, or your prayer meetings. What parts of your ministry do you want to be available to everyone? When they search your church’s name, what do you want to pop up on Google and YouTube? Is there a group in your community that you are trying to make inroads with? The answers to these questions will inform the specific content you make from week to week.

Creating videos is as hard or as easy as you make it, and finding the right tech-wiz in your congregation can make a world of difference, but I hope I’ve shown that you can do this on your own without much trouble. If you have questions or comments about any part of this, comment below. If you would like to see more in-depth tutorials about different aspects of creating content for your YouTube channel, please comment also.

I hope you have been as blessed following this tutorial as I have been writing it. The Lead Pastor has many other tutorials, such as these on communicating with your congregation and developing an effective church communications plan, with new ones being added all the time. Check out what we have available, and feel free to suggest new ideas in the comments.

And if you’re just getting started on your journey towards embracing technology, here’s a very helpful list on the 10 Best Church Management Software For Small Churches.

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The Best Church Technology Conferences 2021

If you want to know the best church technology conferences to attend in 2021, you’ve come to the right place. Our specially curated list includes both in-person and virtual events that feature renowned Christian thought leaders and practitioners from across the globe. 

Church technology can help you stay connected and relate with your church members and the world more effectively. While some church leaders shun technology, these conferences will help demonstrate to you why it’s worth embracing.  

Best Church Technology Conferences List

These conferences are great for teaching you how to leverage the latest church tech trends to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ wider and farther than ever. 

1. Church Facilities Conference & Expo (CFX) 2021

Dates: September 21-22, 2021

Price: Free for the virtual events

Location: Texas

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CFX is aimed at helped churches up their technology game.

The CFX event is focused on equipping churches for a changing ministry landscape by becoming more technology savvy. It cuts across the board from leadership, management and communication to event production and facilities management. It is aimed at all church leaders from pastors, executive pastors and church staff, to technical artists and operations managers.

You can also access the events through live streaming on platforms like Facebook and video calls with the exhibitors. 

2. Live Design International (LDI) Conference

Dates: November 15-21, 2021

Price: $425-$705 onsite depending on preferred sessions

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)

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LDI is great for a variety of professionals, including church leaders and pastors.

LDI is a conference and trade exhibition for various live design professionals across the world. It has over 16,000 members drawn from sectors like corporate events, houses of worship, concerts, and theme parks. 

Attendees will learn about the latest technologies, interact with industry experts, and nourish their creativity. The conference is a great fit for filmmakers and innovators interested in how church tech systems work for effective and productive church communication.

3. First In Last Out (FILO) Conference

Dates: May 11-12, 2021

Price: Available upon request

Location: Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois

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Anyone on your church stuff can benefit from the FILO conference.

The FILO Conference is for anyone involved in technology at their local church. It’s great for church staff working in audio or lighting, technical artists, music directors, creative directors, and worship pastors to anyone else who works with technical artists. 

The event encompasses the FILO Conference, FILO podcast, FILO Coaching, and the FILO Blog. The event will live streamed this year to accommodate those who are unable to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.

4. SALT Conference

Dates: TBC

Price: To be communicated soon

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

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SALT is a well known church conference focused on technology.

SALT is all about using technology creatively as a vehicle for God to communicate powerfully and intimately to His people. The conference is aimed at nurturing a technical and creative arts community and combines workshops on creativity with powerful talks and inspiring moments of worship. The 2020 edition of the SALT Conference was a virtual three-day event. Since plans for the 2021 edition are still underway, interested attendees can register for email updates on their sign-up page.

5. That Church Conference

Dates: 4th – 5th May, 2021

Price: Free online streaming, $97 for replay access

Location: Virtual

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That Church Conference is an online conference for digital communicators within the church.

That Church Conference focuses on enabling Christian digital communicators to tell stories. Attendees will learn about church communication and practical marketing strategies, covering topics such as communications, technology, social media, marketing, and design. 

Top-notch speakers and Christian practitioners including leadership coaches, media producers, creative strategists, ministry consultants, communicators, pastors, and directors of communications will grace the event. 

Interested attendees will have the opportunity to stream the two-day virtual event for free or access a paid replay.

You can buy a Replay Pass at only $97 per year to view all the 5+ years of conference sessions.

6. Christian Leadership Alliance Outcomes Conference

Dates: June 15-17, 2021

Price: $899 for members, $1099 for non-members, $2,996 for a group of five

Location: Orlando, Florida

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Outcomes focuses on technology, people management, leadership, and more.

The Outcomes Conference has been a mainstay in the Cristian conference calendar for over 40 years. It aims to strengthen Christian leadership and impact, with a focus on:

  • Internet and Technology
  • People Management and Care
  • Financial Management
  • Executive Leadership
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Resource Development

It is a popular choice for church tech teams, church leaders, and Christian thought leaders. 

7. Thrive NorCal Conference

Dates: To be communicated soon

Price: From $199 for individuals

Location: Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California

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Thrive includes breakout sessions for churchgoers and pastors.

Thrive exists to create experiences and resources that encourage and inspire people everyone from church pastors to school students. 

The Thrive Conference features four mid and pre-conference breakouts through which attending churchgoers will gain inspiration on topics such as creative communications, preaching and speaking, worship and production, among others. Oh, they’re seriously fun too.

8. Christian Musician Summit

Dates: November 4-6, 2021

Price: $159

Location: Our Savior Lutheran Church, Tacoma, Washington

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The Christian Musician Summit is intended for worship leaders, teams, and other Christian musicians.

The Christian Musician Summit is for you if you are a Christian songwriter, worship leader, indie artist, church leader, gospel musician, or church technician. The summit has been running since 2003 and seeks to improve the skills and talents of musical individuals for the glory of God. 

Attendees are provided with practical sessions and resources to improve their skills and inspire talent for God’s glory. Workshops and performances are held by top industry musicians and there’s a real festival atmosphere.

Let Us Know How You Get On

Attending one or more of these conferences will provide you with plenty of knowledge and opportunities to network with other leaders in the Christian community.

Let us know how you get on and if there are any we missed off the list that you think are worthwhile to attend. 

While waiting for the conferences, here’s an article that will surely help you improve: 10 Top Church Technology Resources For Leaders in 2021.

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10 Top Church Technology Resources For Leaders [2021]

We live in an era where church technology resources are an essential part of any successful ministry. Statistics show that these resources can help churches and their staff members in many ways. These include enhancing worship, improving church communication, and automating administrative tasks.

Many people tend to associate technology with entertainment. Pope Francis once noted this among his congregants when they were using their phones to take photographs instead of concentrating on his sermon. Church leaders should set an example on proper usage of these resources in educating and strengthening congregations. 

In this article, I’m going to share ten church technology resources you can use to guide your adoption of church technology.

Church Technology Resources

1. Ministry Tech’s Magazine

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Ministry Tech Magazine has monthly publications.

Ministry Tech Magazine helps church leaders and administrative pastors solve technological challenges. 

This magazine also covers:

Ministry Tech Magazine is a free publication. Church leaders can subscribe to have monthly releases delivered in their email inboxes.

2. Resource UMC’s Communications & Marketing Blog

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Get help with email communication and marketing.

Resource UMC is the ultimate church leader’s guide for all forms of communication, modern marketing, and church messaging. 

Other than being a great outreach and communication resource, Resource UMC also offers:

  • Tips on growing email audience and getting people to open your emails 
  • Church logo branding services
  • Digital ministry ideas
  • Outreach and marketing tools
  • Basics for sending urgent ministry updates via email

3. Technologies For Worship Magazine

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Technologies for Worship homepage.

Technologies for Worship Magazine is a practical publication offering training on how worship leaders can make the best use of technology in churches.

Other benefits include:

  • Ministry Tech lessons.
  • Monthly magazines on developing technological trends.
  • Access to the best church audio App in the world-Turn It Up.

4. ChurchTechToday

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ChurchTechToday offers content on chuch management software.

ChurchTechToday is a website dedicated to helping church leaders, pastors, and church communicators gain insight into topics like:

  • Social media and worship
  • Websites
  • Software usage
  • Mobile phones

ChurchTechToday’s main aim is to shed light on empowering and positioning churches for growth through church technology. 

5. The Church Juice Blog eBook

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ChurchJuice Technology Guide Resources for the Church.

ChurchJuice knows the importance of social media in how congregations, churches, and communities interact. 

It offers:

  • Tips and strategies on how your church can benefit from Facebook 
  • 5 things to include in your church website
  • A list of 25 best church websites and their values.

This eBook is free and church leaders can get it delivered to their email inbox once they subscribe. The resource is also downloadable from the ChurchJuice website.

6. Behind the Mixer Church Audio Artistry

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Church audio equipment.

Behind the Mixer is a church technology resource dedicated to teaching churches about enhancing their sound systems. 

The team of engineers will:

  • Guide you on buying the best equipment 
  • Teach you the basics of audio productions
  • Offer free question and answer sessions on church tech

Behind the Mixer has a lot of useful, free resources and church podcasts on their website.

7. Church Magazine

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An example Churchmag post from 2020.

Church magazine documents all the occurrences in the church. For example, 2020 being a year of COVID-19 pandemic, reflections posts include:

  • Church life through pandemic
  • Tools used during the pandemic by leaders to take their church online
  • Church response to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Effects of the pandemic on Christian faith

This non-profit magazine may cover many topics on church activities that church leaders can use to take the ministry to the next level.

8. Discplr Children Ministry Magazine

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Children Bible Story Books.

Discplr magazine contains beneficial lessons church leaders can use to train and prepare kids for ministry from a young age.

Key teachings included are:

  • Free Sunday school lessons
  • How to organize kids ministry
  • Ministry empowerment tools for parents and teachers
  • Children’s’ Bible stories and lessons 

The Discplr magazine also includes adult teachings discussing methods to stick to the mission of the church and maximize your potential in the ministry lessons are discussed.

9. Church Motion Graphics

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How church leaders can use CMG.

Church Motion Graphics is a technology resource meant to help church leaders:

  • Learn how to improve live streaming
  • Set up video calls
  • Virtually engage their audiences
  • Organize church media

10. Pushpay and Church Management

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Church leader using a church software.

Pushpay is a template that offers various important church technology resources for church leaders including:

  • On-demand Pushpay University lessons for church leaders
  • Tips on planning and managing church budget
  • Church management software
  • Custom-branded church Apps.

Final Thoughts

It is the 21st century and Church leaders should take full advantage of church technology resources to enhance their worship services. Here’s our list of The Best Church Technology Conferences In 2021 you should take a good look at.

Are you looking to set your church up with a website but don’t know where to start? Find some inspiration here: 20 Best Church Website Designs In 2021

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19 Best Church Website Designs In 2021 [With Stats + Analysis]

Planning to upgrade your church website in 2021, and looking for inspiration? Look no further than our list of the top 21 church websites.

We compiled this list based on how engaging and intuitive the website design is for site visitors.

Our Comparison Criteria For The Best Church Websites:

So how did we compare and compile this list of the best church websites? These rankings are based on a snap judgment test. The average web user forms an opinion in about 50 milliseconds based on many factors: structure, colors, spacing, symmetry, amount of text, fonts, and more.

So this is the test we’ve used – we tested each of these websites as if I were a new visitor in the area looking for a church. Ultimately though, we’re evaluating the church website design and user experience. We estimate how easy the website makes it to:

  • Find service information
  • Get in touch with someone
  • Catch up on the latest sermon or podcast
  • Get involved

20 Best Church Website Designs

1. Elevation Church – Best church website for newcomers

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Elevation Church’s website homepage: probably the best church website in 2021!

What we like:

The Elevation Church website is clean and simple. They’ve got stacks of content, but they draw you in with the primary call to action to watch their latest sermon and service. We love how easy they’ve made it to get involved with quick links to Giving, Groups, Volunteering, Outreach, and their e-Fam. They make it really easy for newcomers with their ‘New here?’ call to action which takes you through to easily digestible content for newcomers, and a way to engage their VIP program – which is really just a form, but it feels good!

2. Passion City Church – Best church website for everyday sharefaith resources

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Passion City Church website: your go-to site for daily Christian resources.

What we like:

The website is simple and appealing to the eye with attractive videos playing in the background. The site has several resources in the form of tutorials, and it is even easy to watch the last Sunday’s sermon right from the homepage. 

The site invites you to their next online session with an option to mark it on your calendar for ease of remembrance! From their homepage, there’s a link for giving with several options like online giving, mobile phone giving, cash and checks, and Amazon Smile.

3. Glow Church – Best church website for Christian podcasts

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Glow Church website: enjoy the site’s laser glow color scheme.

What we like:

The homepage enlists some basic links to podcasts, giving, prayer requests, and connection options. The podcasts are available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Spotify to offer new visitors a variety of ways to access them. Giving is easy based on your location in Australia or through their online giving platform. You can also use cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum for giving!

It’s easy to connect with the leadership when you fill in the prayer and request form, join connect groups, or visit their online campus, which is the major item with a call to action on the site. 

4. All Souls – Best church website for downloadable sermons

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All Souls Church website: easy does it!

What we like:

The website is simply designed with easily accessible site controls for every church service, involvement in the church community, giving, upcoming events, and past sermons. 

The site welcomes users to the sermon library where they can download MP3 versions of past sermons for free. There are different ways to give, and the site has downloadable copies of financial accounts for the past years!

5. Christ Church London – Best church website for online church services

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Christ Church London website: one of the most vibrant church sites.

What we like:

The website has a lot of links to different functions, but the most eye-catching is the primary call to action for visitors to watch the services online through their Church at Home feature. We also love the straightforward links to options like pastoral support, online courses, connect groups, giving, and the latest podcasts that are accessible right from the homepage! 

6. Holy Trinity Brompton Church – Best church website for free Christian courses

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HTB Church website: best church website coupled with a strong online presence.

What we like:

The website has a very simple design with a minimalist approach. New visitors are invited to access the free online courses on theology, marriage, and bereavement. You can also stay fully connected through their social media platforms and monthly email newsletter, HTB Snapshot. The giving platform offers you over seven ways to give depending on your preference. You’ll find a detailed navigation menu at the bottom of the homepage. 

7. Church of the City New York – Best church site with clear service times

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Church of the City New York website: conquering the city spiritually.

What we like:

This is a New York church community that currently hosts online services each Sunday under four unique service times, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. The main call to action for new visitors is to join the community Morning Prayer sessions each weekday to pray together through the previous Sunday’s sermon. You’ll find the links to giving, church calendar, podcast, and social media in the navigation menu at the bottom. 

8. C3 Toronto – Best church site for sermon playbacks

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C3 Toronto church website: best site with large icons and diverse color scheme.

What we like:

What meets your eye on the site are large blocks with various links to access playbacks for the previous Sunday’s sermon, connection options for newcomers, online giving, and podcasts. You can further connect with the church by filling out their Online Connect Card and following them on social media. 

9. Bethel Church – Best church website for ongoing followers

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Bethel Church website: the best website with sliding tabs.

What we like:

The website has a detailed navigation menu with controls best suited for the existing church members. The UX makes it easy for you to access upcoming events, Bethel Store, downloadable podcasts, and Christian music. You can also stream some of the online church services via Bethel.TV for free.

10. Westminster Chapel – Most welcoming church site

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Westminster Chapel website: simple, compact, easy to navigate.

What we like:

The most outstanding feature that draws the eyes of new visitors to the site is the ‘Come As You Are’ clarion call inviting people from all walks of life to join the church community, which they describe as a ‘Family of all sorts’. New visitors can join the online church Sunday services as well as weekly life groups. There’s a link for giving options and downloading free MP3 versions of the latest sermons. 

11. Reality Church London – Best site for Bible study sessions

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Reality Church London website: simplicity and high-quality combined.

What we like:

The Reality Church London has a simple but high-quality website design with basic action links to connect groups, giving, and resources like the latest sermons. New visitors can easily join the men’s or women’s Bible study sessions that take place online. 

12. Summit Park Church – Best church website for life group access

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Summit Park Church website: One of the most easy-to-navigate websites.

What we like:

The website strikes a lasting first impression as it opens to a homepage with a lively video background with high-quality Christian videography. The weekday and Sunday service times for their two locations are listed. New visitors can choose between joining the online or in-person sessions. The Life Groups are in nine categories and users can request advice on the best ones to join as a newcomer. 

13. Isla Vista Church – Most basic church website with a minimalist approach to text

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Isla Vista church website: best site with the most basic web design.

What we like:

Perhaps the most basic church website design, the Isla Vista Church website has a simple layout with direct access buttons to giving, latest sermons, church podcast, and weekly calendar. New visitors can receive regular church updates via text once they register for the same through the SMS number provided on the site. 

14. Citipointe Church – Best church website for pre-attendance reservations

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Citipointe Church website: perhaps the best website with colorful video backgrounds.

What we like:

The website opens to a full-screen video background on the homepage and has large blocks with links to life groups, world events and updates, different church locations, and giving options. New visitors can join the online services or opt to either join in-person sessions with or without prior reservations. 

15. Embrace Church – Best church website with chatbot support

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Embrace Church website: white space meets large access icons.

What we like:

The website is simply designed with very little text and plenty of open white space. The header menu displays basic links to giving options, the latest sermons, and church contacts. Potential visitors can use the ‘New Here?’ call button to access groups, a connection card, and even contact the church through the chatbot. 

16. Flatirons Community Church – Best church website for transparency on giving dynamics

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Flatirons Community Church website: color and functionality blended into one.

What we like:

The website opens to a video background with a call to watch the latest sermon. From the large blocks, new visitors can link to groups and giving statements for the previous year. The giving and Flatirons Academy links are accessible at the bottom. 

17. World Changers International Church – Best church website for streaming services

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World Changers Church website: one of the best sites with colorful video backgrounds.

What we like:

The website combines the latest design trends like video background with colorful static images and large blocks inviting visitors to access various options like streaming church services, registering for upcoming events and blood donation drives, and giving. First-time visitors can watch a series of past sermons and podcasts via the resource center once they click on the ‘Watch’ call to action button under the First Time Visitor banner. 

18. Second Baptist Church – Best church website with the most attractive color scheme

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Second Baptist Church website: for the simplest domain name.

What we like:

The website has a simple design with a pleasant color scheme and high-quality photography. I love the colorful interplay when scrolling through the large banners with links to giving, past sermons, prayer requests, upcoming events, locations, and the next steps to take as a newcomer to nurture your faith with the church. 

19. Gateway Church – Best church website for dual language users

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Gateway Church website: keeping it simple and easy to navigate.

What we like:

The website opens to a video of the latest service playable right on the website. I love the eye-catching large banners with links and action buttons to different options like planning a first-time, in-person or online visit, registering your child for the Children’s Ministry, connecting with Gateway groups, Gateway Essentials store, and the online Equip Library. The site offers text in both English and Espanol.

Other Great Church Websites For 2021

These didn’t quite make the cut for the best church website, but if you’re looking for more inspiration, check these out:

  1. Fellowship Church
  2. Life Church
  3. Lakewood Church
  4. Saddleback Church
  5. Christ’s Church Of The Valley
  6. Willow Creek Community Church
  7. Newspring Church
  8. Southeast Christian Church
  9. Central Church
  10. North Point Community Church
  11. Calvary Church
  12. Eagle Brook Church
  13. Woodlands Church
  14. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
  15. Christ Fellowship Church
  16. Dream City Church
  17. Church Of The Highlands
  18. Crossroads Church

How Can I Have My Church’s Website Considered For The List?

Add a comment at the end of the post and include your church website’s URL. That’s it! You’ll be considered for the list when we compile it again for 2022.

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10 Best Church Leadership Conferences In 2021

Church leadership conferences are a great way for leaders to unwind from daily church life tasks. They are an opportunity to recharge, refresh, learn, collect resources and connect with other like-minded leaders. 

These conferences have many benefits, and that is why church leaders set aside time every year to attend them. Some leaders choose to bring along other church staff so that they can learn and grow together. 

In this article, we will share the ten best in-person and online church leadership conferences of 2021.

Best Church Leadership Conferences List

This a selection of the best church leadership conferences you can attend in 2021.

1. LeaderCast Live

Dates: May 5, 2021
Price: $79
Location: Cincinnati, OH 45221, United States

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Previous LeaderCast Live Conference.

This is a one-day annual leadership event targeting leaders attending individually or in small groups. The event is meant to inspire and help pastors better their leadership roles and attracts over 100,000 visionaries every year.

LeaderCast’s mission is to create confident and infectiously inspired leaders who spread their impact on others. They cover every aspect of what it is to be an effective leader.

The conference can be attended virtually, but you can still connect with other leaders in your area to enjoy the classes by leadership experts.

2. Church Leaders Conference

Dates: April 27-29, 2021
Price: $180 (individual), $120-$150 (groups)
Location: Dallas, TX

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Jubilation at a past Church Leaders Conference.

Thousands of church leaders from different places meet in Dallas, TX to be encouraged by God’s vision, refreshed among other servant-leaders, and get equipped with leadership roles to advance God’s ministry.

It is a three-day conference with a pre-conference workshop to give you personal training and an opportunity to learn from other ministry leaders.

Breakout sessions will equip and resource you in many areas. Ministry overviews, leadership developments, and culture-relevant topics are just a few areas that will be featured in the talks.

All attendees receive all breakout session audios, podcasts, and resources at no additional fee.  

3. Christian Leadership Alliance Outcomes Conference

Dates: June 15-17, 2021
Price: $899 (members), $1,099 (non-members)
Location: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel, Orlando, Florida

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Outcomes Conference dates for 2021.

The Christian leadership alliance has been hosting Outcomes Conferences for more than 40 years.

Other than executive leadership offered at this conference, the Outcomes Conference professional development also focuses on:

  • People Management and Care
  • Financial Management
  • Tax and Legal Studies
  • Board Governance
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Internet and Technology
  • Resource Development

This annual conference offers leaders the opportunity to build intentional relationships at both spiritual and professional levels.

You can check discounted prices for the conference for those attending in small groups on their website.

4. Catalyst

Dates: Available on request
Price: Free
Location: Online

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Speakers at Catalyst come from diverse backgrounds.

Catalyst aims at empowering upcoming and existing leaders who love the gospel and want to be great revolutionaries in their churches. The Catalyst was purposely founded to strengthen and empower new crops of leaders across the globe. 

It aims at unifying, challenging, and equipping these leaders with various traditions and church originations. Leaders who attend benefit from world-class mentorship from business leaders and celebrated biblical teachers coming from diverse backgrounds.

Catalyst is an online program available on-demand for leaders who want to benefit from both business and church leadership mentoring. 

5. Arc Conference

Dates:  Available on-demand
Price: Free
Location: Online

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ARC Conference’s focus theme.

The Association of Related Churches (ARC) Conference’s main aim is to help leaders, pastors, and future church planters build a relationship that can help local churches to prosper. 

The ARC strongly believes in equipping leaders with proper leadership skills through sharing life experience stories. The conference focuses on sharing each others’ stories of love, perseverance, trials, and adventures that have shaped them into who they are.

This conference is available on demand. Christian leaders seeking to benefit can get more information from the ARC website about their conferences.

6. Creative Church Culture (C3) Conference

Dates: February 18, 2021
Price: $49
Location: Dallas, TX

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The 2021 C3 Conference theme.

The C3 conference is a one-day event of intensive coaching, teaching, and learning on ways to advance the church. At the C3 conference, experienced leaders answer tough questions on how they have maneuvered the challenging leadership journey.

This is an online conference and leaders can host other church staff for a watch party. 

7. North Coast Training

Dates: October 19-20, 2021
Price: $49
Location: Vista, CA

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Church leaders interact at a previous North Coast Training Conference.

North Coast Training is a two-day practical tool for pastors and other church communicators. With break-out sessions and keynote speeches, your team will acquire knowledge and inspiration for foundational leadership and team building.

There will be both pre-conference and break-out sessions. Tickets are affordable at only $49 with lunch included. Church leaders are encouraged to bring along their teams to benefit.

8. Exponential Conference

Dates: October 18-21, 2021
Price: $39 (individual), $24-$29 (groups)
Location: Orlando, Florida

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Exponential includes roundtable discussions.

The Exponential Conference is among the largest church-planting annual gatherings for church leaders. It offers church leaders an opportunity to meet with other God’s people and connect with other planters.

Attendees can choose from over 200 workshops aimed at specific planters’ needs. This conference will be a 3-day event aimed at educating and inspiring planters on their leadership roles.

Exponential Conference also has a provision for those who can’t afford both time and money to attend. Regional conferences are offered close to your homes. This is a great opportunity for those who would wish to bring along their teams.

9. That Church Conference

Dates: May 4 & 5, 2021
Price: Free
Location: Aired online from Atlanta, Georgia

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That Church Conference offers free tickets.

That Church Conference is a two-day nonprofit online event for pastors and church leaders aimed at helping digital communicators enhance their communication and reach a wider audience through the gospel. 

Attendees benefit from lessons by real practitioners. Topics covered include marketing, social media, technology, and communications.

Those who wish to benefit can either choose to sign up and watch live for free or buy a Replay Pass to watch later.

10. The Global Leadership Summit

Dates: August 5 & 6, 2021
Price: $169 (individual), $149 (2+ attendees)
Location: Great Hill Baptist Church, Austin, Texas, US

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The guest speakers at The Global Leadership Summit 2021.

The Global Leadership Summit brings together thousands of growth-minded leaders from around the world.

You’ll experience highly interactive sessions that will leave you re-energized and with a clear vision. Business experts and church leaders will give talks on various faculties including:

  • Maximizing profitability
  • Building trust
  • Overcoming fear
  • Improving workplace civility
  • Managing conflict
  • Influencing change

You can choose to attend either in-person or online.

Let Us Know Your Favorite

Church leadership conferences offer leaders an opportunity to learn and benefit those they lead. Congregations are encouraged to support their leaders and other church staff to attend these annual gatherings.
Let us know if you have a favorite from the list above or if there are any you’d like to recommend.

Looking for even more conferences? Here’s our list of the Best Church Technology Conferences 2021 you might want to show your technical team.

Make sure to read our articles on the 10 Best Church Leadership Books and the 10 Top Church Technology Resources For Leaders In 2021 so you can train more people to take on leadership roles long before sending them off to conferences!

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Recognizing Problems That Arise In Church Planting

I am writing about church planting…still. It is one of my favorite subjects. But I need to tell you something: though there is great pleasure and satisfaction in starting something new, it does not happen without sacrifices and challenges.

Even the most enthusiastic and optimistic church planter will have to, at some point, recognize and deal with the problems that arise in church planting.

So what would some of those problems be? Well, let’s start by looking back at the early church—the church plant of all church plants! With both physical growth and increasing diversity, the first apostles certainly experienced some start-up-like growth issues. For example:

  • Tensions between Jews and Gentiles (Acts 6:1-7)
  • Disagreement about circumcision (Acts 15:1-2)
  • Disputes about responding to political leaders (Romans 13:1-7)
  • Controversy about dietary choices (Romans 14:1-4)
  • Lawsuits between believers (1 Corinthians 6:1-7)
  • Twisting the Gospel (Galatians 1:6-10) 
  • Disunity between believers (Philippians 2:1-4)

These alone don’t paint the full picture of what a church planter might have to face, but the personal experience of the apostles as the original church planters (see 1 Corinthians 4:9-13; 2 Corinthians 6:3-10), might cause some to rethink before agreeing to the job and embracing the call! 

Putting aside the topic of modern-day apostleship for now, what we can say is this: the nature of church planting is apostolic. Without a clear sense of calling, both the sacrifices and challenges required of the task might end up overwhelming any would-be church planter. 

Church planting is very exciting, but it has to be more than a good idea. It has to be a God-idea that speaks of His destiny and purpose for your life as well as for others.

Growing Problems

And so, we can see from the early church planter’s experiences there are inevitable problems and challenges in church planting. Some will be the same as those others faced, some will be unique to your particular situation and circumstances.

However, here’s what you need to remember: there are going to be good problems and there are going to be bad problems. Good problems are about growing. Bad problems are about growing, too. Often, the only difference is how you see them, and ultimately how you handle them.

Inspiring an Army of Volunteers

Thankfulness

There is one challenge in particular that I want to focus on: building a church planting team with volunteers. Unlike the world of business, where making money is the goal (therefore people can be hired as well as fired), the majority of the church is made up of volunteers. 

In business, employees are paid for their work, enticed with benefits packages and often rewarded for exceptional performance. Of course, there are rewards in the church—usually through opportunities to serve and lead. But, generally, church workers are expected to serve faithfully regardless of rewards. 

This notion comes out of a shared understanding and expectation that each volunteer is ultimately serving Christ, not man or mammon, because of their deep sense of thankfulness for God’s forgiveness through Jesus’ atoning sacrifice on the cross. 

A Noble Cause

A volunteer workforce that continues to offer itself willingly needs to believe that they are giving themselves to a noble cause—that is, something that is greater than themselves, expressing both moral and spiritual excellence.

I might put it this way: a noble cause is a stirring call to do something selfless with your life, resulting in something good for others. Without this belief—without this conviction—then sustained work from a bunch of volunteers is unlikely. 

While they might remain as members in “the club”, they may pull back from their commitment and willingness to serve. Remember, disengagement happens long before people leave altogether. Some people stay for years while disengaged. Other motivators keep them showing up: fellowship with their friends, loyalty to the brand, or perhaps having nowhere else to go.

When a noble cause seems no longer attainable, or is something they cannot be part of, then uncertainty undermines the conviction that once motivated the giver to give, the server to serve, and the worker to do the work that is so badly needed.

The Vision

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This idea is a simple one: people must be inspired. Vision inspires, both motivating the heart and stimulating the mind. Without it, people literally lose heart and begin to look for other things to give their lives for. 

To be able to see—and to see clearly—is a gift. Combine that with another gift—leadership—and people will be ready to be led. When the vision is well articulated and participation is invited (not just needed nor demanded), the volunteer army engages willingly in the mission. Not just a noble cause to give one’s life for, but believing that the sacrifice will make a difference. 

Powerful vision and strong leadership give reason and purpose to those who want to serve.

Fear, Guilt, and Shame

There are, however, other motivators—powerful forces—that cause people to serve: fear, guilt, and shame. Tragically, these are the very things that we, in the Church, should be free from. 

Unfortunately, because these three—fear, guilt, and shame—evoke such powerful feelings, they can be used to try to motivate people. The Bible teaches that fear, ultimately, has to do with death and damnation. In Hebrews 2:14-15, however, it says of Jesus, 

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” 

With regard to guilt, the Bible teaches that this is the feeling we experience when convicted of sin, that is, separated from God because of our fallen state. This speaks not only of our actions but of the state of our hearts and minds, too.  

Oddly, although feeling guilty is not pleasant, when the feeling is absent it can lead us to believe that everything is OK when perhaps it is not. The condition of leprosy is an illustration of what happens when we have no sense of guilt. The ghoulish loss of limbs characteristic of a leper results because they have lost the feeling in their extremities and can no longer detect or heed the pain warnings.

Guilt is a strong feeling and, although it can be both true and false, true guilt functions as a warning to tell us that something is wrong that God wants to make right! This is what the scriptures say about this:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1

Simply said, guilt is about sin. When it leads us to repentance, then God not only forgives us but also cleanses us, that is, makes us holy again. Condemnation is no longer ours to bear. Not because it was unfounded or unfair, but because God’s son, Jesus, died for our sin, thereby fulfilling God’s demand for a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world.

And, finally, there is shame. Shame is a painful feeling of humiliation and embarrassment. It comes from knowing that you have done something wrong or foolish. 

Adam and Eve were perfect in all ways while they were in the garden in relationship with God. When they did the one thing that God warned them not to do, their sin caused them immediately to feel shame, and so they went away and hid themselves from God (Genesis 3:8-10). 

Biblical shame is a consequence of sin; but as with guilt, God promises to remove our shame when we turn to Him in repentance and faith. 

“As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’”  -Romans 10:11

Godly Motivators

If intrinsic motivators are not powerful enough, then volunteers will cease to work. And if the things that motivate are not found within individuals, then they must come from without. 

It is a fact of life that leaders lead and those who don’t lead tend to follow. It is also true that there are more followers than there are leaders. Therefore, great things can and will be accomplished when leaders continue to motivate those who follow, as well as when those who freely choose to follow have the conviction and determination to do so. 

So what does this all have to do with church planting? Well, a church plant is not unlike a start-up in business really. In the beginning, there must be someone, usually entrepreneurial in profile, who has both vision (an idea) and conviction (determination) to make something happen. 

This person not only believes that it can be done but, more importantly, they believe in themselves to do it. Mix in a good dose of ambition and what you have is a highly motivated individual who is likely to need others (employees) to see his or her dreams come true! 

This is not much different from the church planter/pastor who has a vision from God to plant a church and believes they have been chosen by God to do it. They are usually highly motivated, enthusiastic, ambitious individuals who want to inspire others to join them in the new church they are starting. 

Some do it through selling a fresh exciting vision, while others are able to recruit volunteers just through having a charismatic personality. When the two come together—that is, an exciting vision communicated by a capable, convincing, magnetic leader—it results in people wanting to be part of it. 

That’s a good start, but usually the real test of a volunteer’s commitment comes after the works begin…when days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, and months turn into years, and things may not be going as planned. 

More is required from the same people who have been doing all the work, as well as faithfully giving, with the promise that when the work grows a little bit more then there will be others to share the work. (Just an aside: having a larger team does not change the 80/20 principle, that is, most of the time 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people, no matter how many people you have!) 

This brings us back to motivation. When volunteers are tired and perhaps feeling a little disillusioned, they tend to need a little more motivation from the leader they have been following. In the business world, the promise of added reward for extra effort is not as common as you might think. 

More often than not, it is the “performance evaluation” that subtly intimidates employees by highlighting “areas of needed improvement”. The ultimate fear is failure to perform resulting in dismissal, that is, “You’re fired!” This doesn’t happen in the Church, not with volunteers anyway. 

Oh, yes, there are times when people are asked to leave and, in extreme cases, excommunicated; but rarely is there a performance evaluation, let alone the setting of clearly articulated measurable goals. 

Servanthood

The temptation, at this point, is for church planters/leaders to play the “servant card”. The argument goes like this: “If we don’t hire people to work, then we can’t fire them if they don’t. And so, we have to find some other way—some compelling way—to motivate the volunteer staff.” 

So, they play the servant card! What’s the servant card? Simply, they tell people that God has called us to serve (which He has). But this reminder is not usually used to inspire, but to make individuals feel obligated. It plays on fear, guilt, and shame rather than God’s love, mercy, and grace. 

Again, the idea is that because of what God has done for you, you must now serve him. Rarely articulated but clearly understood: it is payback time! The motivation to serve, which must be understood in leading a volunteer army, should come from a heart that’s so overwhelmed by gratitude that serving is a delight and a joy.

For any thank-offering to God to be holy, it must be freely given. When we are made to feel obligated to serve then our offering is payment. We remain as servants rather than become the children of God. We find that God’s “unconditional love” has conditions. We haven’t received a free gift from God, after all, but one with strings attached. 

This is a real problem in the church. There wouldn’t be as many books written on the subject of planting and growing healthy churches if it wasn’t. But this is what I want to leave you to think about, especially if you are about to plant a church: 

Leaders—blinded by their own ambition—are often tempted to recruit people (converts and believers) in order to fulfill their own vision and ministry aspirations. The emphasis turns from building up the Body to do the work of the ministry to raising up workers to serve the Pastor to fulfill his or her own vision and ministry. 

When it comes to motivating God’s people to serve, the focus must always be that we’ve received a gift that none of us deserved: God’s love, mercy, and grace. The key is thankfulness, not a sense of obligation.

The Privilege of Leadership

But when it comes to leadership, we must always understand it as a privilege. The privilege? To lead God’s people into their destiny and purpose as the Body of Christ, believing that God, as He has promised, will build His church as you serve in rest and faith.

Believers must never be seen as a resource to get the job done, but as sheep that have been entrusted into your care to shepherd. After all, together with them, you are the Church, the Children of God, the Body of Christ, a Kingdom and Priests of the Most High God!

For more on the process of church planting, check out my introductory article “Planting a New Church”.

And for help bringing your church and God’s message to even more people, learn how you can use YouTube to do that, in this article.

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Worship Team Training: An In-Depth Guide For Worship Leaders

Worship team training can be a little daunting. Not all of us worship pastors were high school band teachers, so the idea of having to train worship team members can be a little overwhelming.

Perhaps you inherited a worship team that is struggling or has little training, or maybe you want to spruce up the team you have now with some extra mentoring.

This article will take you through some worship team training ideas. 

In this article I will talk about:

Why Do We Train Worship Teams?

Putting together a worship team is an important task. You are essentially creating a worship ministry that will take the local church on a journey with the Holy Spirit into the heights and depths of the presence of God. 

Think of this “bike analogy”: You can’t steer a bike unless the bike is moving. If the bike is staying put, you can move the front wheel back and forth, but that bike isn’t going to move! There needs to be pedaling and momentum to get the bike to steer in the direction you want. In the same way, our worship team needs to be moving and going forward as we lead worship. 

Also, if there are parts of the bike that are not working properly or cohesively, that bike journey is going to be tough, and you may not get far. Likewise, for our worship teams, if everyone on the team is an expert at their instrument and has amazing skill, but they don’t have purity of heart, humility, or integrity, that team won’t be able to take the church anywhere.

Or the opposite can happen. They may have hearts pure and ready for worship, but they continually play wrong notes or sing off key. This can be a major distraction for church worship and cause a lot of road bumps along the journey. 

Need help coming up with guidelines? Check this out: How To Create Worship Team Guidelines (with examples & template)

Non Musical Training vs Musical Training 

We have to remember something important with our worship teams. Not all worship team training is about the musicianship. Although playing the right notes or electric guitar riffs is important, we need to also talk about the non musical aspects of the worship team, like our passion and spiritual growth. 

Leading your local church in worship is a sacred, holy responsibility that God has entrusted us with as we partner with him. Whether you are a worship pastor, back up vocalist, electric guitar player, bass player, or on the visuals team, the church is led into the Presence of God not just by that person’s instrument, sound, and skill, but more importantly, their heart. 

Non Musical Training

Here are three tips for non-musical worship team training.

1. Be Encouraging  

Encouraging your worship team can be super powerful. As you know, Sundays can be draining, and even preparation throughout the rest of the week can be hard or discouraging.

A weekly email or text out to the team might seem like such a small thing, but it could be a huge motivator to them. Be genuine in your encouragement, even pointing out specific things that you appreciate about the team. 

For example, my team has a WhatsApp group chat where we send encouragement to each other and funny worship YouTube videos. It’s been a great tool to keep the team connected and encouraged throughout the week. 

Creating a culture of encouragement will be an asset, not only for your team, but for the wider church. This culture of encouragement can be a great foundation for the worship team. If members are feeling encouraged and loved, this will help the team in their growth. 

When the team feels encouraged, this will also help them to receive any training or correction with love. Your team should never feel like you are judging them, especially in this very vulnerable area of worship. Applaud the efforts you see in them, and make sure that you balance your critiques with lots of love and encouragement. 

Tell them often that you’re proud of them when they take steps in the right direction.

2. Instill Passion In Your Team

This can be a tricky thing sometimes. How do you train your worship team to be full of passion? The first thing to do is to teach what the bible says on “expressive worship”

  • Psalm 47:1 – “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”
  • Psalm 63:4 – “I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.”
  • Psalm 95:6– “Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
  • Psalm 149:3 – “Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.”

It’s also important to encourage your team to feel “released” in their worship. Continue encouraging them to feel free to worship expressively, even right before the team is about to go on stage.

It’s also important to model this. Your team should be able to look to you for what’s appropriate for the platform. Make sure you’re walking the talk.

Another great training tool is to record your Sunday morning services. We once set up an iphone to do a wide shot of the stage, and afterwards as a team we did a playback and watched it together. Many musicians were surprised to see how “miserable” they looked; they had no idea what their faces looked like.

Often you won’t need to point it out or say much. The goal is that they see the difference between what they think they are projecting and reality. This often is enough for them to change on their own. 

3. Foster Spiritual Growth Among Your Team

If the members of a worship team do not have a healthy relationship with God, they will not be able to effectively lead worship – no matter how incredible of a musician or singer they are. 

The best thing you can do as a worship leader is lead by example. Dedicate yourself to spending time with God and His Word daily. Your worship ministry will be inspired by your faith and joy, and you can begin mentoring them in this area. 

Other ideas for sparking spiritual growth in your team: 

  • Start a devotional with your team
  • Spend time at your rehearsals praying for the church and each other 
  • Spend a good chunk of your rehearsal time worshipping; you can’t lead people where you haven’t been
  • Start a team night once a month where you not only spend time learning new songs but spend time as a team praying and worshipping together 

Musical Training 

Here are some notes on training both instrumentalists and vocalists.

Training Instrumentalists

Getting a great rhythm sound from part-time musicians can often be challenging, especially if you have a band where instrumentalists are changing every Sunday as the schedule changes. 

Here are some practical skills you can work on as a team to help you get to the next level.

  • Make sure everyone is listening to each other when they play.
  • All players need to develop a good sense of time. Practicing with a click track can really help. If you don’t have access to click tracks, there are online metronomes you can use. 
  • Decide which instruments will be the lead sound on the different songs you practice, and run through those songs, choosing a different instrument each time.
  • Each instrumentalist should learn or know how to read a basic chord chart.
  • Practice playing by ear.
  • Regularly give the team new songs to listen to and learn. This will help them grow in their playing and stay challenged.
  • Practice how to play spontaneously. This will help in the flow of your Sunday morning worship, and with transitioning between songs. It can be as simple as deciding on a 4 chord progression.

Training Vocalists 

Investing time into your vocalists is so important. Sometimes we tend to focus on musicians only as they do carry a lot of musical responsibility. When we focus on training our vocalists to sing with excellence, they will be more equipped to lead with confidence and sing from their hearts. 

When you work with vocalists, here are some skills and abilties to consider working on:

  • Correctly singing harmonies and melodies
  • Properly listening to and blending with other voices
  • Staying on tempo without rushing or lagging
  • Breathing in the same place
  • Holding notes the same length
  • Memorizing the lyrics and enunciating properly
  • Singing into a microphone properly
  • Body language, like smiling when singing
  • Vocal warmups they can easily do at home

Lastly, make sure to encourage singers to still worship as they sing, which is of course the most important part!

Here is a great vocalist training manual to give you some more tips. 

How To Raise Up New Worship Leaders 

Having someone you have mentored rise up and become a worship leader themselves has to be the most amazing thing. It’s my absolute favourite thing to see. 

Mentoring a team member to become a worship leader takes time. It also takes commitment on their part and yours. But I can’t say it enough — it’s absolutely worth it.  

Raising up worship leaders is a major part of strengthening your worship ministry. There are 4 major steps in this process.

1. Find Team Members With Potential 

Always be on the lookout for team members who may be potential worship leaders. Do they have strong musical talent? Strong leadership skills? A strong worshipper with a heart for serving God? If so, encourage them to think about or try worship leading. 

2. Give Them A Song To Lead During Rehearsals

Find a song that they love to sing, and have them lead the song during rehearsal.  This helps them get the feel for leading a song and gives you an opportunity to observe.

Then, when they become comfortable with that, encourage them to lead the band during worship rehearsal, and encourage them to lead the team like the worship pastor would, to see their comfort level and ability.

Here’s a list of tools that will help make these decisions easier: 10 Best Worship Software & Tools For Your Church

3. Co-Leading

Once you feel that they have become confident in song leading, it’s time to get them to lead people. Organize a service for you two to co-lead. Invite them to work with you on building a worship set list. Get them to welcome everyone or to pray. This will help the church get comfortable with being led by a new worship leader. 

4. Let Them Lead

Finally, let them lead. Be gracious with their mistakes. Understand they may be nervous, but let them lead. Encourage them to go for it, and remind them that you are there to jump in if they need help. 

This whole process may take a few weeks, or a few months, but be patient. Also, don’t wait until you are absolutely desperate for a worship leader. You don’t want to rush this process either. 

Other Worship Team Training Resources

You can also check out this great training course from Bethel Worship on how to thrive as a worship team. 

Shane & Shane started a worship training website with additional tutorials, and there’s also some great podcasts out there for worship leaders.

Make sure to check out my article on holding worship team auditions as well, if you’re looking for new members to join your team.

For more on worship teams and to connect with other worship leaders and church leaders, join The Lead Pastor community here.

Or if you’re looking to keep learning, here’s a list of tools you should check out: 10 Best Church Software for 2022