Development and Training

5 Tips For Training New Musicians

As your church grows, your worship ministry should grow. As the young people in your church show interest and desire to use their talents in God’s kingdom, your worship ministry should grow! (Check out these 5 ways to include young people in music ministry.)

You should always be investing in and developing new talent!

But this can present some challenges – especially if you feel you have some limitations.

How do I train a new bass player when I don’t play bass?
What about drums or guitar?

Ideally, every music department would have seasoned musicians who are willing to mentor new musicians learning their same instrument. (This is why I believe mentoring is important, plus some tips on how to be a great mentor.)

But, that doesn’t always work out.

Maybe your seasoned musicians aren’t on board with mentoring yet, or with work, families, and other ministry involvement, they simply don’t have the extra time. Maybe you’re in a smaller church or working with a smaller team and other seasoned musicians aren’t available.

Whatever the case may be, in this Friday 5 In Five Video I’m sharing 5 tips for training new musicians. I hope they help you out! Continue Reading

Devotionals, Ministry

What Will You Do When It’s Your Turn?

In addition to blogging here, I’m honored to write for She’s Intentional: The Dainty Jewell’s Blog. Check out my latest blog post!

What Will You Do When It’s Your Turn?

It’s always amazing to me how God positions us, whether we realize it or not, for special encounters and opportunities to fulfill His purpose. I can look back over my life and see how He used both good and bad experiences to guide me to where I am now and prepare me for what I’ll face today.

But every opportunity God brings me to, I am given a choice. He gives me the power to choose how I will respond to what is in front of me.

That’s how He works.

If you follow Jesus, you’ve probably prayed that God would use you and do something special with your life. Hopefully, you have a desire to do something great in His kingdom!

I’ve sincerely prayed these prayers so many times, myself. But, when my turn does come, it always takes more than that initial surrender. When it’s our turn, we’re faced with a decision.

He brings us to something that requires incredible faith and says, “Here’s your chance, what will you do?” And in these moments, doubt, fear, and feelings of inadequacy seem to always rise up.

That little voice in your head tells you that God really doesn’t want to use you in a big way, or that your response in this moment really doesn’t matter. And, if you’re like me, that voice has talked you out of so many blessings. You see, the enemy of our souls knows how to discourage us, and he will always do his best to keep us from taking those big leaps of faith.

Sometimes it’s simply sin and selfishness that causes us to make the wrong decision. We decide we’re not quite ready to lay it all on the line for Jesus. Or, we think we know what is best for ourselves, and exactly what should happen in our lives.

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Development and Training

5 Tips For Being A Great Mentor

If you’re involved in music ministry (or any ministry for that matter), you should be mentoring someone!

In this Friday 5 In Five video, I share 5 tips for being a great mentor.

One of the goals of our church is that everyone involved in anyway at the Refuge has someone they’re mentoring. If you’re heading out on a missions trip, taking a maternity leave, or shifting your ministry focus, someone should be able to step into your shoes and carry on seamlessly.

I think this is especially important in music ministry! Worship leaders should be mentoring up and coming worship leaders! Musician, vocalists, and even ministry leaders should be mentoring, too!

What we’re doing in the Kingdom of God is so much bigger than ourselves! We have a responsibility to pass on what we’ve learned and sow into the success of others. Continue Reading

Resources, Sing A New Song

5 New Easy Songs for Easter (+ 5 of my all time favs!)

Easter is a couple months away and most music ministers and worship leaders are already planning and practicing. Today on Friday 5 In Five, I’m sharing 5 new easy songs for Easter, plus some of my all time favorite Easter selections.

These songs are in no particular order! Several, if not all, of these songs can be used no matter the size of your worship team! Even if it’s just you and a piano or guitar, you can do something new and special for Easter this year. Continue Reading


Christmas Service Program II

Last year I shared this Christmas Service Program and you all seemed to really like it! Having a program template definitely makes planning special services a little easier.

I decided to share a new one this year! It’s similar in format to the one I shared last year, but this year the theme is What A Beautiful Name. This program is so easy and can be done by any church, no matter the size. Continue Reading