Planning Worship: the Why, When & How

Taught by Aaron Steward courtesy of Planning Center Online

There are an increasing number of tools and applications made to help churches organize their worship services, manage their teams, facilitate rehearsals, and plan creative content. This class will discuss planning vs. spontaneity and give you practical tips on ways to layout your service, how to introduce new songs to your teams & congregation, effective ways to run rehearsals, and methods of keeping all of this information organized.

The Six Hats of the Worship Leader: How to Staff 6 Roles That Will Grow Your Team, Regardless the Size of Your Church

Webinar taught by Rich Kirkpatrick courtesy of

There are six roles or hats that take place in leading the 52 weekend services in worship. Learning what these roles are and staffing them well is the key to growing a team and preventing burnout and frustration. Leading worship is more than just a platform-driven event. There are people to recruit, schedules to keep, projects to manage, and communication to focus. On top of all the “tasks” there is the primary need for spiritual direction of all the people who make up a worship team. Learning how to leverage which of the six you should keep and which you should delegate can be the difference maker in sustaining and growing a team that can weather change.

In a smaller setting, people will surely wear more than one hat and most likely will be all volunteers. As a ministry grows, paid staff comes in to wear the hats that require more time or specialization. Here are the six hats:

Worship Leader: This individual’s role is the upfront face, and intuitively gifted individual who can engage a congregation.
Music Director: The details of music are important, so direction of rehearsal, preparation of charts and direction of the “sound” of the worship team.
Tech Director: This is audio, video, lighting and setup logistics both in detail and vision.
Service Producer: During the service, the details and flow are managed. (The larger the setting, the more this is needed.)
Programming Director/Admin: Project manager of the content and details for execution and/or person who keeps the details, scheduling and project in check.
Pastor/Executive Producer: Theology, the definition of the “win” for a weekend and organizational mission alignment as well as the shepherding issues on a team. This is both spiritual direction as well as organizationally driven.

The webinar would walk through how these all work together and encourage worship leaders to find which they are best to keep and which they are best to delegate and recruit others to take. Knowing these roles makes us “administer the gifts with grace” factoring in people’s shape and how that applies to leading worship.

Streaming Your Services Online

Taught by Kevin Weimer, Courtesy of Worship Stream

Every church can benefit from streaming their services online. In this webinar we will talk about why churches stream, should it be live or on-demand, one camera versus multiple cameras, and what do you need to get started. There are literally countless options on how to implement a system for streaming, but we will focus on the basics of what you need to know to begin. This will be a very practical (non-super-technical!) look at how easy it can be to startstreaming your services and events online.

Strategies for Building Congregational Participation in Worship

Taught by Dr. Craig Gilbert

As a leader, when planning and implementing worship what is the level of participation you are looking for from the congregation?

1. Appreciative audience?
2. Willing participants?
3. Engaged worshipers?
4. Interactive, symbiotic worship experience that melds leaders and congregants into the one worshiping Body of Christ? (wow, wouldn’t that be great!?)

Each of those example targets for participation is one step deeper than the previous one. Each step moves responsibility for worship from the platform alone to a shared responsibility with the pew (or chair). If you want something more than simply an appreciative audience in worship then you have to purposefully design worship with that goal in mind. Of course then you have to have a congregation that shares your point of view. Together we can learn and discuss biblical guidelines, planning techniques and strategies that do just that.

Lowering Stage Volume

Taught by Doug Gould, courtesy of Worship MD

The prevailing problem in most of our churches today is that our platforms are too loud and it’s messing everything up. What can we do to fix the problem? Wear earplugs? Throw a chart in front of the guitar player? Fire the drummer?

We will explore methods that don’t require any additional equipment. Through some common sense applications, you may find that the levels on the stage can be greatly reduced. Sometimes all it takes is moving things around and getting the musicians what they need instead of what they want. If that doesn’t work, we’ll explain technologies and methods that may be required to solve your issues. Amp simulators, personal monitors and mixers, buttkickers, drum shields, electronic instruments, and mute boxes. We’ll explore these one at a time and explain the benefit that each of these technologies offer the worship and tech team and the church at large.

Photography in Worship: the art and science of iconic imagery

Taught by and courtesy of Mike Overlin, author

This webinar will teach you the basics of photography through simple explanations and practical examples, and more importantly, how to “see” the image in advance, with special emphasis on creating imagery for use in worship.

The ability to take a photograph – to stop a moment in time – is a very powerful act in and of itself. When this skill is used in the creation of imagery in support of worship, or even as an act of worship, it can be truly breathtaking. A great photograph can make a point or elicit an emotion in ways nothing else can, but what makes a truly great photograph?

  • What is good composition?
  • What camera should I use?
  • How much of the image do I want in focus?
  • Where do I place my subject?
  • How do I manipulate my image after I take it?

Solving Common Copyright Myths: Identifying Misunderstandings about Copyrights

Solving Common Copyright Myths: Identifying Misunderstandings about Copyrights
Taught by Susan Fontaine Godwin, courtesy of

There are a lot of myths surrounding copyrighted material and its use in the church. In this webinar, we’ll review then basics on copyright fundamentals and then identify the most common myths we come across, along with explanations and what’s true and what’s legend. Our goal is to better inform the Christian community of its requirements and responsibilities when using copyrighted works.

Programming the Church Year

Presented by David Edwards, courtesy of International Center for Worship, Regent University

Is it possible to create a one-month, even a 12-month worship calendar? Yes, it is, and it is easier than you think. Learn the ingredients of a successful long-range worship plan that breathes with the heart of God for your congregation. This flexible plan will help you manage your time better and still allow for last minute changes and adjustments.

Cover Me, I’m Going In

Taught by Kent Morris, Courtesy of Cornerstone Media Group

The essential role of the tech in a service of worship is to provide a covering for the ministers on-stage so they can be most effective in their communication. From anticipating tangents and their needs to thinking two steps ahead for transitions, the tech “covers” for the team in myriad ways we will explore.