Rate Your Worship Leader!

12 09 2010
As a service to churches around the world, here is an easy rating system by which to analyze to what degree your worship leader is a metrosexual.

1. Has a faux hawk hair style = +1

2. Has more product in his hair than your wife = +1

3. Has Rob Bell, black rimmed glasses = +1

4. They are not prescription, but just for effect = +2

5. Attends the Catalyst Conference = +3

6. Performs at the Catalyst Conference = +10

7. Owns Puma, Vans or Diesel sneakers = +2 per each pair

8. Wears jeans on stage = +1

9. Wears designer jeans on stage = +2

10. Wears Wrangler or Rustler jeans on stage = -3

11. Has a goatee = +2

12. Wears one of those Castro revolution looking hats = +2

13. Drinks coffee on stage = +1

14. Drinks some kind of coffee you did not know existed = +2

15. Brings a French Press on stage and makes his own coffee during service = +5

16. Has a handlebar mustache = -3

17. Good at Frisbee but hates getting all “sweaty” = +1

18. Has a haircut that covers one of his eyes while singing = +1

19. Owns a white belt = +2

20. Owns suspenders = -3

21. Wears a scarf with a t-shirt = +1

22. Wears a winter knit hat even in the summer = +2

23. You think he covered a My Chemical Romance song last week = +3

24. Drives an Audi or VW, silver of course = +2

25. Uses the words, “postmodern, relevant” or “emergent” nonstop = +2

26. Cringes a little when people say the “H word.” (Hymnal) = +3

27. Has ever said some form of the phrase, “That song is so 1990s” = +1

28. Owns a Grizzly Adams red and black flannel shirt = -2

29. Named his kid after a color or a number = +2

30. References Norwegian punk bands you’ve never heard of = +2

31. Wears a tie = -1

32. Wears a tie as a belt = +2

33. Looks as if he might exfoliate = +2

34. Has a man bag or European Carry All = +2

35. Brings said bag on stage with him = +2

36. Has a tattoo = +2

37. Has a visible tattoo = +4

38. Wife accompanies him on stage and plays tambourine = -4

39. Was formerly in a punk new wave band = +2

40. Knows the names of all the people on the scripted MTV show, “the Hills” = +3

41. Refuses to drink anything but Vitamin Water = +2

42. Your wife ever says, “he needs a barrette for his hair.” = +2

43. Has a nickname with “the” in it, as in “the edge,” = +2

44. Owns every Nooma video = +2

45. Has a soul patch = +3

46. Won’t play barefoot on stage until he gets a pedicure = +2

47. Refers to California as “the left coast” = +2

48. Currently subscribes to Dwell or Details magazine = +2

49. Owns a pair of lady jeans = +2

50. Twitters you from his iPhone = +2

51. His toddler dresses cooler than you = +2

52. He wears graphic t-shirts over button down, long sleeve shirts = +2

53. Ever says “we got a hot mic here” = -4

54. Shops at the Gap = 0

55. Shops at Urban Outfitters = +2

Total: _____?_______

Recruiting in Progress

15 10 2009

double-worship-team-buttonRight now at Lifeway I am in the middle of the largest recruiting process I’ve ever undertaken in my 9 years of Worship Leading. As many of you may or may not know, in February 2010, Lifeway will be a big 2 years old. If you’ve ever been a part of a church start up (from scratch) you’ll know that the few people you have do everything. Everyone MUST work or the job just won’t get done and more importantly people won’t get reached. So, what generally happens is you begin to start building teams based on necessity, a need will pop up and wah-la so does a team to fill the need. After a while you have a bunch of teams but you begin to lose continuity amongst them and thus the need for organization. At Lifeway we are at that place.

Earlier this summer I was able to take a two week vacation. The first week was spent with my wife (no kids) on the white sands/ blue water beach in Mexico on a much needed honeymoon that we never took 10 years ago when we got married. The second week pretty much spent by myself. During this time I was able to get away from everything and really evaluate my ministry and my leadership. This was a great time and it’s where I stumbled upon the recruiting process that I’m currently using. Some of you may have read his material before but I have listened to and read several of Jason Hately’s publications on leading worship as well as his recruiting process. Jason is the Pastor of Worship Arts at The Journey Church in NY and serves under his Lead Pastor, Nelson Searcy. It doesn’t take a long time listening or reading things by them and you will quickly realize that they live and die by “systems”, a philosophy I am quickly coming to live by myself. When you think about it, God designed everything according to systems… the solar system, the eco system, the central nervous system and the list goes on. Everything we do, whether you realize it or not, is done by some sort of system. As I began this article I said I am in the middle of recruiting right now and it is going very well. I am following the How To Double Your Worship Team system by Jason Hatley. We began the recruiting process 4 weeks ago with 23 people currently serving on the Worship Arts Team (W.A.T.) (who have been recruited over the last two years). In the last 4 weeks we’ve had and additional 22 people sign up for auditions and interviews which are coming up next week on Oct. 25. Of those 22 people 3 are currently serving somewhere and would like to join another team and 19 are not currently serving anywhere. These are great results! I could share more but there’s way too much. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to know more and I would HIGHLY encourage anyone in a leadership position to get you hands on Jason Hatley’s material.

Like to be organized?

24 06 2009

Planning Center Online

By far the best organizational tool I have in scheduling my team/ band, uploading charts and general communication with anyone or anything that concerns the elements flow of our Worship Service. I’ve been using it for about a year now and have zero complaints.
I HIGHLY recommend this tool to anyone who leads a team(s) and needs to schedule multiple people and get information out to the masses without having to set up a distribution list in your email box and send large attachments that never seem to go and clog up your server. Go check them out. PCO is constantly updating their program making it better everyday. Two thumbs up!