Learning To Play Praise and Worship Music?

JesusLearning how to play Praise and Worship music is one thing many people choose to pursue when they begin playing music. This is a great way to learn how to play the guitar, or other instruments, since it allows you to concentrate your efforts on the chords, notes, and harmonies specific to Praise and Worship music. And if you love Praise and Worship, knowing how to play your favorite songs on the guitar this will only add to the fun.

GuitarThe guitar is one the most versatile instruments in the world. The sound it make is both rhythmic and melodic, while at the same time it can be played with great enthusiasm and dynamics. If you decide to start out playing Praise and Worship on the guitar, you won’t be limited to just this style, as the guitar is so versatile that many people play everything from classical to jazz to rock music on it.

If you are interested in purchasing a guitar, make sure you are aware of the cost. You might want to start out with an inexpensive guitar as you learn how to play. Or, there is the choice of renting a guitar until you feel confident enough to go out and buy one for your home. This way you can be sure of the type of sound you are looking for.

When you take your first lesson, you will be amazed at the sounds that come from your instrument. You will feel confident and proud as you play your first song, no matter how simple it is. Within a few lessons you can start mastering the chords and scales common to all types of music. Playing any Praise and Worship song will be easy once you have the right tools.

Make sure you find the right resources that will teach you the basics of Praise and Worship music and music theory.

Praise and Worship music is often learned and shared simply through listening, which means it is important that you can easily play chords without the aid of sheet music.

The Progressive Concept of God’s Temple

Before we go any further, I believe it is important to discuss the progressive development of God’s temple though out history. This should give you a better understanding of where you need to be in relationship with the Creator.

Through the Bible the idea of a place to worship God is illustrated. The temple is a place where God’s people go to worship Him. This was a special place in which to meet and experience the greatness of God. As time progressed, God instituted different “Temples”. Each has its purpose for its time. We will explore each phase to help you understand how it relates to you as an individual worshiper. The reason I want to establish progression of God’s temple is to show you how it relates to the premise of this study. To understand how God wants his temple will help you understand the idea presented in this study. When we look at the four different types of temples illustrated in the Bible Though this you should come to a better understanding of your position in Christ. You will learn where God really dwells today in the life of a true worshiper.

The Tabernacle

Exodus 25:8-9 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

The first official place used to worship God was the tabernacle. This was instituted by Moses. It was basically a tent that could be moved from place to place. This was important because at this time in the history of Israel they were constantly on the move. Therefore they needed something that could be put up then as needed be moved to a new location. It made sense to have a tent like structure. The purpose of this tent like structure was for worship of God. It became the place to commune with God. Eventually it becomes the home to the Ark of the Covenant.

Solomon’s Temple

Solomon’s temple was the first upgrade for a place to worship God. The tabernacle as we learned was a tent. Built to very specific directions. The tabernacle allowed for the ability to move from one pace to another. Now that Israel is an established nation. It makes sense to make it more permanent. The bulk of this study will examine the process that God created to make the building a reality.

Jesus is the Temple

John 2:19-21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.

What an amazing proclamation made by Jesus. He declared Himself as the Temple. This must of really twisted the minds of the religious leaders. After all, they could fully understand going to a grand and beautiful building that was set aside to worship God. But Jesus is the Temple? Information overload! To the Jew in Jesus’ time this was a radical concept. What this meant is that God actually dwelt Jesus. This also gave the open door to worship Jesus. By this time Solomon’s temple which was destroyed had been rebuilt and was known as Herod’s temple. Herod’s temple was merely a replacement for Solomon’s temple.

The Believer –The Temple of The Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Perhaps the most amazing thing is that every one that is a believer has God dwelling in them. This really is amazing to meditate upon. As a believer you become a living temple. IF you get anything from this study is this: You are the Temple of God as He dwells in you. Just like the other temples we looked at in the past you also need to be built up. What I am trying to convey is that God wants to build you up in His image. In this study it is my goal to help you understand the various steps and phases that go into building a temple. This is really about building yourself to become a more effective worshiper. As a more effective worshiper you are better able to lead the people you serve into the presence of God. That is your function as a worship leader. You need to be a model for those you serve.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled “Building a House of Worship” For more information on how you can get your copy of this book go to…http://www.buildingahouseofworship.com

The Worship Leader is a Spiritual Leader


This article is for worship leaders. And as such, I believe it needs to focus on leadership skills. It is my intent to do this from a Biblical perspective. The only prerequisite for leadership is you must have somebody follow you. I can be just one person or thousands. The definition is still the same – A leader must have someone following them.

Understand That You are a Spiritual Leader

But there is more to leadership than having people follow you. In the Body of Christ you are a not just a leader. You are a Spiritual Leader. Your leadership skills must be in alignment with spiritual ideals.

Spiritual Leader Defined…

A Leader is someone who is called by God with God given capacities and God given responsibility to serve a specific group of God’s people directing them in God’s purpose for that group to bring glory to God.

Now that is a powerful! Go back and read that again. As a matter of fact go ahead and memorize that statement. It is the basis for the rest of this article. It is an important statement that will help you understand your place as a worship leader.

Now what I want to do is break that statement down. There are six important points that I will cover with you. Let’s begin with the first point…

God’s Calling

1 Samuel 3: 8-17 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

The ministry is a calling from God to do His work. God’s works through His people. He equips them with the proper tools. Things like temperament, abilities, talents and Spiritual Gifts. I believe that every Christian has a specific call in their life to serve God in the ministry. Our focus is of course in the area of music and how that relates to the church. Along with the ability to perform music there needs to be a calling. Let me pose a question to you. Can someone with extreme musical talents not be called to lead a group of people in worship? Yes, it is possible for a talented musician or singer to not be called to become a worship leader. They could very well be called to another ministry. That is of course God’s decision and each individuals responsibility to do what God call them to do.

There are two types of people in the ministry. Those that are called by God to do His work. And those who are attempting to do God’s work yet are not called. Seems rather obvious. But it does happen on occasion that someone is assigned to do a task in the church without regard to any calling on that individual’s life. This usually happens when “The laborer are few”. It is important to note – Unless you are truly called you will be frustrated and discouraged. Your ministry will be ineffective.

How do you know you are called? That is an age-old question and it’s up to you to discover whether you are called or not. Just so you know – I believe that every Christian is called to ministry in one way or another. Each person has a place in the body. There is a perfect fit for every Christian believer. God has purpose for your life. It is you job to allow God to reveal it to you.

Make sure that God has actually called you into your ministry. A good indication of your call is found in your natural inclinations, abliities and attitudes. Which leads us to the next point…

God Given Capacity

Each of us is given the ability to touch people’s lives with the Gospel message. God does this through individuals like you and me. God given capacity is made up of two parts. One part is natural ability and the other part is Spiritual Gifts.

Natural Ability — the tools God uses to glorify Him

The natural ability covers the scope of our intellect and physical prowess. We may be a great mathematical thinker, superior at throwing a ball or a technically skilled musician. From the first day we are born we discover things that we are good at doing. We enjoy the success we have at doing them. And because we enjoy these activities we continue to practice, study and learn about these things. Eventually it becomes a part of our identity. Our Natural ability is the tool by which God can work through us to effect His Kingdom. As a worship leader your tool is music.

Spiritual Gifts — the method He uses to execute His purpose

The day you received Christ into you life as Savior you not only received the awesome gift of salvation, you also received Spiritual Gifts. Every Christian has at least one. The gift He gives you can be small or it can be grand, a gift none the less. Whatever the amount is unimportant, what is important is that you use your spiritual gifts to its fullest potential. Be thankful for the Spiritual Gifts you have.

Now some will debate whether music is a gift. I tend to believe that music is a tool rather than a gift. You are able to take our Spiritual Gift and apply it to music. If you are a teacher – use music to teach. If you are an evangelist – then use music the evangelize.

The best way to learn about spiritual gifts is by reading the Bible. Reading and learning should be helpful in the discovery of your spiritual gifts. First read the following bible verses:

Romans 12:4-8 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

1 Corinthians 12:27-30 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

Ephesians 4:7-12 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

1 Peter 4:7-11 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Each of these verses categorizes each gift that makes up the Church body. Each one is important.

God Given Responsibility

Matthew 25:13-30 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Responsibility is about stewardship. Stewardship is the effective management of the resources that God gives us. It is a matter of “taking care of business” for the Kingdom. In the kingdom of God you have no rights. That’s the opposite of our society today. We are led to believe that our rights are paramount in everything. But, in reality God has given us worship leaders a responsibility. The Bible makes it clear that we are to be “Doers of the Word”. Responsibility requires commitment to do what God has called you to do.

We can look at the parable of the talents and see that God requires us to be responsible steward of what He has given us. The main lesson here is that you must take what God has given you and make it profitable for Him. Otherwise there will be severe consequences. You have spiritual gifts and natural abilities. Now it’s time to take those gifts and use them for God purpose. Of course, nothing is done in a vacuum. Therefore you must take responsibility for your action. Both good and bad.

To serve a specific group of people

John 13:4-15 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

Jesus was the perfect example of a servant. He washed the feet of the disciples. This was a radical move on the part of Jesus. The lowest person on the social scale did the washing of feet. It was Jesus who came to serve us. And by His example we are to serve others.

Look around you – Who do you see? People! At least I hope that your church has some people in it. This is your specific group of people. God in His wisdom and Glory placed you in the exact spot that He chose for you to minister.

Now we can examine the people a little closer. There are big one and small ones – There are young ones and old ones – There are men and there are women. People come in all shapes and sizes.

Moses was called by God to serve a specific group of people. He took the Israelites out of Egypt and delivered them to the Promised Land. As you know there were a few snags along the way that caused these people to wander in the desert for forty years. But, these were the exact people that Moses was created to serve.

As a worship leader in your church, you have a responsibility to serve that group of people for the season of time God keeps you there. Spiritual Leaders are servants to those around them. Jesus was the perfect example of this as we look at this Scripture:

Directing this group of people toward God’s Purpose

Help people become effective tools for the Kingdom – do these three things…

  1. Help them to Discover their place in the Body of Christ
  2. Help Them Develop spiritually
  3. Help them Deploy their place in the church.

Three things to remember…

Discover -> Develop -> Deploy

Once you know your team member’s individual Spiritual Gifts it is your responsibility to help nurture those gifts. Discipleship is key in the development phase.

Nothing is worse than unrealized talent. Or talent that is wasted sitting on the shelf. Therefore it is vital that each person deploy. That is “go into all the world.” You see someone with a calling on their life; you do a disservice to the church by hindering the execution of that part.

To Bring Glory to God

The ultimate Goal it to bring Glory to God. As musician it is tempting to pursue ego gratification. Your performance in judged not by how well you did – It’s based on how well you related to God and His purpose. The object of your worship is God. It is our job to take our Gifts and Talents and use them to give God glory.

There are entertainers and there are worship leaders. Each one has a different objective. An entertain often times bring glory to themselves. And music is entertaining. Yet it is also a tool used by God to be used by the Church to worship Him. There is a distinct dividing line between doing something by our own strength or allowing God to do it.

You bring glory to God when you die to self and serve the people with song. You bring glory to God when the people are able to focus on their Creator and Savior. In many respects you are a tour guide. Helping people to have an intimate relationship.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled “Building a House of Worship” For more information on how you can get your copy of this book go to http://www.buildingahouseofworship.com

Who Is the Audience You Serve?

Most worship leaders are talented artists. And there is a certain level of performance that goes into the music. Now the title of this article may raise some eyebrows. Worship leader are not suppose to be entertainers. Or are they? I believe that there needs to be a balance and perspective when we examine who the real audience is. This may come as a surprise to you, but as a worship leader you need to entertain the people you serve. Let me explain. When I say to entertain, what I mean is to make everyone at ease a possible. The word entertain can also be understood as hospitality. Hospitality is a spiritual gift. To exercise this gift means that you need to entertain. Just like you are the host at a dinner party. You entertain your guests. Here is the first person to consider.


Yes, when we serve though music our primary audience is God. All music and action should be directed toward His throne. This should be the ovious first choice and the premier option.


Next in consideration is the church and people that make up the congregation. As we looked at previously, it is important to get the attention of the people. By getting their attention you can better serve them. Now your mission in worship is not to be an entertainer. You need to lead them into the presence of the Lord. In a greater sense the church congregation is an audience that you are responsible to minister.


Music has a tremendous ability to open doors that would otherwise be impossible to break though. Another segment of any church should consist of is the non-Christian. These would be individuals that were most likely invited by a friend. You need to understand that worship music is also a tool for evangelism. People are drawn to quality music.


Your leadership is an important segment of the audience. Many music ministers are a part of the staff in the church. In all sincerely if you do not meet the needs of the leadership you will not be a part of the ministry. I know that this seem rather harsh. But this is something you need to consider in your ministry.

You serve different people

In your ministry it is very important to remember that you serve different people. Each person is from a different walk of life. Each one is at a different stage is thier spiritual commitment. Therefore it is your responsibility to be an example of Christianity to everyone you serve. You, whether you realize it or not, are ministering to both the saved and un-saved. You are also ministering to both the congregation and its leadership. But most importantly you are serving God. And you are His tool for His purposes.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled “Building a House of Worship” For more information on how you can get your copy of this book go to http://www.buildingahouseofworship.com

The ACT of worship

There are three distinct parts to worship I want to share with you. That is the A.C.T. of worship. I use these three letters as a device to help you remember three very important aspects to worship. The three things are:

  1. A = Action
  2. C = Communication
  3. T = Truth.

Use these three things to know and understand God’s wonderful plan of devotion to Him.

A is for ACTION

As noted above A= ACTION. So let us begin there. The word “WORSHIP” is described in the dictionary as primarily a noun. But but it can also be designated as a verb. And as you can remember from grammar lessons in school, verbs usually denote some sort of action. Action is the ability to do something. It can be physical or even mental. In the context fo this article worship it is a physical action prompted by certain mental attitude you have regarding God. In this respect, worship is not something that sits on a shelf. And you can’t buy it in the store. The worship of God is personal as well as a physical act you do.

So how can you engage in the action of worship? The Bible provides us with a multitude of examples such as lifting our hands, bowing down, singing and so forth.

Worship is both an inner and outer expression, not only is it physical it is also mental. There is an attitude that goes with worship. The easy part is to do the physical outer expression of worship. But let me warn you – worship comes from the inside and manifests itself in outer action. Worship begins with your heart and soul. It is the absolute appreciation, devotion and love you have for Jesus. This is your chance to reflect on the great and mighty things He does for you as an individual. Christ’s obedience to go to the cross, to die for your sin, and resurrect so that you could live in heaven forever. This is something to worship Him for. If you are missing the relationship your are missing the whole point.

I could go on and give you hundreds of examples of what to do when you worship. But I believe that would be the wrong approach. It’s that which is inside you that desire the outward physical expression. I want to stress the point that worship is first and action you perform in devotion to Jesus.


Not only is worship and action we do it is also a form of communication to God. Which brings us to the next point in this discussion on the A.C.T. or worship. C equals “COMMUNICATION”. When we worship we communicate our love, admiration and appreciation. This is a personal interactive event. By far the most expressive thing we can do is sing out loud to Him. In singing we vocalize our feeling toward God. I like to think of worship as an intimate one on one exchange that we offer up to heaven. It is a sweet savor in the throne room. He is our audience to whom we sing. It is to him alone that we sing our praises. Even though most people sing in a congregational setting it still needs to be a one on one conversation.

God who has everything and everything is His has no need for anything. He needs nothing. As a matter of fact because he owns the universe that is only one thing we can truly give to God. This is our worship. When singing praise and worship form the heart we give to God exactly what he deserves. He knows your heart even better than you know yourself.

Never fall in the trap of faking worship. This would be lying. It would be like getting a beautiful present in an extravagant wrapping, ribbons and bows. Yet when the present is opened up there is nothing inside. It is empty. Image as a young child receiving such a gift. You would be very disappointed. When we sing to God and it is only “lip Service” of we are just going through the motions; God feels the same way.

God created us for fellowship. With fellowship comes communication. We communicate our thoughts and feelings through songs. Look at the Bible. From the time of Moses to David even Paul the Apostle up until the present time. God has gifted men inspired by the Holy Spirit to sing songs to Him. Songs are meant to share with God. Songs help you the worshiper to say with your mouth what is in your heart.

T is for TRUTH

Not only is worship an action and communication it is also something that is done in truth. Which brings us to the third point I want to share with you. In the A.C.T. of Worship the T equals “TRUTH”. Truth is honesty. It is integrity. When we worship we must be absolutely truthful regarding our motives. Do you worship to look good? I hope not! Do you worship because you are forced into doing it? Again I hope not. To worship and not be 100 percent immersed in the act it is nothing more than false worship. Believe me this greatly dissatisfies God. When you worship check your motivation for doing it. You worship because you have a deep heartfelt appreciation toward your Lord. You are grateful for what he did for you and you are thankful beyond your imagination. Truth is something we can grab a hold of it is a concept to understand. Jesus is the Truth.

Some final thoughts on the A.C.T. of worship

First worship is ACTION. It is something we actively do. It is done from the inside to the outside in expression. Second Worship is COMMUNICATION. When we worship it is a pure form of fellowship. We express from our heart the gratitude we have toward God. It is our chance to give to Him exactly what he deserves. And Finally worship is TRUTH. Truth is honesty in which you worship God. There is great danger in worship outside of the truth.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled “Building a House of Worship” For more information on how you can get your copy of this book go to…http://www.buildingahouseofworship.com

Techniques Are the Tools for Better Worship

Skill is a vital part of your ministry. This may be the area in which you spend a lot of time. You know – practice, practice, practice. Or this could be an area you need to work harder at. Whatever level on the spectrum you are it is important that you practice thing that will help you become a better minister and servant.

There are many techniques that you can employ in your ministry. These techniques can be useful in reaching the people you serve. The thing to remember is that you not place technique above the prompting of the Holy Spirit or your calling. The things discussed here are merely tools to help you. These things should create situations where you will not become a distraction yourself.

Variety is something that creates a certain level of freshness. It helps expand our understanding of different things. For example when I say to you, “Give me some words that describe a car”. You will come up with hundreds of words to describe the word car. Our western culture really loves its cars. So some of the words you will come up with could be the type of car. Truck, sedan, sports car. You could come up with words that will describe the color. Red car, Blue car and so forth. You may describe the car by the manufacture… Ford, Toyota, Nissan.

My point is that in the western culture there are many words that describe a car. On the other hand the Eskimo has only one or two words to describe a car. Yet they have literally hundreds of words to describe snow. In the same way, as a worship leader, you have at your disposal many ideas, techniques and words to help you communicate about our God.

Let us expand this idea of variety in another way. Let us consider the Chinese Water Torture. This is where the tormentor constantly drips droplets of water on the victims forehead. The drops fall at a steady rate for hours upon hours. The torture does not come from the water. The torture come from the lack of variety. If you want the people you serve to have a better worship experience don’t give them the equivalent of the Chinese water torture. In your ministry you have at your pick of many different ways that you can make your worship service fresh and exciting. We will look at way in which you can do this.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled “Building a House of Worship” For more information on how you can get your copy of this book go to…http://www.buildingahouseofworship.com

Resources to Help Teach New Songs to the Church


There are many way in which you can help your group of people learn new songs. The goal is involvement not entertainment. If you are called to a worship ministry it is very much different that entertainment. You need to draw out participation. One way to do this is to use the following items as resources for learning.

One thing I do want to mention at this time is the legality of copyright. In most instances when you print, broadcast, record music it is protected by copyright laws. Please make sure that you get proper clearances and permission be for you place any thing in tangible form.

Worship CD’s or Audio Files

If you are trying to develop songs from a particular music group or song compilation, suggest that people get and share the Audio-CD. If your church has a bookstore make the CD available. Another approach is to produce a Worship CD that feature the music that is exclusive to your church. I know that the last suggest could be a big project, but the benefits you will reap will be tremendous.

Overhead Screen

One thing that many Churches do is provide for overhead projectors. Another option is to project a Power Point presentation. There are resources that will provide you with the transparencies. Please make sure that you have a CCLI license in order to comply with the laws of the land  and to protect the rights of the author of the music.

Church Bulletin

You can print lyrics in your weekly bulletin provided you have the proper permission. This is a very effective way to teach new song. Plus it has the added advantage of allowing the worshiper to take the information with them. They can save the bulletins and it gives them an opportunity to read and learn them during the week. Again the CCLI can issue a license that will protect your Church and the interests of the songwriter.


Another issue to consider is regarding familiarity. In a previous section of this book, we addressed the issue of variety. There needs to be some balance between familiarity and variety. The goal in worship and praise music is to get the individual believer involved with the worship of God. Songs must be taught to everyone in your church. Remember there is a learning curve. Unless the song is extremely popular you may have to present the song several times before people are comfortable singing them. If at all possible avoid introducing to many new songs at one time.

Song Books

Most worship, praise and even hymns have printed sheet music that will help people learn the songs. As with CD’s you can make the songbooks available at your churches bookstore. Or make suggestion as to where the songbooks can be purchased.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled “Building a House of Worship” For more information on how you can get your copy of this book go to… http://www.buildingahouseofworship.com

Seven Ideas You Can Use To Keep Your Worship Service Fresh

Imagine a situation in which everything you touch, smell, and see is brand new and fresh. Go ahead an take a few moments and experience this place in your mind. Now isn’t that refreshing? When you worship it should be fresh and exciting as possible. This article will explore several ideas you can use to make your worship service more fresh and exciting. Here is the first idea.

1) Tempo Variation

The tempo of songs relates to the speed in which they are performed. A song can be slow or it can be fast. The thing you want to avoid is playing all songs at the same tempo. The ears and the mind will get fatigued if every songs is at the same tempo. You must create variety from one song to the next. You may start out with a moderate tempo song and move toward a fast uplifting song then transition to a slower tempo song. The tempo variations can be either abrupt for emphasis or subtle. The key is to create a certain level of variety.

2) Dynamics

Dynamics is the volume or intensity in which the songs are performed. You can play one song really loud, strong and forceful then transition to a soft quiet song. You could do the verse of a song very softly and then do the chorus with greater volume. Changing the dynamics of the music give the listener and participant a chance to avoid boredom.

3) Song Flow

There are many ways in which you can transition from one song to the next.You can segue. This is where one song blends into the next song without any pauses in between. You can brings a song to a final ending, then pause fora moment then begin a new song. You may even take time to say something,pray or even recite a pertinent bible verse. Again the key is to apply variety in the transition from song to song.

4) Memorize (avoid the paper shuffle)

I would strongly suggest that everyone on your music team memorize their parts. One of the most distracting things is where music minister is shuffling papers between songs. When you stop to change pages you interrupt the flow of songs. You interrupt the connection between you and the people you serve.Your focus is diverted from God to changing the page. You become less effective as a worship leader. The added benefit is that you can stop focusing on the page and start focusing on the Spirit of God.

5) Being lead by the Holy Spirit

What I want to illustrate to you in the idea of being led by the Holy Spirit is this. During your service you feel a prompting to do a particular song at a particular time. Let me state that it is very important to plan and prepare for your music service. But there are times when as the leader you are called by God to do a song that is not on the song list. This can be a tricky situation especially if you are part of a group. But if everyone is in one accord God will be glorified. The thing to remember is to be ready willing and prepared to be lead by the Holy Spirit. After all it is God whom you desire to worship. He will definitely speak to you. One would hope that He would. anyway

6) Song Selection

One of the best way to avoid boredom in your worship service is though the selection of songs. Each song should build upon the next. If your songs are related to a specific topic try to build to that topic. God is mufti-faceted. His music to his people should reflect his will. God can show us about a particular topic in many different ways. The thing to avoid is to have every song with the same exact message as the previous song. Like a good story that leads you to a final destination so should the song you select for your congregation. Many song books and hymnals provide you with topical indexes.Use them to help build a repertoire of songs.

7) Changing Keys.

I once heard a story about a famous opera singer that was gifted with a five octave range. Absolutely incredible. She was working on a song in the studio when she asked the musician’s to try another key. She was uncomfortable in the key that the song was being done in. The musician were somewhat flabbergasted that this talented singer was having trouble with the key.Her response when something like this. “You can do a song in any key but not every song sound good in every key.” Please avoid doing to many songs in the same key. Don’t be a “Johnny One Note”. This is perhaps the epitome of the Chinese Water Torture at its best. It get very tiring to the ears.Again you must remember the goal of this section is to find ideas that create variety that creates freshness in the way and sound of the music. This will make your ministry much more effective. You should learn to transpose songs.You may find that a different key works better with the voice in your group.

Now remember to keep it fresh

The worse thing you can do is to not keep your worship fresh. When you think of fruit or vegetables you like to have them as fresh as possible. This is when they taste the best and give the greatest amount of nutrition. On the other hand fruit that is not fresh is usually spoiled. When you minister to the people you serve please keep it fresh. Use the ideas in this article to stimulate ideas on how you can keep the music and ministry fresh.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled “Building a House of Worship” For more information on how you can get your copy of this book go to…


Hindrances to Worship

There are many things that can cause hindrances during a worship service. These can be quite detrimental and make your ministry less effective. Remember your goal is to first worship God yourself and also help lead the worshipers you minister to come along with you and enter in that place where they are free to worship God.


The first issue I want to cover is noise. Outside noise can distract some people that they have trouble focusing in to worship. These noises will at times draw the worshipers attention away from God. Therefore you need to make sure that the environment is free of as outside noises a possible. Imagine if you will that just outside a construction crew pulls up and starts to work. They get out a jack hammer and start pounding out the concrete. As you know this is very loud. You are ready to begin your worship service and the people have trouble focusing because of the noise. I know that this is probably and extreme example but I am sure you get the picture.

Your Heart

Another big hindrance to worship is your own heart. You are a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You have a responsibility to demonstrate the truth. You, quite frankly, are an example to the people you minister to. If your heart is in the wrong place it will make it extremely difficult to do what you are called to do. It may even be somewhat hypocritical. You need to be in tune with the Spirit of God. Here are some things that you need to do.

  1. Pray – Talk to God and let Him speak to you
  2. Read – Read you Bible regularly so that your tank is full
  3. Reconcile – If you are have problems with other people you need to set things right. Having something against your brother will greatly affect your ability to worship God. You may need to forgive and reconcile with that person.
  4. Know your calling – You may be an awesome singer or musician but you are not called by God to be on the worship ministry. Yes, this is quite possible. You need to be sure of your calling. If you are not called you will not have the passion and heart to this type of ministry.
  5. Have confidence in your salvation – The most important thing you need is to have confidence in your salvation. You could be in the ministry because of a need. But, you never accepted by faith the truth of the Gospel. This is cornerstone to have the right heart.


There is a time and a place for conversation. However during worship is not that time. The worship service is reserved for communion with God. As a worship leader you need to be aware of situations in which someone in the church is talking out of line. It is your job to point this out in such a manner as to not offend that offending party.

Not being prepared

It is your responsibility to be prepared for your service. This means making sure that your heart is right with God. It means that you need to know an memorize the songs. Nothing is more distracting that a disorganized worship leader. It is vitally important that everyone is rehearsed and knows their individual parts. You need to make sure that the learning resources are ready and available to the congregation (overheads, bulletin, etc.). Lack of preparation will interrupt the flow of the service. Therefore always be prepared.

What can you do now?

Obviously, you have learned that there are many ways that worship can be affected by various distractions. It is up to you to find ways to avoid these situations. There are things you can do spiritually like prayer. There are things you can do to the environment to create an atmosphere that will make it more accessible to worship. There are things you can do as a leader to help avoid these hindrances. But remember that God’s word does not return void. Even though there may be hindrances to the worship service, it is also important to note that you are in a spiritual battle. And you need to treat these hindrances as attempt by the enemy to thwart the work of God. To this I add, In all cases God’s will will prevail. And this is where you can place you total trust.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled "Building
a House of Worship" For more information on how you can get your copy
of this book go to… http://www.buildingahouseofworship.com

Creating a Mission Statement For Your Worship Music Ministry

Writing a Mission Statement Clipboard

Proverbs 20:18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish.

The Mission Statement

You need to have a big picture of the team and the ministry. This decree will be the foundation of everything you do in this ministry. An effective mission statement will create a unified focus that can be use as a compass to help fulfill the objective of your ministry. Whenever the team seems to be off track, it can be brought back in line by reviewing the mission statement.

A mission statement also acts as a filter to help determine the scope of what to do or not to do. When a situation comes up you can consult the mission statement and ask yourself. “Does this help fulfill the goal of the ministry?” If it does then you have a green light to do it. Otherwise if it is not in line with the mission statement then you should not participate in that activity.

If you spend the time to create a mission statement to rest of the details will fall into place.

A mission statement needs to be simple, short and easy to remember. Please note that it is not meant to provide a vast array of specific details but rather it is designed to give everyone a big picture of the scope of what you are trying to accomplish. It is best to keep the statement down to a paragraph but nor more than one page. As you develop the statement you will need to refine and distill it down to the most important core values that your group needs to demonstrate.

When creating the statement it is best that it coincides with the vision of your church. You will need to solicit the assistance of your Pastor to insure that everyone is on the same page and that there are no discrepancies in the mission statement.

Also because this is a ministry you should spend time in prayer, read the Word and ask God to reveal to you the primary purpose of your ministry. Each component needs to have a biblical basis and it is a good idea to have scripture references to reinforce the mission statement.

A mission statement provides this important information

The first piece of information a mission statement communicates is what the ministry is trying to accomplish and contribute to the body of Christ. We need to be Doers of the Word not just Hearers. In the ministry you will perform specific tasks that will fulfill the mission purpose. As you begin to seek you need to know what it is you are going to do. This is an adventure in discovery. As a Praise and Worship ministry one thing you may want to accomplish is bringing the church into the presence of God through music and song. Taking it a step further you need to define the role of the ministry. By defining the role you are able to pinpoint its contribution to the church.

The second thing your mission statement must communicate is what you want the ministry to be. While the first part of the mission focuses on the action the second part deals primarily with character. As Christian we are on a pilgrimage and every day we draw closer to our homeland in heaven. And every day God is molding and shaping us as the Potter forms the clay. The mission statement reveals to us what we are to look like in the future. While participating in the ministry certain quality and character will manifest
itself in the believer.

When looking at the two elements of 1) “what to do” and 2) “what to be” take note that they have a symbiotic relationship. Each component defines and supports the other. To create a powerful and effective mission statement you need to have both elements. And this is the result. By performing a specific activity that fulfills the mission, it will transform us into the image of
what the Lord wants us to be.

Six Steps to creating your ministry mission statement

The following is a simple exercise in creating a mission statement for your ministry. Use it as a guideline to help you in its development. Now is the time for brainstorming. Think of as many things as you can just let the ideas and thoughts flow. Pray and ask for revelation. Seek God’s word for confirmation. Once you have an exhaustive compilation of ideas you can begin to distill,
edit and define your mission. Write a rough draft and then let is percolate for a few days. Come back and look it over make any changes you see need to be made. Have others in your team and church leadership. Look it over and ask for feedback.

Step One Define what you want this ministry and do

Complete the following –

  1. I see this ministry doing this…
  2. Now define its role
  3. Brainstorm
  4. Pray
  5. Seek Scripture

Step Two Define what you want this ministry to be.

  1. I see this ministry becoming this…
  2. What Character Qualities to you see?

Step three Discover the core value

  1. Ask yourself “What’s important about serving God to you?”
  2. When you answer that take it a step further and use that answer and ask what important about that answer to you.
  3. Repeat until you have exhausted all possibilities.

When you finish you will have a picture of your core value.

Step four a First Draft

  1. Take all of the data complied in the prior three steps and begin to write a 1st draft
  2. Use this formula – We believe (core value) (this is what we do) in order to (become). Fill in the appropriate items within the parentheses.

Step five Evaluate

Spend time refining and defining your statement. Edit the mission statement for clarity.

Step six Write a final draft

When you have complete the previous five steps and you are satisfied with what you have compiled so far. Take some time to write a final draft. This should be a well defined document that will give you clarity in your ministry.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled “Building a House of Worship” For more information on how you can get your copy
of this book go to…http://www.buildingahouseofworship.com

Completeness in Christ

Tree Growing

Col. 2:6-10 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are  complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”

“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord”

In order to know and understand completeness the first requirement is to receive Jesus. This is done by first a revealing of Jesus to us. In the book of Isaiah. 40:3-5

“The voice in the wilderness; prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our Lord, Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough place smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

This scripture by the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled when Jesus came to John the Baptist. John was the “voice in the wilderness.” This is an example of the revealing of Jesus – To continue in the first chapter of the Gospel of John in verse twelve it says ‘But as many as received Him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. The foundation that must be laid deals with our relationship to Jesus.

Do you reject? Do you accept? It is God’s desire that you accept Him. You must individually receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord then you can begin to know His perfect plan for our life.

“..so walk in Him.”

Once you receive Jesus into your life it is important that you “walk” with Him. How can two walk together unless they agree with one another? A walk implies movement in a particular direction most likely with a particular purpose in mind. The path that Jesus laid when he went to the cross, died, resurrected and ascended into heaven lead to the Father in Heaven. If you keep your eyes on Jesus. Which can be accomplished though several means.

These include Bible Reading, Fellowship, Praying, and Worship. You need to walk with Jesus. The scripture points out that Jesus is the Word. A walk requires many steps to reach your destination. So is the Christian walk made up of many steps. Every moment requires an action that will lead toward heaven.


“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in its season, whose leaves also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:3) A healthy tree must have a stable root system.

Not only does the root provide nourishment it gives stability. It is the Spirit of God that gives your resurrected soul the feeding required for completeness. Prayer is needed to insure that you are being filled. Prayer is an act of communication. This is talking directly to God. Prayer binds the relationship between the believer and the Lord Jesus. Along with a healthy relationship comes stability. A once devastated life can be made complete by being rooted in Jesus Christ.

“..Built up in Him and established in faith, as you have been taught.”

Earlier in this discussion I shared with you the foundation in a Christian’s life. This required simple faith to receive Jesus as your Savior. Once the foundation is laid it is time to build. Building a complete life requires four basis things.

  1. Prayer,
  2. Reading the Bible,
  3. Fellowship with other believers and finally
  4. proclaim the Gospel.

Look at each of these principles as four rooms that you need to build in order to know the completeness that God wants for us.

“Abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

You must appreciate what God did by sending His son to die for your sins. He paid the penalty that you deserved to pay. Unfortunately those that reject the Gospel message will have to, on their own, pay the price. The sad part is people who don’t believe in Jesus don’t have enough in their “Spiritual Bank Account” to pay for their sins. The tragedy is this: they could have some else pay. Someone who has enough resources to pay. It comes through one person and that is Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh. If you had to pay for your sins the most you could do id spend an eternity in hell. But, give thanks to God that Jesus is the Savior of the world! Thank Jesus that he bore your sin and paid the ransom due on your life. He redeemed you. For this very reason you should be thankful.


Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of men, and not according to Christ. The road to completeness has its challenges; daily the world hits your senses with ideas that are contrary to God’s will. That is why Paul the apostle writes, “beware”. This means you need to watch that the enemy does not trick you. All the prior steps protect the elect. It makes them away of the bumps and potholes in the road. Knowledge of the Word is your best defense against the attacks of the enemy.

“Fore in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are made complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power.”

Jesus is the name above all names. It is only through the power of the resurrection that you can truly experience completeness.


This article is an excerpt for the new book by John Pape, Jr titled “Building
a House of Worship” For more information on how you can get your copy
of this book go to… http://www.buildingahouseofworship.com