Worship Ministry Training Podcast (For Worship Leaders)

Worship Ministry Training Podcast (For Worship Leaders)

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A monthly podcast for worship leaders and worship team members. Practical training to help you excel musically, theologically and pastorally.


Online Church: Best Practices w/ Carl Barnhill
Jun 1 • 45 min
When Coronavirus hit, just about every church in the world had to jump online with their services. For many worship leaders it was brand new territory, with lots of questions: How do we do online church well? How do we foster connection with our…
Introducing the Worship Leader Mentorship
May 27 • 3 min
SIGN UP: Dear worship leader, your role calls you to be a team leader, a pastor, a music producer, a communicator, a theologian, an event organizer, a counselor and a secretary! But no one ever TRAINED YOU! No wonder so many worship leaders feel…
When Should I Give Up On A Team Member?
May 22 • 9 min
We all have various difficulties with our team members? Should we ever give up on some of them? When do we draw the line? Alex answers a coaching call from a new worship leader facing a difficult situation. RESOURCES MENTIONED: ——-
Behind The Scenes: Achieving Musical Excellence w/ Celebration Church
May 1 • 90 min
What are the steps a church needs to take to achieve musical excellence? I stumbled across online and was impressed with their musical excellence, their sincere and passionate worship, and their high production value. Everything flowed so seamlessly,…
FF - Use This Time Wisely (Quarantine Edition)
Apr 17 • 3 min
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Using Your Worship Ministry To Disciple Your Team w/ Aaron Keyes
Apr 1 • 55 min
Ministry has never been about making music. It’s always been about making disciples. Namely, we make disciples THROUGH music (the songs shepherd our congregation), and through making music TOGETHER (doing life week to week with our team). Music is…
Update - What the WMT Re-Brand Means
Mar 9 • 4 min
Super excited to give you an update on the podcast the future of Worship Ministry Training. Check out the new website at: Evolution of the brand:
How To Get Your BIG Dreams Off The Ground w/ Ryan Romeo (Outcry Tour)
Mar 1 • 54 min
Every worship leader has a dream of some kind. Your dream might be to release an album, write a book, launch a YouTube channel, or host a conference. Whatever it is, it takes hard work, planning, a lot of wisdom, and God’s favor to get your dream…
Burnout, Balance, Recovery and Rest w/ Carey Nieuwhof
Feb 1 • 44 min
As leaders in the church, the needs are endless and the stakes are eternal. This can lead many church leaders to throw themselves into their ministries at unhealthy and unsustainable paces. Many ministers burn out. was one of those ministers….
FF - Stewardship
Jan 13 • 5 min
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Tips & Techniques For Your Worship Bass Players - Tutorial
Jan 1 • 44 min
The bass guitar is such an incredibly important instrument in a worship band context. Bass carries all the energy, and when played properly can really help your church enter in and engage during musical worship. Yet many bass players take the wrong…
Q and A Episode - 16 Questions
Dec 1, 2019 • 33 min
I get a lot of emails from worship leaders asking for advice and counsel, and I am always happy to help! Some churches require even more help than a simple email response, so I recently started offering coaching services for an affordable rate. If…
5 Ways To Battle Discouragement In Ministry
Nov 1, 2019 • 16 min
Ministry can be a very discouraging vocation. The discouragement can be caused by a whole host of issues: criticism from church members, lack of participation in worship, a church that seems stuck or dying, relational conflicts with key leaders,…
The Role of ‘Music Director’ + Practical Tips To Succeed In It
Oct 1, 2019 • 24 min
What is a music director in a worship band? What do they do? And how does it differ from the worship leader? Why should you consider creating a music director position? What type of person makes for a good music director? How do you pull it off from a…
FF - Do You Feel Unworthy To Serve?
Sep 16, 2019 • 3 min
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Common Worship Problems In Small Churches and How To Overcome Them w/ Andrea Olson
Sep 1, 2019 • 40 min
Every church has its unique set of problems. But church size definitely plays a role in the types of problems you have (enough so that Dr. Tim Keller wrote a about it). Small churches face a unique set of challenges, such as limited personnel,…
FF - Prepare Before So You Can Worship During
Aug 19, 2019 • 3 min
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Behind The Scenes: Crossroads Church (35,000 Attendance)
Aug 1, 2019 • 76 min
Ever wonder what worship ministries are like at other churches? In a new format of the podcast, I’m talking to churches that are doing things well to find out what goes on behind the scenes in their worship ministry. First up is Crossroads Church in…
FF - No Competition, Only Celebration
Jul 22, 2019 • 5 min
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FF - Play Selflessly, Not Selfishly
Jul 15, 2019 • 2 min
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15 Tips To Improve Your Public Speaking On Stage
Jul 1, 2019 • 21 min
Speaking onstage can be a daunting task (in many polls it’s identified as humanity’s number one fear). And yet a huge part of the worship leader’s role today involves public speaking. The good news is that, just like anything in life, with…
FF - BE What You Want To SEE In The Team
Jun 24, 2019 • 2 min
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FF - Why I Don’t Want You To Make Mistakes
Jun 10, 2019 • 5 min
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Ending The Worship Wars Over Style w/ Mike Harland
Jun 1, 2019 • 51 min
Many churches struggle, fight, and (often) even split over musical style and preferences. This is a sad reality, because music is a gift to build the church, not a weapon to destroy it. In this month’s episode I talk with Mike Harland, the Director …
FF - Lips and Hearts
May 13, 2019 • 4 min
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FF - Focus In The Age of Distraction
May 6, 2019 • 5 min
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Navigating Ministry Transitions w/ Mack Brock (Elevation Worship)
May 1, 2019 • 32 min
At some point in your ministry life you will transition out of your current role and into something new. Whether you are switching churches, or just changing roles within the same church, you will need some wisdom to guide you through that process….
Women In Worship: The Unique Challenges and Benefits of Being A Female Worship Leader
Apr 1, 2019 • 50 min
More and more women are getting hired as worship leaders, and we think that’s a good thing! But female leadership in the church can be a tricky thing to navigate, depending on which side of the “conservative” aisle you fall on. This month…
The Theology of Production (Lighting, Sound, Video) In Worship w/ Dr. Joe Way
Mar 1, 2019 • 46 min
What is the purpose of production in worship? Why do we have lights, sound, and video in our services, and does the Bible have anything to say to inform us of their intended use? Even the most simple churches have to make decisions about how bright…
Forming and Leading Creative Teams w/ Chris Vacher
Feb 1, 2019 • 49 min
Imagine a video team, a worship team, a photography team, a design team, a songwriting team, and a web and social media team all working together as one unit! Sound like a dream? It’s possible and from has done it. As…
BONUS: How To Increase Engagement In Your Worship Services
Jan 14, 2019 • 46 min
Every worship leader wants more engagement and participation from their congregation, but not many worship leaders know how to get it. Often we think if we had more talent, a bigger budget, and more (and louder) gear that it would help our church…
Phil Wickham: Caring For Your Voice
Jan 1, 2019 • 32 min
Phil Wickham has one of the most unique and beautiful voices of our generation. But four years ago Phil almost lost his voice forever. In this episode, I talk to Phil about what led to his vocal polyp, what he learned through the healing process, how…
Bi-Vocational Worship Leading w/ Zach Hodges
Dec 1, 2018 • 35 min
Most worship leaders are Bi-Vocational (meaning they hold a second job, or serve strictly as a volunteer). With all that we want to accomplish in our ministries, how can we move the ball forward while balancing ministry, family, health, and a second…
Hillsong’s Systems That Lead To Musical Excellence
Nov 1, 2018 • 61 min
Why is Hillsong Worship so good? How do they achieve such high levels of musical excellence? What are they doing behind the scenes that leads to consistently great results in all of their campuses? Inquiring minds want to know. Thankfully, this month…
13 Ways To Win When Starting At A New Church
Oct 1, 2018 • 56 min
Starting at a new church can be a daunting and overwhelming task. The first few months in particular are crucial to setting the tone and direction you want to take the ministry. With the right attitude and methods, you can successfully adopt an…
How To Run Efficient Worship Rehearsals
Sep 1, 2018 • 32 min
All worship leaders have to run rehearsals, but not all worship leaders run rehearsals well. Wasted time, sloppy arrangements, and frustrated band members all stem from a lack of leadership. As worship leaders, we owe it to our teams to make our…
How To Have Hard Conversations with Your Worship Team Members
Aug 1, 2018 • 45 min
Difficult conversations are an inevitable part of being a leader. But difficult conversations don’t have to be viewed in a negative light. In fact, helping a team member grow is a very positive thing, and is actually commanded in scripture (Ephesians…
Building Incredible Volunteer Teams w/ Carl Barnhill
Jul 1, 2018 • 54 min
If you want to accomplish something great for the Kingdom of God, you need a great team of people around you. In today’s episode, I talk with about how to create healthy, happy, thriving, volunteer teams. Carl is truly an expert team…
Q&A: How Do I Lead Musicians Who Are Better Than Me?
Jun 18, 2018 • 13 min
Hopefully, you’re surrounded by amazing musicians in your worship ministry (every worship leader’s dream)! But if you are, you might not know how to lead them, guide them, and give them direction. Maybe you don’t know how to “speak their…
Q&A: Why Should I Make My Worship Ministry Better?
Jun 11, 2018 • 11 min
How good is “good enough” in worship ministry? It may seem like a silly question, but all of us have limited time, personnel, and resources. Why chase after excellence, when what we are currently doing serves the church just fine? And why…
Help! I Inherited A Singer Who Can’t Sing!
Jun 1, 2018 • 15 min
This month we will be doing a three-part Q&A series, answering listeners’ questions. This first episode addresses a common problem that many worship leaders face: Inheriting a team member (or multiple team members) who don’t have the…
Developing Future Worship Leaders w/ Passion (Kristian Stanfill, Brett Yonkers)
May 1, 2018 • 37 min
One of the prime objectives of scripture is to be fruitful and multiply. As worship leaders, we can multiply ourselves by investing in the next generation of worship leaders. It is our job to pass the baton to future generations and intentionally…
Q&A: How Do I Get Hired As A Worship Leader?
Apr 9, 2018 • 23 min
How does someone get hired as a worship leader? Is there a path a person takes to become a paid worship leader at a church? And what are some tips to help navigate the hiring process for a full-time ministry position? Getting hired at a…
Planning Center Tips, Tricks & Hacks w/ Aaron Stewart
Apr 1, 2018 • 40 min
is used by over 30,000 churches worldwide, and for good reason: It is the most robust, easy-to-use software available for service planning and church database management. Aaron Stewart, the founder of Planning Center, started it as a frustrated…
7 Ways To Use Your Rehearsal Night To Its Full Potential
Mar 1, 2018 • 34 min
Our rehearsal nights can be so much more than just playing through a few songs. If used correctly, they become times to shape culture, invest in relationships, do discipleship, train new volunteers, raise up new worship leaders, find better uses of…
Cultivating A Deeper Spirituality On Your Worship Team w/ Jeremy Riddle
Feb 1, 2018 • 38 min
In a world of pervasive “shallowness”, deep spirituality can seem an elusive thing to attain. Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and other distractions keep our minds in the shallows. This is the world that our team members live in. As leaders in…
Helping Your Band Beat Busyness and Embrace Musical Simplicity
Jan 1, 2018 • 36 min
We have all had those band members who think that the worship set is their time to shred! The drummer who plays a fill every two bars. The electric guitar player who solos over the vocal. The bassist who won’t stop noodling! No more! Put an end to…
The Current State of Worship w/ Matt Redman
Dec 1, 2017 • 25 min
As we come to the close of the year, I asked prolific songwriter and worship leader Matt Redman about the current state of modern worship around the globe. Where are we at as a worship culture, what encouraging trends is he seeing, what concerns him,…
6 Ways To Utilize Your Acoustic Guitar To Its Full Potential
Nov 1, 2017 • 32 min
Your acoustic guitar is an incredibly powerful tool. Its melodic and percussive nature allows you to create lots of energy and dynamic if utilized properly. Unfortunately, many worship leaders are under-utilizing this versatile instrument because they…
Using Our Worship Services To Shape People’s Souls w/ Zac Hicks
Oct 1, 2017 • 45 min
Our worship services have a formative effect on our people’s minds and souls. With weeks, bleeding into months, into years, and ultimately decades, the habits we form in our people have a long term cumulative effect. What we do in our services and…
We Had To Change Our Name!
Sep 6, 2017 • 3 min
We were recently forced to change our name. In this episode I explain why and share a few ways you can help. All new content will now be at Thank you for your support!!! Share with Your Friends: Tell your friends about us on , , and . …
Creating Culture Through Consistent Communication w/ Aaron Ivey
Sep 1, 2017 • 47 min
Culture is one of the most important aspects of your worship ministry. Healthy culture will help your ministry thrive, while unhealthy culture will undermine everything you are trying to accomplish. But healthy culture doesn’t appear of thin air….
5 Administrative Systems, Structures and Schedules to Bring Health To Your Worship Ministry
Aug 1, 2017 • 39 min
One of the is administration and organization. It may not be glamorous, or even fun, but you literally can’t have a healthy worship ministry without administration and organization. In this month’s episode, I share 5 administrative…
Bonus Q&A: Switching to Multiple Worship Services
Jul 17, 2017 • 25 min
In our third Listener Q&A Episode, podcast listener Jason Daugherty asks for advice as his church plans to switch from one worship service to multiple worship services. , and I share some key concepts to keep in mind when switching…
Using Pads To Create Atmosphere and Enhance Your Worship Sets
Jul 1, 2017 • 32 min
Everybody wants a rich, full sound for their musical worship. And everyone wants smooth worship services that flow from song to song without distraction. But how can we achieve such excellence on a weekly basis? One answer is to utilize…
Bonus Q&A: How Do I Lead Youth Worship Team Well?
Jun 12, 2017 • 15 min
In our 2nd Listener Q&A Bonus Episode, we answer a question from podcast listener, Brian Johnson. Brian is a new worship leader and will be taking over an established youth worship ministry. He asks for advice on how to lead a band, and how…
Holding High Standards In Small Churches w/ Kade Young
Jun 1, 2017 • 31 min
The average church in America has only seventy members. This means that most worship leaders are fighting the uphill battle of trying to create an excellent worship ministry with limited resources and limited personnel. However, Kade Young seems to…
Bonus Q&A: Switching From Acoustic To Electric Guitar As A Worship Leader
May 15, 2017 • 18 min
Our first Listener Q&A Episode! Podcast listener, Rick Flood asks for advice on how to switch from leading worship on an acoustic guitar, to leading from an electric. Brenton, Sam and I share our tips, ideas, and concepts on how to approach…
Starting A Songwriting Ministry At Your Church w/ Andi Rozier (Vertical Church Band)
May 1, 2017 • 40 min
Sixteen years ago Andi Rozier started writing songs for his church, . Today, his songs are being sung in churches all over the world. Many worship pastors desire to write songs for their church, so in today’s episode Andi () helps us learn how to…
Bonus: Should Worship Look Like A Concert? (A Definition of Worship Ministry Success)
Apr 17, 2017 • 8 min
Should we be borrowing ideas and techniques from concerts to implement in our worship services? Can a small church with zero technology have a successful worship ministry? What defines ministry success? This short bonus episode encourages us…
Recovering The Lost Art of Congregational Singing w/ Keith Getty
Apr 1, 2017 • 31 min
As many churches try to replicate stadium-style worship concerts in their weekly gatherings, the art of congregational singing is declining. Participation from congregants is down and what was supposed to be a participatory event has turned into…
Using Vocal Cues to Help Your Church Sing
Mar 1, 2017 • 18 min
As worship leaders, our job is not to sing, but to help the people sing. We are facilitators of the congregational choir. One way we can help facilitate is by using “vocal cues”. Vocal cues are the things you say or sing to help your…
Wise Boundaries with the Opposite Sex (Part 2) - Worship Leader Roundtable
Feb 1, 2017 • 53 min
Last month we talked with specialist Zack Carter about . This month we talk to five worship leaders from across the U.S. about how they maintain wise boundaries with the opposite gender in their ministries. Our Guests:Krissy Nordhoff – , Brenton…
Wise Boundaries with the Opposite Sex in Ministry w/ Dr. Zack Carter
Jan 1, 2017 • 44 min
Affairs and infidelity are occurring often in the Church. Not just among the congregants, but also among staff and pastors. How many great and influential pastors have fallen into sexual or emotional affairs in the last several years? If infidelity…
Bonus: The Best Way To Use Your Pre-Service Playlist
Dec 6, 2016 • 5 min
Almost all churches have some sort of pre-service music playing while people walk in. Instead of just filling that Pre-Service Playlist with your favorite songs, here’s a “Pro Tip” (I’ll share it with you right here in the show notes): Use your…
Improving Announcements and Communication For Our Church Services w/ Brady Shearer
Dec 1, 2016 • 35 min
Great communication matters. We have only seventy minutes on Sundays to communicate to our congregants the things we feel are vital for them to know. We must think strategically and purposefully about every element of communication in…
7 Principles for Improving Your Church’s Sound
Nov 1, 2016 • 37 min
Many churches suffer from poor sound in their sanctuaries. It doesn’t have to be that way. Today we cover seven principles that you can apply immediately to improve the sound in your church’s sanctuary, whether you’re in a big church or a small…
Bonus: The Surprising Reason You Need to Start a Choir
Oct 19, 2016 • 6 min
Traditional choirs are being killed off in churches across America, and quite honestly, I’m OK with that. However, there is one reason why I think you should consider keeping your choir, or starting one if you don’t already have one. It…
6 Steps to Crafting Engaging Worship Sets
Oct 1, 2016 • 29 min
“How do I put together a compelling and engaging worship set?” Whether you’re a veteran worship leader or brand new to the game, putting together a song set is something you have to do on a regular basis. But how do we go about it? Is there a…
Longevity and Fruitfulness in Ministry w/ Paul Baloche
Sep 1, 2016 • 60 min
Nobody begins ministry with plans to burn out, ruin their family, walk away from the faith, or have an affair, but unfortunately these things happen on a regular basis in the Church. So how do we guard ourselves from these things? How do we…
What Is Worship in Spirit and Truth? w/ Bob Kauflin
Jul 31, 2016 • 39 min
John 4 may be one of the most well known passages in the Bible about worship. But what exactly is “worship in Spirit and Truth”? And as worship leaders and pastors, how do we plan our services to facilitate the kind of worship that the Father…
Announcement - NAME CHANGE!
Jul 5, 2016 • 2 min
Big news! The Worship Team Podcast is now the Worship Leader Training Podcast! When I started this podcast, I had it in mind to train my team members and team members from other churches. However, it quickly became apparent that I had…
Worship Leader Roundtable - Auditions
Jul 1, 2016 • 50 min
Our first worship leader roundtable is all about auditions. Four worship pastors from different churches discuss how they do auditions in their church. What mediums do they use to announce their auditions? What does the lead up process look…
The Power and Importance of Personal Worship w/ Stephen Miller
Jun 1, 2016 • 37 min
We all know that private worship is supposed to fuel our public ministry, but some days our times with God are dry, boring, distracted or distant. Stephen Miller joins us to discuss the power and importance of personal worship and give us…
How to Leave Your Church Well
Apr 17, 2016 • 36 min
There comes a day for most Worship Leaders when they have to leave their current ministry assignment. Very few worship leaders get to serve the same congregation for 40 years. Sometimes the leaving is painful, under less-than-ideal…
5 Qualities Of A Good Congregational Song
Apr 1, 2016 • 20 min
With so many great new worship songs out there, there’s a temptation to grab whatever is flashy and cool and throw it into your next worship set; but we must be much more intentional about the songs we choose and introduce to our…
How To Be More Organized and Productive w/ David Santistevan
Feb 29, 2016 • 42 min
joins us this month to discuss organization, productivity, and efficiency as a worship leader. Many musicians have a bad rap for being lazy and disorganized, but this should NOT be the case in the Church! David is the host of the…
What Good Worship Leaders Focus On Between Sundays w/ Chris Vacher
Feb 3, 2016 • 29 min
Being an effective worship leader involves SO much more than just leading songs on Sunday mornings. Today we talk to Chris Vacher, award-winning and Creative Arts Pastor at , about what it takes to be a great worship leader when OFF the…
Songwriting For Your Church w/ Stephen Duncan
Jan 1, 2016 • 48 min
Publisher of the Year, Stephen Duncan, joins us from Nashville to discuss the ins and outs of writing great, God-honoring worship songs for your congregation. Every congregation is unique and is walking through a unique set of experiences and…
Cultivating Healthy Relationships Between Senior Pastors and Worship Leaders
Nov 30, 2015 • 43 min
We’ve all heard horror stories of the wars that go on behind closed doors between worship leaders and their senior pastors. What’s the deal?! Why can’t worship leaders and senior pastors get along? Today we talk with Ben Sobels, Senior Pastor…
The Ultimate Guide To In Ear Monitors For Churches
Oct 31, 2015 • 53 min
What’s the big deal with in ear monitors? Does your church need them to be musically viable? On today’s episode we talk to Taylor Knight, Technical Director of and sound engineer for , about the popularity of in ear monitors, the pros and…
Getting The Best Out of Your Current Worship Team w/ Jason Houtsma
Sep 7, 2015 • 37 min
Worship Leaders often pray for God to send some new, professional musicians to their church and onto their teams, but what if God wants us to change our prayer? Maybe instead of praying for new, better musicians, we should ask God to help us…
Multigenerational Worship Leading
Aug 5, 2015 • 26 min
How to do it well
Transitions - Why They Matter and How To Master Them
May 27, 2015 • 41 min
Transitions between songs are one of the most important, and often the most overlooked, part of crafting a great worship service. Today, Brenton Collyer and I discuss why transitions matter, and give some very practical tips for making them…
Humility, Brokenness and Authenticity As A Leader
Apr 29, 2015 • 36 min
What does God desire in our worship and worship leading? One word: BROKENNESS. “You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken…
What To Do When A Team Member Sins
Apr 15, 2015 • 36 min
Every one of your team members has sin in their life (including you!) but where does it cross the line to where someone should no longer be serving on the worship team? How should we address the issue, and is there a process of restoration we…
Multiply Your Ministry Effectiveness
Feb 4, 2015 • 48 min
Want to do 100 times more ministry than you’re currently doing? Want to have a massive impact on the kingdom of God that long outlasts you? Then you have to learn how to multiply yourself! In today’s episode, I talk to Justin Bell,…
Playing In Parts - How To Sound Like A Professional Band
Jan 7, 2015 • 47 min
Want to help your worship team sound more professional? Then it’s time to start arranging and playing in “parts”. Churches are filled with extremely talented musicians, but very few of those musicians have any experience playing in the…
8 Tricks to Improve Your Stage Presence
Dec 10, 2014 • 28 min
How do you look on stage? Is your body language helping or hindering people from worship? We communicate much more with our bodies than we do our words. That’s why as worship leaders and worship team members we must care about improving…
Creating A Culture of Musical Excellence
Nov 20, 2014 • 40 min
Does God care how our music sounds? Should we? In today’s episode we tackle the theology / philosophy of musical excellence in worship, as well as some practical tips to creating a culture of excellence in your worship team. Brenton Collyer,…
3 Things About Prophetic Worship
Oct 31, 2014 • 14 min
With churches like Bethel and Jesus Culture gaining in popularity and influencing the worship climate, there has been a growing interest in “Prophetic Worship”. But what is prophetic worship? Are there any scriptures that can give…
6 Tips For Great Worship Team Rehearsals
Oct 31, 2014 • 23 min
Worship Teams spend lots of time in rehearsals, so it’s important that our rehearsals are as efficient and effective as possible! In today’s episode we cover 6 tips that will hopefully help you run more effective rehearsals! …
7 Traits of a Good Worship Team Member
Oct 17, 2014 • 19 min
What are the traits of a good worship team member? In this episode, we explore 7 important characteristics of someone who wants to serve on their church’s worship team. If you’re a worship team member who is wanting to grow to be a bigger…