5 Worship Resources You May Not Know
A few years back, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien there was a sketch called “Dudez-a-Plenti”. It was a parody poking fun at the rise of the boy bands that was and is and is to come in the height of early 2000s.
In 2016, the church is living in the height of worship music. We live in a generation with access to “plenti” of worship music, worship resources, worship songs and worship tools. There are countless resources available from worship planning (Planning Center Online), worship song charts (CCLI Song Select, PraiseCharts), worship loops (MultiTracks) to viewing worship bands, worship covers, learning new songs, gear reviews, guitar-keyboard-drum-bass tutorials all via YouTube! It’s an amazing time we’re living in!
However, there are 5 important worship resources that you may not be familiar with. In fact, most of these sites, blogs, courses and podcasts do not teach us to be better musicians, but it helps individuals and teams to be better leaders, teachers, thinkers and Biblically sound worshipers.
Here are 5 worship resources you may not have heard:
The Church Collective Podcast explores all things worship. They discuss and interview worship artists such as Phil Wickham, Tim Hughes, Citizens and Saints to exploring topics such as “Where is Worship Headed?” or “How Loud Should My Worship Be?” It’s a comprehensive look at things concerning worship and culture. The site states “At The Church Collective, our mission statement is to “Equip and Empower Worship Leaders Worldwide.” We live that out by providing this site as a platform for us to create tools, resources and content that we hope can benefit ministries across the world.”
If you ever read the book Worship Matters, you are familiar with Bob Kauflin. Published in 2008, Worship Matters is a theologically sound and practically rich book for worship leaders, worship teams and pastors. As an extension of the book, Bob blogs about matters, trends, thoughts on worship with topics such as “Why a Synthesizer Isn’t the Holy Spirit” or “How Do We Grow in Physical Expressiveness in Worship?” These are questions we’ve all thought of in one point or another, but rarely had a chance to dialogue through. Bob writes that his blog is “primarily for those who plan and lead worship in song (pastors, musicians, small group leaders), but also for anyone who wants to use music and words to magnify God’s glory in Christ should find something relevant here.”
If you’re like me and have attended at least 5 or more worship conferences in your lifetime but walked away with a feeling of wanting something more, 10,000 Fathers may quench your thirst. 10,000 Fathers goes everything opposite of your typical worship conference: the big auditorium, fancy lighting and haze, the thumping subwoofer-to-the-chest, the big worship names, elaborate gear and the Ted Talk-esq keynote messages. Aaron Keyes, a worship artist, singer-songwriter began a journey with a passion to raise worship leaders and worship disciples. Aaron writes “Developing worship leaders is good, but discipling them is critical. This is what we’re about, because this is what Jesus was about. And it’s what changed the world. In 1 Corinthians 4, Paul said, “Even if you had 10,000 teachers, you do not have many fathers…” While we’re nowhere close to having 10,000 Teachers of worship, we’re even further from having 10,000 Fathers–and Mothers–of worship. But that is what the next generation needs.”
In a world of the Hillsongs, Passion, Bethel Music, Elevation Worship, and the countless worship artists and bands that we draw our songs from, Common Exchange exists to go beyond the CCLI Top 25 song list. Common Exchange is a community with a passion to write and collaborate songs for the church. It is not geared to write songs for radio or make the coveted CCLI’s Top 25 list, but to genuinely write songs for the local church to be shared by and with other songwriters. Created by Malcolm du Plessis, a consultant to the executive team at Capital Christian Music Group, he and his team desires to “transition the church from an "audience of consumers" to a "participating priesthood." In an industry consumed/dominated culture (yes, even in the worship sphere), Common Exchange is embarking on something no other Christian Music industry is doing.
Worship Together makes this final list of resources. In fact, Worship Together is a popular resource for many worship leaders. The site has been around for a long time. However, the one thing that sets them apart from other worship sites is their New Song Cafe. The New Song Cafe not only features popular new songs, but goes beyond to interview songwriters to hear stories behind the songs. In more than a few occasions, I have had church members ask thoughts/meanings/stories behind certain worship songs or lyrical phrases. New Song Cafe helps me learn the original intention of songwriters behind the songs. It was here where I learned of Matt Redman’s story behind “The Heart of Worship,” Housefire’s “Good Good Father” and Joel Houston and Matt Crocker of Hillsong UNITED in “Heart Like Heaven.”