The One Mistake Every Worship Leader Has Made (And How To Fix It)


Have you ever heard a worship song & thought, “Wow, this song would be great for our congregation”?

Chances are, you have. As worship leaders, we are always looking out for new songs… Especially when that one student comes up to you saying, “Are we doing Oceans AGAIN tonight?”

In our search to create the perfect database of songs to choose from, we find ourselves running into this one problem: Choosing the “perfect set list” & having it become a trainwreck.

“We create worship sets with songs in mind, not our team”

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Our mistake is often that we create worship sets with songs in mind, not our team.

If your youth band consists of one guitar, one singer, & a cajon, don’t do songs like “Alive” (Hillsong Young & Free) with the expectation that it will sound just like the original.

Similarly, we need to have our teams in mind when creating a set list for our services.

For example, if we are doing Oceans or another song in a higher key, I will be sure to schedule a male vocal to cover the tenor parts so that our worship set is not top-heavy (soprano-heavy).

We need to keep our teams in mind when creating sets. If we do not, we will become discouraged; our team will become discouraged; and ultimately our congregations will feel our discouragement.

To be successful and effective for the Kingdom in worship, assess the skills & talents of those on your team. Release them to add their strengths to the team, and be sure to encourage them to grow in those areas that are weak. Delegate responsibilities to youth leaders and students (yes, students) on your team with the anticipation that they will grow in maturity & responsibility. Create a culture of worship & teamwork on your team, and their hearts will flow out of that during a worship set.

Each team has been created uniquely in terms of people, gifting, and personalities. What has God called your worship team to value? Who has He called your team to be?

If you would like to book us for a worship team training/workshop event, contact us!

What’s Your Gift?



I’ll make this quick, I know you’ve got things to do. Trust God. I had never thought of myself as a “prayer warrior” before. After a series of events, I had a pastor tell me to intercede on the behalf of others because he believed it was my gifting. I didn’t believe it in that moment, but I decided it couldn’t hurt to try. Never had the gift of lofty words, nor did I think my prayers were special. But then I realized they don’t have to be. I found myself in God’s presence one night at Radiance, praying and interceding on others’ behalf. It wasn’t lofty or eloquent, but it was from my heart! A word of encouragement stirred me to practice a discipline I had never known was also a gifting in me. From then on, I have found myself spending more time with God in prayer (growing closer to Him) and praying for others… And growing a heart for them! I’m not saying this to brag, I’m saying this to encourage you! Sometimes we don’t believe in our gifting even when someone calls it out in us! If you have the gift of intercessory prayer, PRAY. If you have the gift of leading worship, LEAD. If you have the gift of evangelism, SHARE. The list goes on. Point is, use what God has given you to glorify Him and see how your relationship with Him grows!

What’s your gifting & how have you/can you use it for the Lord?

#VictoriousFaith: When The Mountains Aren’t Moving


I have felt an immense sense of being overwhelmed recently. I know that there is much to be done, much that I want to “have time to do one day”, and much that has changed. Every day, I go through my day the best that I can… praying when things get tough. Occasionally, when I wake up the next morning I feel stuck in yesterday. I have asked “What is wrong with me? Am I experiencing a season of being ‘in the valley’?” Life has gone on without giving me answers… leading me to feel overwhelmed because there are things that have not been fully processed, and yet there are more things coming my way. Overwhelmed has seemed like an understatement.

I have prayed countless times for energy, strength, focus, comprehension, and answers in these past few weeks. As I felt alone some days, understood on other days, and confused on most days, I realized something that has changed my mindset.

I do not need an answer all the time. I do not need to know the next step. Maybe this season is God showing me to rely on Him more. Maybe this season is realizing that I’ve been “going through my day the best that I can”, and not the best that He can. I have asked for help, but not received it. I have prayed for God to rescue me from these feelings, but not surrendered them.

Here’s what I am learning:

Sometimes we feel as though we’ve hit a wall, and it may come more often than not for some of us. I’ve taken that as an opportunity now to exercise #VictoriousFaith that God can and will get me through it. He can and He will break down the walls of apathy, discouragement, frustration, and sadness. He will rescue me from confusion, lack of understanding, and exhaustion. He will do these things when I take the first step towards Him: Surrender (for real this time) and reliance on God’s strength.

I know that is not all God is trying to teach me, but I am going through it currently. As He speaks, I will continue to learn & grow and share my experiences with others who may feel a similar way.