The Music We Make Together

A worship team’s capacity to make strong music together, and to lead strong worship together, mirrors their capacity to maintain strong relationships together.

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“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2

The music we make, and the worship we lead, compel us to care for the lives we live – together. These three components of effective worship leadership are inseparably bound.

Strong community, coupled with strong musicianship and spiritual comradery, alters the sound coming off the stage.

When a team is in relational unity, unseen spiritual dynamics come into play that heighten our capacity to sync together as musicians, as a worshipping team, and as a spiritual community.

I’ve seen this play out hundreds of times in worship teams in many denominations.

When we care for one another relationally – in small and hidden ways – the result is always an upgrade in effectiveness as a leadership group.

And if one musician or tech takes this principle to heart, and applies it over a long period of time, a holy virus will eventually work its way through the whole team.

Ultimately the whole community we serve in worship is changed by this quiet connection between the members of the worship team.

Lord, the privilege of serving together requires the grace to care for one another as You intended. We say yes to Your pursuing Love for us, and welcome You giving us the capacity to pursue one another with the gifts of kindness, gratitude, and thoughtfulness as we lead.

Lift the music we play by first lifting the relationships through which we play it.

In Jesus’ beautiful Name,



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Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

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