Jonathan Swindal

Why Your Spontaneous Worship Moments Aren’t as Good as They Could Be

Today Jonathan shares about what he’s done over the last 20+ years to grow at facilitating powerful spontaneous worship moments. We know what it’s like to be a part of powerful spontaneous moments in worship. We want to see the spontaneous moments in your sets carry even more power. So without further ado, here’s how …

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Increase Your Church’s Engagement in Worship with this 30-second Practice

If you’re like me, you love the corporate worship gathering and really want to see your church engage in worship. The typical Sunday morning worship set is around 25-minutes; so every moment counts! Like most, we start our services with worship and used to start with some sort of “welcome to church, sing with us” …

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How to Not Lose Your Passion for Worship (Sustaining the Long Haul)

The call to full-time ministry often begins as a conviction that we cannot shake.   It’s an odd thing, often described as a “knowing” that can’t quite be articulated, merely discerned. For many people who are now in full-time ministry there was, at some point early on in their journey, an encounter with God that …

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Top 5 Books for Worship Leaders on Pastoring in 2022

Almost a year ago I wrote a post called “Worship Leader” or “Worship Pastor”? Our Language Tells on Us… In it I argue that we should aim to be worship pastors and not just worship leaders. Our function – making theological and spiritual decisions on behalf of the congregation – is pastoral, and even if …

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3 Ways to Become a Better Piano Player (No Matter Your Skill Level)

I loathe becoming a snobby curmudgeon who harkens back to the “good ole days” of church music. But it’s not a stretch to suggest that the “piano” is less of a fundamental church instrument than it was twenty years ago and has nearly been replaced by pads and synths as the backbone of much contemporary …

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What Worship Leaders Need from Their Senior Pastors

A few weeks ago I wrote about the difficulties that can impede a healthy senior pastor / worship pastor relationship.   In my career (and as a bystander of my dad’s career) as a worship pastor I’ve experienced deep and healthy relationships with some senior pastors as well as tenuous relationships with others.   I’ve …

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What Senior Pastors Really Want from their Worship Leaders

The relationship between Senior Pastors and Worship Leaders can be one of the most difficult to manage.   Though they are both called to shepherd the sheep, they have very little overlap in their function. Of course, some senior pastors were previously worship pastors, but very few worship pastors have been the lead pastor of …

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