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A couple of months ago I met Mauro & Chelsea DeBenedetto. They walked into one of our event at Two Cities Church and had no previous connection to anyone a part of our team. Today they are two of our worship leaders who made their Two Cities debut at our Night of Worship in June. They have just finished recording two singles with Joel Piper. [samples below] They have become great friends with several people on our team and are a part of our Wednesday night Launch Group. Mauro was recently hired full-time to work under Chris at signingtrac.comFour12 Group is creating a video for their kickstarter campaign, which will be live soon. They hope to raise the cash necessary to record the rest of their album through the generosity of family, friends and strangers. I’ll post the kickstarter information when it goes live. But right now… you just need to press play.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to join in on a conference chat with Todd Fields. Here are some notes I took during the chat…

North Point Values for their Worship Leaders:

Servant Leadership
Preparedness (in your heart and musically)

  • People are ready to engage in singing after they’ve had fun.
  • The minute you can get someone to smile, tap their toe or laugh…you’ve got buy in.
  • Question for Openers — Is this going to be engaging? it doesn’t have to be secular or christian music.
  • Try to “shrink the gap” between the people and the stage
  • authenticity and humility are important
  • take a close look at the songs in the worship set – does song #2 or 3 hit me EMOTIONALLY
  • Write down how you connect and create a transition – tell a few seconds of your story in the intro
  • There is no magic in just singing songs
  • We WANT our environment to have EMOTION because when our hearts are stirred, it challenges and changes us

How do you transition from a GIG to the VISION?

  • A worship leader will buy into the vision when we buy into them.
  • Most of these worship leaders need pastoring way more than a pay check
  • They want to have input, they want to feel a part of the team

How does NP support their worship leaders?

  • Once a quarter, leadership (day) retreat at the church 10am-3pm
  • Connect socially, have fun and bring in a speaker to talk about one of the values
  • It pays to invest in their lives and pastor them

What does a rehearsal look like?

  • Wed night
  • Dinner together 7pm
  • Ask someone to tell their story (do something “spiritual”)
  • Go through the songs Songs

There are a lot of songs that we may be personally moved by, but at the end of the day the WIN is for the set to be the best it can be…not for my songs to be played all the time

Ask God to move people emotionally and ask Him to open their eyes to His greatness

We add 1 new song a month – with heavy repetition

What is the criteria for new songs?

  • Must be catchy, singable, and great
  • A common mistake – so many songs in a worship rotation that the people get left in the dust – we need to repeat things enough for people to know them
  • People like repetition, they like simple and they like singable
  • If you pick a great set, you can do it regularly and people will love it.

I haven’t thought through all of these notes yet and they may not make perfect sense to you, but I just wanted to throw that out there for you to digest with me. What do you think?

InsideOut Has Begun

September 15, 2009 — Leave a comment

Here’s a small taste of what happened at InsideOut this week.

pssst…that’s a student, Brandon Johnson