Here’s some basic instructions for getting students started with the keyboard.
I know that many times many youth ministries ask, what can we do to help better our student vocalists? By chance i am sitting in a vocal artistry event at our church being taught by Tim Carson. He is talking about everything from vocal freedom, tension in your vocals, breathing, what is vibrato, style, pitch bends, and so much more. There is always room to improve, especially vocally, and listening for about 2 hours. I know that i have so much i can work on, and i am inspired to do and practice. If you have any kind resource budget I would highly recommend this resource for your vocalists. Not only the resource, but he is traveling the country doing these vocal events. So check it out.
Click Here for Website: Vocal Artistry
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Some people ask why we do “secular songs” before a service. This is one
of the ways I explain our reasoning. Students who come to church for
the first time are already freaked out, and feel like an outsider. I
mean think about how different the culture inside a church is compared
to the outside world. Obviously, we Christians and the way we live our
lives should not be the same as the world, but the way we reach
students and people should be strategic and purposeful. Yes, our hearts
are most important, but the way we reach doesn’t have to be wierd.
Think of it this way, if you were to walk into a Buddhist temple and you
see people chanting and humming, this is not normal to you. Well for a
lost student or a “seeking student” when they walk into church, everyone
is singing songs they don’t know about content they don’t understand.
So strategically doing cover songs that are clean can break down the
walls from the very start for first time students.
Anyways, our High School pastor, Josh Griffin, sang it while at the same
time threw some cheeseburgers in the crowd for people to eat.
Anyways, our High School pastor, Josh Griffin, sang it while at the same time threw some left over cheeseburghers in the crowd for people to eat.
Check out this interview with Jason Carson, author of Worship Band from Start to Finish.
Check out this great new resource from Simply Youth Ministry:
Last November we attempted in trying to record a live WORSHIP CD of what we do in our student ministries. Didn’t turn out that great, but it was still an awesome night of just worship the LORD. However, i hope that you can show this to your students to show them that students can do this. What your about to watch and listen to was all done by students. Oh except Zack, who is on our HSM Staff, who was on stage for smooth transitions to sing the next song who sang back-up. Let me give you a break down of the students this night.
Lead Worship Singer – Senior
Back Up Vocalist – Sophomore
Electric Guitar – Senior
Electric Guitar – Junior
Bass Player – Senior
Drums – Senior
Keyboardist – Junior
Keyboardist – Senior
CHOIR – 7th Graders – Seniors
Audio – 19 Year Old College Student
Video – 2 Juniors and 2 Sophomores
Editing – 1 Sophomore
Please again don’t fell overwhelmed or comparative this is about encouraging other students to know that students can lead worship. THEY CAN DO THIS!!!
Sorry that its been so long since David or I have blogged or podcasted. Its been one of the craziest months recently in our ministry. We had auditions for our Junior High Ministry and High School Ministry. However, i taped a couple of tutorials on how to audition Drummers and Keyboardist. OH YA, i also did a tutorial on how to help starting keyboardiest what to learn and such. So hopefully those will be out soon.
Also our ministry is opening a new builiding for our students and Community in 2 weeks called the REFINARY and the follow week our Worship Conference begins here at Saddleback. Hopefully that will be out soon once Matty puts them together. Matty is one of my drummers who is also incredible Video/Editor. He did the guitar turtorials.
I wanted to post the songs that we are doing but there hasn’t been many new ones because of the new year coming up. However, here are the songs we did this past weekend.
STEVE FEE – We SHINE ( I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SONG)
LEE LAND – YES YOU HAVE
TODD FIELDS – Let me SIng
HILLSONG UNITED – Tell the World
DAVID CROWDER – Everything Glorious
LEELAND – Beautiful One (Great Song, but hard song to follow for the Congregation when the Worship Leader hits the notes but not our students) Still a great song
MATT REDMAN – You Never Let Go
AGAIN Sorry for not Blogging Much, but alot to come.
Nothing really new but some awesome song our student love
Mighty To Save
From the Inside Out
We opened up with Bleeding Love
Here i am to Worship
Some good old worship songs, but awesome!!!