Worship and Music


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SWU equips students to participate and lead worship in their home church. If you love music, acting, art, fun and fellowship, this is the place to be this summer. Classes offered in guitar, piano, sound equipment and leading worship along with Bible studies and much more. 


Worship and Technology Resources

Books I recommend:

Cherry, Constance M., Mary Markham Brown, and Christopher T. Bounds. Selecting Worship Songs: A Guide for Leaders. Marion, IN: Triangle Publishing, 2011.

This book is a must have in any worship leader’s library. It provides an objective way to evaluate songs for worship by examining the theology, lyrics, and tune.

Best, Harold M. Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.

Harold Best writes how worship is unceasing; both in heaven and in the believer’s life. It is a must read for professional and volunteer worship leaders.

Cherry, Constance M. The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.

An architect is concerned with planning foundation, structure, form, and beauty, likewise, a worship leader needs a biblical process of building a worship service. The Worship Architect provides leaders with ideas to help believers encounter God through music, prayer, and Scripture.

Links to Websites:

MusicTheory.net is a free on-line music tutorial that teaches note reading, ear training, scales, intervals, chords, and keyboard and fretboard note identification.

Lifewayworship.com is one of the best places to purchase worship music at a reasonable cost. When purchasing a song, the user can choose from vocal or instrumental music, lead sheets, mp3’s, multitrax, and even powerpoint. The music and tracks are available instantly and delivered digitally.

Songselect.com is a service that makes thousands of copywrited songs available in any key. For a yearly membership fee between $54 and $189, the user can download lyrics, chord sheets and vocal sheets in any key. The arrangements are not as good as the lifeway site above, but you can make as many copies as you want and print them in any key you need. The site has gospel, hymns, and most current worship songs.

How-to Articles and Documents that I Created:

Blog on becoming a Servant Leader

Blog on Avoiding Worship Interruptions

Top Ten Questions about Worship Music

Worship Leaders positions:

Finding a Part-Time Worship Leader

Compiled job descriptions for worship pastors/leaders Just some suggestions if you are looking for job descriptions, I have collected a few.

A Great Book for Personal Devotion:

Guinness, Os, Virginia Mooney, and Karen Lee-Thorp, eds. Steering Through Chaos: Vice and Virtue in an Age of Moral Confusion. The Trinity Forum study series. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2000.

Quality Music Providers:


Praisecharts.com offers excellent quality and a wide selection of contemporary worship songs. Most of the downloadable arrangements are faithful transcriptions of the original cover.


Offers dozens of free blogs, podcasts, and how-to’s. In addition, the paid portion of the site offers skill development for vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums as well as tutorials on playing riffs from certain current CCM songs. I keep a running subscription with thirty seats for our state worship leaders. Although all the seats are currently filled, contact me for the next available free seat. 

Technology Resources:

Book for Sound System Operators

Blog: Seven Ways to put the word “Clear” in Clear Communication

Worship Planning: PCO is the industry standard in worship planning and church office software. Planning center allows leaders to plan detailed services and attach resources then distribute them to participants. The plan starts at $18.00 per month

Planning Center On Line

PCO Services provides tutorials for PCO.

ProPresenter Tutorials:  ProPresenter 6 Free Basic Training

Basic Training from Steve Hamrick: VIMEO and IBSA.org/worship

Free tutorial training on the Bahringer X-32 Digital board

Resource for inexpensive audio and video supplies, especially cables.

Book for Sound System Operators

Soundman Aptitude Test. A great way to see if volunteers have ear needed to run the sound system of your church.

I own a copy at IBSA.

Free Bible Study and Wordsearch software

Worship Resources for a Small Church with a Small Budget
Relevent Resources for Worship

LifeWay Worship


Worship Backing Band

I-Sing Worship

Finding a Part Time Worship Leader





Worship MD is site for technical ministries training.

Embedding a music track into Powerpoint for congregational singing
Top 10 Questions About Music and Worship

Watch our panel discussion with Steve Hamrick, Dale Jones, John Hume, Greg Braswell, and Justin Falloon as they discuss major questions that arise in worship planning and execution.

  1. How can I make our service more relevent/contempory?
  2. Should we go to two different services?

Where can we find good musical resources for worship?

Should our church go to two services?

How to introduce a new song in worship?

Steve Hamrick

Steve_Hamrick_web Director of Worship
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 Church Resources Team
 (217) 391-3132

Debbie Muller

Debbie_Muller_web Ministry Assistant
 Church Resources Team
 (217) 391-3126

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