Worship Songwriting for My Church… and Your Church?

Our songs made available got me thinking

Transposable audio and chord charts for “How Glorious You Are” are now available on WorshipTeam.com! Worship directors, if you don’t use WorshipTeam.com consider using it to manage the craziness. It’s a better, more musical version of Planning Center.

It’s life-giving to lead your own church community in songs you create. It’s a gift and a wonderful feeling as an artist. I pastored the songwriters at VCC in Marietta GA for 18 years; we wrote 100’s of songs people actually liked and needed. We would press CD’s and make our songs available on the web with the hope that someone else would listen and enjoy what they heard.

If we are honest, in the worship songwriting world, the big “win” is learning that some OTHER church is singing your song… whoa! Not just listening… but teaching YOUR SONG to the drummer, putting the words you wrote in their power point, and encouraging others to sing along. It’s nice to know that we don’t just have to wait for the suits at the big Chrisitan record labels to spoonfeed us the next sugar sweet hit. This church songwriting thing is pretty life-giving and exciting. Hopefully, those songs are forming people rightly, making souls that think and act more like Christ. 


That previous sentence is the “right” answer and it took me a long time to get there. In my youth, my secret desire was to acquire a big house or more guitars with the success of my songs. At the core, what I really wanted was respect, honor, and influence. Some smart person told me I could get that stuff from other, more realizable sources! Now I’m just happy someone, anyone is listening – and maybe singing along 🙂 

Check out WorshipTeam.com for a FREE TRIALDownload, listen and sing to “How Glorious You Are” on iTunes and Spotify 

 

My name is Mike O’Brien and I am passionate about teaching and mentoring through music. My calling is to use my experience as a producer, worship leader, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist to come alongside musicians, helping them more fully worship God with their instrument and lives. Find out more how I can help your worship leaders and teams HERE.

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How To Record Your Worship Team

Making Your Own Greatest Hits

How To Record Your Worship Team

The first part of this article will be all about the vision and inspiration; in the second part I will break down specifically how do it.

PART ONE

It used to be that only major labels and artists willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars could record their music. Today just about any worship ministry in a local church can afford to record original songs or other worship songs that will benefit your local congregation. Fourteen years ago our church worship band (called Poured Out Like Wine) recorded its first album of original songs entitled “Songs of VCC”; although it was far from perfect, the whole church fell in love with it! It was a boost to corporate worship and the sense of family in our local church. Since then we have written and recorded five more full length album’s, four EP’s and several singles in our little church. We have fostered a culture of musicians and songwriters and now enjoy a catalog of over 300 original songs and recordings that are uniquely us! 

Check out the story of what we are recording now.