A Worship Leader's Handbook
Adventures in Humility, Context and Not-So-Common Sense
by Josiah Oslund
The modern worship leader often wears many hats - from song selection and worship planning, to managing artists, bands, audio/visual teams, equipment, and much more. This book is a brief exploration in the personal, interpersonal, and practical application of modern music ministry. It is written to be a brief and accessible reference handbook - filled with thoughts, tips and technical tricks that have served me well over the course of my own ministry adventure. I share practical insights on how to manage flaky artists and tech teams, how to deal with criticism, tips on getting started with songwriting, understanding your ministry context and much more!
There have been no shortage of books aimed at worship leaders and teams over recent years, and indeed, I am indebted to many of them as they have helped shape my ministry philosophy. In my own experience however, there is often a practical disconnect between hypothesis and the daily grind. As I have mentored other worship leaders - I’ve often wished that there existed a compact and practical reference tool - a “here’s what you need to know about what you’re getting into” guide that I could share with them. In less than 13,000 words, I’ve created what I hope to be one such solution.
For over 15 years I have led worship for a variety of churches, ministries, and camps. I have served on staff at CrossRoads Nazarene Church in Chandler, AZ for the last 7 years - and have consulted, mentored and resourced several worship leaders in the Phoenix area. I have a passion for serving and developing creative leaders within the Church. I’ve also created some online ministry tools - including, worshipvitamin.com, metronomer.com and dailyutmost.com. I enjoy traveling, being outdoors and the color blue.