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Trends and Paradigms in Worship with Mike Harland

In part two of the first night of our Renewing Worship EXPO, Mike Harland, director of LifeWayWorship, shared general trends and paradigms in worship. Take a look at the first part of the presentation.

NOTE: The audio problems have been repaired in the video and audio files.

Below is an outline of the points from Mike’s talk:


From My Point of View–General Trends

  • Unified Worship Services
  • Technology Invades (streaming, stems, visuals)
  • Inter-Generational Leadership (choirs/teams)
  • Kid’s Choir and Student Choirs
  • Worship Teams and/or Choirs
  • Minister of Music or Worship Pastor? Artist or Shepherd?

Ministry Paradigms

  • Concentric Circles of Discipleship
  • Integrated Worship Ministry (shared ministry)
  • Intentional Song Velocity
  • Emphasis on Engagement (vs. attraction)
  • The Return of Corporate Prayer (vs. service prayer)
  • The Rise of the Segue (worship set)
  • Not Everything That Can Be Done Should Be


Go Deeper

Go deeper by reading Mike’s book, Worship Essentials, available here.

To learn more about how to flesh these essentials out, consider one of our Worship Leader Boot Camps.

About The Author

Mike Harland

Mike Harland grew up in Mississippi, graduated from Delta State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and has led churches in worship leadership roles for most of his life. From 2005-2020, Mike served as the Director of Worship at LifeWay Christian Resources. Mike now serves as the Associate Pastor|Worship of First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi. He is a published author, Dove Award-winning songwriter, and a worship leader who sings and speaks nationally and internationally. His blog and podcast, "WorshipLife" is followed by pastors, worship leaders, and church musicians around the world.

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