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5 Best Practices For Leading Worship For A Funeral

Leading worship at a funeral service comes with unique challenges and opportunities. Music can provide comfort and healing to those who are grieving, but how do we choose the right songs and instruments? Dan Wilt shares 5 best practices for worship leaders serving families in mourning. From recognizing the vulnerable emotional state of attendees, to selecting instruments and songs that create peace, Wilt provides guidance on serving with sensitivity.


How Your Church Can Have the Best Year-End Ever with Kenny Jahng

PODCAST: The last 45 days of the year present a prime opportunity for churches to encourage generosity and increase year-end giving. But with people bombarded by requests from many causes, how can your church stand out? Podcaster Rich Birch talks with expert Kenny Jahng about a strategic coaching cohort called Best Year-End Ever. It provides churches with a step-by-step process, ready-to-use templates, and weekly guidance to leverage this critical season.


Four Stages Of Every Good Worship Service

Is your church's worship simply a program or an immersive event? Robert Webber spotlights key differences in worship approaches in his book Planning Blended Worship. He notes disjointed, act-focused worship on one hand versus event-oriented worship centered on Jesus' narrative on the other. Webber advocates the latter, outlining four movements that recount Christ's story: gathering, word, table, and sending. This creates an interconnected flow, cultivating intimacy with God's presence. Much like a dinner party's natural rhythm, event-oriented worship welcomes, engages, nourishes, and sends believers empowered.


Top 20 Christian Funeral Songs for Worship Leaders

Music plays a powerful role during funerals, helping us grieve and find hope in loss. But selecting the right Christian songs for memorial services can be difficult. This article shares the top 20 Christian funeral songs to honor the dead and comfort the living. Covering a variety of artists and genres, these thoughtful picks proclaim the Gospel message while extending grace to the brokenhearted.


Nathan Nockels on Playing Keys, Arranging Music, & Band Dynamics

PODCAST: David Santistevan interviews Nathan Nockels on his journey as a musician and producer.

O Little Town of Bethlehem 2014


Listen to this classic Hymncharts carol arrangement with an epic Trans-Siberian orchestra feel.


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A note from Don Chapman


Smooth musical transitions can elevate a worship experience! After years of requests, I've created downloadable PDFs to modulate FROM any key TO any key seamlessly. Choose 2 or 4 measure options in 4/4 or 6/8 time.


Since worship music today favors flat, major keys, I've focused the Engine there. I believe these transitions will enhance your worship service's continuity. Take a look at a modulation with this FREE download.


The Modulation Engine comes as an added bonus to any subscription. There's nothing like it on or off the Interent! Let's lift spirits and connect hearts through the power of graceful key changes.


Learn more about the Modulation Engine!


1. Goodness Of God

Fielding, Johnson, Cash, Ingram, Johnson



2. Great Are You Lord

Leonard, Ingram, Jordan



3. Build My Life

Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kaple, Matt Redman, Pat Barrett



4. Gratitude

Hastings, Lake, Bowe



5. How Great Is Our God

Tomlin, Cash, Reeves



6. House Of The Lord

Phil Wickham



7. Way Maker

Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu



8. What A Beautiful Name

Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood



9. King Of Kings

Brooke Ligertwood, Jason Ingram, Scott Ligertwood


10. Graves Into Gardens

Brandon Lake, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Tiffany Hudson

11. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman



12. Living Hope

Phil Wickham


13. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Chris Tomlin, John Newton, Louie Giglio



14. How Great Thou Art

Shane & Shane


15. This Is Amazing Grace

Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, Phil Wickham



16. I Speak Jesus

Benton, Prince, Smith, Reeves, Dutton, Pratt



17. Here I Am To Worship

Tim Hughes



18. Battle Belongs

Phil Wickham


19. Lord I Need You

Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher


20. Great Things

Jonas Myrin, Phil Wickham

Keep track of the top 20 Hymncharts, CCLI, Praisecharts, CCM radio songshear the music, watch videos and download lyrics!


YouTube Worship Playlist: Enjoy the top 20 Praisecharts and CCLI on the worshipflow worship playlist.

Worship Leader’s Fall Checklist


Worship leaders, fall's knocking! Dive into this checklist to gear up for the season. From calendar tweaks to spiritual tune-ups, this guide's got you covered.


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The worshipideas newsletter lists the top 20 songs from CCLI one week and PraiseCharts the next week to help you keep aware of what churches are singing. CCLI tends to reflect a more broad sampling of both contemporary and blended churches, PraiseCharts shows what's popular right now in churches that are more contemporary.



About: Don Chapman’s passion is for the Church, music and technology, and he blends all three into resource websites devoted to contemporary worship: hymncharts(.)com and worshipflow(.)com.

He’s the editor of the weekly worshipideas(.)com newsletter that’s read by over 30,000 worship leaders across the world. A prolific arranger and songwriter, Don has had songs published by Word, Integrity Music, G3worship and Worship Today, and has orchestrated music for Christian artists Chris Sligh and Jeremy Camp. He’s been featured on the 700 Club, has been quoted in USAToday and is a guest lecturer at Liberty University.


The first worshipideas email newsletter went out to about 400 people on February 11, 2002 (in the heyday, right before the blog explosion, the newsletter amassed over 100,000 subscribers. These days it hovers around 30,000.) Worshipideas was born out of Don’s own desire to share what he was learning as a first-time worship leader at a church plant. Back in 2002 contemporary worship was still fairly new and the worshipideas newsletter and website helped worship leaders across the world figure out this new form of worship.


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