How to get the MOST out of your team!

If you read this title the way a majority would, you would see a side of those words that was never meant to be so…..

You probably read “How to use your team to it’s fullest”!

Which doesn’t SOUND all that bad but in our minds, the definition, would mean……”drain your team of all they have, that’s what they’re there for”!

I may be wrong, God knows I’m definitely wrong about you, cause you would never do that, I would never do that right???

No, we wouldn’t, or at least, we would never mean to…..

And the truth is, when we get a glimpse of our own actions going in that direction, we pray for an intervention, “God help me change this”!!!

The bigger truth is that, our culture seems to have built a system that uses people for everything they got, till they ain’t got no more…..

And if you look at it from a fulfillment point of view, most of us, WANT to use everything we have and go to the grave with nothing left to give right???

Absolutely, how many books, quote’s, messages, challenges have you heard lately that say just that…..

However, and a HUGE however, is, “is it our job as leaders, managers, directors, etc. etc. to make sure someone else does that”, OR is it our job to make sure we, ourselves, me, you, I the ONE and only someone that we are completely responsible for does?

See, because of what we’ve been trained to do and learn-ed to do, we expect the same from those around us, especially when we have an authority over them (how easy is that) EVEN in good intent, for their own good, we push and drive, and “encourage” to give 1000%, to go till you can’t go no more…..

All most ALL the time, with good intent…..


To put into words and simply come up with a solution for this is not easy, I DON’T HAVE all the words or the solution at hand, BUT, I do know that I’ve been on both sides of this coin, and I HAVE failed in both cases, and I will say, I do my best to make it not so NOW, no matter what the climate or DNA of the organization that God has allowed me to be a part of, effective leadership comes from effective influence, and effective influence comes with a heart of pure intent, one that seeks God’s heart for all that’s intended…..

“How to get the most out of your team”?? You decide, make your choice on how to lead, shepherd, direct, encourage, but make sure to do it with an intent to “love on” and care for as a true shepherd needs to, and know, always know, that those that are appreciated, truly appreciated, will love to do what they do, for the one they report to, and will have a true understanding of the One we all “report to”!!



“God can use Miley too”!

Genesis 50:20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

While it may be true, many young people are seeing what our media is promoting and following in the foot steps of our pop culture examples, it is also true that through some of these situations (like the one we saw this past weekend and continue to see through many media sources) are being turned through other media sources (blogs, posts, comments, interviews, etc.) for mercy and a true heart of what it is to be a christian.

Are we saying that God intended this?

Maybe, maybe not, that’s a whole other discussion on pre-determination that we don’t need to get into here and now…..

But the fact that He knows what will and won’t happen and can and will use it for His glory is absolutely a sure thing!

Though the enemy is at work and doing his best to lie, kill and destroy, we serve the one who already holds the victory…..

Is God using Miley for His good… tell me?

Has there been an influx of media from christians that at first thought, disgusted and outraged, attacked, judged and voiced there opinion?


Has there been a follow up of media from christians that have mercifully promoted prayer and a heart for not only her but the rest of our young people that are “acting out” from whatever the case may be and giving them the grace and mercy they should receive?

Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!

Some of “us” who felt the former have found our hearts to join the latter…..

Is Miley and many others still affecting many in a negative way?


Is our response as christians affecting many in a way that could shape how our generation is viewed to the world?

Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!

Is God possibly using this, Miley, and more to rise up a culture that reflects Jesus and how he would respond?

I believe so…..

How bout you, what do you believe???


Here’s a friend of mines response that has caught the hearts of many:

13 Reasons why “Singing songs is such a small part of our worship”!


1. Most of us only do it once a week, twice if we’re “real churcheez”…..

2. Most of us who only do it once a week go to a church that relegates it to 17 minutes (not knocking, I COMPLETELY understand the parking issues)…..

3. Most of us who only do it twice a week don’t appreciate the midweek worship team so we really only do it once a week (see number 2)…..

4. 4 of our 17 minutes is a top 40 opener so “the reality is”, 13 minutes of our week is spent singing in worship (if we fall into the number 1 or 2 category)…..

5. Some of us can’t sing at all, and are afraid that “Simon” is sitting next to us so you won’t catch us even trying, giving us our own category (see number 6)…..

-it’s starting to get serious

6. Some of us don’t ever sing songs as worship…..

7. worship is a lifestyle (see number 8)…..

8. If worship is a lifestyle and “singing songs” is such an important part of it than very few are really worshipping, and those few are doing it very seldom…..

9. If that is true than there’s a book (or an app if you don’t like carrying that leather thing) that says “the rocks would be crying out”…..

10. Rocks aren’t singing…..


11.  Prayer is also a form of worship, and the app (or GIANT leather relic) says “pray without ceasing”, giving the notion that we should probably be praying more than singing…..

12. There are way too many other forms of worship that are constant in our everyday lives like actions, re-actions, routines, habits, etc. etc. etc…..

13. See numbers 1-12…..


Just to throw in some clarity, here is just a bit about the word “worship”…..


Worship*       (wər-shəp)


1. reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence

2. extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem


1. to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power

2. to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion


*The word is derived from the Old English weorþscipe, meaning, worship, honor shown to an object, which has been also described in history as “worthiness or worth-ship”—to give, at its simplest, worth to something




Should the “RELIGIOUS” be allowed back in the church?

I don’t know about you but I know I’ve had many conversations in which the only thing we agreed on was that neither of us were “religious”!

“I have a relationship, not a religion”!

“That’s religious, it’s not about religion, it’s about a relationship”!!

“She DEFINITELY has a religious spirit”!!!

“THEY give us a bad name, the religious people…….like *Jack Christianmanson”!!!!

*If your name is Jack Christianmanson than I’m sorry….one because I wasn’t talking about you specifically I promise, and two because, wow, Christianmanson??

“That’s a religious spirit and we don’t want it in OUR church”!!!!!

Come on, the majority of us have said similar things in the past…

Right?? No??

Really, it’s not hard to be honest on this one.

Exactly!! Yes!!

Well, lets take a look at what the word actually means…..



adjective \ri-ˈli-jəs\

1. relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity      <a religious person> <religious attitudes>

2. of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances <joined a religious order>

3. a: scrupulously and conscientiously faithful

b: fervent, zealous


Just, one more time, take a look at that definition, just one more time…..

Here’s a quick breakdown of what I get out of it:

I want to always, conscientiously, faithfully, or maybe I should say “religiously” be “manifesting faithful devotion” to the “reality” and “deity” of my religious beliefs, of my christianity, of my Savior…..AND definitely want to be fervent and zealous” about it!

OH, AND, what made me think any different in the past???

If this is anything close to what you get out of it than maybe we have something here.

There’s a lot of stuff going around right now about why this generation is leaving church.

There’s a lot of great people out there that don’t like our not so great church.

There’s a lot of US that aren’t very disciplined in our “religion”, our “relationship” with Christ!

You might have a great church and don’t fall into this not so great accusation but if you have a church that is not “religious” and would bite back at any one using the word to describe them than maybe, just maybe it’s not as great as you’ve thought, or maybe, it is great but could be greater by allowing ONE thing back in.

ONE thing that might just grab the attention of a generation that’s tired of watching our shows, and our attempts at recreating their favorite concert or event, and our “relationship” with an image that has become just a “homeboy”! It might just attract that generation that is and has been desiring to put a fervent zealous faithful devoted mindset (that YES has been passionately turned in the wrong direction) on something real that has real traditions, real liturgy, and real religious people that stand for them at all costs.

Just maybe…..


Song Selection, Comment Cards & pleasing EVERYONE!!

It’s a well known statement and, a 100% true statement that says, we worship for “an audience of One”!

A statement without if’s, ands or buts…..

However, (which is not an if, and or but) the team that programs, plans and works hard on our worship services has a lot to put in to play when it comes to creating an atmosphere for ALL that would lead to our worship being the best presentation for the “One” who is on-looking, receiving & inhabiting it!

Let’s make sure we all agree on one thing……the platform is only a part of that presentation, those who are in the congregation or crowd or community, whatever term you wanna use, has a HUGE part of it.

Most worship leaders are driven by participation, which is a GOOD thing, coupled with the right heart and intent.

If a leader does his or her best to lead from a Christ centered perspective or a Holy Spirit guided direction or a God’s eye view than he or she are gonna have a crazy drive in them that looks to please God with the whole package……”What does God want for His people, what does He want to do here, what does He see that we miss all too often”, and many other things that go on in “our” hearts.

To do that, to at least try our best to do just that, there are many things that need to be in action…..







Just a few, but a few that I personally have found to be the constants!

There is no formula to a great worship service and the truth is, a lot of people would say, “how do you know when it’s great, that’s for Him to judge”, well, very true but if He’s entrusted some to lead those things than hopefully He’s equipped them to discern when it’s going in the right direction and fulfilling it’s purpose, and hopefully they are submitted to that, right???

If there’s no formula than how do we do it, how do we build a consistency, how do we approach it weekly, daily, or whenever it’s in “our” hands to determine what’s right for the “whole”!

Just a couple of my own personal thoughts that have worked for me over some time now…..

If you’re doing “too many”* new songs, expect the “engaging” to be limited

*too many – 2 out of 4, a new one every week……just a couple of thoughts, try a new one for a couple weeks, if it seems to be working give it a week off than come back with it as a regular

Have a “staple” song”*, Mighty To Save, How Great is Our God, The Stand, 10,000 Reasons, just to name some obvious ones, your church might have a few of their own that are always great for EVERYONE to engage in…..

*just 1 out of 3 or 4, it’ll make the difference for that few that are looking for a reason not to engage

*maybe even just a chorus, or a chorus and bridge

Know your Pastor’s heart, know the people’s hearts, know that YOU are serving them and in that, God will honor it

Know that when comment cards come in, it may not mean you have to make a change, but it BETTER make you think and discern if there is any truth to it

Know that the phrase “played out” is only used by “us”, you might be “over it” but “they” might not be…….if it’s the right one, it’s the right one

Know that shifting a culture takes time, trust and a true heart for the “why” and every single “how”…..this topic we’ll save for another post 🙂

Know that YOU may not like a song or style but the person next to you may love it

And for you personally, on stage, off stage, in prep, out of prep…..

Know that your gift, talent & calling is ALL from Him, be confident, but be confident in Him…..

and SMILE, it truly does make a HUGE difference when it comes to building trust and ultimately, people wanting to follow YOU as a leader in your planning, preparing and building what is needed and/or desired.

There are many other truths and constants that you may have found, but these are just some that I’ve found and wanted to share.

If you have any to add or inject, please do…..





“The talented”…MUCH more popular…

Everyone wants to be friends with…

Everyone wants them at their church or business or team or..etc..etc…

Everyone pays MUCH more attention to them…

Everyone loves ’em EVEN if they don’t love ’em back…

Everyone goes outta their way to impress them…

Everyone wants to be like…

“The talented”…MUCH more popular…BLAH blah BLAH!!

Everyone’s wrong, there, I said it, we have it all wrong!!

Is talent attractive?? Absolutely, and is meant to be appreciated and celebrated, and cultivated…..ooohhh that’s the word right there!


Cultivated   adj.

Educated; Polished; Refined.


Wait a minute, I can be educated, I can be polished (well….), I can be refined…..

Wait a minute, maybe we don’t have it all wrong, maybe we’re just doing it all wrong??

Seems to be that if any of us have a talent, we can “cultivate” it and appreciate it and celebrate it as it begins to grow and mature.

But what if I don’t have a talent?

That’s NOT possible……it is possible that our culture hasn’t appreciated and celebrated, and cultivated the type of talent that you have and that’s a shame!!

Shame on us for not paying attention to the talents that don’t immediately catch the eye, cause those are the ones that turn into the largest corporations in the world, or that have become the most influential churches in the world……and too be quite honest, some of the biggest stars on our TV’s.

What if we began to celebrate the cultivation and appreciate the growth process and the maturing process of EVERYONE’S talents…….what a team that would be, what a profitable cohesive business that would be, who wouldn’t wanna be at that church???

Those places, those people, our places, our people, you, me, we would definitely be “The Talented”…MUCH more popular…


“We CAN & WILL claim revival”!

It’s a widely debated subject, that everyone has an opinion on, BUT, wants to be a part of, “revival”.

A reviving of epic proportion, a God centered, Holy Spirit started, “true revival”.

But what in the world does that mean?? Does it mean that as long as supernatural miracles and healing are taking place than we can sound the alarm, let the bells ring and hope that the line out the door causes traffic and sightseers to stop in their tracks and get saved on the spot?? Is that the criteria??

Well, let’s start with the definition of the word revival…..

Re-vi-val   n.

restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc.

Hmmm, sounds pretty much like what we aspire to do every Sunday in the majority of the modern church, no?

Sounds like what we pray for in our preservice meetings…

Sounds like the goal for the last small group we attended…

Sounds like what we center around in our creative meetings…

Sounds like what we praise in our staff meetings…

Sounds like what every christian hopes for when they wake up in the morning…

Sounds like revival is happening in more ways than we thought.

You might be looking for the one towards the top of the post and too be completely honest, I’d like to see those things on a CONSTANT basis too, but too be even more honest, the supernatural work of The Lord is evident in far too many ways for us to negate them and only awe at the documented healing or “UNdocumented” testimony…… bout the atheist turning to Christ, or the marriage on the brink of divorce that reconciles, or the depression of life long struggle slowly dissolving through His love, or etc. etc. etc. THOSE things are what ARE happening and truly are by the definition of the word, “revival”.

Together instead of debating what “true revival” means to us, lets proclaim that we CAN & WILL continue to be the extension of He who restores, strengthens and opens eyes and maintain what is reviving constantly in the lives of ourselves and those around us in our homes, our families, schools,  jobs, churches and more.


“Special 2 Me”

Every place I’ve ever gotten the opportunity to worship at holds a place in my heart, and really I mean EVERY. When you GET to lead people into worship you see lives changing on the spot and that is never not special! BUT there are a few places that hold a “special” place in my heart and Generate @ Crossroads Church in Corona, CA is one of em!


I’ll give you 5 reasons:

1. They genuinely love the next generation and are building them to lead the future

2. I’ve been blessed to be a small part here and there for 5 years now

3. So many of my close and even best friends are involved and/or on staff (or have been in the past)

4. My little brother Jony is there 🙂

5. Just because

There are a few more like Generate out there but today, they’re special……



“Sundays are my favorite”

I know you’re proly thinkin’ “uh ya don’t you lead worship every Sunday”?? Negative! I USUALLY lead worship every Sunday but sometimes not, and even if I did, that’s still not the reason.

(I hope you read that sentence in a very 8 yr old smarty pants accent…..yep, 8)

I’m gonna confess something to you right now……

I pretty much cry at some point or another during every movie, tv show, play, service or any other type of thing that people are involved in. Even reading a book, or an article, blog, whatever. It’s ridiculous, if you only knew, sad moments, happy moments it doesn’t matter, whenever something significant happens, I’m biting my cheek, doin a quick wipe of the eye, a few times, and doing everything I can to NOT!

What does any of this have to do with Sundays????

Well, I cry because for some reason my heart is tugged on easily. I cry because that’s what is supposed to happen isn’t it, an emotional moment that makes the watcher, reader, attender say “this is so good”, even when really it’s not. But, the writer, director or creator whoever, he/she thinks it is, or thought it was, that was the original goal right!

God created us in his image and even though we’re born into sin, we still have a desire to connect back to the heart of who we are, the image and likeness of the creator. If you asked yourself what’s the thing that matters most to the creator, what would you come up with? I come up with people, I ALWAYS come up with people, them coming together for him, changing for the better, lives being touched, hurts being healed, restoration taking place, salvation becoming real, and so on and so on. We want our worship to always be about him and yes, it always is, but it is even more so when it’s so much about him that we begin to see, hear and think like HIM! When THE creator of EVERYTHING originally created this whole life thing, he wanted us to get to that “this is so good” point, and for me, that point is on “Sunday”.