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The SongCycle: How to Simplify Worship Planning and Re-engage Your Church [Kindle Edition]

Jon Nicol
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Book Description

Worship leaders and teams spend countless hours and and significant dollars on tools and training events to create awesome worship services. But there's one tool that most worship leaders fail to think about: the song list.

Every church has one. The typical church's master song list is often a "monster list." It contains hundreds of songs: the songs the church currently sings, used to sing, and a bunch they've forgotten.

"The SongCycle: How to Simplify Worship Planning and Re-engage your Church" helps you turn your overgrown song list into an efficient, effective tool that serves you, your team and your church. Check out how The SongCycle can not only help your worship ministry but also your whole church:

- Introduce new songs in a way that stick with your team and your congregation.

- Get more life and impact out of your songs by having an intentional system to rotate songs.

- Gain more time by streamlining your planning process.

- Make more room for great songs by knowing when to retire songs that no longer resonate with your church.

- Create more consistency from Sunday to Sunday, especially when your church uses multiple leaders and teams.

- Give your team a chance to truly learn the songs they are leading. The extra confidence and freedom will help them model worship like never before.

- Help your congregation engage in worship by limiting your active song catalog. The better they know the songs, the better they can engage.

The SongCycle is written with busy worship leaders in mind:
- It's got short chapters that you can easily reference as you need them.

- It has a Quick Start Guide for you leaders who don't want to read the whole book.

- You'll also be given access to the The SongCycle Workbook, a $29 value. The workbook contains worksheets and tips for creating your own SongCycle.

The SongCycle can work for traditional churches and contemporary churches, small churches and mammoth churches, and churches with multiple full-time worship staff and those that are led by one volunteer.

Your song list is a huge part of your church's language of worship, as well as a teacher of doctrine and theology. You need a system to make your song list the best it can be. The SongCycle will walk you step-by-step as you create and refine a life-giving song list.

Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FlingWide Publishing (July 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worship July 17, 2013
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Worship is a strong and important arm of the church. It helps reach down to the core of a person as a tool that touches the heart of each parishioner. It's a call to action. But music is in an ever changing cycle. How do you choose the songs that will reach the people and when do you retire old ones? Are the classics always best, or is contemporary music ruining our culture? These are just a few of the questions discussed in this handy guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible resource for worship leaders July 15, 2013
Being a relatively new worship leader, I've been slowly developing my own "song cycle system" through trial and error. Thankfully, Jon has produced an excellent, well-developed, and time-tested approach to worship set list selection and rotation. My guess is that even seasoned worship leaders will gain useful insights from Jon's system.

I love Jon's conversational writing style, and I even laughed aloud a few times due to his fun anecdotes. There is a lot of meat packed into this guide - Jon doesn't just throw his system at you and tell you how to implement it. Instead he deliberately highlights the need for such a system and thoroughly explains each component.

As I write this review, I have all my binders of chord charts out and strewn across the floor as I eagerly begin to implement the SongCycle.

I look forward to seeing how the Lord will use it and pray that our worship time is enriched as a result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Advice September 16, 2013
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Every worship planner knows intuitively that songs have a life cycle, but Nicol has codified this into a system that is helpful at the local church level. So far I've been using the "throw it at the wall and see what sticks" method, but after reading SongCycle, I plan to be more methodical (and honest?) with my church's repertoire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource August 29, 2013
By Brett
This is a great resource and a time saver for my ministry. Sometimes I can get bogged down with the scheduling and planning of my ministry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good process August 26, 2013
By Chris
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This product does what it promises - helps create a simple worship planning process by identifying key ideas and concepts. I had been on my own journey of this type of thinking lately -- this book merely gave me language and focus and process to approach the ever broadening and often challenging area of planning services for an evangelical church.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very methodical and useful approach August 13, 2013
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I have not yet implemented this program for the music I use to lead worship in my church but plan to do so in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and still fun to read August 13, 2013
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This is an amazing book. I am a children's worship leader, so I wasn't sure it was going to pertain to me. I did, however, find that a lot of the themes carry over into finding new songs for the kids to sing.
I especially liked the part about introducing a new song. What I learned from the book has already been helpful in that respect.
Not only was the book a good source of information, it was easy and fun to read. Nicol uses stories and examples in his writing that make the book enjoyable and help the reader grasp the concepts. I can imagine this would be a helpful guide to anyone who participates in the music ministry of their church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible resource August 11, 2013
By Rosanne
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Within a week our music team had sorted our songs and now I feel we are moving forward with direction and in control of our songs rather than a hit and miss approach with some songs staying unsung for months on end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!!
I really found great tips in this book about worship leading and song selection. I am currently forming a SongCycle for my church so that planning can be easier and less time... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jenny W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by martha j. morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Useful Book - Definitely Worth the Purchase! (Don't look...
I can't wait to use this with my band! I think the book is chock-full of down-to-earth, useful information for worship bands of ALL shapes and sizes. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a great system. The challenge I've found from a worship ...
Overall, this is a great system. The challenge I've found from a worship team and church just starting up's perspective, is having enough of the needed repertoire to make it run... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Heidi Poetker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas with excellent instruction
I've heard about this sort of song planning before and found the idea so complicated and impractical. After stumbling over this book from Jon's website worshipteamcoach. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Susan Knoll
5.0 out of 5 stars If you work the process...
Are you tired of leading worship week after week for a congregation who does not seem engaged? Do you find yourself blaming them for being "Unspiritual" or... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Good common-sense approach to selecting songs
I think the author gives a good, common-sense approach to creating and maintaining a repertoire of worship songs, and how to manage those songs over a year, and among other... Read more
Published 10 months ago by bajo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
I would recommend this book to any worship leader. Jon's ideas can simplify worship planning and lead to more effective use of your time and deepen the worship experience of the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Matthew Peyton
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