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

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Jon Nicol is a worship pastor, teacher and blogger from Lexington, OH. He and his wife planned to have three children and ended up with four incredible kids. He’s the worship pastor at Heartland Church in Lexington and founded WorshipTeamCoach.com to coach and train worship leaders and teams. You can find more worship resources there, including his blog. Follow Jon on Twitter: @jonnicol Contact him through email: jon@worshipteamcoach.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on August 26, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Creeden on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FoseMedia on July 15, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Scheer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett on August 29, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathleen on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosanne on August 11, 2013
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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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