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The SongCycle: How to Simplify Worship Planning and Re-engage Your Church by [Nicol, Jon]
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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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  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FlingWide Publishing (July 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTTEWL2
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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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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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I ran across this book by accident while looking for resources to help with my process of selecting and introducing new music for worship. I fully expected this book to be a good resource with a textbook like feel. To my delight I found that I was quickly smirking, chuckling and finally bursting out with honest laugh-out-loud laughter. Jon has an excellent writing style full of whit that engages readers and encourages a full read through of the material. This is NOT a boring read.

The SongCycle is truly an excellent resource for worship leaders desperate to get a grasp on their ever expanding music catalogs. Jon also provides wisdom and insight in areas that often trouble worship leaders such as encouraging congregations to engage in worship and the introduction of new music while honoring past classics. When I finished SongCycle I felt as if I had been in an concentrated micro-mentoring session with this experienced worship pastor.

I fully intend to implement the principles behind the SongCycle system into the way I schedule worship songs and introduce new material.

Thank you Jon for writing this book!

Jon F, Co-worship leader Life Church Colonial Heights VA
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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. Download the book - it's a super-fast read, and you won't be disappointed!

You WILL be disappointed, however, with Jon's spelling and grammatical errors, including misspellings of books of the Bible and a misspelling of "SongCycle," which are all, in my opinion, unacceptable, given the technology we have to check our communications for mistakes (especially misspelling "SongCycle" - gee whiz, that's your product name!) There are also many errors where he means to say something and leaves out an important word or chooses the opposite word, thereby making what was meant to be a negative come out as a positive. i.e. "I was in a coaching relationship with a worship leader and noticed that one Sunday had picked all songs about God -- God as subject...it didn't occur to him that any of his songs allowed people to speak directly to God." ("None" rather than "any" would have corrected the statement.)

I point this out because I think that a book that offers careful organizational, planning, and presentation solutions for the worship band leader should be offered to the reader with the same careful planning and presentation.
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Insightful
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good item
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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 "Insensitive" to Worshiping God? Would you like to see a trend that leans more towards the kind of service you see the other worship leaders lead and wishing your congregation loved God like that?

Get this book. Do what it says. If you work the process it will work for you. After reading this book I sat down with one of my volunteer worship leaders and devised a plan to implement these strategies. We cut our song library from 300+ songs down to 44 songs and 6 of those may still be chopped.

I won't give the whole thing away because Jon Nicol wrote the book and you should read his reasons for doing this... But I will tell through following Jon's advice our congregation is far more engaged during worship, band practices are getting shorter, and finally it seems the worship team and congregation are going in the same direction.

It's a huge shift and it has been quick. I started implementing this in January 2014 and now as of March 24th 2014 I am so encouraged by the results I just have to tell you.

"A leader who blames his followers has abdicated leadership" John Maxwell

Stop blaming your congregation for not engaging in Worship, and buy this book.
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