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The SongCycle: How to Simplify Worship Planning and Re-engage Your Church Kindle Edition
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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.
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to say the Song Cycle is one of the best books on leading worship out there. I was engaged throughout the entire book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a worship leader myself I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and extremely practical all the way through.Published 11 months ago by Seth Irby
Loved it! The ideas and examples helped me simplify my planning including song selection, song repetition and much more. Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. Lord
This book has helped me so much out in planning ahead and being more strategic about what songs we sing in our church! I would recommend it to ALL worship pastors/leaders.Published 16 months ago by Matthew D. Geeze
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Jenny W.
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Heidi Poetker
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 morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Susan Knoll
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 morePublished on March 15, 2014 by bajo
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