WorshipU On Campus 2016 Look Back

We believe leading worship starts with cultivating a life of worship. Along with WorshipU Online, we host a 2-week On Campus intensive school every summer in July. Here are some of our favorite moments from the 2016 s...

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Worship Set with Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger & Hunter Thompson

Watch as Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger and Hunter Thompson lead us in an emotional and powerful time of worship.

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Understanding Growth: Training a Team

Hello, leader. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you worried about that person on your team with the permanent bad attitude? Or maybe the person who keeps making a mess of their life? Well, do I know just the thing for...

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Creating and Evaluating Growth

Creating a desire for growth within the church can be tricky. It is often resisted and mislabeled as “performance” by those who do not understand the heart behind it. However, as worshipers, we should always seek to b...

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"Have It All" Song Tutorial with Brian Johnson

In this tutorial, Brian Johnson walks you through an easy way to play his song “Have It All” from Bethel Music’s new live album, Have It All.He goes chord by chord with an acoustic guitar to explain how to play the so...

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Student Testimony // WorshipU On Campus 2015

I was finishing up my second day at WorshipU and I honestly thought I could hold no more. It had been a good, good day but God was just getting started. Jenn Johnson walked out on stage and proceeded to call out my na...

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Itinerant Worship Leading

The world of itinerant ministry is a multi-faceted entity. The possibility of traveling around the world leading worship and (hopefully) getting paid for it is appealing to most musicians and singers. While this seems...

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Brave New World // Album Summary

On September 25th, Bethel Music released the debut worship album from Amanda Cook, “Brave New World.” Trading the pop-rock sentiments of modern worship for mellow arrangements and haunting melodies, Cook’s 13-song out...

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Technology in the Church

The world today has become virtual. Life and movement (and sometimes it feels like breath itself) happen digitally. People no longer push their friends into swimming pools due to the risk of destroying a phone. Many w...

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No Longer a Slave to Fear // Student Testimony

This year at WorshipU On Campus, we met Roderick, a student who was completely open to what the Lord wanted to do in his heart. Watch this video to hear his story of hope and joy, and be inspired to fully walk in your...

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Leading and Correcting Friends

When you’re in leadership, it’s inevitable that you will run into some awkward situations and conversations. This is particularly true when you are leading friends and peers. A problem many leaders find themselves fac...

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What Does WorshipU Mean To You // The Adventure that is Jesus

John-Paul Gentile is an instructor at WorshipU as well as a staff member of the Bethel Church Worship Department, and often plays drums and acoustic guitar for Brian & Jenn Johnson, Kristene DiMarco and Steffany Gretz...

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Student Highlight: Sharing a Song With Bethel Music Writers

WorshipU On Campus offers opportunities to sit under our instructors in a small group setting and work on specific interests such as vocal lessons, guitar lessons, songwriting, and more. One of our favorite workshops...

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Without Words: Synesthesia Album Release

Bethel Music has released amidst acclaim its second, all instrumental, full-length album, Without Words: Synesthesia. This album features well-known songs, such as “It is Well,” “You Make Me Brave,” “Over My Head,” “T...

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The Process of Growing in Identity Apart From Your Gift

Peter Mattis is a well-traveled worship leader, artist, and pastor at Bethel Church that leads the Worship Rooms, missions trips, and is a Revival Group pastor at WorshipU On Campus. Peter shares from his personal jo...

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Come Alive

What makes you come alive in worship? In His presence? What ways does he move and speak? How do these encounters breathe life into everyday?

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The Sound of Our Worship Shapes the Reality of Our World

Jerry Aaronson is an electronics tech for Bethel Church and Bethel TV as well as founder of the Bethel Inventor’s Group. He is a dynamic speaker and an instructor at this year’s WorshipU On Campus. With a passion fo...

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Worshipping In Spirit and Truth

Chris Cruz is a pastor at Bethel Church and blogger that focuses on making heaven and earth one. Chris will be a revival group pastor at this year’s WorshipU On Campus event and offers unique, passion-filled perspecti...

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Connecting With Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson is a songwriter and worship leader with Bethel Music. He is known for his crafted lyrics and soundscapes that explore honest topics and articulate journeying with God in a fresh way. Hunter will be l...

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"Good Good Father" by Housefires - Song Review

In honor of Father’s Day, it is the perfect time to worship with the song, “Good Good Father” by Housefires. This powerful track was written by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown and was recorded in a live worship night sett...

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Worshipping With or Without a Platform - Leeland

Leeland is a worship leader and songwriter known for his 2006 debut album “The Sound of Melodies” and his most recent release “Christ Be All Around Me Live”. He is passion-filled and a dynamic worshiper, both on and ...

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Recommendations For Mics, Mixing, and Working Together As A Sound Team - Clint Aull

Clint Aull is the sound director at Bethel Church and will be an instructor at this year’s WorshipU On Campus. Recently, Clint joined us for an “Ask Me Anything” session with students on the WorshipU Discussion Board...

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Spontaneous Worship: An Overflow of Adoration to God, and His Heart Toward Us

Like all worship, spontaneous song is sincere adoration unto God, flowing from a noble heart toward Him. Here we offer insights to spontaneous and prophetic worship. Be sure to enjoy this video of Steffany Gretzinge...

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Knowing Your Instrument Empowers You To Be More Creative - Joe Volk

Joe Volk is a disciplined drummer that currently tours with Bethel Music and is on the live album, “We Will Not Be Shaken“. His passion for the church as well as pursuit for excellence in his craft speaks volumes to ...

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Member Highlight: A Testimony of Worshipping Through Her Trials

Worship is incredibly raw and beautiful because it is a true reflection of our humanity and His greatness and how we interact together. The psalms are filled with complex emotions of awe, seeking justice, love, overc...

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Keys to Building Your Church Audio & Visual Team

Managing the audio and visual elements of a small church can be quite challenging. Most, if not all, of the team are usually volunteers, there isn’t a lot of feedback unless something is going wrong, and the team ofte...

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"Jesus We Love You" - Keyboard Tutorial

Playing keyboard in worship can have great advantages when the parts and sounds are planned well. WorshipU offers a collection of Song Tutorials (free trial here) where professional worship musicians teach private le...

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Inspired to Stay Humble - Cory Asbury

Cory Asbury is a dynamic worship leader and songwriter with a wide experience of leading all over the world while on an 8 year journey with IHOP. He is currently on staff at New Life Church in Colorado Springs and ha...

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Claiming Our Adopted Inheritance

In understanding our identity as sons and daughters of God, there is a historical context to adoption that can propel us deeper into our revelation of who we are as worshippers. When we read a verse like Romans 8:15,...

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A Story About Being a Son - Leeland

Leeland is a worship leader and songwriter known for his 2006 debut album “The Sound of Melodies” and his most recent release “Christ Be All Around Me Live”. He is passion-filled and a dynamic worshiper, both on and ...

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How to Grow a Team of Volunteers

Building and managing a team is simultaneously the most rewarding and challenging endeavor that a worship leader can undertake. Many leaders who are entrusted with overseeing volunteers find themselves navigating unfa...

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"Ever Be" Electric Guitar Tutorial

Bobby Strand is a producer, songwriter, and guitarist on the latest Bethel Music album, “We Will Not Be Shaken”. Bobby recently filmed the song tutorials for guitar on WorshipU and we had a chance to sit down with h...

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Integrity Sustains Favor

Favor is providence; divine momentum towards the things that we are meant to do. Favor is the smile of God as He opens doors, breaks down walls, and places us in greater spheres of influence. Integrity is the stoutne...

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His Invisible Qualities - Worship Photo Essay

Stephen Hart is a graphic designer, typographer, photographer, and artist who founded The Worship Project, a platform for worship to be displayed through visual art. In this photo essay, Stephen draws from Romans 1:2...

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Believing What You're Singing - Kristene DiMarco

WorshipU featured Kristene in our “Ask Me Anything” discussion and she answered questions about song-writing, her personal journey as a worship leader, and more. Join her as she shares her insight on all things worship.

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"Be Brave or Fall Apart"

Most of us can recall certain songs that have resonated with our spirits and created a soundtrack to the passing moments of our lives. Whether we are celebrating the victorious seasons or in need of a little inspirati...

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Passion for Jesus Unites Us All - Gabriel Wilson

Raised in the beautiful dynamic of a spirit-filled church next to a homeless shelter, Gabriel Wilson learned early on how to lead people in worship. It was in this swirling blend of passionate and sometimes misunderst...

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Member Highlight: Leigh's Story of Creating the Album "Bone by Bone"

As a student of WorshipU online since 2013 and also attending on campus in 2014, Leigh Patching’s worship band, The Bright Expression, recently released their debut album “Bone by Bone” (available on iTunes here). Rea...

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Behind the Song: Explode My Soul

Jonathan and Melissa Helser are worship leaders and songwriters whose hearts yearn to see a generation encounter the love of God. The songs they sing come from the journeys they have taken and the albums they have rec...

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Serving the Senior Pastor: Paul Baloche

In this video, Paul Baloche shares his experience of serving at the same church in Lindale, Texas for over 23 years under four different Senior Pastors. Paul talks about learning to work with pastors who have differen...

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WorshipU Chats: Steffany Gretzinger

Steffany Gretzinger grew up in a musical home and has been involved in worship ministry since she was a child. Steffany carries a powerful prophetic voice and pursues the Lord with raw passion, faith, and confidence i...

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Running Efficient Auditions

As the culture of worship develops and grows in your local church, no doubt you will find yourselves looking to expand your team. Here at Bethel Church, we have found that the most helpful way to add to our worship te...

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WorshipU Chats: Paul Baloche

Brian Johnson sat down with long-time worship leader and songwriter, Paul Baloche. Paul has been a worship leader for over twenty years and has written a number of familiar and award-winning worship songs, including “...

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Team Dynamics: Eric Johnson

In this video, pastor Eric Johnson shares his personal experience of building and leading a team. From his early beginnings as a youth pastor in the mountain town of Weaverville to becoming the senior leader over Beth...

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Freedom in Worship: Jacob Cook's Story

We all have our stories of defining moments in our lives, personal experiences that shaped who we are and how we have come to see and understand the nature of God. Jacob Cook travels with our team, speaking and minist...

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So You Want to Join the Worship Team?

If you’ve been leading worship for any length of time, you’ve almost certainly had to grapple with the following question: What do you do with people who honestly desire to serve the church and join the worship team, ...

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Songwriting: Overcoming Writer's Block

It’s the perfect time. The right feeling is in the air. Your heart feels pregnant with something to write – a concept, a poem, a song, perhaps? So you sit down to write and… nothing. You’re stuck.

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We Will Not Be Shaken

On a mountaintop north of Redding, California, the Bethel Music community gathered for an unforgettable evening of worship. The resulting live album and film portray breath-taking visuals and resound with hope.

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Lead, Direct, Trust: A Roadmap to Empowering Your Team

“Empowerment” has become a fancy buzzword in both church and secular culture these days. It appears on the covers of business books, in the rhetoric of political campaigns, and the titles of Sunday sermons.

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WorshipU Chats: Amanda Cook

Amanda Cook is an award-winning singer-songwriter and worship leader originally from Medicine Hat, Canada. She is part of the Bethel Music Artist Collective, ministering as a worship leader in the US and abroad.

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Hearing From God | Jenn Johnson

In this video, worship leader, Jenn Johnson, shares her experience of growing in relationship with God. Learning at a young age that the Lord speaks to us, Jenn describes her journey of learning not just to hear, but ...

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Building A Team of Excellence in a Small Church

If you are a worship leader trying to keep up with today’s modern worship sound, you have probably realized that it’s pretty difficult to recreate the epic orchestral, mesmerizing folk or powerful ‘wall-of-sound’ qual...

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WorshipU Chats: Brian Johnson and John Mark McMillan

John Mark McMillian is regarded as a prolific author of songs like “How He Loves” and “Future/Past,” but for John Mark, being a singer-songwriter and worship leader is about more than mastering a craft. He believes t...

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Worship: Where We've Come From and Where We Are Going

If you’ve been listening to worship music over the past twenty years, you can agree that church music has been an ever-growing work in progress. Whether you were saved during the Jesus movement, were one of the first ...

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WorshipU Chats: Matt Stinton

ecently, we had WorshipU students send in their questions for artist, worship leader, and songwriter, Matt Stinton. Matt is a Bethel Music artist who has written some powerful songs such as This Is What You Do, Draw N...

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Brave Communication for Worship Teams

As leaders or members of a worship team, we should constantly be learning how to communicate more effectively. This can be challenging when there are diverse personalities, backgrounds, attitudes, and communication st...

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Christmas Worship Setlist

It’s here again, sneaking up on worship leaders just like it did last year… it’s Christmas, which means that it’s time for us to pull out all of those Christmas songs that everyone wants to hear at church.

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WorshipU Chats: Brian Johnson and Matt Redman

Join Brian and Matt as they talk about family life, the importance of the local church, songwriting, and hunting.

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Future/Past - Song Review

John Mark McMillan has found his niche forging songs that balance inspiring imagery, Southern Rock ‘N’ Roll, and an authentic heart for worshiping God.

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Thanks Again! 7 Great Ways to Get (and Stay) Thankful

Whether you're having trouble maintaining a consistently thankful attitude…or you'd just like to be more thankful…we have a few tips that will greatly increase the level of gratitude in your life.

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The Power of Worship and Praise

Sometimes life puts us in situations where hope is hard to find. Though we know tragedy and dire circumstances are not God’s ultimate will for our lives, most, if not all of us, will face trials at some point in our j...

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7 Keys for Songwriting Inspiration

Whether in the stillness of the morning, the busyness of life, or in the midst of high praise, most worshipers have at least tasted of heavenly inspiration. In these moments we often find ourselves grasping for a pen ...

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Praise - The Most Powerful Weapon

Praise is a powerful weapon, more so than you may even realize. It has the uncanny ability to bring encouragement, breakthrough and encounters with the Holy Spirit, simultaneously strengthening us to overcome fear and...

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Sight and Sound: Encountering God Through the Visual Arts

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there were no limits on how we worshiped? What if the church wasn’t limited to worship through just music and sound? What if we expanded beyond what we hear and moved into the visual arts? Wh...

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Process, Revelation, and Growth - Steffany Gretzinger

In the entirety of our lives, we live for revelation and understanding - the result of process “completion”. But first, we must work through the layers of our lives to find healing and our desire for growth; to allow ...

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Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Song Review

Whether by dynamic sonic builds, or creative and bold declarations, Oceans (alternatively titled Where Feet May Fail), is decisively finding its way into the hearts of worshipers all around the world.

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Bridging the Gap: Pastors and Sound Techs

There is an age-old struggle that has been happening within the church - one that anyone who has gone behind the scenes will be able to recollect. It is the struggle between church leadership and the sound team.

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Raising Up the Tabernacle of David

One of God’s greatest promises addressed to the worshipping community is found in Amos 9:11: “In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up ...

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What Does It Take to be a Worship Leader?

Have you ever wondered if you really have what takes to be a worship leader? In a church culture full of sparkling lights and polished performances, simply finding a place to grow can seem like a sizable task. What qu...

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Songwriter Must Haves: 5 Tools of the Trade

Dear Songwriter, we know writing songs can be a difficult, scary, and frustrating process. Sometimes, it can be all three at once. It’s difficult to know if what you’re doing is right or wrong, inspired or insipid.

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Tips and Tricks for Vocal Health

From front and center stage to the floors of our bedrooms, as worshippers we are constantly using our voices to love and honor our King. To sing our heart out at max capacity, we must learn how to take care of the ins...

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4 Reasons Identity Wins

Does what you do define who you are? Does who you are determine what you do? And in the end, does it really matter? Yes, it absolutely matters.

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The Worshipper’s Guide to Rehearsals

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A Balanced Setlist: From Invitation to Encounter

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Spontaneous vs Prophetic Worship - Brian Johnson

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You Make Me Brave – Song Review

Bethel Music’s recently released live album, You Make Me Brave, is stirring up passion in worshipers everywhere, all to the tune of the title track, "You Make Me Brave". Written and performed by songwriter, Amanda Coo...

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Words Create Worlds

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Desiring His Presence Above All Else

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7 Core Values to Live By

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Creating a Culture of Worship – Jeremy Riddle

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10,000 Reasons - Song Review

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Easter Weekend Worship Set List

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Merry Christmas

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