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Worship Leader Institute is NOT just about making the music of church better, but rather a holistic approach that blends a robust theology of biblical worship with a culturally engaged approach to local church worship. While committed to seeing teams aim for a high level of musicality in worship, it is imperative that teams understand the goals of biblical worship and to know why that matters.


Who It Is For?

Track #1 - The Leader Track is designed to facilitate the training of worship leaders/pastors with a view to strengthening their theological understanding and practice of the church at worship, and to be able to craft a vision of worship ministry in their local context via a unified team approach.

  • Leaders will be invited to participate in a multi-session mini-course alongside peers from other churches in a collegial setting of learning and support. See Worship Leader Track below for a material covered.

  • It is our hope that the leadership track can be expanded to an online cohort in the very near future.

Track # 2 - The Teams Track is designed for churches who wish to bring their entire team of musician leaders and pastoral staff in order to bring unity of understanding about the role and purpose of worship ministry in the church. Having a clearer understanding of our role can bring 1) a greater sense of purpose to weekly engagement, and 2) a deeper sense of calling to those who serve the church in worship ministry. Moreover, being able to lead teams from a place of theological unity brings great joy, and liberates leaders from the distraction of "putting out fires" amongst team members.

  • Dr. Markin will teach 4 sessions to your gathered team(s), often bringing in a guest to speak on their particular expertise and be part of a closing Q&A panel. See Worship Teams Track below for an outline of suggested topics.

  • These sessions are ideal in person, where teams can do some small group work and spend time worshipping together in song in a conference-style time together. Contact us if you'd like to discuss doing a weekend training or mini-conference in your area!

Track #3 - The Mentoring Track is for those leaders who have gone through the Leader Track but would like the ongoing support of initiating and navigating new changes as envisioned for their community.

  • Types of assistance include ongoing coaching, service analysis, rehearsal preparation and execution, team-building strategies, and other needs as identified.

Leadership Approach

Forming leaders through a  3-fold approach: 

  1. Theological – developing a Biblical understanding of the role of worship in growing disciples in the local body.

  2. Devotional – cultivating the heart that leads one to become a more devoted worshipper and follower of Christ, the place from which we can lead others.

  3. Practical – addressing key and common challenges faced by leaders placed in leadership situations, both on and off the platform such as:

    1. Dealing with Criticism.

    2. Service Planning.

    3. Developing a vision for worship in your context.

    4. Learning to elevate your team's musicality.



Sessions will rooted in a training manual developed by Dr. Markin specifically for training worship teams and leaders. These are a series of 8 bible studies designed to teach theological principles in a way that's accessible to leaders of any educational background.

The Essential Elements of Christian Worship, Johnny Markin

The Essential Elements of Christian Worship

A study guide for developing a biblical theology of Christian worship.

By Johnny Markin

Worship Leader Track

Module 1 - What Is Biblical Worship?

  • Definitions of Biblical Worship - One word, many interpretations!

  • Revelation & Response - The pattern of biblical worship

Module 2 - The God We Worship

  • Theocentric Worship - Why worship is God-centred.

  • Christocentric Worship - Why worship is uniquely Jesus-focused.

  • Trinitarian Worship - What does it really mean to be 'Spirit-led' in worship?

Module 3 - Aspects of The Gathering

  • Forming mature saints through gathered worship.

  • Forming mature saints that scatter as worship.

  • Structures of Worship - Is there a biblical structure of gathered worship? What is liturgy?

Module 4 - Planning Foundations

  • Theology of Singing as worship

  • Song analysis

  • More Than Words - Taking care about what we say when we lead services.

  • The Lord’s Table/Communion - understanding historic & theological.

  • Creeds and their role in discipleship.

  • Prayers that form the faithful 


Worship Teams Track

Session 1 - Foundations 1:

Defining Biblical Worship 

  • What is Worship? 

  • The Right Object of Our Worship - How the Triune God draws us into worship.

Session 2 - Foundations 2:

The Response of the People 

  • Responding to God’s Self-Revelation.

  • We Gather to Scatter.

Session 3 - The Church at Worship 

  • Introduction to Liturgy - Why the structure of worship matters.

  • The Calling of NT Worship Leaders - What’s My Role in Ministry?

Session 4 - Putting It All Together

  • The Role of Music in Worship 

  • What lies behind planning a service?


Worship Teams Track WLI
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