Your role is vital.

Let us help you get equipped to be more
effective in your call.

Every worship leader wants to feel equipped to do the work of ministry.

We all want to have the knowledge, resources, and tools for leading people effectively.

You Need The Right Foundation To Become A More Effective Worship Leader

Sometimes, it’s just hard to know how to get help!

We’ve seen people struggle in ministry year after year, simply because no one has ever said to them, “Here are a few things that life and ministry must be centered on.”

Maybe you know what that struggle feels like… knowing what God has called you to do, but frustrated because you don’t know how to grow and develop in that area.

We all want to grow. We all want to lead with passion, excellence, and authenticity.

So, where's the problem?

Maybe you’ve got some unhealthy rhythms or leadership habits.

Maybe you feel isolated, burned out, or apathetic.

Perhaps there are some hidden barriers that are keeping you from fulfilling the calling God has placed on you to lead worship.

Or worse, maybe you’re just a the place of wanting to throw in the towel and quit leading worship all-together.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

As a team of worship leaders and artists serving the local church, we completely understand!

You are not alone.

Austin Stone Worship has spent the last 15 years leading and equipping worship leaders for effective ministry.

We’ve had the privilege of training hundreds of worship leaders in all different contexts around the globe, and we’d consider it an honor to walk alongside you in your journey of development and growth.

We are often asked,

The Church needs more worship leaders who are in love with Jesus, skilled in their craft, and leading from a deep place of humility and dependence on God.

We want to help you in the journey, because we know that it doesn’t happen accidentally.

Instead, becoming an effective worship leader requires sharpening and accountability… discipline and determination…

And we’re here to help.

It's called...

FOUNDATIONS is an online training program… a 5-module course that walks you through some of the healthy foundations of an effective worship leader.

Foundation 1 - THE WORD

Hear from pastors and artists with years of experience on how to make The Word central in your leadership both on and off the stage. Tony Merida, Matt Carter, Jesse Reeves, and other leaders talk about the Word being influential in their family, songwriting, and leadership. Hear how these leaders spend time in the Word so that it is infused into everything they do.

Foundation 2 - TOGETHERNESS

Togetherness is how God meant for us to live the Christian life. There is value and health in being connected with other believers. Learn how to foster a culture of togetherness within your team, your church and your city. Robbie Seay, Aaron Ivey, Jimi Williams from Worship Together, as well as several others, talk about how their personal community has helped shape and form their health as leaders, ways to cultivate togetherness, and how we as leaders can be vulnerable in our togetherness.

Foundation 3 - EXCELLENCE

Learn ways to help make your leadership all it can be to point people toward Jesus. Aaron Ivey, Micheal Bleecker (The Village Church) as well as several other Austin Stone Worship artists talk about both practical and philosophical ways to pursue excellence in ministry. We all need to be pushed in this area, right? To pursue excellence not for ourselves or for our ministry, but for God's glory.

Foundation 4 - ENGAGEMENT

As worship pastors we help people engage with God. One of the main reasons we worship is to engage with and respond to the Lord. To do this well, we have to know how to help people engage well, and to do that, we have to know our people. Hear from songwriters like Jesse Reeves, and Micheal Bleecker as well as other artists and leaders about how to shepherd your people well in engaging God and each other.

Foundation 5 - DEVELOPMENT

Investing in others is clear in the New Testament. Jesus calls us to make disciples and to train leaders. Tony Merida, Charlie Hall, Justin Cofield and others talk about the value and purpose behind developing others, as well as some practicals to help you get started.

What You'll Learn

  • How to incorporate the Word into your songwriting
  • Practical ways to be in the Word consistently
  • 3 reasons WHY we worship
  • How to better engage the people you lead
  • How to foster a culture of togetherness with your team
  • Practicals for set lists and Sunday planning
  • How to lead your team in pursuing excellence
  • Learn about the importance of your community shaping your leadership
  • Learn some ways other Worship Leaders are developing others
  • Hear how hospitality can do more in developing your team
  • And so much more!

Teachers & Presenters

Matt Carter Matt Carter, Preaching Pastor - Austin Stone Community Church
Aaron Ivey Aaron Ivey, Worship Pastor - Austin Stone Community Church
Tony Merida Tony Merida, Founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C.
Jimi Williams Jimi Williams, Vice president of Worship Resources at Capitol CMG publishing and Worship Together
Marcus Dawes Marcus Dawes, Worship Leader - Austin Stone Worship
Logan Walter Logan Walter, Worship Leader - Austin Stone Worship
Jimmie Ingram Jimmie Ingram, Worship Leader - Nashville, Tn
Brett Land Brett Land, Worship Leader - Austin Stone Worship
Robbie Seay Robbie Seay, Worship Leader/Songwriter - Bayou City Fellowship, Houston, Tx.
Jesse Reeves Jesse Reeves, Prolific songwriter/musician - Austin, Tx
Charlie Hall Charlie Hall, Worship Leader/Songwriter - Frontline Church, Oklahoma City, Ok.
Jeff Johnson Jeff Johnson, Worship Leader/Songwriter - Breakaway Ministries, College Station, Tx.
Michael Bleecker Michael Bleecker , Worship Pastor - The Village Church, Dallas, Tx.
Jaleesa McCreary Jaleesa McCreary, Worship Leader - Austin Stone Worship
Justin Cofield Justin Cofield, Worship Leader - Austin, Tx
Kyle Lent Kyle Lent, Director of Music - Austin Stone Worship
Jimmy McNeal Jimmy McNeal, Worship Leader - Austin Stone Worship


The price for this Course is $150 (or $30 a month for 6 months if you choose the monthly option). This course is an online training program, and just like any class, we have a beginning and an end. Plus, we don’t want you to wait any longer to become a more effective Worship Leader. Whether it’s your opportunity for a fresh start or a necessary restart, we'd love for you to join us. Register now by choosing an option and clicking below.

  • 5-Module Course
  • 3 Bonus Modules
  • Downloadable Guides & Resouces
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Online Community & Forums
  • 24/7 Access on any device
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*6 Payments of $30

If you have been looking for practical worship training that is rooted in biblical foundations than you must take the Austin Stone Worship Development courses. I have not come across anything that compares and I have a Masters of Divinity. Thank you so much to Aaron and the team for this gift!

Peter Wilson Peter Wilson

The Foundations proved true to it's name - the content has provided sure footing for my ministry. The blend of theological insight and practical examples make the course applicable for any leader. From the first 5 minutes, to the very last, I was challenged, encouraged, and inspired. Thanks for serving me, my family, and my church.

Dave Walker Dave Walker

Bonus Content

Bonus 1:

What Worship Has Become

Jesse Reeves is a songwriter and musician who has spent the past 20 years leading worship and writing songs like "How Great Is Our God" and "Here For You". After being a part of worship gatherings all over the world, Jesse brings a word to Worship Leaders everywhere that gives us pause to remember why we worship and to remember who we worship. Learn about how Worship is the expression of our intimacy with God.

Bonus 2:

How Worship Fuels Missions

Andy Kampman is the Director of Mobilization for the 100 People Network of the Austin Stone Community Church. He is an innovator in training people to share Jesus with Internationals. He has a tremendous passion for making Jesus known among the nations and in this teaching, he talks about how worship fuels that passion. Hear how Andy teaches people to let their passion for the lost be propelled  by the songs we worship to.

Bonus 3:

Interview with Jaleesa McCreary & Jourdan Johnson on Female Leadership

Jaleesa McCreary (Austin Stone Worship) and Jourdan Johnson (Jeff Johnson Band) are two women who have spent years leading and investing in women. They both have the experience to speak candidly about struggles, fears, healthy rhythms, and practical ways to strengthen your leadership. In this interview they talk about healthy disciplines for women in worship leadership, how to battle pride & insecurity, finding your place in leadership, setting expectations and much more!

I've been thrown in the deep end multiple times as a worship leader and have at times lacked strong leaders who can offer sufficient feedback and wisdom concerning my leadership.Having this course gave me tangible and practical ways to grow and improve as a worship leader.

Jacob Boyd Jacob Boyd

I was really searching for some solid resources to not only help in my growth as a leader but also pour back into my team! Austin Stone makes it so easy to do both and do it well. Practical, real and encouraging. Thank you!

Rachael Thomas Rachael Thomas

Foundations comes with a 30-day Money-Back Guarantee. If you decide during that time that it's not right for you, just let us know and you’ll be issued a full and prompt refund. Just send an email to and we will promptly refund your money. No questions asked. 

Imagine how it would feel to have a "why" for everything you do in your ministry. To be able to say with confidence that you feel equipped to lead and serve in a higher capacity.

Imagine how that would feel...

  • Imagine if you were able to lead your team to higher and more authentic level of togetherness
  • Imagine setting and casting the vision for where your ministry is going and WHY!
  • Imagine leading from a healthy spot and not feeling like you're treading water.
  • Imagine pursuing excellence, not from a competitive stance or from prideful motivations, but to aim people to Jesus.

Two Options To Help You Become
A More Effective Worship Leader

  • 5-Module Course
  • 3 Bonus Modules
  • Downloadable Guides & Resouces
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Online Community & Forums
  • 24/7 Access on any device
Get Started >>
*6 Payments of $30

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions...

  • q-iconIs there a guarantee?

    Yes…all our trainings have a 30-day, no-questions-asked guarantee. In other words, if you aren’t happy for any reason, just let us know and we’ll give you your money back.

  • q-iconWill I receive anything in the mail?

    No. Foundations is a digital course. You will not have to wait for this program to arrive in the mail. You can get access to the entire Foundations course within minutes of your purchase.

  • q-iconWhat happens after I purchase the Foundations Course?

    After you submit your order, you’ll receive a login (username and password) via email. This is how you’ll access the Member Dashboard. That’s where you’ll find all of the Modules, Lessons, bonuses and downloadable resources. You will also receive an e-mail confirmation of your purchase.

  • q-iconHow long will it take to get access to the Foundations Course?

    Immediate. Your login and access information will be sent to the email address you provide, and from there you will be able to access the Member Dashboard and all content from the Foundations from the Foundations training program.

  • q-iconAre scholarships available?

    Yes, scholarships are available. We do not want money to be a barrier for you to become a more effective worship leader. If money is a legitimate barrier for you, send us an email at with “Scholarship” in the subject line and we can send you info about scholarship options.

  • q-iconCan I get access to the course all at once or is it delivered weekly?

    We encourage you to go through just one module each week for you to process through and apply the next steps for that particular week. Since this is a training program, we encourage you to go through our provided course outline. After you’ve completed the Modules, you will continue to have access to all of the content, as well as the bonus content and downloadable resources.

  • q-iconAre my credit/debit card details secure?

    Yes. All payments are processed through our encrypted payment processor and are 100% secure.

  • q-iconWhat if I have a question or need support?

    We’re here to help! Send us an email at and we will be glad to assist you in any way we can!

  • q-iconWill all the modules be available on demand for me to review until the class is over?

    Yes, all the modules will be available on demand even after the class is completed. After the class is over you will have ongoing access to all of the material and resources. And if you have difficulty attending due to work or travel you can always circle back around to any of the modules after they are open. Feel free to go at your own pace.  

  • q-iconAre all of the course modules available right away?

    All modules are available as soon as you enter the course, but we suggest going through our suggested lesson path and not skipping around.

  • q-iconCan I go through the Course with another person, my spouse or a group?

    The progress, account info, content and login info for the Foundations Course is personalized to you as a student, so the Course is only designed for individuals who have purchased the Course.

  • q-iconCan I access the previous weeks' content or will the content close each week?

    Once the content is released to you, you will always have access to it. The content will not close as long as you are a paid registrant in good standing. There is no time limit to completing each Module.