An online training program to help you grow in the practical skills of leading worship.

We believe that leading worship is a privilege and a high calling, but it can also feel daunting when you lack the necessary skills and practices to lead effectively.

And often, it can be difficult to find a clear path to development.

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

Do you struggle with the practical skills of leading worship?

  • Do you wonder if you are heading in the right direction?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the tasks required for Sunday?
  • Do you know which area of your leadership deserves priority?
  • Are you struggling to find development opportunities?
  • Do unclear expectations leave you feeling in the dark?
  • Do you need help setting clear vision for your team?

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

You are not alone.

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.

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're here to help.

In this course we've collected the practices and wisdom of 19 experienced worship leaders, pastors, and ministry leaders.

PRACTICALS is an online training program with 6-modules that provides practical knowledge and skills for leading worship.

Module 1 - LITURGY

Worship services are built on liturgy; songs, prayers and other elements strung together that help us respond to God in worship. In this module you’ll hear from Logan Walter, Marcus Dawes and other worship leaders on crafting a call to worship, thinking intentionally about song selection and how to tie it all together with verbal and musical transitions.


The stronger we are as musicians, the freer we are to engage with God and the people he’s called us to lead. The Bible has much to say about musical excellence and the role that it plays in corporate worship. Because of this, we know that continuing to grow in our craft is well worth the effort! Jaleesa McCreary, Kyle Lent, Jarryd Foreman and others discuss some practical ways to help you and your team learn to memorize songs, better prepare for rehearsals and model worship through countenance.


As both shepherds and artists, many of us long to find ways to serve the church and bring glory to God through the expression and celebration of the creativity he’s given us. The rub often comes in trying to figure out what it looks like, practically speaking, to close that gap. In this module Brett Land, Brian Lundin and others provide some helpful tools, resources and processes to help get you started in songwriting, finding inspiration and thinking creatively about environments.


God calls us to care for our own souls and to care for the souls of others he’s placed around us. We all desire to do that well and to be a leader worth following but sometimes figuring out what that looks like on the ground can be tricky. This module explores a few ways to think about the task of biblical leadership and how to better love and lead others. Hear from Matt Blackwell, Jimmy McNeal and other leaders about self-feeding from the word, discipleship and handling conflict.


One of the greatest joys and responsibilities we have as worship leaders is to help build, grow and care for our teams. The work God has called us to within our ministry was never meant to be done alone and will require the effort, time and talents of all kinds of people. This means that serving the church well starts with serving our teams well! In this module, Chris Collins, Aaron Ivey, Dietrich Schmidt and others share about casting vision for your team, growing healthy team culture and giving honest feedback that helps spur your team on to greater effectiveness.


Whether you’re standing on a stage with an instrument or in the back of the room behind a soundboard, make no mistake, you’re a worship leader. Now, more than ever, there’s a great need for skilled men and women who can use lighting, sound and other production elements to create distraction-free environments that invite the people of God into to worship by using technology to magnify the name of Jesus. That’s what this module is about. You’ll hear from Matthew Moore, James Muturi, Kyle Lent and others about lighting, mixing basics, monitor mixing and the production philosophy behind it.

What You'll Learn

  • How to cast vision to your team
  • How to structure your ministry
  • How to select band members, and give feedback
  • How to define your values as a ministry
  • How to run tracks in worship with Ableton Live
  • How to get a good monitor mix
  • Basics of audio and lighting for worship environments
  • How to craft a Sunday liturgy
  • How a leader deals with conflict
  • Disciplines to start songwriting
  • How to tune your church's drum set
  • How to have a productive band rehearsal
  • How to pick songs and choose keys
  • The Nashville Numbers System
  • And so much more!

Course Instructors

Aaron Ivey Aaron Ivey, Pastor of Worship - Austin Stone Community Church
Chris Collins Chris Collins, Director of Worship - Austin Stone Community Church
Jaleesa McCreary - Austin Stone Community Church Jaleesa McCreary - Austin Stone Community Church, Worship Leader
Matt Blackwell Matt Blackwell, South Campus Pastor - Austin Stone Community Church
Matthew Moore Matthew Moore, Director of Production - Austin Stone Community Church
Logan Walter Logan Walter, Director of Worship - Providence Church, Frisco, Tx
Ryan Robertson Ryan Robertson, Lead Audio Engineer - Austin Stone Community Church
James Maturi James Maturi, Audio Engineer/Campus Production Manager - Austin Stone Community Church
Dietrich Schmidt Dietrich Schmidt, Worship Leader/Keys Player - Austin Stone Community Church
Philip Ellis Philip Ellis, Director of Resources/Drummer - Austin Stone Community Church
Justin Cofield Justin Cofield, Worship Leader - Austin, Tx
Brett Land Brett Land, Worship Leader/Songwriter - Austin Stone Community Church
Marcus Dawes Marcus Dawes, Worship Leader/Songwriter - Austin Stone Community Church
Halim Suh Halim Suh, Pastor of Teaching and Theology - Austin Stone Community Church
Jarryd Foreman Jarryd Foreman, Worship Leader/Director of Development - Austin Stone Community Church
Brian Lundin Brian Lundin, Story Team Producer, Lead Writer - Austin Stone Community Church
Kyle Lent Kyle Lent, Director of Music/Producer/Guitar Player - Austin Stone Worship
Jimmy McNeal Jimmy McNeal, Worship Leader - Austin Stone Community Church
Daniel Darnell Daniel Darnell, Worship Leader/Campus Production Manager - Austin Stone Community Church


  • 6-Module Course
  • Downloadables
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Online Community & Forums
  • 24/7 Access on any device
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*6 Payments of $30

Practicals 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. 

Bonus Content

Bonus 1:

Q & A Session with Austin Stone Worship Staff

In this 25 minute audio recording taken from an Austin Stone Worship Pastor Intensive, you'll hear from several Austin Stone Worship leaders as they give practical advice and answers to questions from an group of 30 worship leaders. In this session they have an in depth conversation about co-writing,  about loving people enough to "cut" them, and about how to balance your heavy workload while developing your team members.

Bonus 2:

Healthy Band Dynamics

In this hour long teaching, Aaron Ivey and Kyle Lent teach the Austin Stone Worship staff on how to have healthy band dynamics. Aaron explains that each worship leader has the unique role of leading and casting vision to their band, and then gives some very specific steps for leading and nurturing a healthy band.

Bonus 3:

The Austin Stone Worship Manifesto

Sit down with Austin Stone Worship at one of our monthly Worship Collective gatherings where Aaron Ivey reminds the Worship Collective - our team of creatives using their unique gifts to serve our church and city - what we will strive to be like as a team.

Our hope is that by the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • Set vision for your ministry
  • Shape the culture of your team
  • Establish healthy and effective ministry practices
  • Train and equip others
  • Confidently lead with undistracting excellence
  • Articulate biblical convictions for worship
  • Be encouraged and inspired by a community of worship leaders
  • Lead worship with passion, authenticity, and excellence

Payment Options

  • 6-Module Course
  • Downloadables
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Online Community & Forums
  • 24/7 Access on any device
Enroll Now >>
*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. Practicals is a digital course. You will not have to wait for this program to arrive in the mail. You can get access to the course within minutes of your purchase.

  • q-iconWhat happens after I purchase the Practicals 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, 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 Practicals 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 of the Practicals course.

  • 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?

    You will have immediate access to all of the course material. 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 forever?

    Yes, all the modules will be available to stream or download when you register. You will have ongoing access to all of the material and resources. Feel free to go at your own pace.  

  • 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 Practicals course is personalized to you as a student, so the course is only designed for individuals who have purchased the course.