Take Your Easter Experience to the Next Level
Your Easter service is likely THE most attended of any other holiday. Since some of these visitors may only walk through your doors (or stream your service) once or twice a year, it’s important to engage and interact in meaningful ways. No pressure, right?
We know the holidays can be stressful for worship leaders, from coordinating programs to recruiting volunteers and planning Easter services to choosing and rehearing the music, all to celebrate the hope of the resurrection. We get it; it’s no small undertaking! But, with a few key tools and resources, you can reach, gather, and inspire your community this Easter and every Sunday to come (because that’s ultimately the goal, right?!)
Here at CCLI, our mission is to educate and equip the church. We’ve put together some of our favorite resources to help you plan, prepare, and elevate your Easter services.
How many times have you found yourself staying up late to finish a presentation? Or needing to transfer presentations and media from home to church? WorshipTools creates software tools to equip your worship team and enhance your congregation’s experience. You can build your service flow by adding items, songs, notes, and details. Your service flow instantly syncs with Presenter and Music Stand so that you create it once, and it’s complete. The service is shareable and printable, so your whole team is on the same page.
Let’s talk about two ways WorshipTools can work for you, specifically Presenter and Music Stand. Presenter is a simple presentation solution designed exclusively for churches and ministries. Presenter’s core is Cloud Sync, which allows you to sync all your presentation assets with the cloud giving you the freedom to access your song lyrics, videos, images, and cue lists from any computer.
With additional features such as powerful and easy to edit setlists, creative motion loops, built-in Bibles, remote and stage display, and seamless integration with SongSelect and Music Stand, it’s hard to beat the ease and flexibility of Presenter for planning your service. And the best part, it’s free!
We mentioned Music Stand above, and it’s worth mentioning again. Music Stand allows you to build worship setlists easily. You can find the chart and transpose it to the desired key with just the song’s name. Your worship team can easily switch chord chart types and modify lyrics and chords quickly. Each musician can easily take notes, add comments, and markup their music. And worship leaders can add songs or change keys on the fly with automatic updates across devices. By connecting Music Stand to Presenter, musicians will automatically advance their music pages.
Loop provides worship leaders with quality and affordable tracks, hardware, software & training. They make using tracks simple so you can focus on what matters.
Are you a smaller church looking to create a bigger sound for your Easter celebration? Or maybe you want to fill some instrumental holes you couldn’t fill otherwise. Look no further. Loop offers community tracks, Multi Tracks, master tracks, and premium tracks.
With the largest catalog of tracks at great prices, check out Loop’s selection of Easter tracks to enhance the sound of your band and fill in for missing musicians. To make using tracks in worship even easier, Loop created the free Prime App that saves time by inputting your tracks and setlists together. You can download it in the app store today,
Worship Artistry is the best way to practice and learn worship music online. Members have access to over 500 lessons with transposable chord charts, sheet music, notation, and tabs.
Features such as instrument-specific skill-building lessons, rehearsal mixes to isolate and play your part, and vocal mixes with harmony track-switching make this online tool invaluable to worship teams. Interactive song lessons provide as much or as little teaching as a musician needs; beginners can watch in-depth instruction while advanced players can watch play-throughs and check the chord charts.
The library of praise and worship songs is updated weekly with the latest worship songs and includes tried and true pieces sung for centuries. Looking for something specific for Easter? You can find Easter-themed songs in their online tutorials. Don’t have a 30-piece band featured on the newest recording of your favorite worship song? Most churches don’t. So they arrange each song for a 5-piece. Don’t have a team? Each guitar and keyboard lesson features a solo chapter for leading the music on your own.
In addition to the actual worship services, the Easter season is a time to gather and celebrate as a community. From egg hunts to spring concerts, Lenten retreats to seminars, music plays a huge role in setting the groundwork for fellowship opportunities.
With the PERFORMmusic License from Christian Copyright Solutions, you can rest easy knowing that all the music played or performed outside of your services is covered. Over 28 million Christain and secular songs are covered.
Built by worship leaders and musicians, for worship leaders and musicians, PraiseCharts is a leading online resource for worship ministries around the world. They produce a wide variety of downloadable sheet music and tracks written to match the unique arrangements of the original recordings, plus offer direct integrations available with SongSelect (CCLI) and applications like OnSong and Planning Center.
Do you struggle to fill a weekly blank setlist, while keeping the songs fresh and engaging, relevant to the message, tuned into a calendar season or theme, and singable for the congregation? With a deep catalog of over 26,000 songs (and growing), PraiseCharts is designed to meet those needs. Site features include easy-to-search song titles (even partial or misspelled), curated song lists of any theme, tempo, style, or season, and specialized tools like the Key Finder located below their chart previews.
From chord charts, piano and lead sheets, choir sheets, stage charts, orchestrations, and individual instrument parts, to multitracks, patches, and audio tracks, you will find the resources you need to equip more musicians and vocalists of varying skills and abilities to participate in ways that bring confidence to your team, excellence to your sound, and engagement with your congregation.
No matter how your church celebrates this year, we hope these tools and resources help make planning, preparing, and celebrating the joy of Easter just a little bit easier, allowing you to focus on spreading the Good News with your congregation.