For Ministries

Music Articles

​NT Music Ministry Quick Start

In Praise of Mainstream Music (email for database access)

​​5 Crucial Songleading Techniques   

10 Ways to Freshen Your Music Ministry

Worship Arts Articles

Order of Worship - Worship Arts pt I 

Toolbox - Worship Arts pt II

For guest speakers - basic slide do's and don'ts 

Contact me for help on these topics and more including Multi-media Worship Arts, Quality Assurance, Resolving Staff conflicts, Appreciative Inquiry, How to Book Artists, and much more. 

More great articles from other authors

Top Ways to Improve Your Ministry -Odel

Shamanic Practice -Rosenberger 

​Spiritual Visioning Roadmap - Beckwith

Music in Ministry Handbook - Mekdeci/Riley

Service Repertoire

Empower Music And Arts

Musicnotes digital sheet music

Contact me for help finding repertoire that fits your ministry's profile, demographics and values. 


Consults for your ministry are tithe-based, so all ministries are invited to contact me for support, no matter what your finances look like.  

Erin McGaughan 


Meeting planners:  I'm thrilled to customize to your group's goals, for measurable impact, 

Make Me an Instrument
Do you sing, paint, write, dance, play, or create for your Divine?  

And would you like some humans to appreciate it, too?   

This session explores what it means to be an  artist in service, embodying and empowering full expression of Spirit in your community.   

Come and crack open a treasure trove of spiritual gold:   bliss and fear, illusion and revelation, pride and shame, jealousy, empathy, discipline, connection and much more.  Highly interactive.    
For artists of any discipline, any level.  120-180 mins.

5 Crucial Techniques for Leading Worship Song
Humans learned early: group singing makes a strong tribe.  In this fun and supportive context, singers learn specific techniques in timing, tone, body language and eye contact that solidify a group in song.   Based on my recent paper, this energizing, interactive session will bump up your leading skills, and amplify your grouo's singalong satisfaction.

For singers of moderate skill and up. 90-120 mins. Mic recommended.

Some recent originals from church

Email for charts and access to full library

Wherever I Am - closing singalong

All Things are Changing - slow, meditation

Spirit Help Me Walk - funky slow​

I Can turn My Eyes to God - meditation chant

Unity Chant - midtempo, diversity

Hear O Israel - shma prayer call/response

5 Basics + 12 Powers - Unity teaching tune

I Can Feel the Love - slow, meditation
Cekiyayo -  Four Directions blessing

Don't You Know You Walk with God - blues

Show Us the Way - for use with Chinook blessing
Oh Oh I Got to let Go - uptempo 
More Than Words - meditation chant
Stand for Love - disco singalong

​Strong to Love - slow, present moment
​All That I Am - slow affirmation
This is the Day - blues, easy, welcome song

Hallelujah Sing to the New Day - welcome song

​There is a Gift -  meditation chant
I See the Spirit - retro uptempo
Baruch Hashem Adonai - jewish thanks

So Many Faces of God

video created by Lori Sandoval of Paris Lights Photography

featuring Rafe Pearlman, Laura Berman and Stefan Mitchell

Cover tunes from this century that work

(no, the Beatles aren't contemporary.)

One - Birdtalker

Moving Forward - Hezekiah Walker

​Let Go - DeWayne Woods

Great Unknown - Jukebox the Ghost

Wunderkind - Alanis Morissette

This is Me - Greatest Showman

Mighty River - Mary J Blige

Beautiful - India Arie

No Looking Back - Damita

Define Me - Ryan Amador

Awake My Soul - United Pursuits

Awake my Soul - Mumford

Suitcases - Dara MacClean

Yes - Shekinha Glory Ministry

This is the New Year - Great Big World

Free to be Me - Francesca Batistelli

Let it Rise - William Murphy

Hills and Valleys - Tauren Wells

Constant Angel - Ramin Karimloo

Peace Be Upon Us - Sheryl Crow

Brother - Needtobreathe

Melody of you - Sixpence None the Richer

Yahweh - We Will Worship

I Lived - One Republic

Oceans - Hillsong United

Do Something - Matthew West

Brave - Sara Bareilles

Head Full of Doubt - Avett Brothers

Send Your Love - Sting

Bigger than my Body - John Mayer

Better Way - Ben Harper

Free Me - Joss Stone

Home - Phillip Phillips

Soar - Christina Aguilera

Best Day of My Life - American Authors

Fight Song - Rachel Platt

Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen

Read All About it - Emilie Sande

Afterlife - Ingrid Michaelson

I Dare you to Move - Switchfoot

Martyrs and Thieves - Jennifer Knapp

Wild I Am - Vocal Few

They That Wait - Fred Hammond

Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne

Move Forward - Bethany Dillon

Soul on Fire - Third Day

Who You Are - Jessie J

"This is great!" 
Really?  Then would you please:

Worship Arts: Connected and Alive
What we used to call “music ministry” exploded into the Technicolor field of Worship Arts  --   music, movement, liturgy, visuals, digital media, experiential and interactive worship, and entirely new forms of community engagement in worship.   It's deep and dangerous, connected and alive, and natural to all of us.  What is a Worship Artist?   You are.  For ministry leaders and stakeholders. 2-3 hours.

If this site helps you, tithe to it.

You make sharing work.

Choral Core Strength

What's your choir's primary job?  Is it doing it?   
Too often choirs waste their time on outdated strategies, repertoire, exercises and performance habits that worked for some other choir in some other world.  In this highly interactive, fun and very noisy session, we'll find the real leverage points and focus your choir's power.  For most ministries, the choir gives more volunteer hours than any other single group, so let's make those hours golden.   

For any church choir.  2-3 hours, or full day retreat. Requires an advanced consultation with the director.


Present to Win

How's your stage presence?   How do you KNOW?  
Whether you're a brand new platform speaker dealing with nerves and mic technique, or you're an experienced minister who'd like to break out of your pigeon hole, this session teaches you to use your body language for maximum leverage. I bring my experience as a TED Talk coach and union stage actor, so you can deliver your gifts, right here and now, every time. 

For general audience. 90-120 mins. Mic recommended