Every church should have a CCLI License. This blanket license gives you permission to display the lyrics of 300,000+ songs on your screens or on paper. This license DOES NOT give you permission to copy music. Pricing is based on church size and is billed annually. CLICK HERE for a pricing chart.
The Rehearsal License is an optional add-on to the CCLI License that gives you permission to share original recordings with your team so they can prepare for worship. If you distribute songs digitally or any other way that prevents your team from having to purchase the song, you need this license. 99% of churches can be covered for less than $200/year. This is money well spent.
The Streaming License is an optional add-on to the CCLI License that allows you to stream (or podcast) the music portion of your service without paying copyright fees. This license covers Facebook, Youtube and all other streaming platforms. Pricing is based on church size and most churches can be covered for less than $100/year.
The Church Video License gives your church permission to show movie clips and full length feature films in your services and programs. This license is great for kids ministries and sermon illustrations. The Total Producer Package not only covers you legally, but also gives you access to download movie clips from ScreenVue.com. Pricing is based on church size. CLICK HERE for a pricing chart.
Christian Copyright Solutions offers multiple products to help with your church licensing needs. The PERFOM License will cover (almost) everything that your CCLI License doesn’t. If you play lobby music, hold music, music during outdoor events, VBS or outreach events, you need this license to cover those activities. CCLI only covers music played during your normal service times. In addition to worship music, the CCS Licenses cover secular and holiday music. Annual pricing is based on church size. 0-199 – $229/year | 200-499 – $329/year | 500-1999 – $600/year.
EasySongLicense helps you get the appropriate permissions to use songs for any use. This site would be especially helpful if you were creating a worship album and needing to get licensing done on multiple songs. For $149/song they do all the leg work for you. This fee is worth the hassle and time you will spend getting the permissions yourself.
Church Base is an All-In-One Church Management software solution. It includes a digital giving suite (included), a church app, a website builder, a sermon engine and a church management system – ChMS. There are no subscriptions, just a one-time setup fee. This is a great solution for churches on a tight budget.
A leading church management system, Church Community Builder is a suite of apps designed to engage every person who interacts with your church. With CCB you can plan services, check-in kids, manage your groups and more. Pricing is based on weekly attendance and there are three pricing tears depending on which apps you need. The Standard Package is: 100+ = $120/month | 250+ = $170/month | 500+ = $270/month.
Churchtrac.com is an all-in-one CMS (Church Management System). Eliminate the need for multiple apps or companies because they have everything you need to manage your church; plan services, accounting, schedule volunteers, check in kids, create budgets and more. Pricing is based on the number of users in your database and stars at $15/month for 75 people. Get unlimited users for just $60/month, which is a great price for everything they offer.
EasyWorship 7 is a simple worship presentation software. It allows you to easily display lyrics, videos, scriptures and graphics on your screens. Purchase a subscription for $24/month or $240/year or avoid the monthly fees by making a one time purchase of $500. EasyWorship only works on PC.
Google has amazing tools that are free for everyone to use. Google Suite is a collection of apps that can be used for data management, word processing, scheduling, calendars and more. These apps are web-based so there’s no need to download any software and they work anywhere you have internet access. The colaboration tools (and the fact that they are free!) make G Suite a great option when choosing software to manage your church.
Simply put, you should seriously consider using Planning Center apps in your church. Their suite of apps will help you get better at managing nearly every aspect of your church. They help you plan services, schedule volunteers, check-in kids, register people for events, manage groups, organize your facilities and so much more. Pricing is based on the number of users you have for each app and you only pay for the apps you need. The People App is 100% free no matter how large your church is.
The definitive leader when it comes to worship presentation software is Propresenter 7 by Renewed Vision. If you can think of it, Propresenter can do it. This stable software works on MAC and PC and has dozens of features that will make your lyrics and graphics look great for every service. Pricing is simple, $399/one computer or $999/20 computers (perfect for churches!)
TechSoup functions as a middle man between non-profits and software companies to provide software for a fraction of the retail cost. Churches with a 501c3 status can request software from Microsoft, Adobe, Inutit (Quick Books), Symantec and others. This is totaly legit. Example: Get the entire Microsoft Office suite for $29. That’s not monthly, that’s the total cost.
VesselWorship is a simple and clean app that helps you plan worship services and communicate with your team. It works on iOS and desktop and the intuitive features will help you get up and running in no time. If you have less than 15 team members, you can use the basic app for free! Upgrade to premium for $15/month or $150/year. Vessel is created by Raymond Gregory subscribe to him on YouTube for resources and devotional encouragement.
WorshipExtreme is a presentation software specifically designed for churches. It’s a simple interface that anyone can control. It works on MAC and PC and the base version is 100% free! Smaller churches will find this software extremely (see what I did there) helpful. Upgrade to the Pro Version ($15/month or $162/year) or the Pro Plus Version ($25/month or $255/year) to unlock all the features WorshipExtreme has to offer.
WorshipPlanning is a cloud-based software that makes it easy to plan your services and communicate with your team. Pricing is based on how many people are planning your services. 1 Planner = $15/month (this option will be great for most churches) | 5 Planners = $25/month | 10 Planners = $50/month. Save yourself a lot of headache and use a tool that was designed specifically to help leaders plan worship services.
WorshipTrac can help you plan worship services quickly and simply. This web-based software will keep you on track from week to week and help you communicate with your team. This is the most cost effective solution for planning worship. Pricing is simple: $4/month (solo), $8/month (email) or $12/month (email & text) depending on your prefered meathod of communication.
Worship Leader Training
Jake Goslin over at ChurchFront helps people lead gospel-centered and tech-savy worship. They have a ton of free resources (blog, youtube, podcast) to help you understand tech and how to use it most effectively in your church. Download the free tool kit and check out WorshipLeaderSchool.com for more training.
If you need help with your marketing efforts (and don’t we all?), CMU is an all-inclusive video training library to help you reach more people in your city. Ryan Wakfield and his team have produced over 30 courses to help you learn nearly every aspect of marketing and the best practices for churches to reach more people. Your entire team can access the courses and downloadable resources for $297/month or $2997/year.
ChurchTrainingAcademy helps churches (no matter their size or budget) navigate our digital world and master digital tools to help fulfill the Great Commission. Dave Curlee and Justin Nava will help you maximize your ministry. Download the free Living Streaming Guide or become a member to access all current and future trainings for $37/month or $399/year.
MusicAdemy has in-depth traning for worship leaders and musicians. They have 100+ courses for instruments, vocalists, sound techs and worship leaders. You can purchase each course individually or sign up for a complete subscription which will give you access to every course they offer. This is a huge value at only $30/month or $180/year for single users.
There are 168 hours in a week. ProChurchTools helps you reach people the other 167 hours people aren’t at your church. Brady Shearer and his team produce outstanding resources that will help you get better at communication, marketing, social media and more. Subscribe to their Youtube channel and podcast to stay connected.
Help your team be ready for every rehearsal by giving them access to individual vocal and instrumental parts. A division of Multitracks.com, RehearsalMix highlights individual parts allowing your team to clearly hear what they should play and follow along. Purchase a “seat” for each member of your team.
5 seats = $17/month 10 seats = $25/month 20 seats = $40/month.
SundayU can help your church get better at communication, marketing, promotion, social media, technology and more. Many of their videos are free and they offer several other resources that will help you thrive. Become a member for $37/month or $297/year to receive access to over 300 videos and traning materials. Also, subscribe to their podcast for more training.
WorshipCircle is an exclusive worship leader training program that takes place over a 6 or 12 month period. Led by Todd Fields, this training includes homework, reading, and monthly small group sessions. The cost is $299/month or $499/month to get exclusive one-on-one coaching.
Jared Messer is a former Nashville musician who created WorshipMusicAcademy to help worship musicians honor God with their skills and tallents. He has a course on Worship Piano and one on Worship Guitar. Each course is only $29 and you have lifetime access once you purchase.
Jon Nicol has produced dozens of training resources for worship leaders. He has video workshops and training manuals. He also offers coaching and mentoring. And he can even train your entire team in a live setting. If you’re just looking for free resources, his blog is a great place to start.
Brandon Dempsey provides coaching and hands-on training for worship leaders and their teams. Access over 800 videos and resources for $10/month or upgrade to everything for $20/month. You can also purchase ebooks, books and webinars to help you grow as a worship leader.
Get training for worship leading, guitars, vocalists, song writing, leadership and more through WorshipTraining. With a subscription you and your team can access all the training videos whenever you want, or you can follow a recommended training program. Single user pricing is $19/month (billed yearly), 10 users is $29/month (billed yearly) or 25 users for $39/month (billed yearly).
WorshipU equips worship teams to lead people into a profound experience with God. Founded by Bethel Worship Collective, they have over 500 hours of lessons to help you grow as a worship leader. Get started for $9.95/month or get the entire library for $19.95/month. They also have team options starting at $75/month for 5 members.
End bad feedback with ChurchMix.com and help everyone on your team improve their craft of mixing sound. They have easy-to-understand courses that are broken down into bit-sized modules and quizzes. Track your teams progress and send them specific courses as they need it. Plans start at $25/month for 5 team members – a great deal to help you achieve great sound in your church.
You can acheive quality sound every week. ChurchSoundBootCamp.com comprises 35 online training modules you can take at your own pace, that will demystify the sound console and everything else related to sound. Even season veterans will learn from this comprehensive training. The course is $97 for individuals or $79/person for teams of 3 or more. Curt Taipale has been serving churches for nearly 40 years. He can help your church as well.
ChurchSoundUniversity.com is designed specifically for sound techs that require flexibility in their training. The content has been created with churches in mind and totals 7 hours of online training. Courses start at $49 or get every course for $79. Your volunteer sound techs will appreciate the practical training these courses provide.
Stephen Maddox from Hillsong UK has over 18 years of ministry experience. He knows what churches need because he’s been there. These 32 courses from ChurchUniversity.com will help everyone on your team produce excellent sound every week. But these courses go beyond the basics of mixing sound. They help guide you in recruiting volunteers, building a healthy culture, navigating opinions of the congregation and more. Get every course for $597 and share the courses with everyone on your team.
Kade Young and the team at CollaborateWorship.com will teach you how to master sound at your church. Kade breaks down technical issues & equipment in a way that anyone can understand. His Youtube channel provides helpful tips and tricks you can use every week. If you want to dive deep, be sure to check out his courses.
James Wasem knows church sound. In fact, he wrote a book on it! GreatChurchSound.com will help the volunteers in your church gain the confidence they need to mix audio with excellence each week. He has several courses to help you dive deep and even an app that will give you tips and tricks on demand and the tools you need to produce great sound. Get the book on Amazon for just $17 or enroll in one of his courses for $47-$297.
Rob Mazes has trained thousands of everyday musicians on how to produce a pro recording at home. He cuts through the noise to help you understand the essential elements you need to focus on in order to get a great sounding mix. He has several courses where you can dive deep into spefics like EQ, Compression, Pro Vocals and more. They start at $97. Be sure to check out his YouTube Channel for great tips or sign up for his free course here.
MXU.rocks is a premier church training resource. They have over 250 videos that help with every area of church production. Learn audio, lighting, cameras, videos and so much more. Get individual access for only $180/year or upgrade to MXU teams and give your entire team the training they need for just $99/month (paid yearly) or $199/month. Be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel for lots of free training.
ProductionOnline.com has premium training videos from some of the top professionals in the worship industry. They have over 100 videos on everything from audio, to broadcast to lighting and more. A subscription will give you access to all their videos and future trainings. A single user license is $50/month. A team license varies depending on how many users you have.
Scott Adamson knows a thing or two about mixing live audio. He tours with Grammy winning artists and has put the things he’s learned after 20 years in the industry, into an easy to understand training course. This course includes over 100 videos and is only $197/year. He also has two free courses you can start taking today. Check out his YouTube channel for great tips and advice.
Johnny Ragin and Matt Borsic produce simple audio training courses to help sound technicians get better at their craft. They have 3 main courses for sale. Drums Masterclass, Sound Guy Essentials and X32 Masterclass. Each course is $147.
Jake Goslin and his team have created a growing list of training videos that will make you a better worship leader. The course library includes videos on planning, equiping your band, lighting, sound and several other aspects of worship ministry. Sign up for their free training or contact them to see if their program is a good fit for your needs.
Make a website you’ll be proud of. Aboundant has a unique questionaire that is used to build your initial website. Then you can update or change whatever you want, whenever you want. Pricing is $180/year or upgrade to pro features for $336/year. They also have weekly traning videos that will help you make your website even better.
ChurchPlantMedia helps churches, schools, missions organizations and other ministries build great looking websites. Simply answer a few questions and pick a design template you like to get started. Everything is included for $50/month and a one-time setup fee of $500. Every website is hosted and secured by them. You only need a domain name and they handle the rest.
Build a frustration-free website with ChurchSpring. Choose from one of 16 templates, update your info and launch your website in a few minutes. You can pay monthly or yearly with three different pricing plans depending on your needs: $480/year (basic) | $984/year (+sermons & giving) | $1284/year (+social scheduling & church directory). Change your design anytime with just a few clicks with no extra fee.
DigitalChurchPlatform is more than a church website builder. They help you reach people in your community through digital tools. They also help make sure your church family is connected to everything going at your church. There are three pricing options depending on your church’s needs. $16/month (basic) | $29/month (+sermons & connect cards) | $49/month (+small groups & premium support).
If you want to build your own website using WordPress, the Divi Theme Builder is one of the easiest and most popular builders to use. This drag and drop editor is great for do-it-yourself-ers, no coding experience needed. Get access to Divi (and all future updates) for $89/year or a one-time investment of $249 for lifetime access.
Choose from dozens of quality made designs from FaithConnector to design your website. Their custom drag and drop editor will help you make a great looking site in short order. Their features include email, sermon engine, online giving, a mobile app and more. Get all the features for $45/month (Power) or $70/month (Mega). Both plans are billed yearly or quarterly.
With a core focus on quality training, MinistryDesigns will make sure you have the skills and knowledge you need to leverage your website to reach more people. You get more than a website, you get a ministry partner. Get started by choosing a template from one of their 20+ designs and they will walk you through the rest. There is a one-time fee of $1000 and after that, it’s only $20/month.
Ministry.website is built specifically with churches in mind. This WordPress theme has robust features and step-by-step video tutorials that make building your site easy. Start building your church website today for a one-time fee of $479, or get premium setup service for $1729 (one time cost).
NetMinistry.com is more than just a website builder. They help you grow your church or ministry through effective marketing and communication strategies. They boast serving over 60,000 customers – which is pretty impressive. Never worry about your website again. Get a new website for $99 or upgrade to the turn-key solution for $199/month.
Nucleus is new kind of church website builder. This product from ProChurchTools will encourage your congregation to take next steps in their faith journey. The platform is a mobile first design which means it can replace your church app and save you money. Get everything (website and sermon engine) for $99/month which includes access to their social program and StoryTape (stock footage). Upgrade or cancel at anytime.
ShareFaith is more than a website builder, it’s an all-in-one solution for all your church media needs. Choose from one of 25+ website themes and you’re well on your way to having a new website for your church. The webiste + media plan is $50/month or $540/year. This plan includes free migration of your current website to their platform.
It’s hard to mess up a SquareSpace website. It’s one of the most popular website builders because it is so easy to use. They have dozens of templates to choose from and a few designs specifically created with non-profits in mind. You can pay monthly or annually with no contracts: $16/month or $144/year (personal) | $26/month or $216/year (business) | $30/month or $312/year (commerce).
First created as a mobile giving solution, Subsplash helps churches reach more people through websites, media, mobile apps and giving. Build your own website using the SnapPages platform. It’s a simple drag and drop block editor that anyone can learn. They don’t list their pricing online so you’ll need to contact them to find out if their products are within your budget.
TheChurchCo is one of the most affordable church-specific website builders we can find. They have a heart for the church and believe that websites shouldn’t cost thousands of dollars (we agree!). Build your own site or have them do it based on your current site. There is no setup fee and $20/month will get you unlimited pages and unlimited storage. $50/month includes online giving, sermon notes and a small group engine. You can also pay for them to make unlimited changes ($199/month) if you don’t want to update your site.