How To Build A Great Worship Set

Episode #2

In this episode we talk building a set list from themes to transitions and modulation as well as discuss what worship leaders can learn from Eddy Vedder. We also take member mail and answer questions from the live chat. Check it out and don't forget to subscribe.


Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for

How To Build A Great Worship Set

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Hey, so your plan works great for either a 3-song set list, and a 5-song set list.. How could I modify the eb and flow of the dynamics, using the different intensity levels, to fit that? I typically used to start with a 4/5 and then a 3/4 and a 2/1 and another 2/1 . However, after listening to the podcast, my opinion has changed to starting with a 3.. moving to a 4, and then..? I can't think of another way around just going down in intensity, unless I do the form for a 3-song set list (3-4-1/2) and then bring it back to a 2/3?

You might try

3 -> 4 -> 2/1 -> A song that starts around 1 and ends at a 5

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Okay! Great!! I decided to do 10,000 Reasons as my opener -> Mountaintop (TheCityHarmonic) -> Great Are You Lord (Allsons&daughters) -> One Thing Remains (Bethel)

How does that look? Also... where would i insert the moment then? In the third song? Would that be weird after the next song with a build up to go to the pastor talking?

That's a great set!

It's hard to create moments with such a short set but perhaps leading into Great Are You Lord with this quote from Louis Giglio "Worship is simply giving God His breath back" would do well.

Ultimately I would take some time playing the set on your own and see what kind of moments God leads you through in that process.