Welcome, Guest Worship Leader
Thank you for being open to leading worship at Impact! Church - may God have mercy on your soul. This page is to help you get to know our...shall we say...unique...culture and to also provide clear communication for a smooth worship experience (not that we've really had any smooth worship experiences in our history, but hope springs eternal). If you have questions after reading this page, please feel free to give us a call at 863-877-6722.
Impact! Church is located at 707 North Tennessee Avenue in Lakeland, Florida. The neighborhood around us is one of the most impoverished communities in Central Florida. Many of our regular attendees are homeless, addicted to drugs or alcohol and a few are developmentally disabled. As a result, leading worship for us can be a little challenging. Most of our folks never attended church before coming to Impact! (don't worry about all of the ankle monitors, they are really lovely people) and on most Sundays we will have guests with no church experience. Please keep in mind that many will not know any of the songs you will be playing, have any background in proper worship etiquette (singing, clapping, raising hands, etc. - but they do know how to bust out a lighter if they want an encore) or fully understand how to properly engage a worship leader (thus the chicken wire between you and the audience). Don't get flustered. If you will talk to our folks, coax them along, engage them with instruction and encouragement, offer to buy them drinks at the local bar - they will respond.
Typically our worship set consists of no more than four (4) songs - please adhere to that number also. Below you will find an updated list of the songs we currently sing at Impact! Church. We also love when guest worship leaders introduce us to new songs - so feel free to add one or two that will be a departure from what we normally play. If you do not want to use any of the songs we currently play - and choose to use all new songs - be prepared for our folks to stare at you with blank looks, keep their hands in their pockets and then slowly meander outside to smoke a cigarette or score meth. The most successful guest worship leaders at Impact! Church have used 2-3 of the songs we already play and then add a new one. They also took the time to teach the new song to the audience. This went over extremely well and many of those "new" songs are now on the list below. Actually - come to think of it - the most successful guest worship leader we've ever had at Impact! Church shared stories of his time on the road with Rick James - though most of the worship set was not suitable for young teens.
'Today Is The Day" - Lincoln Brewster
"Alive" - NewSpring Fuse
"Blessed Be Your Name" - Seriously, who knows?
"We Walk" - SEU Worship Band
"Happy Day" - Steve Fee
"Open Up The Heavens" - Every worship band in America!
"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" - Chris Tomlin
"How Great Thou Art" - Hymn
"Amazing Grace" - Hymn...or her...whichever you prefer.
"Lovely Noise" - Greg & Rebecca Sparks
"This Is Amazing Grace" - Some dude with a faux hawk.
"Your Love Never Fails" - Jesus Culture
"Holy Is The Lord" - Chris Tomlin (dude writes everything)
"Oh Your Love" - Impact! original
"From The Inside Out" - Hillsong United
"How Great Is Our God" - Chris Tomlin
"Set A Fire" - One of the 1000+ Hillsong bands these days
"Lift Your Hands" - Impact! original
WARNING - Never under any circumstance do "Oh How He Loves". That "sloppy wet kiss" line will get you smacked about by several of our drunk rednecks! They won't even wait for the worship set to end.
Submitting Your Setlist
All setlists must be submitted to Jean-Claude Gassant (our worship tech) via email no later than NOON (that's 12:00pm EST) on Friday of the week you are leading. New songs must be accompanied by CCLI numbers. Jean-Claude is from Miami and LOVES reggae. He likes to put Bob Marley lyrics on the confidence monitor during the worship set to see if the guest worship leader knows the song. He only does this when the guest worship leader waits until the last minute to give him the setlist. If you wait until after 12:00pm EST on Friday to submit your setlist to Jean-Claude - or you fail to provide CCLI numbers for new songs - our suggestion is that you know all of the lyrics and chords to "Three Little Birds" and "I Shot The Sheriff".
Our worship service begins at 10:15 am each Sunday - unless the police have shown up. You will have a soundcheck from 9:00 - 9:45am EST. If you have an inordinate amount of equipment or livestock to set up, please be at Impact! Church before 9:00am. Jean-Claude will be at Impact! Church by 8:30am to meet you. He's a very tall, hairy black man that resembles a cross between Wilt Chamberlain and Chewbacca. You only have 45 minutes to soundcheck. If you want to use that time to look for the aural sweet spot in the room, fidget with your tuning, gargle some kind of magical voice-restoring elixir or stand about gawking at the guy selling pot across the street - that is your prerogative. However, you only have from 9:00am to 9:45am EST to soundcheck. If you go past 9:45am our security team will gently "escort" you from the stage.
As an impoverished church reaching impoverished people, our sound system was the one used by Lincoln at the "Gettysburg Address". We do however have wireless in-ear monitor capabilities thanks to a generous donation from Carvin. You will need to bring your own ear-buds. Technically you can use one of ours, but make sure you have large ear canals to accommodate the cement-like wax stuck to them. If you prefer an old-school monitor setup, we can make that happen also - we will call you "Sissy-Boy" (applies to females also) for the remainder of the day - but we can make it happen. We have DI boxes, microphones (Sennheiser wired, Shure wireless), guitar cables, wood chippers, etc. to accommodate most worship leader needs. Our lighting system consists of a few slightly-used floodlights from ACE Hardware and a semi-faulty bug zapper. We also have a confidence monitor, though we have very little confidence in it's ability to actually stay on during the entire worship set.
Seriously though, at Impact! Church we believe that we don't exist for us. We exist to glorify God by serving others. If we can do anything, to make your time at Impact! Church more enjoyable, please don't hesitate to let us know. Once again, thank you for your willingness to come to Impact! Church and lead our "island of misfit toys" in worship. Your time with us is being bathed in prayer.