to Effective Worship Leading
An Effective Worship Leader is first and foremost
You cannot lead others in something you are
not currently experiencing. The best way to
lead others in worship is to worship God yourself.
Spirit-filled worship keeps our relationship
with God current. We must be filled to "overflowing"
with the Holy Spirit so that we can minister
to others out of that "overflow".
Get to know God through prayer, meditation and
study of His Word - the deeper our knowledge
of Him, the deeper our worship will be.
An Effective Worship Leader is Spiritually Mature
A Levite: Joined to the Lord Jesus,
committed to the pastoral leadership and the
vision of the local church.
A Sanctified lifestyle: A Worship
leader should meet the New Testament requirements
for the Diaconate.
An example to others - We should live our
lives in such a way that we inspire others
to desire the same depth of relationship with
the Lord that we have.
One respected by the congregation
A Servant's heart.
A burden to shepherd the flock in the area
of praise and worship.
A willingness to serve in areas outside of
his/her area of specialization.
Well established in Christian doctrine,
especially in the area of praise and worship.
Preparation is a Key to Effective Worship Leading
Know the theme for the service - Church year,
sermon topic, etc.
Seek God for His specific direction
Knowledge of current repertoire
Introduction of new songs
Songlist organized by at least key and tempo
d. Overhead/slide/video projection library
Worship team (choir/orchestra/dance/audio-visual
crew) should rehearse regularly
Bible Study and Worship
Keeping old songs polished
Stylistic variety and accuracy - "One Sound"
(2 Chronicles 5:13)
of the above is foundational to a well planned
worship service. Keeping in mind the Church
Year, Scripture Readings, Sermon Topic, and
God's Prophetic Direction, effective worship
planning should include:
Integration of all elements of the service
- Choruses, Hymns, Choir/Orchestra/Dance
numbers, Scripture Readings, Sermon, Prayers,
Communion, etc. should all flow together
as one cohesive whole.
Variety of music and worship styles - not
necessarily all in one service, but reflected
throughout the year.
Grouping of congregational songs in medlys
by key and tempo.
matter how many songs there are interspersed
throughout the service, the congregation
needs at least one sustained period of praise
where they can release themselves in worship
as they progress from celebration to adoration
to revelation. Entering God's presence is
described as ascending a mountain or the
flowing of a river. We need to provide time
for people to "enter the flow". The organization
of the songlist should reflect this "ascending"
of "flowing" pattern. Allow space in your
list for the spiritual song and the gifts
of the Holy Spirit.
Be ready to depart from your songlist if
something you planned isn't working and/or
the Holy Spirit should so direct!
is a Key to Effective Worship Leading
With the Senior Pastor
Provide each member with a detailed songlist
- clearly indicate modulations, transitions,
etc. Being open to the Holy Spirit and lack
of planning are not synonymous. When you fail
to plan, you plan to fail - leave nothing
b. Repeat to Beginning/Repeat to Chorus/Repeat
Provide leadership for the spiritual song
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