I am sharing ten practical ways to engage your congregation in worship. I have learned these methods through my many wins and losses as a worship leader.
My prayer is that these ten tips will inspire you to grow in your gifts, so that the church will rise up to its boundless, artistic, and powerfully anointed potential!
6. Be Spiritually Prepared
Don’t say anything if you don’t have anything to say.
Have you ever experienced that moment in your worship set when you knew something needed to be said but you didn’t really have anything to say? Have you started nervously spewing out all of your best religious clichés in hopes that the people wouldn’t think you were clueless and totally oblivious to what was needed in the situation? Well I have and unfortunately, everyone was aware of what I was doing.
Luke 6:45 — Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The reason we often don’t have anything to say is because we have allowed our hearts to be preoccupied with everything but our Lord. Being spiritually prepared is not only having a prayer or a short devotional thought planned out, it is living the lifestyle of a worshiper. Consistency in your personal times of devotion will definitely show up on stage.
As I mentioned, it can be good to prepare a thought. One way to lose your worship leader job in a hurry is to talk too much. Don’t forget, in most cases there’s a whole sermon coming. All we need to provide is either a short response to how we feel God is moving in the moment, or a planned out thought or prayer. Make sure it’s concise, to the point and heartfelt. God can say so much with so little if we will just think and pray about a direct and concise way to proclaim His love.
Next week, I’ll discuss how being musically prepared helps engage your congregation in worship.