Keeping your heart right before God is something every worship leader must do, but it is a lot easier to say than it is to do it!

Why is Keeping Your  Heart Right So Difficult?

Keeping a right attitude is never easy with the pressures of serving the Lord in your chosen field of worship leading.  You get criticisms, compliments, and loads of advice from well-meaning people, most of whom do not have a clue about leading powerful worship in your church!

With so much activity around your worship leading, and so many opinions, is it any wonder that keeping your heart right before the Lord is not an easy thing.  In this week’s podcast we talk about how you can keep that right attitude and heart as you serve in your ministry week by week.

There are many pressures on our hearts, and if we are not careful things like pride and arrogance can quickly come to the fore. Worship leading is an up front ministry, and so keeping your heart right is an essential part of serving the proper way.  Learn more about serving with the right attitude by listening in now!

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Many people want to learn how to lead praise and worship, but very few manage to do this with genuine power.  Yet there are things that you can do that can cause your leading to become more powerful, and these are open to everyone regardless of how experienced you are, or how good a singer you might be!

 

How to Lead Praise and Worship Starting with Your Heart

 

Leading Worship with PowerLearning how to lead worship starts with your heart.  What happens on Sunday needs to be a reflection of what happens throughout the week in your personal devotions with the Lord, not something you turn on when the congregation arrives.

 

In fact, I don’t know how to lead praise and worship without my heart being fully and totally engaged with the Lord!  It seems fake or contrived if your walk with the Lord is not on track.  To lead with real power I believe that you have to be a worshiper in your quiet times as much as on stage.

 

Make the Right Choices

 

Choices are an integral part of leading worship.  You need to choose the right songs, make sure they are in the right keys, and arrange them in the right way to inject genuine power into your leading.  I often choose songs that are in the same key, and make sure that they are within most people’s range, ensuring maximum involvement from your congregation.  I always try and select songs that most people are familiar with.

 

However, even if you choose the right songs that people know, arranging them is another challenge.  Growing as a worship leader should involve a fair amount of learning about song construction and arrangements, because powerful leading depends on maintaining a flow between songs, so that the worship experience resembles a journey towards the throne of God.

 

Learning How to Flowwith the Spirit

 

The longer I lead the more I understand that the Holy Spirit loves to surprise us!  When you first start learning your ministry, you tend to have a heavily scripted service planned.  That is, we will do this song this many times, then the chorus twice, etc.

 

Now please do not misunderstand me, I am not against planning.  It has been well said that failing to plan is planning to fail, but in my experience planning how to lead praise and worship to the tiniest detail can restrict the Holy Spirit, and people’s adventure of worship!

 

Plan, by all means, but do not lock yourself into a plan.  Always be free enough to hear from the Spirit and change mid-stream, and then you have the best of both worlds.  The best times I have ever had in worship involved the Spirit leading me in ways I did not expect, and this is an exciting way to develop your gift!

 

So if you want to learn how to lead praise and worship with genuine power, prepare your heart, choose songs wisely and always be ready to deviate from your scheduled plan!

Learning how to lead worship can be a long and difficult task, especially if you have nobody to help you.  Where do you start, how do you inspire others and where do you go in the worship?  These are all important questions that need to be answered and it is my hope that these few tips will help you learn how to lead worship the easy way.

 

Preparation is How to Lead Worship Effectively

 

Prepare your heart: 

Pray and really seek the Lord, not just before you begin the service, but before you even select the songs.  Make sure your heart is right before Him, don’t brush any sin under the carpet, and ask God to use you as His instrument to lead the people closer to Himself.  Lay aside any hidden agenda you might have and pledge to serve him alone in worship.

 

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The biggest mistake you can make when learning how to lead worship is to choose the songs you like.  You are not there to push your own songs and your own musical tastes, you are there to lead the congregation in praise and worship.  If you are just learning how to lead worship, make sure than the people know and love the songs you select, even if you don’t like them!  It is far easier to lead people in songs they know and enjoy rather than teaching new songs to them!

 

Select Songs That Go Together Musically:

 

If you do not have an understanding of what songs can flow from one to the next seamlessly then ask a musician who understands this.  If you are committed to learning how to lead worship learn how to understand music as well, because the two go together.

 

As a rule of thumb, I would start by selecting songs which are in the same key.  You can even select say 3 songs in one key, then 2 songs in the next key up, enabling you to modulate yet still flow from one song to the next.

 

Select Worship Team Members Carefully

 

If you can select your team, make sure you choose those whose hearts are pure and who have some degree of skill in singing or playing.  Choosing prideful yet good musicians often sees them taking over, but selecting good hearted poor musicians makes the entire process difficult.  If you cannot select the team (perhaps because you have an established roster), contact each member privately and encourage them in their gift and their support as you lead.

 

Watch your Timing:

 

Going overtime is another problem I often see in those learning how to lead worship, and from the pastor’s perspective it is rude and disrespectful (unless God is doing something amazing, in which case you seek the pastor’s blessing to continue).  Time each song as near as you can, and always try and go under the allotted time.

 

Learning How to Lead Worship Takes Time

 

No matter how faith-filled you are, learning how to lead worship takes time, so don’t expect to get everything right the first time.  My aim is to improve little by little, week after week, and to get some worship leader training to streamline and quicken the process.

 

Being a praise and worship leader is a huge privilege and a beautiful journey, but applying these principles should see you start the race well.  Take the time to grow in your craft, increase your skills and train in leadership, because learning how to lead worship is a lifetime journey.

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If you have been leading is worship for any length of time you will realize that there are mornings but don’t go well!  Even those experienced in leading praise and worship will have good days and bad days, but the big questions after you have a day when things do not go right are how do you face it, how do you overcome it and how do you not to repeat it?

Leading Praise and Worship is Not That Easy!

The first thing to point out is that leading praise and worship is not easy!  It is a ministry that requires you to discipline yourself, train yourself, and seek God with all your heart, allowing Him to lead, guided and shape the way you lead worship.  When you have a day leading praise and worship where things do not go to plan, it is natural to blame yourself, your preparation or your team and feel like a failure!  Your pride may have gotten the way, your leadership skills may be questioned, and you will feel disheartened and disillusioned.

However, the overwhelming reason for worship not going well has nothing to do with your pride, the state of your heart or God trying to embarrass you!  The main reason people do poorly at leading praise and worship is that they are untrained and unprepared for the job they have taken on.

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It Can Happen, Even If You Are Experienced in Leading Praise and Worship!

The fact is that “a bad day at the office” can happen to anyone, even the most experienced at leading praise and worship!  You might have sound problems, technical problems, difficulties with members of your band, or simple things like the breaking of a guitar string.  You may have had a fight with someone just before you went on, there may be trouble brewing within the church congregation or there may be no other explicable reason for any of this to take place.  The question is not necessarily what causes the morning to come out, but rather what is your response?

Leading Praise and  Worship When Everything Goes Wrong!

Speaking as someone who has been leading praise and worship for over 20 years, in everything from home groups and churches to stadiums, the most important thing to remember is that leading praise and worship is not about you!  I know if things do not go according to plan that I feel embarrassed, disillusioned and let down, and I feel like getting angry at myself, my band or even God.  It is in these moments that I pause and remember that leading praise and worship is not about promoting myself, making me look good or making me feel good because the job was well-done it is about leading the people in my church to be the worship of the Lord!  As John 3:30 says, “He must become greater and I must become less!”  If I examine myself and no problem with my heart is revealed, the reason for the morning going poorly could be anyone of 1000 reasons completely unrelated to my walk with God!  Leading praise and worship is a spiritual journey, and as in life not every day is one of triumph!

If you have had experience leading praise and worship that you feel has not gone well, and you know what your heart you want to serve the Lord in this area with humility, then the best advice I can give you is to get some training.  If you learn the basics on leading praise and worship, and if you understand how to structure a great worship time and flow with the Spirit wherever He leads, then you will find that the number of times worship fails will decrease.  If you get the basics right then press in to the Lord, you will find but you’ll have more incredible case of worship and less what have leading disasters!

Leading Praise and Worship Requires Training

If you get practical and powerful worship leader training, and keep your heart humble then you will find that almost every time you are leading praise and worship will be a powerful and wonderful experience!