I love leading praise and worship! As a musician and a singer, nothing else fills me with such joy and blessing like leading praise and worship, whether it be in a big church or small, or to conservatives or charismatics. I just love what the Lord has called me to do, and long to do it all with all my heart.
Yet when you lead praise and worship week after week, month after month and year after year, there is a tendency to get into a rut. A rut is just a grave with the ends knocked out, so it is not where you want to be, that’s for sure! But if you do it for a long time, like a straight stretch of road the challenges disappear and you become professional and all business. You lose the excitement, and very often lose the joy and the power of leading praise and worship.
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Worship leaders usually face a long road, taking on the task for years. You get good at what you do, you begin to feel comfortable and in a real sense you tend to rely on your own strengths and talent rather than on God. You say you are reliant on Him, but the reality is you are good enough to not feel the need to!
How can you retain the excitement, joy and glory of God When you are leading praise and worship for a long time?
Here’s a few things that work for me…
- [simpleazon-image align=”none” asin=”0801091772″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5125K6N6CYL._SL160_.jpg” width=”103″]Never take credit for a great worship time: Whatever you do, do it all for His glory, and take no credit, even in your own mind, for any success you have along the way (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- Find different ways to do songs: I try to never quite sing a song the same way, yet I have been involved with worship teams that do it identically week after week for years! Make it different each time, and make it your own! Don’t just reproduce the CD, but take little chances, mix up the order of verses and choruses, go up a key or try a variation like drums only. These little changes make leading praise and worship special and unique each and every service.
- Go acoustic: every now and then, make your entire worship service completely different.
- Work on vocals: There are hundreds of variations in harmonies and backing vocals you can explore which can make every song a wonderful, new experience.
- Allow time for God to move: Praise and worship leading is all about pointing people to the Lord, so don’t script everything so tightly that He has no room to do something extraordinary. Try leaving long periods of silence, or mood music and wait on the Lord.
Whatever method you favour, make sure that you keep things fresh and totally to God’s glory when you are next leading praise and worship!