If you are involved in church worship then chances are you are searching for some worship leading tips to help you do a better job.  While a few worship leading tips here and there will not replace a full worship training course.

The Top 5 Worship Leading Tips

5. Don’t Overcomplicate Arrangements- Some of the best and most loved songs of all time are simple, yet many modern praise and worship songs are so incredibly complex!  Try to keep your arrangements simple and you will find your musicians able to play them, and your congregation able to sing them!

4. Choose Songs that are Well Known- Your role is not to teach new songs.  This is one of the best worship leading tips you will hear: use songs that your congregation know and love.  Worship will be easier, more powerful (because they will not need to read the words) and you can still introduce new material, preferably slowly.

Worship Leading Tips3. Blend the Songs Together- You want the worship experience to be a continuous, wonderful experience, not a stop-start, clunking experience.

2. Go Up Keys to Go Up in Intensity- Modulating up a key in a song makes everyone stretch, sing louder and raises the intensity of the meeting, so do not be afraid to go up a key.  Of all the worship leading tips I am offering here, this one is the most practical for seeing an immediate effect in your worship leading.

1. Head Towards Higher Praise and Worship- I always try and start with songs about ourselves and our feelings, needs, desires, etc.  As I head through the worship time I try and culminate with a song focused on the Lord and solely on worshipping Him!

Worship Leading Tips Don’t Replace the Right Heart

Remember, these worship leading tips are not an alternative to having a right heart and a right attitude before the Lord.  They are techniques, yes, but they are most effective when coupled with a humble and serving heart.  As a leader you need to be open to not only the leading of the Holy Spirit, but also to correction from your pastor and great ideas from your team.  Use the worship leading tips but don’t forget to keep your heart right!

The King of All Worship Leading Tips

The ultimate of all of the worship leading tips I could share with you (along with keeping your walk right with the Lord) is to get some training, whether you are experienced or not.  I have been leading worship for years, yet I always try and remain open and humbly teachable so that my journey does not plateau or peter out but continues to grow in strength and power.

I am sure you want to become the very best praise and worship leader you can be.  Stay humble, stay open and stay close to the Lord.  Get some training as often as you can and apply  these worship leading tips to better your chosen and anointed gifting.

As a worship leader, one of the hardest things to do is to learn how to lead praise and worship when you are feeling down.  I know we read in the scriptures about Paul and Silas praising God in prison, but if you have had a tough week, a personal tragedy or struggle with depression it is entirely normal to struggle also with leading others closer to the Lord.

Yet if we really are servants we need to learn how to lead worship no matter how we feel, whether happy or sad, high or low, depressed or rejoicing.  Our calling is a noble one but it can also be a difficult one because most of us are emotional beings.

How to Lead Praise and Worship When You Are Empty

When you are on top of the world it is easier to lead your team forth in triumph.  However, if you are feeling low for any reason it is much harder, so it is important that we learn how to effectively lead praise and worship in those circumstances.

The most important thing to think about if you are feeling down is that, while we are weak, He is strong.  Real faith is there whether we have the feelings or not, so if we are empty and lifeless it is a real opportunity to let Christ shine through us.  As John said, “He must become greater, I must become less.” (John 3:30)

When we lead our congregations at times we are so empty and we have nothing to offer.  It is here that we may discover a true secret to how we can really tap into the depths of our walk with the Lord and our worship of Him.

Leading When You Are Angry

how to lead praise and worshipSometimes we may simply be feeling angry, maybe at something that happened on the way to church or even with someone in the band, singers or sound.  In these circumstances we need to avoid feeling righteous, or even right, forgive and move on.  I use to have a sound guy who would explode minutes before every service, ruining the atmosphere and setting everyone on edge.  You cannot budget for these things, but you need to do all you can to address the situation with grace and love, then forgive and move on.  More is at stake here beyond your pride!

Worship Leading in Any Circumstances

If we are to become true servants of the Lord, the Pastor and our congregations, we need to be brave enough and humble enough to lay situations, feelings and hurts aside, and get on with the job of leading praise and worship.  This is part of our challenge, but also our joy!

If we want to be the best at what we do, we must not collapse under the weight of sadness, emptiness, anger or circumstances.  We must learn how to lead praise and worship by resting in His strength and allowing Him to lift us above the circumstances and feelings.