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
Learning 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!