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!

Top 5 Worship Leader Resources

Worship leader resources are all across the internet, but are they all equally as helpful to those leading worship in their local church?  If you are starting to lead worship, then you do not need an endless list of new songs, but concise, easy to apply material that you can use starting this Sunday.  That’s what we are all about here at worship Leader Online, so i thought I would pena  few thoughts about what you should be looking for in the way of worship leader resources, many of which are available right here (so you don’t need to look any further, how cool is that!)

worship leader resources

As a worship leader you need to learn a whole bunch of things, not only sing or play, but also how to choose songs and styles and arrangements.  You need to learn how to lead your congregation as well as manage your team (often one of the biggest challenges you will face).  In short, you need tried and true worship leader resources that really work, and work fast!  No fluff, no padding but things that add value right away.

 

With this in mind, here is my Top 5 Worship Leader Resources, ones which have proven to be an asset in my own development as well as the many people we are in touch with around the globe.

5. Instrument Training

While not strictly the leading of worship, this is one of the worship leader resources that is often overlooked, and if you can use worship songs to learn guitar, this is all the better!  Many leaders do not play an instrument, and so they lack understanding of music, how it works and how songs can be arranged and produced.  Yet with some simple and inexpensive training, you could play basic guitar within a week or two, and suddenly you can communicate with your band and direct your worship far more effectively.  Worship Guitar is an excellent site to check out in this regard.

4. Worship Leader Resources Podcasts

Worship leader podcasts are a fantastic way to learn.  Fun, relevant and something you can put on your ipod and listen to as you drive, mow the lawn or anything else.  I encourage all young worship leaders to check out these podcasts and immerse themselves in worship leading as much as they can.  We often learn while we are not even aware of it, and our worship leader podcast is one example of fun and craziness being added to your worship leader resources.

3. Personal Devotions

 

Often overlooked but highly important, keeping your life with Jesus deep and close is absolutely essential if you want to learn how to become a worship leader of power!

2. Worship Leader Resources and Online Training

Our experience is that online training is more effective than attending worship conferences.  You can access the material any time you want, you can read and apply little by little and, most importantly, you can go over the material again and again until you absorb exactly what you need in your situation.  It really is the ultimate in worship leader resources, and it is a lot cheaper than going to a conference!

1.    Join a Worship Leader Resources Community

Perhaps the ultimate in worship leader resources is joining a community or praise and worship leaders.  This way you can access blogs, podcasts, forum and all sorts of things, and communicate with other worship leaders around the world.  You can email, comment and ask questions… all from your own home, and make friends all around the world.  Click on the forum in the menu up top and start joining us!

To become a better worship leader and grow in your chosen craft, you need to harness the power of these inexpensive yet immensely powerful worship leader resources.