If you are searching for worship leading tips then chances are that you are dealing with an unresponsive audience. If you have been worship leading for a while then you are sure to have encountered such a congregation and, because every group is different, it is often hard to figure out how to deal with the situation. What works with one group may not work with another or even in your specific situation, however there are some general worship leading tips which can make a difference when facing an unresponsive audience.
The Basic Worship Leading Tips
Firstly, the basic worship leading tips apply in almost every situation. You need to look at the type of material you are using in the service, and in particular the type of songs. Are there too many new ones? Are there too many old ones? Are you offering the type of songs you like rather than what your audience likes?
Next, have a look at your presentation and musicians or singers and ask yourself if this is conducive to worship in your church. Is your band too loud and turning some members off? Are they too soft so that people do not have to sing enthusiastically to hear themselves? Are they in their own little world and completely misreading or even worse ignoring responses from the audience? Are they hitting poor notes and sounding awful. One of the easiest to apply worship leading tips is to make sure that the sound is pleasant, well played and well sung in addition to being well presented. If you do this, people will enjoy it and be more inclined to relax and truly worship, and this is one of the most important worship leading tips to learn.
Worship Leading Tips for On Stage
If you are leading praise and worship in your church, one of the best worship leading tips I can offer is to minimize your talking in between songs. Many feel that they have to preach a mini sermon, especially if there is something going wrong! Real worship relies more on the Spirit’s ability rather than our talking ability, so if you want to see God do something awesome try talking less and letting the Spirit work in hearts more.
That being said, saying the right thing at the right moment can also be effective. Playing an inspiring musical interlude is another way in which you can affect the mood of the meeting and open people’s hearts. So one of the most effective worship leading tips is to be open to innovative and inspired changes in music and mood, rather than being locked into a set format. I mean, if you decide to do the chorus twice at the end of the song, and the Holy Spirit is about to take off on the 3rd time through, if you follow the plan you will miss out on the blessings! Be open, be innovative and be flexible enough to change depending on the direction of the worship time, and be brave enough to follow these worship leading tips.
The Ultimate Worship Leading Tips
If you face an unresponsive audience, the best worship leading tips I have shared above may fall flat if you are unprepared as a worship leader. So the ultimate worship leading tips are to be prepared in heart (walking close to the Lord and in close fellowship with Him) and to be prepared in ability (by studying and learning about worship leading). Having a solid relationship with the Lord and a solid background in the theories and principles of leading will have you fully prepared for a less than responsive audience.
In the end, your calling as a worship leader is about serving, not about the glory and success (Mark 10:45). If you approach every opportunity to lead as an opportunity to serve, then you can do all you can and leave the rest of it to the Holy Spirit. Whether they respond, raise their hands or sit there in stormy silence, one of the best worship leading tips is to keep serving, which means you keep going and do your best regardless of the results.
So next time you lead worship in church, apply these worship leading tips, then commit your ways to the Lord and see what He can do with an unresponsive audience!