Unnecessary distractions occur at all kinds of times, but especially so in worship.
Worship is all about focussing on God, and so unnecessary distractions are anything that makes you take your attention off the Lord and place it somewhere else.
Beware Distractions of Your Own Making!
When we are worship leading, sadly sometimes we face a situation where we are the ones who are causing the distraction, or someone in our team, whom we are responsible for, is taking people’s eyes off Jesus and placing it on themselves!
Some distractions are external, and there is little you can do about them. If your church is near an airport or a train and a noise vehicle rumbles past, then there’s little you can do about that.
However, sometimes we are the source of the problem. Some worship leaders talk incessantly, some use arrangements that might be cool but are very misleading or difficult for the worshippers. Others want to have great guitar or drum solos, treating the worship time as their biggest gig ever!
So what are the distractions, and let’s look at practical, sensible ways of dealing with them and getting back to the main thing, which is leading the people into worship.
OK, some of this podcast might cause a little bit of pain, but we need to recognise how we can cause our people to focus on Jesus, bot us, what we wear, how we perform or how cool we are! Remember, your calling as a worship leader is to lead people into worship, and when you truly are an anointed worship leader, there is nothing better than knowing the people’s hearts are engaged with the Lord we serve!
This podcast gives some insight into what things could be a source of unnecessary distractions during your worship leading, and what you can do to minimise these and keep people’s eyes and hearts centred on the object of their worship, the Lord Himself!