How To Lead Worship

How to Lead Praise and Worship with Power

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!

Worship Leader Podcast

Worship Leader Podcast 30: Emotion vs Emotionalism in Worship Leading

Don’t get too emotional about it, but this worship leader podcast is about emotion inn  your worship leading… the good, the bad and the ugly.  If you have ever sat through an over the top emotional worship time, or a worship time completely devoid of any emotion, then you will gain real insight from this worship leader podcast.   The panel discuss the right amount of emotion, and you will be moved to tears… or completely unemotional, depending on the type of person you are!

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Worship Leading Tips

Top 5 Worship Leading Tips- Plus a Few More

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.

Praise and Worship Leader Training

The World’s Best Worship Training

Worship training is readily available in many forms these days, from worship conferences to online training and most of it, especially online, is relatively inexpensive.  This means that there are abundant opportunities to receive worship training, yet many inexperienced worship leaders either choose not to get worship training or cannot find the relevant material that can give them a huge advantage as they learn to lead their congregations in inspired, anointed worship.

Get the Right Worship Training Yourself

Like most types of lessons, worship training requires some time and effort on your part, and often some expense.  Some material is available on the internet for free, but this tends to be patchy and haphazard at best, meaning that you can learn the skills over a long period of time, but you cannot quickly and effectively learn what you need to supercharge your worship leading gift.  Blogs like ours, for example, provide lots of material and our free podcast is another amazing tool to help young worship leaders learn the skills required to become more effective.  However, the actual training is far more potent, easier to apply and gives far superior results to the endless hours of searching the internet for training!

Different worship leaders provide different aspects of worship training depending on their particular slant on the skills you need.  Many talk about your motivation and getting your heart right, and that is extremely important, but in the countless seminars I have run most people want me to go a different direction.  What many tell me they need is practical, easy to apply techniques for making the worship experience amazing, including things like how to blend songs, how to go up keys and how to arrange and produce the songs themselves.

So if you are starting out and looking at worship training ideas, make sure you learn material which is practical and works in your situation to quickly and effectively improve your worship leading abilities.

Commit to Worship Training for Your Team

worship trainingI believe that a great worship leader is not only gifted and anointed at leading worship, but brings the very best out of his team members.  This is why you need to not only get the best worship training for yourself, but you need to pass it on to your team members so that they too continue to grow in their abilities and gifts.

Henry Ford once said, “My best friend is the one who brings the best out in me” and this is what a worship leader needs to be for the team members.  Whether they are great or poor at their instruments or singing, my aim is always to develop their gifts, skills and relationship with Christ to the point where they continue to grow, improve and get better in their field.

So, worship training is not just something you can use but something you can pass on to encourage and improve the members of your team.  The question is, “How do you introduce worship training to your team?”

Develop Worship Training in your Practices

The most practical and effective way to develop worship training in your team is to do so in practices.  Most often, practices are just rehearsals for the songs being done on Sunday, or learning new songs, but if you are getting great worship training yourself, why not set aside 15 minutes to pass on some nuggets of truth to your team?

Skills like song arranging, blending songs, going up keys, developing solos and open worship can and should be explored together as a team, and the skills you learn in your worship training can be passed on to others.  This not only helps them by improving their skills and abilities, but it also builds your credibility with the band and improves the overall worship experience.

The world’s best Worship Training is something that you can obtain yourself, then pass on to your team members so that together you can lead your congregation in anointed, dynamic worship!