Flow of Worship

Most of the congregation will not notice, but FLOW is crucial in worship planning.

Spend time really thinking about your transitions as you plan.

What key are you leaving and going to?
What are common words in the songs that connect?
What is the style of the song?
What are some common themes in the songs that connect?
When will you say something between songs?
Why do you say something between songs?
Are you using scripture on the screens and if so, how do they help the flow?

If you begin working on better flow, spend time afterwards evaluating.

Remember, it is not about the songs or the flow, but about pointing those who are worshiping to the throne!

Negotiables When Hiring

If you are a pastor looking for a worship leader, you should make 2 lists before you begin…. the negotiables and non-negotiables. You, the pastor, know better than anyone, what you want in the position of the next worship leader. You know what is acceptable for the church and what many of the expectations will be. Here are some ideas to consider:

Non-Negotiable Items
a Christian
a calling to the Ministry
an ability to lead the congregation in worship, not just lead the songs well
an ability to shepherd the congregation
a heart after God
an ability to recruit and lead and shepherd volunteers on the music team and media team
aligns with your core values
able to lead cross-generationally, but remain contemporary
spiritual disciplines important in his/her personal life (prayer, the word)
wise in financial matters

Negotiable Items
male or female
part time or full time
pay / salary
benefits / time off

These are just a few. If you define your lists in advance of your search, along with creating a job description, you will be in a much better position to communicate clearly with prospective worship leaders AND to make a proper decision for the position.



Recognized By Their Fruits

Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:15-20) that we are recognized by our fruits. A healthy tree bears good fruit.

So, as a leader of worship, what is the fruit of your leadership? of your ministry?

Take a few minutes of silence and reflect on the fruit of your life.
Write down 5 good fruits that you can see from your leadership of worship.
Write down 5 good fruits from your ministry outside of being on stage and leading worship.

Now, with a grateful heart, thank God for the fruit he has shown you. Ask him to draw you closer to him and to prune away anything that needs to be removed in order for you to continue to bear good fruit.

Read Matthew 7:15-20 and John 15:1-17 each day this week, asking God to strengthen you as you lead others in worship.

Ask Them to “Sing Out”

When leading, it is important to encourage the congregation to sing.

It is all relative.
If they are singing a little, have them sing more.
If they are singing some, have them sing more.
If they have lots of energy, lead them to have more.

Worship grows stronger when the majority of the congregation is singing. You, the worship leader, are responsible to get them to participate and sing.

So, try this the next time you lead.

1) As you start the chorus for the second time through, ask the congregation to “sing out.”
2) Get them to sing louder and louder as you lead, then drop all the instruments out and let them hear the voices a cappella.

Confidence in congregational singing will help lead to stronger worship experiences.


The Lord Looks at the Heart

I love the first chapter of Samuel for many reasons.

- the story of Hannah begging the Lord for a child
- the story of Eli and his lack of parenting skills
- the story of Samuel and his heart after the Lord
- the story of Saul
- the story of David
- the story of Jonathan
- the story of Goliath

…all interwoven together throughout Samuel, chapter 1.

In Chapter 16, Samuel is grieving over Saul’s rejection as King. The Lord sent Samuel to appoint a new King. As Samuel is going to Bethlehem to find David, the Lord says, “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (vs 7).

The people you lead see your appearance, your preparation, your music, your leadership…. everything you do as you lead. Only God knows your heart.

Be sure that your lyrics line up with your heart, not just your worship set.
Take time this week to seek JESUS with ALL your heart.

Read I Samuel. (all 31 chapters)

Clothe Yourself with Humility

I Peter 5:5 says, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

This week, walk with humility toward each individual on your team.

Serve them.
Encourage them.
Love them.
Care for them.

Seek to walk with a heart of humility all week long, then approach the stage with the same heart as you lead the congregation in worship.



Follow Your Passion But Don’t Give Up Your Gifting

Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with a dear friend who sings, leads worship, writes songs and has a heart for shepherding the local church. He has developed a passion for teaching God’s word and now has opportunities to both lead his band AND to teach.

As God has given him new passions for teaching, I encouraged him to move in that direction, but to not give up his gifts in music and leading worship.

It reminded me that we are all created with unique gifts. God is opening the door for my friend to be able to teach at times and to lead worship at times. Someday he may have to choose which one will receive the most of his time, but for now, it is great to do them both as God opens the door.

Take a moment and think about your gifts. As you get older, try new things. Lead in a different way. It does not always have to be music. You may be gifted in media, or writing, or songwriting, or shepherding. Allow God to work in your life and lead your steps to new things.

Seek HIM first in everything and keep your heart focused on him. That should ALWAYS be your number one passion.



Pray Colossians 1 for Your Worship Team

If you are responsible for leading the congregation in worship, you are also responsible for leading your team of vocalists, instrumentalists and media technicians.

Commit some time each week to pray for your team. Use Paul’s pray in Colossians 1 as an example.

1:9 “…we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” ESV

Pray this for your team:

- that they may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding

- that they would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord

- that they would be fully pleasing to the Lord

- that they would bear fruit in every good work

- that they would increase in their knowledge of God

God will be honored as you lift your team up in prayer to him.



Lead When Leading?

When you lead worship, consider yourself a shepherd, caring for the people and leading them somewhere. There may be individuals who do not know the song you are leading, who are attending for the first time, or who are uncomfortable singing.

As the leader, constantly observe those who are singing. Encourage them and bring them into your worship experience.

Use words or phrases during the songs such as:

“sing with me”
“everyone sing”
“a little louder”
“put your hands together”


A little encouragement will go a long way in helping the congregation feel more comfortable in joining you as you sing and as they sing.

Plan ahead.
Be intentional.
Lead your people.


Take Responsibility

If you realize you made a mistake that caused pain and heartache for your congregation or worship team, it is easy to pass the blame to someone else or just ignore it.

Those under your authority already know that you were responsible. However, in many difficult situations, leaders simply pass the blame on to another person or event instead of themselves.

If you want to grow as a leader, take responsibility not only for things that go well, but also for the rehearsals or events or relationships that fall apart because of your decisions and leadership. It is part of the high price of leading, but those under your authority will learn from you in how to handle difficult times.

Ask God to teach you to be a stronger leader in the seasons of both good and difficult times.

TO DO: Read all of Philippians at one time. Ask God to show you how to have the “mind of Christ” as you lead your team.



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