It’s a well known statement and, a 100% true statement that says, we worship for “an audience of One”!
A statement without if’s, ands or buts…..
However, (which is not an if, and or but) the team that programs, plans and works hard on our worship services has a lot to put in to play when it comes to creating an atmosphere for ALL that would lead to our worship being the best presentation for the “One” who is on-looking, receiving & inhabiting it!
Let’s make sure we all agree on one thing……the platform is only a part of that presentation, those who are in the congregation or crowd or community, whatever term you wanna use, has a HUGE part of it.
Most worship leaders are driven by participation, which is a GOOD thing, coupled with the right heart and intent.
If a leader does his or her best to lead from a Christ centered perspective or a Holy Spirit guided direction or a God’s eye view than he or she are gonna have a crazy drive in them that looks to please God with the whole package……”What does God want for His people, what does He want to do here, what does He see that we miss all too often”, and many other things that go on in “our” hearts.
To do that, to at least try our best to do just that, there are many things that need to be in action…..
Just a few, but a few that I personally have found to be the constants!
There is no formula to a great worship service and the truth is, a lot of people would say, “how do you know when it’s great, that’s for Him to judge”, well, very true but if He’s entrusted some to lead those things than hopefully He’s equipped them to discern when it’s going in the right direction and fulfilling it’s purpose, and hopefully they are submitted to that, right???
If there’s no formula than how do we do it, how do we build a consistency, how do we approach it weekly, daily, or whenever it’s in “our” hands to determine what’s right for the “whole”!
Just a couple of my own personal thoughts that have worked for me over some time now…..
If you’re doing “too many”* new songs, expect the “engaging” to be limited
*too many – 2 out of 4, a new one every week……just a couple of thoughts, try a new one for a couple weeks, if it seems to be working give it a week off than come back with it as a regular
Have a “staple” song”*, Mighty To Save, How Great is Our God, The Stand, 10,000 Reasons, just to name some obvious ones, your church might have a few of their own that are always great for EVERYONE to engage in…..
*just 1 out of 3 or 4, it’ll make the difference for that few that are looking for a reason not to engage
*maybe even just a chorus, or a chorus and bridge
Know your Pastor’s heart, know the people’s hearts, know that YOU are serving them and in that, God will honor it
Know that when comment cards come in, it may not mean you have to make a change, but it BETTER make you think and discern if there is any truth to it
Know that the phrase “played out” is only used by “us”, you might be “over it” but “they” might not be…….if it’s the right one, it’s the right one
Know that shifting a culture takes time, trust and a true heart for the “why” and every single “how”…..this topic we’ll save for another post 🙂
Know that YOU may not like a song or style but the person next to you may love it
And for you personally, on stage, off stage, in prep, out of prep…..
Know that your gift, talent & calling is ALL from Him, be confident, but be confident in Him…..
and SMILE, it truly does make a HUGE difference when it comes to building trust and ultimately, people wanting to follow YOU as a leader in your planning, preparing and building what is needed and/or desired.
There are many other truths and constants that you may have found, but these are just some that I’ve found and wanted to share.
If you have any to add or inject, please do…..