Worship leader preparation is much like worship itself - endless. There
are many good ways to prepare for leading people in worship. Worship can be as individual
as people, but careful planning does make a difference in helping lead with clarity.
It's easy to wonder since the Holy Spirit leads worship in the truest sense, what
good is it to plan? Even so, it's good to think about how I prepare, as
a way to train others.
Having said that, use what's here as a
starting point for your own preparation.
1. Pray for direction
Pray before you plan – and
pray through the plan. What do I pray? "God, may the end of this plan
help people love you more and be able to express it."
I like to make this a part of my personal
devotions and sing the songs God brings me. What God gives me to lead
others must first touch my heart.
Someone once told me a message prepared in
the head will reach the head, but a message prepared in the heart will
reach the heart.
Song packages should be considered in the same category as
Bible teaching. Both are messages from God. Both characterize good leader preparation.
2. Craft song selection and flow
What aided the congregation’s worship once will most likely be
repeated if used again. People connect more easily when they sense a
direction or intention to the flow of the service. This is true for
songs and extends too all worship service elements.
phases are Movement, Adoration and Commitment. Occasionally, a phase of
Entering can also be considered. The monthly schedule is also a helpful leader preparation
reference for planning. With both of these tools, it should not be
necessary to start from scratch when planning congregational singing.
3. Prepare one sentence song introductions
…to explain purpose, or to highlight a scriptural foundation, or
This can be done as the musical introduction is playing. It may be
offered as a prayer.
Its importance is crucial at this stage of our
worship maturity because it helps the congregation stay focused on the
idea that God-honoring worship must have purpose.
beautiful songs to choose, being able to communicate why we sing a
specific song helps people learn we are more interested in engaging
hearts and lives with God, than in merely performing music.
4. Build Order of Service
Welcome people - I like to say "hello" and smile. I've found this to
be more welcoming than being quiet and mysterious, like I'm somewhere else.
Keep musical elements together, (Songs and Offering) - be sensitive to the flow of the service.
Play an instrumental prelude and postlude.
Post lyrics so Video Team can set them up.
5. Meet with Senior Pastor (and/or planning team)
Do this to communicate details regarding other worship
Keep the flow natural so people will have
fewer reasons to be distracted from the main intent of our time