Great reminder from Amanda Furbeck that we need to prepare ourselves for worship, whether we’re onstage or in the congregation.
Anything that removes a potential distraction from the worship service is a good thing, and memorizing your music can certainly eliminate a distraction.
Great post by Clint Archer at The Cripplegate listing four pieces of solid advice for any worship leader. I like how he starts by defining what he means by “worship leader.”
Skill on your instrument is one thing, but thinking like a musician is different. You can have all the technical skill in the world, but that won’t help you feel the music.
Man of Sorrows, multiple services, hymnals, God’s presence, and how we read the Bible. It’s Weekend Links.
The best worship services are more than just a collection of the right songs: they have flow. Every aspect of the service plays a role in the overall order of things. There’s no dead air. Transitions are smooth.
Pride is not a virtue, but it’s easy to let its hooks sink into you. As worship leaders, we must guard against pride at all times.
When you’re leading the congregation in worship week in and week out, directing a team of talented musicians, and sometimes even being congratulated on a job well done, pride can sometimes get the best of you.
After years of leading worship, it’s easy to slip into autopilot and just go through the motions. And some in your congregation may not even notice. But you’re still doing them a disservice.
Aspirational lyrics are one thing; being dishonest in song is something else entirely.
Lead worship as the person God has called you to be. Don’t try to be someone else. If you’re a huge dork, lead worship like a huge dork. If you’re a smooth operator, lead worship like a smooth operator. Be who you are.