Julianna Morlet has a great post at Worship Leader Magazine called 10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Leading Worship. It’s a wonderful list. My favorite item:
7. Plan everything.
From the songs to the speaking to the verses to your prayers. Not because all those things have to be executed exactly as planned, but because planning gives more leeway for organized spontaneity. I have a hard time when I have to say a prayer or a short share time between songs and the only content I have is a topic sentence or key scripture. So lately, at the request of my pastor, I’ve been scripting my speaking and even my prayer, not so that I can read it, but because it forces me to think through everything and try out words and concepts behind the scenes instead of in front of 1200 people. Planning for such a fluid thing, like a worship service, sometimes seem oxymoronic. But it works.
But the one I wish I’d known before I started leading worship is this one:
6. Make eye contact with the people you are leading.