I’ve said before that familiarity breeds engagement: the better your congregation knows the songs, the more actively they’ll participate. The converse is also true: too many unfamiliar songs and your people will zone out. Sometimes it’s out of frustration. Sometimes it’s out of boredom. But they’ll definitely disengage.
And we as worship leaders aren’t immune to that. That’s why it’s important for worship leaders to sit on the other side from time to time. I like how Jamie Brown describes it:
First, it’s good for worship leaders to sit back from time to time and analyze a worship service. Analyzing isn’t a bad thing when it’s not the only thing. If all you’re doing is analyzing, then you’re missing the forest for the trees. But if you never do any analyzing, you’re missing the trees that need pruning.
Even those of us who lead worship get tired of learning too many new songs at one time. It’s normal:
But most people, including worship leader bloggers, will eventually succumb to fatigue in a service where there are no familiar songs. We should be aware of this when we lead worship, and not wear our people out.
Click here for Jamie’s full post. Interesting perspective on a common problem.