What Youtube Doesn’t Teach About Leading Worship

18 thoughts on “What Youtube Doesn’t Teach About Leading Worship”

  1. James, excellent post! You make many great points. I love that you highlight the singing limitations of congregations – this is essential to consider. Without a participating congregation, we no longer have corporate worship! Learning a congregational range and how to adapt a recorded arrangement to suit a congregation ought to be a fundamental skill of a worship leader. I also appreciate the attention paid to a well rounded comprehensive list. This is a task requiring thought and time, but one which will pay off in the end. Your third point about Sunday mornings is a good one but I don’t fully agree with your prescribed measures. I think fast songs can be a good way to bring people in from their chaos, but certainly not the only way. Scripture reading, prayer, and exhortation can also do this while introducing a slower song to start. Being intentional is key. However, that’s a minor difference of opinion in what is a great post. Thanks so much for a helpful read!

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts! I agree that being intentional about a call to worship is key. Scripture reading, prayer, and exhortation are all valuable. I wouldn’t argue a strict prescription of how we need to begin our services, however we need to be intentional with our call to worship and how we are leading people from the beginning. I have seen too many people try, even with good scripture readings, prayers, or exhortations, to start a time of worship too deep, where the people were not yet with the leader, not yet following where the leader wanted to go.

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  2. This is an excellent article. My mind was shouting “yes, yes, yes” all the way through. Another thought that came to mind as I was reading is the pressure that worship leaders can feel to lead the song exactly like the worship artist or to lead it the same way every time it is led. I like the freedom to use a song as a tool and vary it depending on how God is leading is that morning. I believe that music is a tool we use to glorify God and variety keeps it fresh.

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    1. Thanks for adding this, Faith-Anne. I agree with you that we can feel pressure to do the song just as recorded. That may help the church and the team learn the song at first, but we need to have freedom of how we use the song (or parts of the song) to lead our church in our context.

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  3. These are some essential considerations for worship leaders who desire to serve the church and congregation effectively! Thanks for writing about them.

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  4. Very helpful and relevant to the times the church is in. Worship leading like preaching is real work but such worthwhile work to be done! Thanks for this.

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  5. Great article, James! All true points! Such good reminders of the importance of seeking/following the Holy Spirit in order to lead and be sensitive to the unique [worship] culture of the local churches we serve in.

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