Worship Leadership

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WORSHIP...

  • Not about music
  • Not about instrumentation
  • Not about style!
  • Must be lived

Thoughts on Worship

  • Gathers; focuses people
  • Can bring unity
  • The power of confession of Truth
  • Singing difficult prayers
  • Allows a platform for greater freedom/expression
  • Room for the manifest presence of God

Why do we have a hard time?

  • We rely on the worship leader/expectation
  • Misconceptions of who God is
  • The good/bad music can affect the time.
  • Lack of leadership: lack of clear direction/lack of skill/poor leadership
  • Fear of Man
  • People are not sure what is expected of them.
  • No clear flow

Defining our terms The overlapping areas:Prayer- Praise -Thanksgiving - Worship -Spiritual warfare Intercession

Spirit and truth...

  • Hebrews 11:6...Without faith it is impossible to please God for anyone who comes to Him must believe that He is and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
  • Confession of faith
  • Postmodernism: feelings/being "fake"
  • The unchanging word of God.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

  • Where do we start?
  • Look at our audience...a long work week/ riddled with doubt/ does God care? Does He see me? Does He love me? Will I make it through?
  • Songs we may not want to start with: I Surrender, Refiner's Fire; Consuming Fire...
  • WHY??

BEGIN WITH GOD/NOT WITH WHAT I NEED TO CHANGE

  • We don't change by focusing on problems but on the character of God; it takes GOD to love God.
  • Help get our eyes off of ourselves/on to God/exhortation examples
  • Step by Step
  • Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
  • Men of Faith
  • Lord Reign In Me
  • God of Wonders
  • Come Now Is The Time To Worship...

WE MINISTER WHO WE ARE

  • Where have you been with God?
  • Leaders take people where they have already been with God.
  • Authority...?

TRUE WORSHIPERS, John 4:23

  • But an hour is coming, and now is when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be his worsipers
  • God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth.

WORSHIP

  • Genesis 22: Abraham and Isaac: sacrifice.
  • To lie on our face before God; to kneel or bow; to show public respect and obedience; submission.
  • Public displays of the reality that we belong to the Kingdom of God; our lives are not our own
  • Honesty; surrender; no longer living for ourselves 2 Cor 5:15

ARE YOU CONVINCED?

  • True Worshiper?
  • Walking in the light?
  • Is it about the form?
  • What is the testimony of God's love and goodness in our own lives?
  • Not about feelings; but where have we seen and experienced Him?
  • Is there evidence of Him in my own life?
  • What do you want? To make good music or to touch the heart of God?

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP

  • Influence
  • Serving
  • Vision (seeing the big picture)
  • Giving direction
  • Having a goal
  • Watchful of what God is doing
  • Listening and obeying
  • Praying

WHERE TO BEGIN WITH LEADING OUT

  • Leaders lead so we are not allowed to "lose ourselves"
  • Come prepared, practice hearing God's voice
  • Be ready to lead the congregation as well as your team.

LEADING YOUR TEAM

  • Define expectations
  • Know the musical level
  • Have integrity
  • Keep it simple
  • Two ways to lead a team; but make sure you listen/include/release

PICKING SONGS: FIRST THINGS FIRST

  • Start with God: fix our eyes first on GOD: character or exhortation
  • Musical limits: what are they for me or my team?
  • What's going on? Who is my audience?
  • New songs: Never (or rarely!) begin or end with a worship set with a new song; your first goal is to bring people together

WAYS TO PICK SONGS

  • Theme: God's love, God as a father, the Cross; thanksgiving/gratefulness (at the end of something), expectation/rising up
  • Event: Easter, Christmas, baptism; conference or new year, etc.
  • Scripture: Psalm or epistle; the whole worship set will be around this scripture...leading up to it.
  • Mixed with prayer/intercession: How awesome are your works; let your glory fall in this room; knocking on the door of heaven; consuming fire
  • Support the preaching;
  • Ministry Times

WAYS TO THINK ABOUT THE SERVICE

  • RELATING TO YOUR AUDIENCE: cross cultural; age? Generational? What's happening in the place...who are your people?
  • IMPACT: What kind of prayers are you praying for that worship time?
  • THINK LIKE A LEADER: Listen & see the big What is going on at the base? what are the values at the base;
  • RELAXED: BE COMFORTABLE with waiting/SILENCE/PAUSE, don't be in a hurry
  • BE UNAPOLOGETIC

COMMUNICATION

  • LANGUAGE: tone/speed/ use 'we' language when you communicate direction
  • VOCABULARY: the words you use; develop a praise/thanksgiving and scriptural vocabulary that is not just "Hallelujah" or "Praise you"; is it 'churchy' or come from revelation
  • NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION: body language/gesture; eye contact; facial expression; dress; posture; freedom
  • SHARING/EXHORTATIONS/EXPLANATIONS: keep it short and to the point....
  • SCRIPTURE: pick out a main point; don't read whole chapters
  • NEVER BE NEGATIVE: it's easy to see the problem; it's hard to prophesy a solution (ie. Graham Cooke;
  • COMMUNICATION: what are we doing and why are we doing it (listening; waiting; communicate what we are doing...thanking; praising; repentance; receiving his love; meditating).

WORSHIP FLOW

  • Same key, pick two or three songs
  • Connecting themes/picking up from the pastor
  • Preparing people for "surrender" or preparing people to sing "refiner's fire" or "Lord I give you my heart"
  • Transitions and modulations
  • Prayers/scripture/direction... short exhortations and/or teaching.
  • Keep communicating/explaining (why/what/who/how/where/when?)
  • Land the plane!

FREEDOM

  • Skill releases freedom
  • Build your own/and your team repertoire
  • Build your team worship times
  • Seek God on your own/see how songs fit and what they mean to you personally
  • Don't do a song just because it's "cool"
  • Don't be afraid to do old songs...known songs
  • Overusing songs...