Nell and I hope you're all doing well. I read a few blogs recently that i thought were very pertinent to us as creatives. Have a read when you get time. The first article is more for music teams but the second one is for all forms of creative. Be blessed and I pray they serve you well. Ben
10 Practical Tips for worship leaders and Musos by Dan Korocz
1. CONNECT WITH PEOPLE BEFORE & AFTER THE SERVICE
I believe one of the most important parts of a service for a worship leader is before and after the meeting. This is where we make connections with people and build relationship with our congregations. If you can build relationship off the stage, you will have it with the congregation when you’re on the stage.
2. START STRONG, BE BOLD
The first 30 seconds of a worship set lays a foundation and sets the tone for the rest of the meeting. If you start timid and are unsure of yourself, the rest of the set will most probably represent that. As soon as you set your foot on that stage, ‘step into it’ and be bold.
3. PLAY & SING WITH CONVICTION
Sing and play the song as if you wrote it. If you have to study the lyrics, do so. The Bible says that God is looking for worshipers who worship Him in spirit and in truth. There has got to be truth and conviction behind what we are singing about.
4. ONLY SPEAK IF YOU’VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY
If you feel from God you have something to encourage the church in, great! But you have to be careful that you aren’t filling spaces that God should be filling just because you think you need to say something.
5. SPEAK CONFIDENTLY & CLEARLY
Following on from my previous point, when you do say something, make sure you speak confidently and clearly. Be sensitive to the moment but at the same time don’t hold back or be timid. Say it!
6. BE MINDFUL OF HOW MUCH YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES
The heart behind this is about staying engaged with where the congregation is at. The stage isn’t the place for our own personal worship time. The stage is about us leading others in worship while connecting to God ourselves. We need to stay aware of where the meeting and people are at.
7. LEAD PEOPLE BUT DON’T OVER DO IT
Be mindful of how many times you say phrases like “lift your hands” and “Sing this out”. You can start to sound like a broken record if you keep repeating yourself. People will disengage if they feel as though the worship is being pushed or forced upon them.
8. HAVE STAGE PRESENCE
Now this is going to be different for everyone, but we've all got to have some level of stage presence. Passion is contagious and we can’t expect our congregations to ‘get into it’ if we aren’t into it ourselves. Lead by example.
9. DON’T BE SO SERIOUS - SMILE
Worship is something to be enjoyed and worship is a celebration of the character & goodness of God. It is meant to be liberating. Our expression should show this. Relax, enjoy yourself and smile
10. EMBRACE FEEDBACK
It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, there’s always room for improvement. Listen and watch yourself back and ask your pastors and leaders for feedback. Embrace it, even that which you might not agree with. The teachable person will always go the furthest.
From Ryan Smith C3 Music Director
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30
The result of burdensome weariness is an unhealthy yoke to something. We have to be careful that we don’t get yoked to the wrong thing. When Christ extended the invitation to be yoked to Him it’s because He knew that life would have moments of exhaustion that can be avoided.
The reason it’s so important to understand this as creative people is that we will inevitably spend a life standing against the pressure to perform. It’s such a dangerous place to be in when you do things because you think it’s what others are expecting of you. It’s the opposite of the world because the world’s mandate is that you must perform in order to be rewarded. Life in Christ is not like that. That kind of life is the result of seeking the attention of men but the reality is that God is the one who should be weighing our heart, not man.
God has designed each one of us to shine within our capacity. When you embrace your limitations and aren't discouraged by them but rather thankful for them, you’re more likely to maximise your potential within the game you’ve been drafted for. It’s in that place that you’ll shine and in fact shine brighter than the others who refuse to accept their calling and gifting and continue to try and appease their insecurities by striving to perform in a way that they haven’t been wired for.