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8 Ways to Improve How You Engage People in Worship

In my early days of leading worship, I was oblivious to the people I was leading. I didn’t even really think about them. I basically thought it was some grand display of my musical gifts and anointing for others to enjoy. I know, awful, right? While I still battle pride on a daily basis, I’ve learned that leading worship is more about “engaging” your congregation than it is about “amazing” them with your worship leading brilliance.

One of my tendencies is to over-prepare musically and under-prepare relationally. Yes, I said relationally. In order to lead a congregation to breakthrough worship, they need to trust you. Here are some tips on how I work this out:

  • Pray for your congregation
  • Respond with grace to criticism (but don’t take it too seriously)
  • Respond with gratefulness to compliments (but don’t take it too seriously)
  • Relate to your congregation where they are (who is present? – unbelievers, new Christians, senior saints, rebellious teenagers, trendy young adult?) Trust needs to be established for them to follow you.
  • Select a healthy balance of music (song choice & style)
  • Practice your public speaking & communication skills
  • Develop good people skills – you need to be like-able!
  • Utilize humor tastefully – humor helps people relax and feel comfortable around you

Do you agree? What have you done in order to connect with your congregation?

 

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October 22, 2010 - Posted by | Worship Leaders

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