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Common Worship Leading Blunders

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Besides the ever so subtle shouting of “crap” instead of “clap” from the stage (who has ever done this?) 🙂 there are some common things that worship leaders do that I’d advise against (and I think your senior pastor would appreciate it too).

Also, are you wondering what a picture of Jack Black has to do with anything? Well, imagine leading worship like he sings. Just sayin’.

Keeping your eyes closed the whole time

While this may be great for your personal worship, I think a worship leader needs to keep his eyes open more often than not in order to connect and draw in those who are there. It won’t matter quite as much once the faith of the room rises up and people are lost in worship. I always say the goal of a worship leader is to lead people to a place where they don’t need you anymore. Open thine eyes till then.

Singing every song

If you are a worship leader who has the best voice, it’s OK if you lead every song or if there’s no good singers on your team. But if you have some great vocal talent on your team, defer the lead vocal to someone else occasionally. It’s actually a great rest for your voice and you can focus on actually leading in worship. Not to mention it empowers those who serve with you.

Fill in all dead space with the ‘vocal moan’

You know what I’m talking about. Some worship leaders feel that if they don’t sing a song, or moan, or talk, that God is packing up His bags. I understand the pressure. You don’t want there to be awkward silence. You want people to enter in. But it can also be incredibly distracting to have you moaning for 5 minutes while I’m trying to worship. It just doesn’t sound good. Especially if you’re a background singer. Moan and sing all you want in the dead space. Just pull your mic down.

Forgetting to pray until 3 minutes before service starts

You’ve been there. I know it. You’ve had a crappity crapface rehearsal and then it strikes you… we forgot to pray. So you woop out the desperation, “God rescue us from this crappity crapface rehearsal and make us sound good” prayer. I have a better idea. Sprinkle all your rehearsals with prayer. You don’t have to pray for 45 minutes before every song, but pray short, faith-filled prayers throughout. Prayer has an incredible way of calming down dominant musician personalities and focusing everyone on what matters.

I could go on. Expect a part 2 on this one.

What are some habits that we should avoid as worship leaders? How can we improve?

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December 1, 2010 - Posted by | Worship Leaders

9 Comments »

  1. More great stuff bro! Keep up the great work!

    Also, Rick Pino looks like Jack Black but he doesn’t sound like him when he leads worship which is definitely a good thing.

    Comment by ahernley | December 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. I totally keep my eyes closed a lot. Thanks for the words of wisdom. Pray for me as I lead my church for the first time this Sunday.

    Comment by Chris Arnold | December 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Dude, I will definitely pray for you. Keep up the good work. And open your eyes a little more 🙂

      Comment by dsantistevan | December 1, 2010 | Reply

      • Thanks. Ill try my best

        Comment by Chris Arnold | December 1, 2010

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