Four Ways To Prepare 4 Worship


Creating an environment to help people engage

Does your church worship at 130%? Would 30% be more reasonable to hear people singing and praying?

You are not alone. Majority of churches in the US and Canada share this similar issue.

What can we do to help create an environment to help our people worship?

Here are Four Ways you can better prepare your heart and better prepare your church for engaging worship.



1. Don’t Pick, But Pray:

When you pick songs, are you cycling through the motions, or are you praying the prayers of the people? Song is a powerful vehicle and expression, with purpose and meaning.

When words can’t surface from the mouth, emotions can overflow from the soul. By knowing the life of your church, you will know what prayers they need to sing.

Personally, I stay in-tune with the life-happening events of our people. It’s important to know about the relationships, their families, jobs, and etc. If there is a song we can sing to celebrate, a melody of brokenness, a plea for God to heal, or a lyric that can help stir the heart closer to Jesus, then we need to sing those songs.

Did you know, that every prayer you make for your people, God will use the power of song by His way to encourage? The apostle Paul says to us: “I pray that out of His glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” Ephesians 3.16.

Song is a great way to help empower the inner being of the worshiper. Choose songs they know. Prayer becomes more powerful when people are not fixed on learning a new song every four minutes. Help them meditate by doing something that is familiar. Save the new songs for other occasions, not for every singing occasion.


2. Match the Moment:

Ephesians 5.19 says “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” If we can’t speak nor hear one another, we’re most likely too loud, or the key is too high.

Work with your audio lead to keep the decibels conducive to the room and to the age of your church. I know many young churches that like it loud, and many seasoned or blended churches like it audible. Do what’s best for our church, not what’s best for you or the band.

Matching the moment also involves dynamics and volume levels. We teach this a lot in our Weekend Workshops. Each song is like a musical movement, a symphony if you will.

There’s always a beginning, middle and end. Make each section stand out by apply the right volumes at the right time. You can never over-use dynamics, but you can under-use them that will leave songs sounding flat.

For example, I like to picture each song like a house. You have your door entry, hallway, living room and dining room. In order to be a good guest, don’t rush them through the house, help them enjoy it.

Move through each room with a different dynamic, texture and instrumentation. Verses: Piano/Acoustic Guitar, Chorus: Add Drums/Bass. Verse 2: add Electric Guitar, Bridge: go back down to piano and build the band back up.


3. Don’t Play, Make Music:

There is a difference between just playing your instrument and singing versus making music. To pick up a guitar and slam out chords maybe perfect for the Guitar Shop, but to create a worshipful environment, we need much more careful approach.

If you ever Youtube Yo-Yo Ma, you will hear his precision of notes. You will see his emotion poured through his instrument. He not only creates music, he feels it. Why would we be any less excellent in making music for God?

No, you may not be a professional musician or singer, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t grow in our skill and craft. If God gave you a talent, your responsibility is to nurture its development. #Matt25.14-30. We grow, not bury our gifts.

We hear about music in 1Corinthians 14.15: “So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.”

To help create a worshipful environment, we are to play with understanding and worship through our skill. Think how incredible this would be as you 5x’s this fact within your worship band.

Youtube others like Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Beck and Yolanda Adams, you will see what happens when true skill meets true emotion.


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