Better Music, Less Talking

“The music should be so good you shouldn’t have to say a word.”

One of our worship leaders, @kennethjweston, made this profound statement during one of our rehearsals recently. He was referring to a moment we were attempting to build in a worship set where we were trying to decide who would talk during a transition moment and what would be said. But as we continued to work on the music we realized that the emotion and beauty of the sound said more than anything we could come up with verbally.

I know that this happens to worship leaders all the time because it happens to me. You feel compelled to talk, talk, talk during worship because you feel the energy is waning in the band behind you. The band loses its steam as you begin talking because now you’re “winging it” and the vicious cycle begins. Taking the time to build better musical moments will set you free from feeling the need to narrate.

Take some time this week and listen to a couple of your all time favorite albums. How many times does the lead singer talk in the middle of or between songs? Exactly. Obviously worship leaders need to “lead” the congregation through spoken instruction and exhortation, but go back and watch/listen to the last few times you’ve lead worship. Be brutally honest with yourself and see where you can trim the talking. And if you do speak during worship make sure it’s purposeful, well thought through, energetic, emotional, believable and coherent!

Take a little extra time this week to make your music speak so you don’t have to.

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Andy Chrisman
Worship Pastor
Andy came to Church on the Move in 2005, having been in the music industry for over 25 years. He's dedicated to raising up the next generation of worship leaders, and even though he spent many years with the group 4him, he says he's "having more fun now than I ever did on the road."