Better You, Better Worship (Pt. 1)

As a worship pastor, I want our worship experiences to show signs of improvement week after week. I want to see our teams get stronger, our number of singers and players grow, our passion deepen, our music evolve, our vision to be clearer, our connection from the stage to the crowd intensify, better communication between players on stage, more “buy-in” from our volunteers. The trouble that we run into so often is that the duties of the week/weekend tend to bury us, living life as my dad use to say, “A day late and a dollar short.” Improving takes a back seat to just getting everything done. Lately, I’ve challenged our team to step back, take a breath, to spend a little more time every week on personal enrichment. If we’ll focus as much or more on who we’re becoming instead of on what we’re doing, we’ll find that our worship experience will go to a deeper place than we ever imagined. I’ve put a list together of several things we’re focusing on as a team to help us become better worship leaders. I’ll share these in bite-size chunks over the next seven blogs…

#1 Pray

I’m about to blow your minds. Ready?

If you spend more time in prayer you’ll be a better worship leader.

Shocking! Brilliant!

It’s true, though. Most of the songs we sing are prayers set to music. If prayer is not a part of our daily language then our worship will seem forced and inauthentic. Praying more throughout the week, having a regular dialogue with God primes us for “praying” our songs. If you want your worship leaders to be better communicators on stage, have them pray in public as much as possible - during meetings, before a rehearsal, over lunch, for a team member’s need. That last one is a great exercise and a good habit to get into. Praying for one another, and asking for prayer for the things we’re personally dealing with, keeps us in the same boat as those we get up in front of each weekend.

Pray over your set lists. Pray for your rehearsals. Pray for the people you’ll be leading. Pray for each other. Pray for yourself, that God will use you to communicate the beauty of Gospel every time you hit the stage. Pray without ceasing. We’ll never get it done on our own…

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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."