Worship Leading Tips for an Unresponsive Audience

Worship Leading Tips for an Unresponsive Audience

If you are searching for worship leading tips then chances are that you are dealing with an unresponsive audience. If you have been leading worship for a while then you are sure to have encountered such a congregation and, because every group is different, it is often hard to figure out how to deal with the situation. What works with one group may not work with another or already in your specific situation, however there are some general worship leading tips which can make a difference when facing an unresponsive audience.

The Basic Worship Leading Tips

Firstly, the basic worship leader tips apply in almost every situation. You need to look at the kind of material you are using in the service, and in particular the kind of songs. Are there too many new ones? Are there too many old ones? Are you offering the kind of songs you like instead of what your audience likes?

Next, have a look at your presentation and musicians or singers and ask yourself if this is conducive to worship in your church. Is your band too loud and turning some members off? Are they too soft so that people do not have to sing enthusiastically to hear themselves? Are they in their own little world and completely misreading or already worse ignoring responses from the audience? Are they hitting poor notes and sounding awful. One of the easiest to apply worship leading tips is to make sure that the sound is pleasant, well played and well sung in addition to being well presented. If you do this, people will enjoy it and be more inclined to relax and truly worship.

Worship Leading Tips for On Stage

If you are leading praise and worship in your church, one of the best tips I can offer is to minimize your talking in between songs. Many feel that they have to preach a mini sermon, especially if there is something going wrong! Real worship relies more on the Spirit’s ability instead of our talking ability, so if you want to see God do something awesome try talking less and letting the Spirit work in hearts more.

That being said, saying the right thing at the right moment can also be effective. Playing an inspiring musical interlude is another way in which you can affect the mood of the meeting and open people’s hearts. So one of the most effective worship leading tips is to be open to inventive and inspired changes in music and mood, instead of being locked into a set format. I average, if you decide to do the chorus twice at the end of the song, and the Holy Spirit is about to take off on the 3rd time by, if you follow the plan you will miss out on the blessings! Be open, be inventive and be flexible enough to change depending on the direction of the worship time.

The Ultimate Worship Leading Tips

If you confront an unresponsive audience, the best worship leading tips I have shared above may fall flat if you are unprepared as a worship leader. So the ultimate worship leading tips are to be prepared in heart (walking close to the Lord and in close fellowship with Him) and to be prepared in ability (by studying and learning about worship leading). Having a substantial relationship with the Lord and a substantial background in the theories and principles of leading will have you fully prepared for a less than responsive audience.

In the end, your calling as a worship leader is about serving, not about the glory and success (Mark 10:45). If you approach every opportunity to rule as an opportunity to serve, then you can do all you can and leave the rest of it to the Holy Spirit. Whether they respond, raise their hands or sit there in stormy silence, serving method you keep going and do your best in spite of of the results.

So next time you rule worship in church, apply these worship leading tips, then commit your ways to the Lord and see what he can do with an unresponsive audience!

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