Worship leaders should pray the Word, teach the Word, and sing the Word.
In a day and age where so many distractions are fighting for our attention, one of the best ways we can help center our people’s hearts and minds is through a specific and pointed call to worship. It urges people in our services to turn from worldly distractions and set their minds, hearts, and attention on the glory of God.
You see music and song have always played a significant role in the life of the Church. Singing in response to God’s character and work is nothing new to the modern Church. All throughout scripture we see people praising God through song.
Aaron talks about the large number of unbelievers that are present in church on any given Sunday and the necessity for the church to engage them and make them feel welcome.
Many worship leaders and pastors wonder why their congregation is not responding in worship. Often times, we forget that we are leaders for a reason. People are going to follow our level of engagement. It is our job to set the temperature of the room.
We only have a very limited number of songs that we do in any season because there’s nothing worse than showing up to a place week after week where you recognize one song in the set. You can’t engage in that when you’re unfamiliar with 90% of the content.
Aaron Ivey talks about how the Word of God is the most important part of a worship ministry. The highest aim for a worship gathering is that people would be focused toward hearing the preaching of the Word of God. If we don’t offer The Word, we’re not offering our people much of anything at all – just an experience.
How do we effectively plan worship sets and services for our people? Is our planning done with purpose, care and intentionality?
Rather than allowing ourselves to be impressed by how professionally we can execute the task of worship, let us be people who find our complete satisfaction and deepest delight in simply and consistently hearing and speaking the gospel to one another, by any and all means possible.
Our churches, the people God has entrusted to our care, need to be reminded of God’s goodness and faithfulness on a consistent basis. We need to be reminded that God still reigns and that Jesus is still saving the lost.
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