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Spiritual Direction: Glory to Glory

In this series, we give examples of how you can set up or talk about specific songs inside of a worship set. We call these small periods of time ‘Spiritual Direction’. Typically it’s a 30 second to 1 minute block of time where a worship leader or pastor can lead the congregation into more passionate and engaged worship.

In this video, we’re setting up the song Glory to Glory by Bethel Music (see our song resources for this song here). For this song, Let’s use an example of a passage of scripture (from which the song is derived), and a short note that ties what we’re about to sing to that scripture. Here is how you could set this one up:

Scripture – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

Connect the dots

Once you’ve read the scripture aloud, tie it back to what you’re about to do – we call this ‘connecting the dots’.

The song we are about to sing comes from this passage of scripture. It speaks to the fact that God is transforming us into his image. I can say in my own life – and I’m guessing you can say in yours – that there are things about ourselves that we wish we were different. I wish I looked different. I wish I was a morning person (I could sleep until noon every single day). I wish I hadn’t done some of the things I’ve done in the past – that I hadn’t screwed up as much as I have before. But the reality that the Bible tells us – and that we are about to sing about together – is that God sees us much differently than we see ourselves. God has a plan for us. He sent his Son, Jesus to a cross to forgive us of the sin that we so regret in our lives. He is literally transforming us into His glorious image. As we sing this next song together, understand that God loves you deeply, and He desires to use you, and to use me, to further His Kingdom and manifest His glory here on the Earth. Let’s sing together.

A couple notes

  1. Be extremely intentional. Plan this time out in your worship services – if you use a tool like Planning Center, add it as an item. And then write out what you’re going to say.
  2. Be mindful of what else will be happening during this time – what will your band be doing? What will you be displaying on your screens? What will your lighting look like? It all matters – probably more than you think.
  3. Use Pads or Bumper Music as a sound bed. It makes a big difference. In the video above, the background music is our own Bumper Music, Volume 2.
  4. I like to use an actual Bible on stage. It can be a bit of a challenge if you don’t really have anywhere to put it (remember, music stands should be avoided at all costs :), but it’s easy enough to just set one down by your mic stand.
  5. If you’re reading scripture, put the words of the scripture on the screens so your congregation can read along. I like to have people read it aloud with me at times – worship is a participatory event – it’s not a spectator event.
  6. Make it personal. In the example above, I personalized it with ‘I wish I was a morning person’ (I really do). The more you can let people into your personality, the more effectively you can lead them.
  7. Tie it into your church/congregation. If you’re in the middle of a message series (or you have communicated with your teaching pastor about what they’re going to talk about that day), tie it in.

Please feel free to use this verbatim in your worship services if you’d like to. Or let it inspire you to write your own spiritual direction. Be intentional, and lead with excellence.

The background music in the video above is Bumper Music, Volume 2, which you can purchase and use in your services as well.

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12 Responses to Spiritual Direction: Glory to Glory

  1. David Snowdon Jun 2, 2017 at 8:19 am #

    Good job Brian! As far as I can see, yours is the only site offering these kind of hands-on tutorials for a very important subject. In a lot of services, the worship leader never says a word and I could never figure out if it was because they didnt know what to say or had been directed by the Pastors to just sing the songs. Its important at some point to communicate, as you are teaching here, especially if its not obvious why we sing a particular song.

    And its great ro hear that its not just me who occasionaly “hides” behind a guitar!

    God Bless, David Snowdon

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks David! I do think there are situations where a pastor may ask worship leaders not to speak much, but I believe a great worship leader is one who leads people, and sometimes you have to talk to them to do it 🙂

  2. Dale Krysinski Jun 2, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    This is SO helpful! As a worship leader, I struggle with talking between or before songs – trying to make it meaningful and genuine but not reading from a prepared text. I will use these tips starting this Sunday. Thanks so much and I would love to see more about this topic. One thing that would be GREAT to have access to is a lust of Scripture that applies to popular Contemporary Christian songs.

    • Brenda Jun 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

      As always Brian, what a blessing you are in your discipleship – the ‘Great Commission’ – intentional! As we yield and humble ourselves asking Holy Spirit to move and speak in and through us to touch a darkened world, manifestation will take place in and through us. There is power in the Word of God and that Word combined with worship music is the highest power, love, grace, praise, worship, etc…all for His Glory, sending a message “Please come” God has something for you – Jesus! Shalom!!

      • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

        Thank you so much Brenda!

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

      Hi Dale – thanks so much! I’ll plan to keep these coming.

  3. D King Jun 8, 2017 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks for the insight. This is the hardest part for me as a Worship Pastor.

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

      Yeah – singing and playing is a breeze compared to speaking well to people between/before songs 🙂

  4. Jeff Rayburn Jul 13, 2017 at 8:54 am #

    Great job Brian. Thanks for doing this. It’s a super hard thing for me to be comfortable speaking between the songs or introducing a song. I love to just put my head down and sing and play guitar, lol! Great to know that others struggle with this, that it’s ok and even good to write stuff down. Thanks for all the tips!

  5. Jay Jul 28, 2017 at 3:53 am #

    Great job Brian. You are an amazing person. I love these reach ins you do. I have a request. Do you have any song suggestions for 2 Corinthians verse 13:11 and 13:14. I’m looking for a song that is well known and fairly modern. Have you done a teach in on these verses at all. Many thanks. Jay

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

      Thanks Jay! Songs about living at peace with one another… Definitely something we should be singing, but honestly I can’t think of anything particularly modern that covers that topic. Maybe it’s time to write one 🙂

  6. Artha Meris Simbolon Jan 10, 2018 at 9:02 am #

    thanks for advice.

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