Sometimes leading worship in a small church can be frustrating – often we want more budget, or more volunteers, etc. It’s important to remember that engaging worship does not depend on those things – while they are extremely important – leading with excellence and authenticity can create engaging worship in literally any environment.
Yesterday (Sunday) was a great day for us at our church. I lead worship at a large multisite church, but I often lead in a smaller venue called Coffeehouse. It’s an acoustic venue that is quieter and more low key. Typically we have between 70 to 125 people in the room, much like many smaller churches. This weekend, we only had two people on stage, but the worship engagement was strong and powerful. Here are some thoughts about why it was particularly moving this past weekend:
Everybody came prepared, from the musicians to the production volunteers. We had a great plan in place and we executed it well.
Speaking from experience, it’s easy to get to a place where we feel like we are leading worship on fumes. Spending time with God – reading the Bible and in prayer – are essential to leading worship well. This will empower you to lead from an authentic spiritual place. Ask God to reveal to you how the Holy Spirit will move in your worship services. Ask God to lead you to scripture to share with your congregations. Ask God to help you craft a spoken intro to a song that will cause people to engage more fully with it. Just spend time with Him and watch as God blesses your ministry.