Worship Leader Wednesday is a series where we give you quick tips that you can put into practice today to become a better worship leader
Develop your personal theme for the weekend
Today’s Worship Leader Wednesday’s tip is something you may not have thought of or heard before, but it will help you lead with vision and intentionality. We should start by saying what a personal theme is, and then how to develop it.
What is your ‘personal theme’?
It can be anything, really, but what we’re going for is something specific that the Holy Spirit places on your heart for the week. It may be a scripture that you’ve been reading a lot or a song lyric that really speaks to you.
How to find a theme
One easy way to develop your theme for the weekend is to look through the lyrics of all the songs you’re singing this weekend. Find a line or an idea that really speaks to you. What is it really talking about? What is it saying about God or about who God has made us to be, or called us to be?
Another way to find a theme is to pull an idea out of your devotional time either in prayer or reading of the Bible. What is God laying on your heart lately?
How does this translate into worship leading?
If God has placed you in a position of leading worship, and if He is speaking something into your life, He is doing it on purpose. Use that theme to inform your leadership. Here are a few practical ways you could translate your theme into leadership:
- Lead a devotional with your worship team before rehearsal. Bring them along with you.
- Use it to set up a song during your worship service (this works especially well if your theme came from a song lyric).
- Use it in a prayer during your service.
I think we often get into a rut trying really hard to fit our worship leading into the idea of the Pastor’s message or the message series we may be in. If you can do that, that’s great, but I don’t think we necessarily have to do that. If God is speaking something into your life, share it with your team or maybe even your church.