There are services at church all the time. Youth, Children’s, Young Adults, Singles, Saturday nights, Sunday mornings and more. Assuming you have had the time to prepare, practice and get yourself ready to lead worship for the service…it’s time to move on to the next steps.
Please remember…these are only suggestions. Modify them if you want. Use them if you want. Feel free to change things around…I do on occasion.
Some important things to remember…
Pre-Service – You have already had practice and hopefully had a quick sound check on each instrument/vocalist…and now it’s time to get everyone ready. Most likely…it’s early in the morning. Most likely…you and the team are still a bit groggy. Consider using a song to warm up and slowly get everyone used to being on stage. I typically use a slower song…spending a few minutes just worshipping God. Starting off the morning with your fastest song…while it probably is first in line…might be hard because everyone…including you…is still waking up.
Run Through – If you have the time…run through each of your songs again. If not…try running through one or two after the warm-up song. I typically end the run through with a fast song to get the blood moving and keep the energy up. Leave yourself 10 minutes to run the transitions.
Transitions – Line up your songs and run the beginning of the first. Cut it once you get into it a bit. Run the end of that song into the next…practicing the transition. Example of a 3 song set – Run through the intro and first verse of I Am Free and cut it. Run the end of I Am Free into the beginning of Blessed Be Your Name and cut it. Run the end of Blessed Be Your Name into the beginning of The Stand…and cut it. You get the point. This part goes fast. Walk the team through the transitions before going through them. Hopefully…after this…you won’t have many awkward transitions in the service.
Pray – Prayer cannot simply be something you quickly do with the team before you walk on stage and assume leadership. It must be something that you truly set time aside for. If it means that you and your team arrive 15 minutes early for the service…then by all means…do so. I’ve led services where I had taken little time to pray and I honestly felt lost. Take time to cover the building in prayer. Crave God’s presence…invite the Holy Spirit to come…you get the point.
When it comes time for the service, your practice and your preparation will allow you to focus on what really matters come time for the service…leading God’s people in worship of the Almighty God.