All the time that is put into personal preparation and the rehearsal ultimately goes toward making the worship service great. As the worship leader, you need to make sure that you have done everything in your power to make the worship in the service go as smoothly as possible. Beyond that, there are other responsibilities you may want to tend to after the service is over. Here are some things to take care of before, during, and after the service:
Communicate with your pastor and team
As a key leader in the service, you want to do your best to minimize potential distractions. A great way to do this is to communicate with everyone who has a part in the service. Make sure you and the pastors/leaders are on the same page about how the service will go. Ask if there are any service elements that you should be aware of, such as a baptism, dedication, special element, video, or anything else that could come up in the service. Take the information you received from your pastor and pass it on to your team so they are aware which will help everyone be on the same page.
Have good stage presence
Other than the person teaching during the service, you as the worship leader have the most “face time” of any other person. This is why it is so important to have good stage presence. If you as the leader portray positive energy and joy, your team will follow, and in-turn the congregation will be more inclined to follow. You also want to be aware of how you and your team members are dressing. Set up a list of black and white dress code guidelines for your team to follow. Again, you want to have as little or no distractions in the service, and your stage presence is a huge factor in achieving this.
Communicate with the congregation
Keep in mind that the congregation may not know what to do, so give them some direction in how they can participate in worship. At the beginning of the service, welcome the congregation with energy and invite them into worship. Try to be as warm and kind as possible when addressing the congregation. Another great way to lead the congregation is to point them to Bible verses that go along with the song or the message or explain certain lyrics in songs that may be potentially confusing.
Engage in service elements
Pay attention to any announcements, videos, baptisms, dedications and so on, while you are on the stage or off stage. This means that there should be no talking or goofing around on stage at all. As the leader you want to be actively engaged in your church, even when you are not playing worship that week. If you have multiple worship teams at your church, try to attend the service on your weeks off as much as possible. Your team will follow you in the example that you set in this area.
After the service is over, take a couple minutes to get together with your team and talk about how it went. Always start by celebrating things that went well and look for ways that you can improve for next time. Our teams will never move forward if we don’t go back and look at what we can improve on. If there are bigger issues that you need to address, don’t be afraid to bring them up; just make sure that you leave enough time to process and work through those issues.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Is the majority of your congregation made up of seekers or believers? How can this affect you as the worship leader?
- Why is it important that we portray joy, energy, and excitement as a worship leader? How can we encourage our team to follow in having good stage presence?
- What are some things you have seen other worship leaders do from the stage that made the congregation feel weird or uncomfortable?
- On a scale of 1-10, how good are you at speaking in front of people? Why? List some ways you can grow in this.
- As a worship leader, why is it important that you are engaged both on and off the stage at your church?
- What do you hope to accomplish every time you lead worship? What do you hope your team accomplishes?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.