Shut up and sing

In the first part of this series I stated that I am in the process of learning to Shut up.  At least for me the more that I talk the greater the opportunity for trouble or ineffectiveness.  Today I would like to talk to worship leaders.  My advice is simple: Shut up and sing.  

As a worship leader there is nothing more detrimental than talking too much.  I can say this because I have been there and done that.  I understand that after a week of thoughtful and prayerful preparation you want people to experience everything that you have experienced, but Shut up and sing.  I understand the thoughts that flood in when it seems like people are just not connecting and you feel like you’ve got to make something happen, but Shut up and sing.  I understand that you want to make sure people truly understand what you are trying to communicate through this song because you are helping to shape their theology, but Shut up and sing.  We are not preachers.  Our chief purpose is to lead people to a place where they can connect with God.  Here are a few things to consider that will help you Shut up and sing:

  1. Realize that people have not been thinking about this service like you have.  You have been praying, worshipping, and thinking about this all week.  Our job is to come down the mountain and show them the way up.  Lead by example.  Talking too much is not leading by example.  
  2. Worship is a choice.  God does not force it and neither can we. Strive to provide an environment that cultivates a heart of worship in that service and throughout the week.  Too much talking can break the flow of worship and break peoples focus. 
  3. If you are going to talk think about it before hand.  In preparing your list think about where spoken word would fit best.  If properly placed a prayer, scripture reading, or encouragement can create a flow that links songs or worship elements.

 

Shut up pt. 1

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