The focus of Songs that Unite is to assist Worship Leaders
who are preparing a service of worship.
To assist your preparation, here are some other resources to complement your service.
10 Tips for Worship Leaders: How to Enhance On-Stage Presence
If you’ve ever seen a group of children perform a song for a gathering of parents and spectators, you’ve seen the teacher or leader who places his or herself directly in their line of vision and proceeds to mouth (very clearly and expressively) every word and indicate every gesture at the appropriate time so that the children can follow along and all look like they know what their doing.
That is exactly our “job” as worship leaders! We’re the coaches, the cue card holders, the kind gentleman in Pretty Woman who discreetly aids a befuddled Julia Roberts’ character in choosing the right fork for the dinner course at a fancy restaurant.
As worship leaders (or lead worshippers, if you prefer), our purpose is not to model a personal worship experience on stage. It’s not even most importantly to perform well. It is to facilitate corporate worship—to enable all present to participate and engage in what is going on and to point them to the truth of the Gospel. When we remember that our role on stage is primarily one of servant leadership, that it is not about us and what we do but about the people of God gathered, we are freed to serve and lead well.
So, here are some general tips for those of us who serve and lead from the stage:
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How To Lead Worship | 101 Tips For New Worship Leaders
This list came out of a discussion on Worship The Rock that invited worship leaders and worship pastors to share their top 10 pieces of advice for new or young worship leaders. Many of these people have many years of experience behind them and have some great insights that they have willingly shared.
I hope you find this list really helpful. Think of it as your own group of virtual mentors offering pearls of wisdom, both practical and spiritual.
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Worship and Music
Check out these links from the Uniting Church in Australia, Assembly website including:
Rev Dr Dean Brookes - 'Effective Worship' Study
Dean is well respected in ministry and has served the Church for over 40 years. He was Moderator of the SA Synod of the Uniting Church 1993-95.
Dean is called on to speak and teach in a variety of settings. He is known as a strategic leader who is committed to helping the church and its leaders find their voice and to be missionally effective.
Today Dean devotes himself to developing leaders and the mentori ng and coaching of pastors. (Download Dean's 'Effective Worship' study below)
Bill Loader (New Testament)
Anna Grant Henderson (Old Testament)
With Love to the World
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