Emotion and WorshipFeatured, Worship Leader Institute, Worship Leading Monday, February 4th, 2013
In considering the duties of a worship leader, many believe their assignment ends after starting a song. Although beginning a song in the appropriate key is important, there is much more to leading God’s people than song directing.
It’s not about simply starting a song.
It’s not about who has the best singing voice.
It’s all about leading God’s people in meaningful, spirited worship.
Can you imagine meaningful worship devoid of emotion?
Here are only a couple of principles that come to mind when considering effective worship leading:
Body Language Is Essential
It’s been proven time and again that people believe non-verbal communication more than words. Facial expressions communicate volumes. When your body language contradicts what you say, people always go with your non-verbal cues. That’s why it’s paramount that worship leaders overcome the stigma of projecting emotion.
Projecting to the Back Row
It’s not enough to express emotion. Depending upon the complexity of the assignment, I encourage leaders to communicate “to the back row.” The larger the venue and group, the more challenging the job of leading by expression.
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Questions for Discussion:
1. Why are song leaders afraid to display emotion? (Especially the emotions reflected in the words they are singing? So often there is a disconnect.)
2. Why do leaders squelch their expressions and feelings they would otherwise display in other settings?
3. Why have many churches neglected the training and development of worship leaders? (When compared to the training of preachers?)
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