When you play sports, the goal is to win. When you go to college, the goal is to learn and to graduate. When you exercise, the goal is to improve your health.
So often, worship leaders prepare a worship service and lead the congregation without an end result in mind.
As you prepare for your next worship leading responsibility, take some time to consider the WHY.
Why are you leading worship?
Why are you choosing a song?
Why are you considering a scripture to use in the service?
Why are you planning a song that is slow and reverent or a song that is full of energy and excitement?
Before you plan or rehearse, determine your goal.
Where is the journey of worship going to go?
Who will be on your team?
What is the scriptural foundation of the message or talk?
Do you want to teach a new song, and if so, does it work with the other songs or will it be a distraction?
How does this week’s worship service lead into next week’s service? Are there songs that the congregation needs to learn this week so they will have more confidence when they sing them next week?
Some Goals to Consider
Goal: for the congregation to have a better understanding and appreciation of a characteristic or attribute of God. ie: love, mercy, forgiveness, peace, holiness.
Goal: to help the worshiper look at his/her own life in comparison to Jesus Christ and see his/her sin. Sing song about our need and His grace. Sing song about our sin and His love.
Goal: to direct the worshiper to draw near to God as Father. Focus songs and scripture (and any other visuals such as videos or still photography) on our relationship as child and father. Focus on His unconditional love. Support the service with scripture, prayer and music.
Goal: to teach a new song over the next few weeks. Try teaching the chorus one week. Sing it again the second week and add a verse. Sing the entire song, including the verse, chorus and bridge the third week.
These are only a few examples.
Set your goal before you plan worship.
Then, work to reach your goal.