During tournament basketball, a top seeded team will sometimes lose to a lesser ranked team because the better team is not prepared. They don't come ready to play because they don't expect much competition.
Helping point individual’s hearts toward Jesus is much more important than any basketball game, yet those leading worship will often show up unprepared to lead with excellence when they know attendance may be low. As a leader, you are responsible to care for the hearts of your congregation, no matter the size. Remember this as you prepare each week. God cares for every person and so should you.
Here are a few things to consider as you prepare.
First Impressions Happen Every Week. There is only ONE first impression. Each week, there is a good possibility that there is somebody in the congregation who is attending for the first time. Be prepared and ready to lead well every time you gather for worship.
Excellence No Matter the Attendance. Throughout the year, there are days attendance is up and days attendance is down. Whatever the number is, each person attending the service has come ready to worship. Do NOT let yourself or your team lower your standard of excellence just because you know there may be less people in attendance. Prepare your team to lead well in every situation, for the glory of God.
Because of the Gospel. The ultimate goal is for each person to see Jesus, not just sing the songs. In Ephesians 6:9, Paul asks the Ephesians to pray for him “that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.” Pray asking God to use the words you say and the lyrics you sing to proclaim to the people the mystery of the Gospel.
Prepare with excellence each and every week as you lead your team and lead your congregation.