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Worship Leaders: 5 Tip to Introducing a New Song

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Introducing a new song can be daunting for many worship leaders. Let’s face it: We prefer to stick to the tried and true songs that we know our congregation will immediately connect to. One responsibility of a worship leader is to be a teacher. And what good is a teacher who gives the same lesson every week? Adding new songs into your rotation gives you fresh ways to teach the same biblical truths. So how exactly do we introduce a new song successfully?

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This is key. How can you effectively teach what you don’t know? The congregation can see right through a worship team that hasn’t done their homework. The song needs to minister to you before you can use it to minister to others. Know the lyrics and melody by memory. If you still need to look at the words to lead a new song that’s a strong indication that you’re not ready to introduce it. The congregation feeds off of our connection to the song.

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Never start or end worship with a new song. Just don’t do it. It can already sometimes be a struggle bringing people into worship and starting with a song they’ve never heard before just increases that struggle. When you attempt to end with a new song it shifts the atmosphere. The congregation can no longer worship freely because they are trying to learn new words. Not a good way to end. The best placement for a new song is sandwiched in between two of those tried and true songs that the congregation loves.

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As worship leaders, we should be doing more singing than speaking. However, speaking before a new song can positively impact the reception of the song. And this goes back to you knowing the song intimately. When you know the song intimately you’ll have a greater understanding of the song that extends beyond the lyrics-and you can use that understanding to engage the congregation. Explain the meaning of the song. Express how the lyrics have impacted you. Speak the lyrics before you sing it and ask the congregation to repeat it. Buttress the lyrics with scripture to reinforce the biblical truths in the song.

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The wonderful thing about introducing new songs is that when the congregation hears a new song, and they like it, they are going to go and find it. We don’t want them to be surprised when the actual song sounds nothing like what they heard at church. It’s important that when we introduce a new song it sounds as close to the original as possible. Sing every part of the song. Play the intros and the instrumentals. Try to be as true to the song as possible.

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For most songs, it takes time for the congregation to connect with it. Think about how long it took you to memorize the lyrics, learn the melody, and connect with the song intimately. It takes some time. So why do we expect the congregation to be automatically engaged with a new song after one listen. A system that has been working for my congregation is to sing the song 2 Sundays in a row, rest it for one Sunday, then sing it again the following Sunday. So in a span of 4 weeks we would have done the song 3 times. I have found that our members have generally connected with the song by the 3rd time.

Finally, I suggest that you don’t introduce more than 2 songs a month and definitely don’t introduce more than one song on any given Sunday. Once you get a system in place for introducing songs you will see that it’s not as daunting as before. And your congregation will thank you for it.

Happy Leading!

Message Behind the Lyrics: May We Never Lose Our Wonder

Master George

If you’ve ever spent some time around young children, it doesn’t take much time to recognize that the smallest things excite and fascinate them. An all time favorite game for young ones is peekaboo! I have never seen a child not fascinated by this game. No matter how many times you hide and reappear they are just as shocked and laughing hysterically as if it was the first time! It’s such an innocent experience.

Now try doing that with an adult- or even anyone over the age of 4. Most will look at you and you can read “are you insulting my intelligence” all over their face. And if you do get one nice enough to indulge you in a game of peekaboo the game dies pretty quickly. They have outgrown the excitement that comes with the anticipation of each reappearance.

Unfortunately, that’s how we often treat God. We feel like we have outgrown His wonders. We live as if there is nothing else God can do that can excite us. We are no longer fascinated by the little things that he does to make us smile. We no longer stare wide eyed at the evening sky or the fish in the sea. We no longer anticipate the next time He appears because we feel as if we’ve seen it before.

May we never lose our wonder
May we never lose our wonder
Wide eyed and mystified
May we be just like a child
Staring at the beauty of our King

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2).

God wants us to remain childlike. We should constantly be in awe of our beautiful King and loving Father. Don’t let the pride from experiencing life rob you of your innocence in God. Everything He does should fascinate us as if it was our first game of peekaboo all over again.

May we never lose our wonder.

 

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