Put The Instrument Down! (Preparing to Practice) Part 1


Maybe you’ve heard the phrase that “Practice is Personal” meaning that learning a song and preparing it on your own time is what is expected before people come to rehearsal. That is something that I’ve always felt was essential to helping make a rehearsal go smoothly and therefore Sunday more likely to be distraction free and more fun and meaningful for everyone involved.

For years I made this part of our expectations for being part of the team and told new members about it. Over time I found that telling people it was their responsibility to come prepared only had a nominal effect until one day I had a “lightbulb” moment (cue Despicable Me).

I had told people they needed to practice on their own personal time but never explained what preparing to practice exactly that meant, looked like or how to do it.

Just, like… talk good and stuff (Tips for Speaking in Worship)


They’re listening. I know sometimes we wonder how much of what we say from stage is sinking in but they’re catching much more than we might think.

Scary isn’t it. More often than not, the things we say from stage can have as much power as the songs we lead. Actually, when thoughtful spoken words combine with our music the impact is multiplied.

Once I realized that I needed to work on my communication, I began paying attention to other worship leaders to see what I could learn. Here’s some of tips for speaking in worship and pitfalls that I’ve come across in the past couple of years.