Every worship leader at some point has had to figure out what to do with the microphone before or after the song. Some incredibly important questions to answer to make our worship words more meaningful are: WHO are we speaking to? WHY are we speaking or singing? WHAT are we supposed to say? WHERE and WHEN is it appropriate? HOW do we do it effectively?
I’ve written some practical things to pay attention to here but I want to get more in depth in this post.
If we aspire to be more than song leaders and learn to be teachers and pastors, we have to find a way to integrate right belief (orthodoxy) into right practice (orthopraxy). Here are some things to consider when speaking in worship.
One of the most powerful ways to convey a message is to combine it with an image and make it tangible. Jesus was the master of teaching using imagery to help people both remember his message as well as calling people to look a little closer and pay attention a little better. He used images of sheep, buried treasure, light and dark, living water, and hundreds of others.
As I’ve said in my post on having a visual artist as part of your team, here are some reasons why images are so powerful:
- 65 percent of people are visual learners
- The brain processes visual information 60,000 faster than text
- 90 percent of the information that the brain processes is visual
- Visual aids increase learning by 400 percent
Now imagine taking the power of what people see and making sure everyone walks away remembering what God said to them during the service. That’s why so many churches are using Sermon Series Branding as part of their tools to convey the truth of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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.