Ideas for Worship
Leaders
TEACHING NEW SONGS TO A  
CONGREGATION

Choosing Songs

First, a song should be a good quality song, that
people will remember when they leave church.
The hope is that people will continue to sing
songs of worship all through their week. It is
hard to do so if the song has many words, does
not have good rhyme structure and if the song
makes a person confused by what it says. When
choosing a song, it should center on God. God
should be the object and/or subject of the song.
If a song does not include the name of Jesus or
does not include a reference to God, it should
be avoided. A song should be chosen because it
leads one to love Jesus more. If the song
diverts the attention away from the beauty of
who God is, it must be resisted, no matter how
nice the music sounds.

Introducing Songs

Secondly, a song should be introduced in as
many ways as possible. A Pastor can preach a
sermon that will include thoughts from the new
song. He might even quote the song in the
sermon. Posters of the lyrics to new songs can
be made. The lyrics can be put into the
newsletter one week before singing it. During
prayer time and when the service ends a new
song can be sung (while people are leaving) so
the congregation can begin to hear it before it is
actually included in the Worship time. Before
and after a service a recording of the new song
can be played to reinforce the hearing of the
song. The Pastor can also mention that the new
song, can be found on an album (name the artist
and album title) so that people can purchase the
CD, MP3, or iTune. He can also encourage
people to include the new song in their personal
worship experience. The  Holy Spirit can and
will inspire many ways to teach the new song if
we listen to his prompting.

Leading Songs

Thirdly, the singers and musicians should know
the song well before actually leading the
congregation in it. Not only the singers, but also
the musicians, should have the song memorized
and internalized into their personal worship
experience before leading a
congregation. The
more a musician sings a song, the more the
congregation will catch the song.

The singers and musicians should be freed from
reading the words off the video monitor. It
should be alive in them. A worship leader
prepares well by informing the singers and
musicians one week in advance that a new song
will be sung so that they can begin to include the
song in their lifestyle of worship.  The Pastor
should also be well prepared. He leads the
congregation in worship. If he is not fully
engaged in worship, others will be
distracted
and will tune out.

The Pastor should know the new song in
advance of it being sung. The new song should
be used in an appropriate way. It should not be
the first song sung and should not be the last
one sung either.

In all that we do with the song, we must be
intentional. We must be intentional when
choosing the songs, when and how we introduce
songs and when we lead songs.

Like a pot of food cooking on the stove a song
should be bubbling up within us because of the
flame of the Holy Spirit, inspiring us to lift a
new song unto the Lord.                                         
                              
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