How To Enjoy Playing Worship Every Sunday

Confidence is key

Leading worship is a privilege and a gift, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Here’s how to change that and bring the joy back to every note.

Be honest. You didn’t sign up for the worship team because you wanted to fumble your way through a bunch of songs every week. You chose worship ministry over every other ministry because you love to worship AND love to do it through music. You’ve had moments when everything goes right, the band is locked in and you are consciously worshipping through your instrument...and you loved it. Don’t feel bad. That’s why we all do it. That’s what God made us for.

You didn’t sign up for the worship team because you wanted to fumble your way through a bunch of songs every week.

The Sunday Reality

Sunday’s don’t often meet that expectation, do they? When you are in a rock band, you master 12-20 songs at a time and then play them at every show for months. We worship musicians don’t get to do that. We play with different people all the time and have a songbook of a hundred songs that we have to be somewhat familiar with. Our practice gets squeezed between work and family hours and is usually just enough to keep us from messing up too badly. That doesn’t exactly sound like a recipe for musical joy. So how do we take our playing experience to the next level?

Nobody is going to leave the church because you left out the counter melody on the opener.

Break the Basic Cycle

This week you are going to pick ONE song from your worship set that you want to play with full abandon and practice the heck out of it. Make sure it’s a song you are already familiar with and is within your current skill level. Dial in your tones and master every little nuance. Memorize every chord change and transition. Feel every note. Once you think you’ve got it, keep practicing! Your confidence level will soar and you’ll look forward to playing that song all week. What about the rest of the worship set? Don’t worry about it. You can get by with a chord chart. Play chords in rhythm and the song will be adequate. Nobody is going to leave the church because you left out the counter melody on the opener. They might stay because of how hard you crush that one song, though. Just kidding. Also maybe not kidding.

Once you get a taste of that level of confidence and mastery, you won’t want to settle for less.

A New World of Worship

Once you get a taste of that level of confidence and mastery, you won’t want to settle for less. The beauty is that next time that song shows up on the setlist, you’ll already know it and you can focus on a different one. Keep going and you’ll build a song library of awesomeness. Your playing will be inspired and you might even inspire those around you. Now get to it. We’ve got our own song library of awesomeness to keep you learning for a long time.

Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for WorshipArtistry.com

How To Enjoy Playing Worship Every Sunday

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