This Tuesday we continued our mid-week series on singing and learning more about music in worship. David Courington continues to do a great job in his presentation. Here are some suggestions he gave for song leaders to which I give a hearty – AMEN!
- Remember the three keys to success – Practice, Practice, and Practice.
- Speak loudly, announcing the number of the song twice. Give the audience time to turn to the song before beginning.
- It is not about the song leader, but singing and worshiping God. Avoid being a distraction.
- Sing loudly – The congregation will not likely sing above you.
- Start with confidence – Brethren will help yo, but if they think you are going to fail, they will wait and see before they follow you.
- Avoid the Disaster Twins: Too Low and Too Slow!
- Select songs that are appropriate for the occasions. (Do not lead “Ready to Suffer” just before the sermon, or “Why Not Tonight” as the morning invitation song.)
- Check with the preacher to see if any particular song(s) will fit with his sermon.
- Generally avoid new songs for Sunday morning or when many visitors are present.
- Do not allow the congregation to slow you down. Keep the tempo steady.
Have great singing!