Amy. Follower of Christ. Canadian. Music. Photography. Travelling. Art. And the endless list of things I enjoy or want to do.
I’m going to assume that you’re asking advice for leading worship for the first time, and not how to suffer through a new worship leader’s first time. ;-)
Here’s a few of my thoughts:
1) Chances are, you’re leading in a community of people that love you and want to succeed, so don’t stress about it. You’re going to make mistakes. I make mistakes on a regular basis and I’ve been doing it for almost 10 years now. And even if every member of your church is your complete enemy and just wants to laugh and snarl at you, know that God is so much more important and the fact that you’re taking a step for faith for Him is huge. And He loves it.
2) Invest more time spiritually than in mental and physical preparation. Worship at home. Get so used to worshipping that you bust out in praise at the grocery store. You’re so ready to love God that you’d use any excuse to talk about him. Make sure that you’re not doing anything on stage that you wouldn’t do, and haven’t done, at home alone for God.
3) Talk. Don’t just get up and play your 3 or 4 songs. Pray out loud. Encourage the group. Maybe even read scripture. Make it a personable experience, rather than a music concert.
4) Expect. The Bible has boatloads of stories of awesome things happening when the people of God lift up their voices in worship. Enter your worship time with the expectation that God is going to fill people up with His goodness, love, peace and joy. That deliverance, freedom and healing will happen. You know: good ol’ faith.
number two is so, so important