Music for the worship leader’s art and craft from kiwiconnexion

Music for the worship leader’s art and craft from kiwiconnexion


Hi I’m David Bell. Welcome to this third part in a 6 part series on worship leading
for the 21st century. What can music do for worship? Everything. It can make or break congregational enjoyment
and involvement. Yet, the reality for many Christians around
the world is that they belong to small churches. Unlike cathedrals and mega churches where professional musicians and trained choristers
give the lead in the smaller congregations it’s really over
to everyone. So the music, which is obviously the most audible – and
visible – expression of the congregation at worship is a showcase for your group. Now that means those who lead worship need to consider carefully how to use music
well. So what do you need to think about? What’s required of you in this role? Let’s stick to an overview, so you can fill
in the specifics for yourself. You can always add in your insights because the list is provided in the about
section of this video as well as in #kiwiconnexion First consult. When you are choosing the music, hymns,
songs, choruses for the service, take the time, ahead of the worship event, to talk the musicians and singers in the congregation. They have insights to share with you. With consultation your own ideas will change
and grow, so that a better worship service with more
fulfilling music is achieved. Here’s another tip. Including some congregational singing before
the service begins helps build a sense of occasion. It’s also a great idea to choose some recorded
music to enhance the atmosphere of worship, especially if there are only a few players. There’s every musical genre in YouTube Creative
Commons which you can use with acknowledgment. Now here’s a more difficult idea, especially if you are not a good singer or don’t consider yourself musical. Leap out of your comfort zone and introduce
the congregation to a new song. If you can’t sing in tune, get some help from
those who can. Have one or two stand with you and do it as
a team. You will be glad you rose to the challenge. Of course, many worship leaders are already very, very good
singers and some play instruments. So take that a step further and lead a choir or instrumental group for
a special occasion. Perform an item on your own if you’ve the
skill and feel confident. Well, if you’ve got the skill, I guess the confidence is probably already there. All of this can be summed in in one simple
fact of life. It is your task to discover and encourage
the musical abilities of both individuals and groups in the congregation
and community. You have the privilege of making it happen. As you work through, as you convene, you may even find that there are song writers, poets, and musicians
in your midst that no one ever knew about. Especially among the young. You can learn a lot more from #kiwiconnexion.nz Subscribe now and use the links below to discover
our quality free resources. Do join me next week. And thanks for watching.

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  1. Comment on Music in Art & craft of Worship

    This is helpful, sensible comment David, and I have seen you at work putting these ideas into practice. My interest is grounded in profession experience as a former church choirmaster, music educator, early childhood music researcher, and a choral and youth choir conductor.

    Despite the level of personal singing and musical ability, it’s always useful to consult with local musicians. However, it is essential if you feel you have areas of inadequacy. Remember that musical skills are learned through interaction with others, and with a supportive environment, particularly in early childhood, can be developed by all in the same way that other basic skills such as walking and talking can be expected to develop. Whereas all children without formal training will eventually learn how to walk and talk, not all will learn to sing in tune if the potential they are born with is neglected.
    That’s why I wrote my So-me books for Juniors. If our Sunday Schools included effective early music education, then all our young people could all sing in tune. That means a future adult congregation would follow suite as it does in many Maori and Polynesian communities. Imagine the effect of expecting all our Pakeha church speakers to follow their talks with waiata! You want to change the musical life of your church? Here’s a proven practice that has worked for generations.

    Pre-Service congregational singing will help a lot, but to be most effective, it will need to have a competent song leader. It still amazes me that some ministers expect a congregation to learn to sing a new hymn without providing them with the model of someone singing it. We learn to sing by copying others and through enjoying singing opportunities which are meaningful. Introducing new material by playing the tune over on an instrument is only part of the process.

    I like the idea of providing opportunities for individuals and groups to perform within the church programme. There are lots of young people in our local community who could be helped and encouraged in this way – probably as many older folk as well. David, I hope your remarks are widely read and acted upon. A lively and satisfying music experience in worship can work wonders.

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