In these 9 blogs, we look at some of the reasons why congregations are not participating in corporate worship today. Worship through song has been and is very important to the Christian walk. Songs with proper theology inform our view on God and teach us about His character and His love for us! We are then reminded throughout the week how glorious and how beautiful our God and the gospel are as we sing! Therefore, it is critical that we do everything in our power to help congregational participation in worship to Develop People to Love Jesus and Serve Others in accordance with our mission statement!
To see the 9 reasons in the original article: https://ncbaptist.org/9-reasons-people-arent-singing-in-worship/
Reason 8: Worship leaders ad-lib too much
Keep the melody clear and strong. The congregation is made up of sheep with limited ranges and limited musical ability. When we stray from the melody to ad-lib, the sheep try and follow us, end up frustrated and quit singing. Some ad-lib is nice and can enhance worship, but don’t let it lead your sheep astray.
Pastor Will’s Comments:
This is something I think larger churches probably struggle with more often, showboating, ad-libbing. However, pride can be found in all places, large and small. Perhaps you’re the most talented in your small church of 50, 40 or even 20. Even there, there is a danger of being puffed up/conceited because of your ability and a flaunting of abilities over the small group God has given you to lead. Friends, always be on guard!
Something to keep in mind, are your abilities. Worship leader’s musical abilities are far beyond those of our average congregational attendee. They are going to be able to adjust on the fly, pick a song in a different key or have higher expectations on team members who wish to serve alongside them. Are you, as worship leaders, working alongside those teammates in a way that encourages them and grows their skills and abilities…OR are your abilities and expectations a crushing weight on the team you assembly to worship alongside you? Are we striving for excellence while being patient in the process?
Many of you reading this are so talented. Be talented! All the while, raising up your congregations as they journey with you and also be mindful of their journey and how quickly they can move to learn new songs or to exercise a new skill. We’re so lucky to have worship leaders like you! I hope as you lead others, you’ll also build up and encourage more worship leaders to replace you and in raising them up you use everything in your tool box to encourage others as they step in to that role!
Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.