Singing songs of worship is a major part of nearly every church service. For new worship leaders, you may spend a lot of time learning songs and improving at your particular instrument, but when it comes time to prepare a set, it may seem difficult to know where to start. These few points will give you a good starting ground for creating your set list.
1) Think about your band
Every worship band is different because every musician is different. As you are thinking about what songs to play, take into mind the musicians you have and their talent levels. If you are playing with a drummer who is playing for the first time, you may want to be very considerate towards him or her with your song selection. If you have a very experienced guitarist, you may want to find places where he or she can be more free and use their full potential. You want to select a group of songs that help people play to their talents and hide their weaknesses.
2) Keys are important
You may be a very talented singer, but the people attending your church most likely are not. Your ability to hit high notes powerfully may turn your worship set into a performance if people cannot sing along with your songs. This is not the type of talent you want to showcase. Make sure your songs will be comfortable for the congregation. If people cannot worship to your set, then it is not a good worship set.
3) Mind your flow
A good worship set has a natural flow to it, and that is something you want to aim for. Most sets are four to five songs, so use each one well. Typically, you want your first song to be engaging and familiar, so don’t use it to teach the congregation a new song no matter how much you like it musically. Save new songs for second or third. If you do, people will be engaged when it comes time to teach them something new. You will typically want your last song to be familiar and more low key as a good segue out of your time of music and into your teaching or whatever comes next in your service.
4) Think before, worship during
If you spend a fair amount of time and energy planning your set, when it comes time to play, everything will flow very nicely. This is ideal. The more you can be free to worship while you are playing, the more invited people will feel to worship. As you lead people into worship, you must be worshipping God yourself. Take the time necessary to plan a good set so you can give God good worship.