Monday, January 12, 2009

Transitions and Flow of Worship

We all know how important sharing a song perfectly is. The band has to hit hard and together. The singers and band have to commit to the truth being shared. The Leader has to know when to and where to move during the worship. But how important is the transition to the flow of worship? Is it distracting when a capo is moved or a hard 1234 count starts off a new worship song?

I think that transition is what makes an amazing worship leader and not just a willing song leader. When I have sat in worship services where I was not at all focused on transition from one song to the next are the times where God built my faith in Him. I am not a master at transitions but here are some tips to help:

  1. Think about key transitions. You may find that songs in close keys are very naturally buddies. They work well together and can help protect the flow of service.
  2. Using transition devices. Prayers which is the most common because the worship leader only has to understand the transition. The band can set during the brief moment or focus deeper on God themselves. Videos are great transition tools too. Videos that impact for Jesus are a powerful tools and can help with flow. Scripture is an amazing transition tool as well. Hiding God's word in your heart helps to lead people into a deeper worship experience with God.
  3. Having band members that have a clue. One of the best things that ever happened to my worship leading is another worship leader in the band. He automatically fills holes in the worship set, and is thinking ahead to what would make the flow smoother.
  4. Training the band. Sharing with the band the importance of transitions and take their input on how to make amazing worship.
  5. Lastly, Evaluate. Talk with your pastor, wife, friend, or mentor (if you're lucky enough to have one) about transitions and see if they are ever distracted during your leading. What do they notice and then how can you change that. If your service has video that is great!!! Watch it and see if you are distracted.
Thanks and remember...step away from the are not alone.


House of Collinsworth said...

This is a great post! Transitions are very important and I think the DP band is doing a great job!!! You are a fantastic worship leader baby!!!