I have now been worship leader at my church for about 2 months having led at various intervals prior to this.
I was and still am excited to be in the position and to be able to use my Gifts for God. But over the Christmas period a couple of things have occurred which have sapped me of my mojo, and left me feeling a little deflated.
The usual excitement I felt about preparing set lists and practice has all but vanished and I know I need to get it back.
I need to get back to the point where God is in control and no matter what anyone says or does about my worship style or my song choice or even about the songs themselves. What others think is nowhere near as important as what God thinks. I should not look for Mans approval which also means that I should not be worried when there is a little negativity. I need to learn to Concentrate on God and remember that worship is all about him and not me or about someone’s view-point. It’s about giving back to God acknowledging his awesomeness!
I need to spend time with him, one of the issues has been exhaustion. I lead at at least 3 services during the week sometimes 4, I prep songs the day before each service, and try to practice and somewhere I have to find time to learn new stuff , and over the last few months I have spent less and less time with God in prayer about it all, about what he wants. Spending Time with him is vital to keeping weariness at bay.
I need to make sure that I am spending ample time with my family. Cause I work 5 days as well as lead it has had a negative impact on my family life. I know that I need to spend more time with them, my wife and I now have a fortnightly date night which has been amazing and is doing wonders for our relationship but I also need to make sure that my children are happy and spend time with them they need quality time with me and I need quality time with them. I don’t believe for one moment that God would want me to do this thing it was detrimental to my relationships.
If if keep to these simple ideals then I am pretty sure I’ll get my mojo back.
If you lead worship
A- How do you get your mojo back
B- what measures do you take to make sure that you don’t loose you mojo?
Lets be honest, having had a look around the web this question has been around in one form or another for quite a while now.
I was asked this question by one of our Genetik Students recently.
My initial answer was fairly simple in that you have consider the heart behind the writing of the song. But as we continued to discus this a few interesting points were raised.
In the end we challenged each other to come back with a list of 3 song we thought could be claimed for God. ( not Definative!)
Sounds easy I thought!! but having gone through quite a number of songs and having trawled the web……it was not not as easy as I though. I have a list of around 20 maybes but only 3 definite’s and None which i thought could be used in a Congregational setting!
For me Yes we can claim songs for God but and its a massive BUT some conditions would have to exist.
if it was written about a relationship it would have to be a bit ambiguous i.e. no reference to him or her
it would have to be from an unselfish viewpoint!
more did come into my head but they have gone now!!! ( Any ideas?)
so my list:
I’ll stand by you – Pretenders
If everyone cared – Nickleback
Jesus take the wheel – Carrie Underwood
by no means is this definitive and I don’t have a right or wrong answer ! but I would like to know your thoughts!!!
10 Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
you islands, and all who live in them.
In worship at what point do we decide we have done enough songs and then the next song becomes to many?
Surely we should want to sing out our praise and worship to God – the more the merrier.
To do a set list and have someone say surely we are not going to do all them is limiting God?
I wouldn’t say ” OK enough of the prayers now” or lets keep the preach to 10 mins max, -so, to me limiting a set list to 3 or 4 is just daft!
When I prepare a set list I want God to have his way, I want to create space for change and for the movement of the spirit.
There are 150 psalms in the bible, Did God say after the first 10…”OK I think I have heard enough now lets move on to something else”
No God couldn’t get enough of it, in fact in Revelation we are told the living creatures are sing just one song over and over again “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
So is 4/5/6+ songs to many – for me – no the song of our hearts is endless and our hearts should sing an endless praise to God.
Truth is if I felt God only wanted me to do 1 song I would only do 1 but if he wanted me to do 10 I would also do 10 –
There can NEVER be to much!!
hope this makes sense!
New International Version (NIV)
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
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