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10 More Things on Worship Leading

By Ben Abu Saada on March 18, 2009

That's right...because nobody asked for it...here are 10 more simple things that I've learned...so far! Check out the first 10 here.


  • Practice it all. Don't get too comfortable.  After a few successful Sunday's, you may be tempted to skip individual rehearsal. Been there done that!  Spend time alone with God prior to that Sunday.  If you play guitar, pull it out and sing the night before.  Play and talk to God as you worship privately. Practice speaking to the church.  Stand before a mirror if you have to. Practice it all!
  • Get some rest. You don't need to see another Saturday Night Live.  Turn off the TV and sleep.  Be ready to lead the next day.  Nobody wants to be lead by a grumpy worship leader!
  • Read your Bible. Get it in you!  It'll come out during your worship leading.
  • Pray for your team. They need you. You need them.  Most importantly, God needs all of you. I make a point to pray specifically for each member of the praise team, audio team, video team, lighting and stage team.  These people put in a LOT of work without any recognition. They sacrifice coming to church with their families, many times leaving behind a spouse to deal with children on their way to church...alone. YIKES!
  • Silence the noise. Turn off the radio on the way to church Sunday morning.  Talk to God.  Recognize His creation and praise Him.  I LOVE seeing the sunrise on the way to church.  This would also be a good time to pray for your teams.
  • Positive attitudes. How many times have you arrived at church feeling a heavy negativity/tiredness amongst your team?  You'll be surprised to find out how much a smiling face, encouraging word, and a pat on the back can uplift your team.  Remember why you are doing this service...it's to change lives for Christ!
  • Tune up. Try and tune up before arriving at church if you play an instrument.  We all know temperature changes affect guitar strings. As close to being tuned up as possible means less time spent in the morning. Tune up your voice before arriving. And as mentioned above...tune up your heart. Did I mention read the Bible and prayer?
  • Watch what you eat. I've tried those Mcdonald's sausage and egg buiscut runs on the way to church.  If you're leading worship and you have eaten one of these babies, be ready for a lot of belching.  I've found myself dropping out of the audio mix during these Sundays. It's hard for people to follow a leader who is too busy burping and cleaning his/her teeth than leading. I recommend something lighter than a butter baked biscuit (maybe a yogurt) and substitute that Coke for a water on the way to church.
  • Deal with sin. Gotta do it.  The Devil will use it against you while leading.  People look to you to lead them in worship, not just singing.  Display a holy, separated life.  When you fall, deal with it and move forward. Don't let sin keep you from reaching the potential God has for you.
  • Support your pastor. Pray for the service as a whole. Pray for your pastor who has the burden of shepherding his flock and communicating God's word each week.  Find out what his vision is for each Sunday.  Prayerfully choose songs that will enhance the messages and help people open their hearts. Don't just randomly do things based on your preferences.  The pastor sets the vision for the church, your role as worship leader is to support that vision.

This was originally published on Ben Abu Saada’s blog June 22, 2005. Ben is the worship pastor at Grace Church in Overland Park, KS and co-hosts the AllAboutWorship Podcast.

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Ben Abu Saada

Ben Abu Saada

Ben has been a part of the All About Worship team since Fall of 2008. He serves as Worship Pastor at Grace Church in Overland Park, KS. Ben also serves as a part of his parents humanitarian organization to the West Bank called Seeds of Hope. He and his wife Addie live in Olathe, KS with their three daughters. Ben requests prayer for the teenage years quickly approaching.