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Choosing Worship Songs: Style

By Ben Abu Saada on August 05, 2010

All right, now here's a topic that can get many a worship leader in trouble with their congregation.  Choosing a style to present the music is a hot topic in and of itself.  Rock, Reggae, Classical, R&B, Gospel, Country or traditional.  These are just a few of the styles one can choose from when leading their church in worship.  In this post, I'm going to share how I approach this issue.

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I have found that as a worship leader, it's necessary to know that I am in this role to serve the church, not just entertain them.  Once I learned and applied this principal, I discovered that I must not simply choose song styles based on my preferences.  This is a difficult thing, because simply put, there are some styles that I enjoy more than others and there are some styles that the praise team can tackle better than others.

When people mention a cool worship song they've heard and say they'd love to hear our team do it, I quickly run through my mind the style and whether our team can play it at the level of excellence necessary.  There are just some songs that we can pull off well and some that just don't quite work.  And that's ok.  Challenge your team to play things that they aren't used to playing. You may just discover that you can play a little gospel along with your rock.

Now back to the people in the church. You must be willing to take risks in leadership.  Serving the people does not mean catering to everyone's opinion of what worship music should sound like. Refer to my post on "10 Things on Worship Leading". Sometimes the church body is best served by the worship leader who challenges them to open their ears, eyes and hearts to styles that are relevant in today's world.  There's a can that I won't open here labeled "Music styles and instruments that are Biblical" that many folks like to pull out and open from time to time.  I typically like to stay away from that since it usually gets you nowhere.  Just ask them if they'd prefer you play a Sackbut.

So find the style that best fits your community and from time to time, mix it up.  It might even revive a bored worship team.

Ben Abu Saada

Originally posted on Ben's blog on July 25, 2005 at BabuLife.blogs.com

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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. 

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