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HOW TO ENGAGE THE CONGREGATION IN WORSHIP



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today I'd like to share with you a few

things that have helped me in engaging

the people that I'm leading in worship

when I first started leading worship it

wasn't the most comfortable thing to

stand in a group of people and actually

lead them

my buddy language actually wanted to

sort of come in like this okay so I had

these tics I suppose you'd call them

where I would like want to close my eyes

keep my hands closed usually stationary

stand in one position and then when I

would watch like footage of myself

leading worship it didn't actually match

up to what I was feeling inside okay

when it came to worshiping Jesus and

being in his presence that should be

such a freeing experience where we feel

excitement we feel joy we're thankful to

be liberated you know having that sense

of freedom and so that was really

interesting for me if you haven't ever

just had someone lovingly capture you on

film maybe you should have someone do

that for you the next time you lead

worship or you're on the team and it's

actually really interesting I did that

with my team for a lot of years we're

not in a sense where it's like American

Idol and we're voting you off the island

or something like that but just like I

think we are our own worst critic and

we're trying to balance that out here

but sometimes we can't actually see what

we look like when we're leading worship

because we're leading right or when

we're on our instrument playing and it's

a real shock when you see yourself maybe

you know in a photo or on footage

somewhere and you're surprised how not

engaging you are that the reality of

Jesus Christ setting you free from the

inside looks like this okay so on a

Sunday morning you know we've got the

bass player up there and it's really

engaging when the musicians are actually

singing isn't it rather than just

totally focused on what their part is so

even if they're not a vocalist we

encourage our musicians on the stage

sing through the song and one of the

things that that does is just helps

loosen our body language to begin with

because we're not about performance but

we are

getting people into the reality of who

Jesus is okay so we do want what's in

our hearts to actually be magnified and

expressed on the outside because God

sees the heart but we see one another

okay so a few things just going down the

line encouraging you to maybe open your

eyes once in a while

eyes are very engaging when I'm doing

this and I'm not looking at the person

that I'm talking to and I'm staring off

over to the side it's communicating

something that isn't I'm engaged with

you in the same token staring down

someone in the third row like I know

your sins and you will worship the Lord

we don't want to be staring people down

we're you know it's kind of scary

now I've worked with quite a few few

singers who have done this they don't

realize that their resting face is you

know when they're singing they've got

quite a furrowed brow they've got this

going on or they're really intense like

this so they look sort of scared we're

just wanting to create an atmosphere

where we're relaxed okay so one of those

things where opening of our eyes looking

around not disengaging from who we're

worshiping but just making sure that

we're not the only one in the room

worshiping if there's anything that I

can do to help somebody else encounter

Jesus I'm going to do that me personally

so that just means opening my eyes to

make sure like hey you're welcome here

as well you might not have ever stepped

into the building of a church before and

worship Jesus but I hope you feel

welcome so you can smile again I don't

want to plaster on anything that's fake

I think that this should come from a

place of you know genuine authenticity

but if I'm in the presence of Jesus you

can't help but smile you know and one of

the things that you know keeps us humble

is thankfulness if you're ever needing

motivation on a Sunday morning to help

engage the congregation just think of

ten things that you're thankful for

Jesus for okay another couple of things

just even vocally you know we talk about

just relaxing our shoulders roll your

shoulders back you know just have a

relaxed stare

maybe move your feet a little bit I'm

not talking about like you know pasting

and doing all this stuff but do

something that helps you relax and that

communicates to the people that you're

leading

hey let's engage let's worship here

there's some movement this is an active

thing we are worshiping you know some

150 says let everything that has breath

praise the Lord and you know if you're

leading a group the congregation they've

got breath in them the Bible mandates it

that he wants they praise and we want to

engage them in that so you know if this

is where you're comfortable raising your

hands I want to encourage you maybe in

your own worship time try lifting your

hands a little bit higher you know if

you're used to keeping your eyes shut

really tight maybe just stop opening

them every 10 seconds and just trying

that feeling if you're standing still

you find yourself quite stagnant maybe

just try a little knee bend little

little feet moving and you know what I'm

talking about just get relaxed and help

engage people by letting your body

language feel inviting and relaxed okay

so I hope this was helpful in engaging

the people that you're leading