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tips for leading and effective worship

band rehearsal my name is Jake Gosselin

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as well whether your band rehearses on a

weekday evening or on Sunday morning a

few hours before the church service

rehearsal time must be stewarded well so

that your band is confident with their

music and prepared to lead worship here

are 10 tips for leading an effective

band rehearsal number 1 prepare yourself

as a worship leader you must be the most

prepared member in the band memorize the

chords and lyrics of the songs spend

extra time practicing the parts of the

songs that are most difficult for you

know what everyone else should be

playing at any given time you are the

musical director of the band be prepared

so that you can hear mistakes and give

them specific direction on song style

and dynamics number 2 prepare your band

before your band arrives at rehearsal

make sure you have resourced them with

everything they need to practice at home

on their own use planning center to

share with them the service order chord

charts and mp3 files transpose those

chord charts in mp3 files to the proper

key send them reminder emails throughout

the week so they know they are scheduled

to play and that they should be

practicing at home on their own

rehearsal for them should happen long

before a Thursday night or a Sunday

morning at church

number three arrive to rehearsal early

and set the stage arrive at church 45 to

60 minutes prior to the beginning of

band rehearsal to complete the following

tasks turn on the sound lighting and

video systems to ensure everything is

running properly if not you'll have some

time to troubleshoot next inspect each

member of the band spot on the stage

make sure they have all of the necessary

gear like di boxes and cables to plug

into the system upon arrival if your

band uses music on stage

make sure they have accurate copies of

that music

arranged in order on their music stands

it also helps to include a copy of the

service plan treat your band members

like rock stars make sure their

environment is a hundred percent

functional and reduce the amount of time

it takes for them to get ready to play

number four begin rehearsal with a

prayer at the beginning of rehearsal I

like to remind myself and the band why

we are there by starting with a prayer

sometimes the beginning of rehearsal can

be stressful as you troubleshoot tech

issues and other unforeseen problems I

like to take a moment to pray before we

start rehearsing the first song I'll

pray something like this God we thank

you for the opportunity to lead your

people in worship this morning we pray

that your hand will be upon this

rehearsal time we pray that we recall

all we have practiced and we are unified

musically and spiritually as a band and

a tech team we pray against any glitches

and technology or service flow so that

there are no distractions and people can

focus on you we pray for transformed

lives this morning amen simple prayers

like this can help your team focus on

why they are there and these prayers

invite God to be a part of the rehearsal

process as well as the service number

five give your band a quick game plan

after I pray I like to give the band a

game plan for the rehearsal time I'll

tell them we will play all the songs

through once allowing us to warm up and

find our trouble spots if I hear a minor

mistake I'll assume they hear it as well

and we'll fix it then we will play

through a second time and I'll be much

pickier about spots that need attention

if there's a new song we'll play it

through at least three or four times

every rehearsal looks a bit different

depending on the familiarity of the

music in the setlist

I like to give them a quick game plan so

they know what to expect warm up in

soundcheck with the first song the first

song we rehearse I tree as a warm-up and

a sound check therefore I'm not

expecting it to sound perfect I want my

band to dial in their monitors and

warm-up playing together if there are

any major tech issues we address them

immediately after playing the first song

once through everyone should be set to

go for the remainder of the rehearsal

and they should start to cohere as a

band number seven rehearse all songs at

least two times try to rehearse each

song at least two times if

song is familiar one time may suffice

new songs may require three or four

times as I already mentioned during this

first run-through I give my band members

a chance to self correct their mistakes

unless if it sounds like they are

completely unaware of the missed chord

changes or sloppy tempo in that case I

will correct them the second run-through

allows them to nail their part with

confidence number eight practice

transitions at least two times

transitions between songs can make or

break a smooth flow in a worship set

practice your transitions between songs

at least two times often I will have the

band start at the last chorus of a song

to practice transitioning into the next

song if I say a prayer in between songs

or lead the congregation in a liturgical

reading I practice those prayers and

readings and I have someone like the

keyboard player practice playing

underneath me number nine be picky but

not too picky as the worship leader and

music director you want to help your

team pursue excellence without being an

overbearing dictator hopefully you have

set the expectation for your band

members to show up prepared to rehearsal

your guidance during rehearsal should

consist of minor Corrections and

creative suggestions allow your band to

have musical freedom within the

appropriate style of the song you want

them to enjoy the rehearsal process

number 10 encourage your team when a

band member nails his or her part

encourage them smile at them during

rehearsal if you look like you are

having fun they will have a good time as

well the last thing they want at band

practice is to feel like their leader is

a grumpy middle school music teacher

always show gratitude for your team's

hard work and be their biggest


I hope these 10 tips give you ideas and

inspiration for how to increase the

effectiveness of your worship band

rehearsals and help you grow as a leader

well run rehearsals set your team up for

leading powerful worship experiences

they'll worry less about nailing their

parts and they can focus more on

worshiping God with their instrument or

voice what else would you add to this

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