Articles - Worship
by Rob Packer
One of the main requirements for an effective worship team is sensitivity. Here are some key ways we can develop this in our ministry of worship.
There are 3 main areas where sensitivity is needed
Sensitivity to the Song
Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit
How can we recognize and understand what He is doing?
First of all, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit is a direct by-product of our relationship with Him.
How well do I recognize and hear His voice in my relationship with Him during the week? Do I recognize and respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in my day to day walk with Him?
Some things to look for
1) The things that I sense in my prayer and preparation for the service.
2) The things that I sense as I am participating in the worship.
Responses in my own heart as I am worshipping
Sensitivity to the Atmosphere
A lot of musicians are stronger in one area than in the other. Your aim should be to develop both areas as much as possible.
Be aware of the 'CONCENTRATION FACTOR' principle! The more concentration it takes to operate your instrument, the less concentration you will have left over to give to sensing what is going on in the worship time.
If your level of sensitivity is low, then you will be more dependant on those who are more sensitive to help you know where the Holy Spirit is going in the service.
Be Aware of the response of the congregation as they are worshipping
When you sense that the Holy Spirit is causing a particular response in people's hearts during a certain song, if you are leading the worship, stay with that song (or that type of song) until you sense that His purpose has been achieved and then move on to something else. Have more songs on your list than you will necessarily use.
What if there's no common thread running between the various expressions that people bring?
What can you do if someone's contribution is way off beam and cuts right across the flow of the Holy Spirit at that time?
Musical skills that need to be developed as much as possible are:
Some Layering Tools
KEYBOARD (for slower songs)
Single finger fill-ins
Soft block chords, double the frequency
Stronger block chords at same frequency
Add single, double octave fills
Really strong block chords at half frequency
Double frequency finger-picking
Slow strums, spread apart,
Normal, even strum
Accentuated strum, using chord damping, strong beat (3 or 2 + 4) = snare drum
Heavy accentuated strum, very light fill-in strums.
Rim shot every 1 or 2 bars
Rim shot, double frequency
High hat with rim shot
High hat with snare (beat 3)
High hat with snare (beats 2 + 4)
Heavier use of snare, Tom fills, cymbals