This time of year may just be the busiest time of year. Late Spring turn to Summer finds all sorts of events going on, from finals and graduations to weddings and vacations, it seems to all go down and at the same time. My wife and I have been no exception! As I sit down to write my first post in a few weeks, I thought that addressing worship leading during in the busy times would be appropriate.
First, keep your worship design and song selection familiar. This is not the time of year to be new and innovative. When everything seems to be happening now and changes are occurring, your congregation will be seeking familiarity, constancy, and stability, and they should find all this and more within the church. With a God who is unchanging and a Gospel that is immutable, the church stands strong during these busy, often and crazy and difficult seasons of life.
Second, offer hope through Jesus to your congregation. This is something you can and should do throughout the year, but will lend it particularly towards the busy times. Those who are excited about this time of year will find themselves being pointed toward Christ, while those struggling to keep up with events or with change will find comfort and peace in the hope of Jesus.
During these times, you certainly should tend to your flock. However, your leadership towards your worship and music ministry teams is also critical during this time.
Leading Your Teams
This is the time of year to send out an extra text or two over the span of a few weeks encouraging your team. Bring donuts on Sunday morning or snacks to your mid-week practice to keep morale up. While you should stay focused during your practice, this would be an appropriate season to loosen the reigns and let people talk more and give them room to communicate and express themselves. We all need outlets! Don’t go over time, however, as this can damage the trust between you and your team quickly; especially during the busy seasons.
Taking Care of Yourself
Also, be sure to take care of yourself during these seasons. Plan extra and further in advance than your normal rhythms to give yourself time and space. Plan your sleep well, do your best to eat well, and take care of your voice! Spend intentional time with your loved ones, and do not be afraid to say no to additional commitments. If you wear yourself out, you will be unable to shepherd your teams or your congregation.
Lastly, lean on the Lord for strength and peace. Our help comes from the Lord. Do not forsake your times of Scripture reading and prayer. These are essential during the boring seasons and the busy seasons. God works during the busy seasons just as he does during the steady and slow seasons in life.
Peace be with you all!
Jason Palmer is the Administrator of TalkingWorship.com. Jason has a Bachelor of Science in Ministry with a Worship Arts Major and Music Minor. He has lead worship for evangelical churches for 7 years and desires to see worship leaders become confident in their calling.