All too often the people who lead the service mislead it. These good people whom the Pastor has asked to help out in the service many times serve to cause frustration and confusion in a church service.
Leading a service properly can bring about a move of God that can break every yoke in the service. Leading it improperly can cause people to go home more bound than they were when they came.
Every element of the service should prepare the way for the next. The end result of the service is the move of God in the alter. When you get in the way of the progression, you kill the potential of what could happen.
Here are a few things to consider when asked to “Lead the service”.
- Keep it moving. Don’t allow for delays or “dead air” places in the services. In radio, “dead air” is when you hear silence. It is also when the producer did his job wrong and did not prepare for those seconds of the day. It is during this time that many people will change the channel or turn off their radio. You don’t want this happening in the church service. “No Dead Air!”
- Do not continually comment. If you are introducing the various singers and elements of the service don’t comment each time on the last person who sang or spoke. Just introduce the next part of the service.
- Be prepared. Have a written outline of how the service will run. This way you will not forget any part or aspect of the service. (Forgetting to have the children’s choir sing when they have practiced all week will get a lot of people upset at you.)
- Don’t ramble. Recently I attended a service where the person who led the service in the Pastor’s leave, killed it with his constant rambling. He actually spoke more than the preacher did. He thought he was funny with his jokes and spiritual with his “little messages”. Needless to say, the congregation did not pay much attention to the preacher when he was finally introduced, since they already heard plenty of oratory from the person leading the service. I love preaching, but I have to admit, the guy leading this service wore me out.
- Let special singers know when you are going to introduce them so they can be heading to the platform before you call on them. If at all possible, have these people already on the platform or have them sit in the front of the congregation. The delay of waiting on people get into place is “dead air’. Motion for them to get into place while you are walking up to introduce them.
- If the pastor is not there, don’t make apologies for him. Go on with the service. Let God move. I have been in some services where the person leading the service made such a big deal out of the pastor not being there, that they killed any potential of that particular service. You do not want people thinking that God can’t move just because the Pastor is not there. It is probably best to not even comment about the Pastor being gone or where he is at. Just Have Church!
- Keep it flowing. Keep your words to a bare minimum. Let God move. Let the congregation have time to worship and respond with adoration or applause. Be upbeat. Be exciting. Be expectant of what is coming up next. Keep the Momentum up!