How to Choose Songs For a Worship Set

The question I get asked the most by new worship leaders: how do I choose the right songs? Many people are told ‘just pray and let God lead you’, and when they don’t hear anything from God or they choose the wrong songs they get discouraged.

Choosing songs for a worship set is actually very simple and straightforward. There are four important components, four basic steps to planning a contemporary worship set, for both small group and congregational worship.

1) Know the songs the people are familiar with.

Don’t try to use more than ONE new song per worship session. musicas gospel mais tocadas In order to follow this guideline you need to know what the songs the people already are familiar with are.

If you are leading worship for a group you are familiar with, this is easy. Over time, when other people are leading worship, you will discover what are the songs the people enjoy and really click with. This will give you a good idea of what songs can use.

What if you are leading worship for a group you don’t know? What I do is this: I email or call the leader of the group (or pastor of the church, as the case may be) and ask for the worship songs they have used for the last 4-6 meetings. This will give me a good idea of what songs I can use.

2) Know what makes a song effective in worship.

There are a multitude of ‘worship’ songs that are quite unusable in regular church worship. If you try using these, you will usually get blank stares from the people. If you try to force these songs to work, you will alienate the people and frustrate them. And that’s not what you want.

In a nutshell, an effective worship song will have a melody that is easily sung by the average believer, with lyrics that are edifying and easy to remember. Avoid songs that have large singing ranges (parts that are too low or too high). People will be uncomfortable singing such songs, or they will stop singing. And that’s not good.

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