Top 5 tips for leading worship in your kid’s ministry.
Why do we worship
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the lord.” – Psalm 150:6 This tells us clearly that anything that breaths, should be praising God!
God created us to worship and praise Him
The Bible tells us that the whole world sings His praises – the Bible tells us the rocks will cry out praises to Him if we don’t.
God doesn’t need our worship, we do.
We stand before God during worship and He changes our hearts. If we are broken we should worship, if we need forgiveness we should worship. If we’re thankful we should worship. We should be in constant worship to God always.
2. Be real
Come before God as you – Don’t make worship about what you like and your kind of music, but in everything find ways to worship and be real about it.
Don’t fake it till you make it
Worship looks different for different people – How I worship, how kids worship, how others worship.
3. Does it make sense?
Age appropriateness – Different ages affect different ways of worship. Pre-school won’t sing ‘I am washed by the blood’ – go for simple truths – be at their level even physically. For Sch Yr 1-6 major on what it means to them, how this changes them.
When choosing songs listen to the words
Don’t pick for the beat, or because it’s what you know or used to – pick for the words that are spoken.
4. If you are a leader, then LEAD
You are worshipping but also leading – If your heart is not right how can you lead kids in worship – We all see the worship someone does from the stage but God sees the worship in their hearts
Remember smile, sing & love
Remember it is NOT a performance. We are showing children how to worship but not showing off our worship. We are there to be a role model. If you are in the crowd with the kids and not on the stage then this is an opportunity to lead also, kids will follow your example.
5. Have fun!
Rejoice and praise and sing for joy! – Psalm 149. When David danced around the ark the Bible described it as rejoicing!
Rejoice is described as ‘feel or show great joy or delight.’ – This should show with our worship.
Make it funny, be animated, engage the kids. – Have a laugh too! Choose a song that’s fun as well as ones that are meaningful. Music moves generationally, the music they listen to now is different than what we learned as a child.
Keep it fresh and new. The message never changes, but the method needs to change and stay relevant.
What they hear out of church will be different music. If they hear music they like outside of the church and then the music sounds completely different inside of the church. Dance crazes – whip, nae nae– flossing, fortnight…. Etc.
Last year my biggest questions were about how to engage the boys, well it’s keeping it fun! They want to feel cool, let them worship with what’s comfortable for them. – get young people to tell you what is relevant now! They will tell you if it’s cool or boring
Notes from the Worship Breakout lead by Hannah Johnson at Elements Conference 2018