This past July, at the National Association of Free Will Baptist, I had the privilege to lead a workshop on “Creating Seamless Worship Services.” I’ve been planning worship for over ten years and through lots trial and error, I’ve learned several things to do and even more things not to do when planning worship.
Today we’ll look at Part 1 of “Creating Seamless Worship Services.”
When it comes to planning worship there is one word we should consider if we want seamless worship, that word?
Flow is the undistracted movement from one element in a service to another.
So the question is, “How do we create flow in worship?”
You’ve all been there – the service is going pretty good. Worship is engaging and the congregation is singing out but as soon as it’s over…silence.
No one knows what’s supposed to happen. People are looking around, waiting.
And before you know it – any momentum that was gained during the worship is now completely gone, and the worst part, the Spirit has no opportunity to move. It’s not that He can’t. It’s that everyone is now distracted and their focus has been shifted from Jesus to “what’s going on?”
NO FLOW – that’s what’s going on.
We spend a lot of time working on the songs and preparing the sermon, and rightly so. But we spend very little time thinking about how each element relates to each other. How does the first song FLOW into the next. What about the Welcome, Scripture, Prayer, Video, Announcements, Offering? Every element should be carefully and thoughtfully planned so that there are no “Cricket Moments.”
Am I saying there should never be silence in worship? No. However, there is a big difference in planned reflective prayer and that awkward 30 seconds while the congregation waits for someone to realize it’s their time to come on stage and pray for the offering.
Worship Leaders, I encourage you to spend very intentional time, each week, thinking about and planning the FLOW of your services.
In the next few posts we’ll look at some practical things you can start doing right away to help you Create Seamless Worship Services.