Introducing New Songs

Introducing New Songs


[MUSIC] Hi, I’m Cole. I’m a worship leader and
I’ll be talking about some ways to introduce a new song. Introducing a new
song can be an intimidating feat. It comes with a lot of questions. Will they
know the song beforehand, will they be brave enough to start singing with you?
And, how long will it take them to catch on? I lead the music at a worship camp a
couple of years ago and we brought a lot of new songs that they wouldn’t know. And
I didn’t think about that or worry about that. I got up there and just sang through
it and thought that they’d catch on eventually. But we lost a lot of valuable
time to that for intentional worship. It took about two days for them to
really start catching on to the songs and the meanings and to get involved. As
I’ve grown as a worship leader, I’ve learned a few new ways to teach songs that
really would have helped me a couple of years ago. The hope to make teaching new
songs easier, more effective and even fun. The advancement and the spread of
technology has made it so that anybody can listen to any song at the tap of
their finger on a phone, or the click at a computer, and that helps a lot when
teaching you songs. You can either put the songs in the church bulletin the
week before the service if you want to introduce a new song, or you can put
it in the church newsletter that you email out, or some sort of text remind
system, or put it on the church website. There are so many ways to get these
songs, that you’re going to be learning in the next service, to the
people, and they can go and listen to it on their own and be prepared for the
next service. There are a few times in most services where everybody isn’t
expected to sing. These are times like the offering or when people are coming
and going, or during presentational song, and these are really opportune times to
have music that you’ll be teaching later, or music that you’ll be doing the next
week, or the next service, playing in the background so they can start getting into
their heads and they can start hearing it. The last, and probably the most intuitive
way to teach a new song is to actually get up and to teach it. You can either
sing it to them and have them sing it back to you, as I call a response
kind of thing, or you can have the verses soloed out by a different singer. Ask
them to listen as you sing the first chorus and then ask them to join as you
sing the next one. This adds a different dimension to you as a worship leader,
between you and worshippers, that you don’t usually get to work in and it’s
very effective. Scripture says in Psalm 96:1 “Sing to the Lord a new song, Sing
to the lord all the earth.” It’s important that we heed this call and that we keep
the music of the church growing and changing in a life. I hope that you’ve
learned some new ways to make introducing a new song more comfortable,
more easy and more effective. [MUSIC]

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