We are excited this weekend to have a new speaker at one of events. Sheila Thomas is going to be sharing with our local leaders about the importance of having worship as part of our Women’s Ministry events.
Do you put much thought, as a Women’s Ministry Leader about incorporating worship into your events? Whether you are choosing a formal worship event, that is all about singing songs of praise and thanksgiving, or having a few minutes dedicated to opening an event in worship… here are a few quick thoughts to consider.
Events tend to be a place where we feel very comfortable inviting guests. These guests may not be familiar with old hymnals, your church’s go-to song list, or even what is being played on local Christian stations. Therefore:
- Look for songs that are easy and do not have complex melodies that are hard to follow.
- Select songs that use more common vocab words vs. “Christianese”, so that our guests understand what it is they are singing.
- Print out the lyrics or have the lyrics displayed on a projection screen for those who are unfamiliar, never assume people have memorized the lyrics to a common song or can follow along.
- Even though women do tend to naturally sing at a higher octave than men, consider the untrained voice may have difficulty with high notes and use them sparingly.
- Consider the theme of your event, the emotion you want to evoke from the women, and select songs that fit the theme or desired response well.
- Don’t be afraid to bring in a male worship leader for a women’s event.
- If your church worship team is taxed for time already, consider using someone from the body who has this gift but can’t commit to the regular schedule of the worship team. There may also be someone from your youth group that could lead worship.
- Contact local Christian Colleges with music programs for potential worship leaders. Many of these colleges require volunteer hours of their students, and leading worship may count. This is a win for the student, to gain more hours. It’s a win for the ministry too, as it helps offset budget concerns. Make sure to ask the college if you are allowed to compensate the student for travel time/expenses or give a monetary thank you gift even though they are volunteering.
- Consider balance in the planning stages regarding how much time you want to allot for worship songs, where in the course of the program do you want to utilize them (beginning, throughout, ending).
Many thanks to Ligonier Ministries and their magazine “Table Talk“, for gifting the women in attendance this weekend a copy of their back issue “Worship Matters“. It is a great addition to our speakers thoughts on why we need to incorporate worship in to our programs. It’s a valuable resource on a beautiful topic.