Expectations have changed a bit in the last twenty years. The bands have grown bigger in number, the technology is light years away from an overhead projector, and both the quality and quantity of music we have access to have skyrocketed. While some high schoolers have the maturity to gather a team of people and take charge, the wisest thing to do is have an adult serve as leader of the team. This person could be the main worship leader or a skilled member of the worship team. Let them take the lead initially in forming a team and song choice. As you identify students stepping up, slowly hand over parts of leadership to them. When it comes to youth teams, I give an open invitation to everyone in the group.
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How to Pastor Youth In Worship
Rob is a veteran worship leader who has a lot of experience engaging the next generation. See you in the comments! They just have a hard time with your music. Is it even possible? I believe it begins with a pastoral approach to youth worship ministry. Not so long ago I passed However, I still connect often with teenagers, most recently this past summer leading the School of Rock Worship for students , then teaching on the mission field with teens in Romania , Serbia and Hungary. Show them where the scriptures say to sing, clap, raise your hands, dance, shout, play an instrument, and bow down. Help them understand what worship is all about. This is even better if the youth pastor teaches about and models worship.
Imagine worship as an intergenerational process
October 1, From until the end of , I was a bi-vocational youth pastor. Thankfully, in winter of I moved into being a full time youth pastor. Has it been perfect?
Here are five practical tips to try. Any band can vastly improve purely by playing the simple things well and avoiding songs or styles that are too complex to pull off convincingly. This means honing skills as basic as finishing the song at the same tempo it started, regular tuning and being more aware of the other instruments than just their own part. Many bands sound bad because they work like five individuals playing their own version rather than a unit working together. Groove is about each instrument finding its place in the underlying rhythm of the song and sticking to it.