CM TeleSummit – Praise and Worship That Rocks – Yancy

cmtelesummit Here is my next installment of notes from the CMTelesummit.

  • Been around children’s ministry her entire life.
  • Praise and Worship
  • What is the purpose of worship leaders?
    • Worship is communication
      • Communication with God
      • As leaders, worship time is also communication to kids or families
      • Everything we do communicates something to our audience
  • “Leading Worship is more about your leadership ability than your musical ability.”
    • Mean more than standing on stage with a microphone and singing songs
  • “Leading worship is a lot like being an aerobics instructor.”
    • Coach
    • Helps people not to give up
    • Example in the action that is going on
    • Also a source of encouragement
  • “Define what you want to teach kids about worship in every class.”
    • Sometimes we use music just to fill time.
    • Shouldn’t be main motive for using music
    • Teaching kids to worship is missing from many ministries
      • Praising God is part of our Christian walk
      • Need to teach kids what it means to be a worshipper and how they can become a worshipper.
    • Need to define what we want kids to learn about worship during their years in our ministry
    • Helps us to know what to aim for
    • Important that we cast this vision
  • What can we teach kids about worship for every age (just an example)
    • Preschool – We sing to Jesus because its a way to show Jesus that we love him
      • Preschoolers understand love
    • Elementary – We can teach our kids that God is good and praising him is what we were created to do
    • Pre-teen – Give kids a foundation of why we worship and the importance of it so as they move up they aren’t influenced and swayed by others not to participate, but they are the one encouraging others to praise.
      • We want them to become examples of worship
      • Takes defining and investing
  • Have to give kids bite size pieces of worship they can handle
    • Preschool
      • Love action songs
      • Move, jump, clap
      • Don’t always do well with slow songs, but can if you position it well
      • Songs that repeat.
        • Kids repeat after the leader
        • Not about them just learning the entire song
    • Elementary
      • Love high-energy stuff
      • Opportunity to get loud
      • Encourage them to sing loudly
      • Unashamed to lift hands in worship
        • Encourage them to lift hand and close eyes
        • Perfect example of faith like a child
      • Encourage them because they are naturally interested in it
    • Pre-teen
      • Love to Rock out
      • Starting to really care about “cool factor”
      • Still at a teachable point in their lives
        • That’s why it’s important to start teaching them early and build upon it
  • How to plan a worship set
    • Know who your audience is
    • Know the vision of your children’s ministry Pastor or Director
      • How many songs are needed?
      • What do they want the kids in their ministry to learn about worship?
    • Find music that is musically relevant to culture
      • Preschool – Playhouse Disney, Noggin
        • Super fun, energetic, wiggle around
        • Praise God
      • Elementary – Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers
      • Pre-Teen
        • Music tastes change quickly
        • Not listening to “kiddie” music
      • Make sure you provide music that sounds similar in type
    • Pick songs with easy to sing choruses
    • Simple lyrically
      • Avoid Chrisitaneese (Blood of Jesus, etc.)
      • Once kids get older, more option
      • Deal with subjects your kids can identify with at their age
    • Songs that speak their language
      • If in doubt, play it for others (including kids)
      • Get other people’s feedback
      • Sometimes you don’t know until you try it
        • Don’t force the issue
        • If it doesn’t catch on after a few times, don’t be afraid to stop using it
        • Don’t worry if it doesn’t catch on first time
    • Keep in time attention span
      • Pre-school – 1 1/2 – 2 minutes
      • Elementary – 3-4 minutes
        • Don’t do more than 2 or 3 songs at a time
      • Two songs works great
    • Create dynamics in your set
      • Take them on a journey
        • Tie into the theme of the week
        • Journey can be tempo of songs (fast then slow then fast – like a roller coaster)
      • Dynamics can help with participation
    • Allow for familiar
      • When introduce new song
        • 2 weeks in a row
        • Then take a week off
        • Bring it back next week
        • Next month, maybe only two times
        • At that point everyone should have experienced it.
      • Always surround a new song with something familiar
        • Known songs on either side
        • Start with unknown then do something everyone knows
        • Not going to do a bunch of songs all at once
    • Look at song dynamics
      • If had a lot of energy, great time to transition to slow song
      • From slow song, transition back to upbeat songs
    • Make it unique every week
      • Same thing good with preschoolers
      • After that, mixing it up is good
        • Order of songs
        • Number of fast and slow
    • Don’t need huge number of songs
      • Be aware of when kids are getting tired of songs
      • When should it go away forever?
      • When should it be put on hiatus for a while
  • What we do on stage is important to leading well
    • 15% content and words, 30% tone and emotion, and 55% what they see
  • Top 12 tips for leading worship for kids (in no particular order):
    • Prepare
      • Plan what you are going to say
      • Plan transitions
      • Avoid dead time
      • Know your songs – “There is freedom in preparation.”
      • Don’t wait until last day to plan.
      • “Anointing doesn’t make up for a lack of preparation.”
      • Kids can tell the difference
    • Speak Clearly
      • Talk slower than you normally do
      • Repeat what you say
      • Have emotion and passion as you speak
      • Be energetic – You can control and lead just by your enthusiasm and volume.
    • Model the behavior you want from your audience.
      • It’s OK to be over the top because you’re onstage
      • Wear bright colors
    • Be Bold
      • If you act wimpy, your audience will think you’re wimpy
    • Be Consistent
      • Lead with same characteristics and leadership techniques
    • Don’t hide behind a microphone stand
      • Psychological barrier between you and audience
      • OK to use, just don’t do it all the time
      • Helps you to open up and connect with them
      • Don’t leave random items on the stage
        • Clean neat stage
        • Looks nicer
    • Make eye contact
      • Look at them and connect with them
      • Move around
    • Give vocal instruction
      • Ask them for participation
      • Tell them what to do, when to do it, how to do it
    • Be creative in your song choices
      • If you are bored, your kids will be bored too
      • Introduce new material
        • Tell them it’s new
        • May want to do it twice
      • Find different arrangements of songs
    • Teach kids to worship
      • Psalms 8:1-2
      • Amazing opportunity to help them become the worshippers God created them to be.
      • “There is power in kids worshipping.”
      • Encourage them in worship
      • Teach them why we worship God
    • Constantly evaluate
      • Good teacher has sense when their audience is getting and when they are not
      • If not, find a better way
      • Find best way possible to communicate truth so their audience will get it
    • Problem Solve
      • Mistakes will happen
      • Think through past mistakes
      • Participation level of class
        • Why wait until next week if you can fix it now!
      • Talk to other workers and staff about worship
      • Talk to kids themselves about worship
  • Soundtracks
    • Don’t let intros, etc. determine what you’re going to say
    • Take a look at the whole worship set and connect the dots
    • Make the most of the time you’ve been given
  • Pray
    • For direction
    • For the right people
    • Be specific
  • Read the Word of God
    • The more you put in, the more will come out
  • Be a worshiper on stage and off

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