5 Ways to Still Lead a Worship Service Without Musicians

Worship leader Fred McKinnon posts about finding musicians:

How do you plan music for a service when the musicians are all on vacation, and the only ones left to lead are vocalists?

Luckily, I’m a musician myself so I’m never totally without any musical help but I can certainly relate to struggling to get a band together. It seems to especially be more difficult in the summer months. I’ve personally felt that gripping fear and frustration that comes when I see nothing but red “decline” signs all the way down my roster in PlanningCenterOnline.

The first thing to do is take a step back, take a deep breath, and relax. As predictable as this may sound, God is still in control.

We can worship Him without music.

Even if no musicians are available, we can still gather corporately and celebrate His kingdom.

Nevertheless, there are some things one can do to prepare for these Sundays. It’s not an exhaustive list but should get you started with some ideas.

#1: Turn on the 911-Emergency Beacon

In Gotham when things got ugly they’d turn on the bat light. In church world we need to find a way to turn on our 911-Emergency beacon. What does this mean exactly? This could be a great recruitment time. If you have enough time to prepare you can make a brief announcement in your church or send out an e-blast. Try posting on FaceBook. Keep it simple.

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