We all have them, verbal ticks, repeated sayings, you know, call them linguistic ruts. Worship leaders are no different. Over the years we have developed several words and phrases that are so common they have become cliche’s themselves. These words and phrases we use in an effort to make our ministries more effective can have the opposite effect. They can actually block people from hearing us and actively engaging. But without someone to point them out, many of us carry these into our ministries, unaware of the effect they have on how our spoken words are received.
In an effort to shed some light on these common sayings I asked a group of worship leaders from around the country, across denominational lines, to offer up things that they wish we would all reconsider, rethink, reword, or even just drop, from our worship leading vernacular. As I list these, I hope that you will listen with an open mind. Ask yourself if any of these apply to you and if you could benefit from a new direction in your verbal leading. Remember, these come from your peers reviewing us all, including themselves. (more…)