There is a delicate balance between keeping and maintaining the things that are working, releasing the things that no longer connect with your congregation, and introducing new worship actions that broaden your reach. Every leader in every church must try to make these decisions based on prayer and what works for the individual congregation. Here are a few suggested steps to help you assess and improve the worship in your church:

5 Steps to Improve Your Worship Leading

PRAYER: Spend dedicated time in prayer asking God for help in determining the path for worship in your church. While what you are doing may be working for now, God always has a plan for where you can be moving in worship.

DISCUSS AND GET FEEDBACK: Make an honest assessment of how things are going in your current worship setting. Talk to some trusted church members and leaders and get their feedback. Determine if it might be time to “retire” some aspects of your worship service to make room for some new worship actions, songs, prayers, etc.

ANALYZE: Look around your church and see who is missing from your worship services. Are there people who are no longer coming? Does your worship communicate to a wide demographic group or is it fairly exclusive as it is currently presented? Is that something your church is interested in addressing? Use the answers to these questions to guide your new worship ideas.

DISCOVER: New music is a great way to introduce new worship expressions to your church. Other new ideas could include expanded art and media. Keeping up with current events may open up new sermon possibilities.

GET RESOURCES: Use sites like ShareFaith and other resources for new ideas and stay abreast of what is being developed and used in worship around the world. By becoming aware of the possibilities you can be ready to determine what might work in your particular congregation.

Make Spring 2016 the time that instead of just “doing what we have always done” you work toward a fresh vision for worship in your church.

About The Author

Dr. Craig Gilbert is the founder of, a worship renewal ministry. He is a husband, father, and veteran worship leader with over 22 years of experience. His career centers around bringing unity, depth and vibrancy to the church in congregational worship. He is a published writer, clinician, teacher, and preacher. His newly released DVD teaching series, A Purposed Heart for the Purpose of Worship, can be found on his website.

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