Yesterday, I presented 16 examples of teaching terms that aren’t always defined, making it tricky for students to act on those important exhortations. But there’s another area that could often use more definitions – and this goes for lots of areas of Christian ministry, not simply our field.
Too often we ministers assume students understand the words they’re singing during our “praise and worship” times. Words like “Hallelujah” or “bless the Lord” or even “Jehovah” are sung… but how sure are we that students know what they’re singing?
Have you “vetted” the songs you use for potentially-unfamiliar words?
What about the concepts they’re singing? In this case, especially if you’re singing older hymns (even if they’re set to newer music), there may be concepts that should be explained… or else our students really aren’t praising at all during those moments, are they?
On a less urgent note, a third way to facilitate our students’ worship is to help them connect the concepts in songs to Scripture. Sadly, we can’t assume that even songs directly derived from the Bible are understood as such by our students.
Have you considered highlighting connected verses, either alongside the songs, or before / after certain songs are sung? Even if only one song is “amplified” in this way each week, your students’ worship will be awesomely deepened.
What’s more, you could even consider teaching on the songs you regularly use in worship – either from the stage, in a series of emails, or by other means. How cool would that be?!