4 Ways Eliminating Music Stands Can Improve Your Worship Services

Can I ask you a quick question?

How were your worship services this past weekend?

Were they engaging or did they seem a little flat?

There might be many reasons your services aren’t as lively as they could be right now. For one thing we are in the middle of summer and people are traveling and out of their weekly routines.

Kinda like these guys…

National Lampoon Vacation Screenshot

 

But another reason we’ve seen over and over is a stage cluttered with music stands.

These little black beauties might seem harmless but when everyone in your praise band is staring at a stand instead of engaging the audience, then it can be a problem. In fact, in this video, Todd Fields says there are three big reasons your worship team shouldn’t use music stands:

As Todd said in the clip, one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your worship services is simply by striking the stands. When you do, here’s what happens:

1.  YOU HAVE A CLEANER STAGE.

It just looks better. A clean stage without clutter communicates that you care.  It also communicates that you know the music and that you’re ready to engage with people. You’re able to look up and engage with people and worship.

2. IT HELPS WITH MUSICIAN ENGAGEMENT.

It allows the musicians the opportunity to engage their heart and not just their mind and eyes. Then they become the worship leader with the rest of the team.

3. IT AWAKENS THE ABILITY TO LEARN BY EAR.

When we’re forced to learn music by listening without an instrument in our hand, we learn our instrument better and this new way of learning becomes faster in the long run.

4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO PRINT CHARTS OUT EVERY WEEK.

If you are the music director or the worship director, it would be great to not have to print a bunch of charts out and staple packets of paper every week.

Sure, there are other ways to improve your worship services each week. But this is one easy step to apply this weekend. Remember, it’s small changes over a period of time that create big results.

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