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When sharing your heart with your youth band backfires and how to prevent it. 

By September 1, 2017 Youth Worship
When sharing your heart with your youth band backfires and how to prevent it. 

When sharing your heart with your youth band backfires and how to prevent it.

On at least one occasion, that I can remember, Zack and I had a run in with an unhappy youth parent because of word twisting. It is very easy for something like that to occur in a youth band because you are leading a group of students and you have to take charge sometimes. Which can sometimes lead to angering a youth. It doesn’t matter what the talk is about, if it is serious, most likely, words will get twisted.

Sometimes youth can feel like they are getting in trouble and take it the wrong way, even when your heart meant for constructive criticism or simply telling them something with only love in your voice. Words can get taken the wrong way, especially if someone is frustrated with you. If you are going to have a serious conversation with them, there are a few things you need to do in order for it to not backfire and explode in your face.

1. Do not do it over text

I know. In this day and age, everything is easier to do through text. Do not do this. Through text, they cannot hear your tone of voice and it is likely that it will get read wrong. I urge you not to have a serious conversation over text, really, with anyone. This is actually beneficial for friendships and relationships as well. Just say you’re welcome.

2. Have a sit down

This one sort of goes with the first point. There are two ways to go about this. Get the whole band together and share your heart as a whole, not pointing anyone out. This will allow the issue to not specify anyone out so no one feels attacked. Or you could go to someone in private if it’s more of a one on one issue with a specific youth. Make sure that you use your words wisely if you do the one on one talk.

If you think the student may find a way to twist the words or take something the wrong way, I’d even think about recording it just to be able to show someone if a problem were to occur. But most of the time it doesn’t get to this point. Just giving suggestions here. If you have a sit down with the youth, I’d see if another adult could be present or maybe even the youth pastor. You can never be too safe. Usually, youth don’t go crazy when you have a serious conversation. Like I said, I can only think of one time where that has happened to me but now I know how to prevent it.

3. Have scripture to back it if possible

If the issue is them being lazy about learning songs, there are scriptures about being lazy or not using your whole heart when doing things. If you are addressing some arguing that goes on between a couple of the musicians, there are bible verses about that. Use scripture, if possible, but make sure to use it in the correct context. Now if you are addressing something like “Don’t go to the bathroom during practice if possible,” then you probably don’t need to spend 4 hours looking for a proper scripture for that exact situation but if you want to, hey, scripture is awesome!

4. Ask them

I wouldn’t want any youth to think they can’t talk to me about something. At the end of the discussion, I’d take a few minutes just to ask them if they have any thoughts on the issue or anything to say, just so they don’t feel like you completely attacked them.

Those are a few things that you can do when sharing your heart with youth to make sure it doesn’t backfire on you. I wish you luck in all of your serious conversations to come! I pray you handle the situations with kindness and calmness, with little frustration. It’s easy to get frustrated, especially if you don’t address the problem, because then they don’t know they are doing something wrong so they keep doing it and it annoys you a little more every time they do it. They may not know they are doing it. Just let them know. Address it wisely and prayerfully.

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Slow Song: Jesus I Come by Elevation Worship

By March 1, 2017 Youth Worship
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Jesus I come

I remember the first time I ever heard this song. I was driving to Michigan for Christmas and every single word just spoke joy into my heart. Ever since then, I have been begging for our worship team to do ‘Jesus I Come.’ We actually just learned it this past Sunday and will hopefully be playing it this Wednesday. I love both the chords and the lyrics to this song. My absolute favorite part of this song is the bridge.

Lyrics

Verse 1:
Oh how I need Your grace
More than my words can say
Jesus I come Jesus I come
In all my weaknesses
You are my confidence
Jesus I come Jesus I come
Chorus:
I will rise stand redeemed
Heaven open over me
To Your name eternally
Endless glory I will bring (oh)
Verse 2:
Oh what amazing love
We need Your cleansing flood
Jesus I come Jesus I come
In every broken place
You are my righteousness
Jesus I come Jesus I come
Bridge:
Thank You Jesus
Just as I am I come
Hallelujah
Oh what amazing love

Why I love the bridge

The reason I love the bridge is because it says just as I am I come. It focuses on the fact that we don’t need to be perfect before we start following Jesus. We don’t have to have it all together because are savior has it all together. Jesus doesn’t want us after we have been a Christian for a certain amount of years. He doesn’t want us after we do a really good deed at least once a week. He wants us as we are. Jesus wants us in our brokenness. You don’t have to wait to put the pieces back together before coming to Him. Wanting to put the pieces back together is what He is wanting to do.

So when it says “Just as I am I come” it instantly brings tears to my eyes. A great and almighty God wants me. He wants my filth, so He can cleanse me. He wants my brokenness so He can fix it.

The entire song, overall was well written and makes for an amazing worship song. For the chords to this song, Subscribe below.

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6 Solutions For A Bad Singer Who Wants To Join The Band

By January 19, 2017 Youth Worship

So, you have a bad singer who wants to join the band?

We all have had people join the band that aren’t really ‘qualified’ to; if you haven’t, you will. It can be a real pain in the butt to allow an untalented person on stage. My boyfriend and I have had our fair share of not so pleasant singers that felt like God has called them to worship. You’re a worship leader and you want to be nice but some people are just… bad.

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6 Things To Do At Your First Practice

By September 23, 2016 Youth Worship
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You’ve gotten kids that are interested… now what?

  • Plan a practice

    (Preferably two per week ) that coordinates to your time as well as theirs. We do ours on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Once you are with them, have them take a seat.

  •  Tell them a little about yourself and maybe even your testimony

    Let them know that you take this very seriously and it’s not something to be in if you aren’t serious in leading people in worship. If they don’t know what worship is, give them your definition with some scripture to back you up. Tell them what they will be doing and what to be expecting. Basically just an introduction to worship.

  • Figure out what instrument everyone is playing

    Then, set up so you can have the first practice.

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3 Steps To Start A Worship Band

By September 10, 2016 Youth Worship
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So you want to start a youth worship band?


Starting a worship band can be tough so you have to make sure you really want to move forward with it. If you think you want to start one, I’d start with going through these three simple points.

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