I'm sure many of you utilize your children to lead worship for their peers, but if you don't utilize your children to help lead worship for the main worship services, here are a couple of reasons we've come up with for why we believe it's a good thing:
- As the children prepare for leading worship, we emphasize the idea of offering "worship", not a performance. It's a time for us to teach them that voices and talent are given to us to use as an expression of God's glory, not our own. We help them understand that they will be "leading" the congregation in offering praise to God. This helps them understand that they are not the "star" of the show, but instruments God uses so He can be the star.
- Having children lead worship this young is great training ground for a smooth transition into the adult worship team. We allow 14-year-olds on our worship team; so for the kids in the choir, it puts a desire in their heart to continue on when they get into middle school. These kids also have a much easier time expressing their worship in front of people because being on a stage is not foreign to them.
- Teaching these children to lead modern worship gives them a love for modern worship music that will carry with them through their high school and college years. These are the years that children who are raised in the church tend to walk away. If we can foster a love for worship music, it will be something they will turn back to down the road.
Here's the video of our kids leading worship last Sunday.
Do you use your children to lead worship? What benefits have you seen?