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Creating a Safe Place in Worship

Paul McClure

00:29:44 · Worship Leading

10 ways to create a safe space in worship

Creating a Safe Place in Worship

Paul McClure


“My goal is to bring peace into every environment I walk into.”


10 ways to create a safe space in worship


  1.  Authority and Confidence 

    1. Driving analogy - you want the driver to drive

    2. When we’re leading we’ve been trusted by our leaders to lead. Lead like you’re supposed to be up there 

    3. Don’t reluctantly lead

  2.  Humility

    1. People can spot arrogance in a worship leader a mile away and they resist it

    2. Not false humility either

    3. Leading from a thankful heart

    4. Leading from knowing you’re trusted to be leading

  3.  Risk

    1. People want to follow someone who is going after something new in worship

    2. Without risk, you just create a boring space

    3. Allow people to join you on a journey of discovering him

    4. Don’t force the prophetic though

  4.  Compassion

    1. People need to be taught and lead in worship

    2. Love the people that you’ve been entrusted with

    3. People can feel when you don’t really care about them

  5.  Purity

    1. Everything matters

    2. It’s really important as worshippers to live a life of purity

    3. Live the 98% that you aren’t on stage, pure.

    4. People naturally trust you when you are living a pure life

    5. There’s a lie in “church-world” that says “the show must go on” - it robs us of longevity and all the things the Lord has for us

    6. Take time for your heart when you need to

    7. How are we authentically living off the stage?

  1.  Identity

    1. Know who you are and don’t try to be something you’re not

    2. “Know your lane, stay in your lane”

    3. People can spot a lack of authenticity

    4. Being something you’re not is exhausting and unsustainable

    5. It’s so easy to devalue or overlook what’s on our lives and try to be something we’re not

  2.  It’s not about YOU

    1. It’s easy as a leader to be very introspective

    2. When we corporately get lost in worship to the Lord it doesn’t matter who is leading

    3. Realizing it’s not about you takes the pressure off

  3.  Feedback

    1. Seek out and ask for feedback - if you want to grow you need people speaking into your life and your gifting

    2. At Bethel we debrief after leading

    3. Ask people “how does it feel in the room when I’m leading?”

    4. Be vulnerable to people

    5. Create a culture of encouragement and then people are able to hear feedback

  4.  Song Selection

    1. This can make or break a set

    2. Don’t pick complicated songs or lots of introspective songs - you lose people

    3. Lead songs that are vertical - that point to Jesus

    4. How are my songs translating? Are they leading us to where we need to go in worship?

  5.  Experience

    1. The only way to get better at leading is to lead

    2. Time spent doing it, learning how to navigate those awkward moments, learning how to lead with authority

    3. Say “yes”


Bonus point number 11:

  1. Trust is super important, and the way to build trust is being faithful. 

  2. Saying yes to opportunities. 

  3. Gain the trust of your leaders. 

  4. Steward the freedom your leaders give you.