If I were to summarize what the most important factors are in making for an enjoyable experience of praise and worship, I would list the following:
1. Please keep the beat!!!!!
2. Do not let the volume of the playing/singing of the PT dominate the congregation’s singing. The congregation needs to be able to hear the singing and playing of the PT, but also its own singing.
3. Teach the congregation music that is singable. No complex rhythms and melody lines. Remember: The congregation is not made up of musical professionals.
4. Chose songs with texts that are meaningful and theologically accurate.
5. Avoid meaningless repetition.
6. Remember to balance the learning of new songs with the singing of better/well-known songs. People get more pleasure out of singing songs they know. It is hard to put one’s heart into songs one hardly knows.
7. Be more concerned about the content of the songs (the words) than about the style of the music. God is more concerned that we worship him in spirit and in truth than that we worship him according to a certain style. Teach the congregation this principle.
8. Seek to approach the singing and worship time with an attitude of reverence and awe. We are worshiping the Holy One.
9. Discourage “showmanship” by the musicians. We are not here to impress anyone, but to lead others in worship. Be yourself. Don’t try to imitate someone else. God is using YOU!
10. Seek to avoid dress that draws the worshipers’ attention away from the music and to the musician. God should be the primary focus of everyone present.
11. Remember the elderly when standing for long periods of time. Show solidarity with them by adopting a sitting posture from time to time. Let them know that you are aware that it may be difficult for them to stand with the rest of the worshipers.
12. Let everything be done in love.