Posted by Craig Borlase on 7 June 2018

Thought311 Things Worship Leaders Can Learn From The World Cup

 

It’s just about to start. For a while (like, until England get sent home) the country will be glued. But you don’t have to feel guilty for watching. After all, there are a lot of lessons that soccer can teach us…

1. Remember That Silence Has Power

Those Icelandics in Euro 2016 taught us something about discipline, timing and how to build a moment with nothing more complicated than a kick drum and a few thousand pairs of hands.

Try leading The Heart of Worship leaving as much space as you can.

 

2. Don’t Ignore The Ritual

The bigger the match, the more important the build-up. Anthems are an essential part of any international, and even club games get in on the act — like Liverpool FC filling the stadium pre-kick-off. It’s a vital ritual, and it’s about a lot more than the song, the flags or the banners. It’s the moment to remind everyone of the bigger picture that unites them all.

Want a God-focused anthem? Try 10,00 Reasons.

 

3. Celebrate

Is there a better celebration than this? When football fans gather and witness a goal like this, they can’t stay silent. They can’t stay still. They can’t contain themselves. Sometimes people just need reminding that they’ve got something to celebrate.

Are you ready to get spontaneous and let it all go a bit wild?

 

4. Let People See The Action

A great goal is a thing of beauty, and the replays help to make sure we capture every moment. It’s the same with worship: as leaders we can’t expect people to have the response without the revelation. God has already won the victory, we just need to be reminded of it.

In Christ Alone lays it all out brilliantly.

 

5. Sing When You’re Winning, As Well As When You’re Not

There are times when fans will sing even louder when they’re a goal (or four in this case) down. Songs aren’t just for the good times — they’re vital to the moments when we feel like everything’s stacked against us.

In a rut? Tim Hughes’ Whole World In His Hands will help.

 

6. Remember The Past

Football chants often recount past glories. We’ve got a few of those, right? Remind people of where we’ve come, the battles God has won and where we’re heading.

Do It Again by Elevation Worship. Amen to that.

  

7. Don’t Be Scared To Involve The Crowd

There’s something powerful about a whole crowd moving in unison. Mexican waves are a good start, but what about raising the bar? Get some actions involved!

 

8. And finally… Do this. Lots.

Positive energy, huh?

 

9. And remember these guys

There’s more where they came from.

 

10. If the world’s turned upside down, don’t ignore it

If football can do politics, why can’t worship?

 

11. And last of all… do better than this

On every level.

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