03.03 Guidelines on chairing and song leading

When we are called to serve as chairperson or song leaders, we must first of all remember that we are pointing others to worship God and not on ourselves. Our entire demeanor and countenance cannot distract people from God. As such, we have to prepare ourselves well and learn how to chair or lead songs in a proper and dignified manner.

  1. Have your own personal time with God as you prepare to chair/lead songs. Meditate upon Him, His works and His words (Psalm 104:24,34). Humble yourself before God—know who God is and how you stand before Him.
  2. Please be properly and smartly attired. It is not nice to wear T-shirts with distracting words on them, bermudas and slippers/sandals if you are standing in front of people. It shows forth a care-less attitude and in fact draws attention to yourself. Do not overdress too!
  3. If you are chairing, prepare to read a Scripture passage that calls the YFers to a time of worship. This will help to put away the distractions from their minds as they are to focus now on God. Choose an appropriate hymn that is a call to worship.
  4. If you are leading songs, find out the theme of the YF meeting. The songs you choose cannot be your favourite songs but songs that converge our thoughts to the message. Study the songbook/hymnbook; read the words of the songs/hymns; plan the progression of the songs to sing.
  5. You may want to explain the choice of a song or give a little commentary if it helps the people to sing with understanding. However, do let your words be few. It is not a time to tell your life story.
  6. Sing loudly, clearly and joyfully, whether chairperson or song leader! You are there to lead, not just to announce the song number. Lead the musician also. Be an example of how the youths should be singing unto God.
  7. Encourage them to sing better. Do not lash out at people even if you sense a lethargy in the singing.
  8. Lastly, give God the glory for the time of singing. Give praise to Him that we can use our voices to sing to Him, instead of praising the people for great harmonization, loudness etc.

Count it as a privilege to serve God as a chairperson or a song leader. Do not shy away from these two roles after reading these guidelines. We must learn and grow in how we worship and serve God.  Approach your group leader or any senior YFer if you need help to go through your chairing or song leading. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:16-17,

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs; singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” 

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