Participating in sung worship online is a different experience to singing as part of a congregation and requires different skills from the worship leader. Digital Labs invited Matt Lockwood, Communications Assistant from Portsmouth Diocese and worship leader at his local church, to share what he’s learnt about leading sung worship online.
Brooke Ligertwood, one of the worship leaders at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, was asked shortly after the global lockdown took effect: “What will worship look like now?” Her answer, I think, gives us a strong foundation for whatever forms, methods or resources we choose to employ in this new COVID-19 world we now live in. She said: “Worship today looks exactly like it did yesterday, and exactly like it did last year, and exactly like it did five years ago, and 20 years ago.” She’s absolutely right!
If worship hasn’t changed, how do we lead people in worship when our circumstances and available resources have? How can we use technology to help people express their worship from their living room or bedroom with authenticity?