Tips For Leading Bilingual Worship


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"But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way." 1 Cor. 14:40

 

These are some tips and recommendations for anyone leading in bilingual worship. They are not rules or restrictions, and we welcome feedback from all members on how to make our worship time better.

 

  • When leading a prayer, please speak clearly and a little slowly. A lot of English speakers understand some Spanish, and all of our Spanish speakers understand some English.
  • If your words are being translated, please remember to speak one sentence at a time, with pauses for translation.
  • For the time being, English *and* Spanish singers in our congregation prefer that bilingual songs start in English. Typically, we alternate verses thereafter.

 

Slideshow Prep

 

I often make mistakes preparing the slideshow for leading singing. Here's some reminders to help me, and maybe you, too.

 

  • The song after the Lord's Supper has one verse in English, one in Spanish, and then the rest in English. The point of this format is that the Spanish speakers can leave during the rest of the song, so make sure the song you pick has at least a second verse. If not, repeat the first verse.
  • Sing through the slideshow beforehand, being careful to read what's there to avoid missing words, misspellings, etc.
  • When cutting and pasting, I can miss part of a verse. Make sure there's a chorus for every verse, a verse for every chorus, and no verses repeated.
  • Don't forget to update the Lord's Supper passage and its title, too.
  • In fact, make sure *all* the titles match.