Weekend service planning takes time and effort – it’s not something that you “wing.” Ideally, you’re taking people on a journey, one that focuses their hearts, souls, minds, and spirits on God. To get there, whoever is putting the service together [be it an individual or a team] needs to make sure that:
1] The songs chosen worship and/or point people towards God;
2] The worship fits with the rest of the service elements into a cohesive whole;
2] The songs transition into one another well, and;
2] There’s an accurate plan of how long each element of the service will last.
Preparing and rehearsing a song that gets cut because there’s not enough time is highly demotivating to worship teams. If that happens regularly at your church, something is wrong on the front end. Don’t get me wrong – sometimes you need to react to the moment. Every team should be flexible enough to shift and adapt when there is real need, but a consistent lack of prep on the part of the leader indicates someone who is likely not mature enough to be in the role [regardless of age].
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” – Philippians 2:4-7