MAKING A SETLIST

If you’re a worship leader or you have responsibility of creating the setlist for the week, then this one’s for you!

Maybe you find building a set easy and have a creative ability in doing so in storytelling or getting from point A to point B. Maybe, just maybe, you don’t. It’s not working out or you cannot find your set to blend and create a certain atmosphere. The truth is, we’ve all been there at some point in time.

Another blog down the line will be “The Struggles of a Setlist”, where we will dive into complications of putting songs together. But today, let’s look at four different type of setlists you can incorporate into your congregational setting.

1. Debuting a new song:
Our song catalogs are always changing and receiving additions of great new songs. I’ve learned from Hillsong Collected and from experience, using a “sandwich method” ( brilliantly dubbed by a cousin of mine) being a familiar song list that your church enjoys and knows very well with a new song somewhere in the middle. This allows the church to engage in worship at the beginning and at the end with something new in the middle. Let’s look at “Have It All” by Bethel Music as your new song.

1. This is Amazing Grace
2. Fierce
3. Have It All
4. Oceans (Where Feat May Fail)

2. Same Key Utilization/Tag:
Plant some songs in your set that are the same key that could help you transition into another song without a key change. This works very well if you are just using a portion of a song. For example, “Good Good Father” into the bridge and chorus of “Forever”, both in the key of A.

1. In The River
2. Rule
3. Good Good Father
(hold A)
4. Forever (bridge and build to chorus)

3. Worship to Praise:
This set is simply picking a great song to help set the atmosphere for your church. “One Thirst” by Bethel Music will be our kick off song.

1. One Thirst
2. You Are Good
3. In The River
4. Jesus We Love You

4. A Common List:
What I find a common setlist to consist of. Two Praise, a gradual build up middle song and a heavy hitter towards the end of the set.

1. Rain Down
2. In The River
3. Holy Spirit
4. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

I hope this has been of some help and also, if you happen to use anything of these exact sets or something close, I’d love to know!

I hope this has blessed you and would love to hear stories here, or on Instagram or Twitter @anhonestsound!

-AO

Published by: anhonestsound

This is an overflow of creativity, knowledge, and experience. When given a talent, I quickly learned that it is for me to share. My passion is praising Jesus, and worshiping with my peers. My goal is to help upcoming and seasoned musicians reach their full potential. I love music, I love to worship. Here is your opportunity to do this with me. This is a time for me to be practical, to go in depth, to be honest. To make a sound louder than my guitars or amp with my drive to see others succeed. This, is An Honest Sound. -AO

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