Youth Worship Suggestions

Until we can find the right person to lead worship in our Youth on the weekends, I’m doin it. Don’t get me wrong, I love to lead worship – it’s just that I’ve got a million other things to do on the weekend. So (a) we’re looking for a local worship leader who will rock the place youth-style. And (b) I personally am looking to my blogging worship leaders to help share with me some of the great youth songs that are working for you right now.

We introduced Cannons (Phil Wickham) a month ago and they’ve really responded well to that song. I want the teens to be excited about the songs they worship with, so I’d love to show them new music – stuff written with their culture in mind. What are your top youth worship songs?

8 thoughts on “Youth Worship Suggestions

  1. Russ Hutto

    We don’t have a youth band. We have integrated our youth musicians and singers into our primary gathering band. Our service really spans the generational gaps so that youth and seniors participate and engage throughout.

    That being said, most of our younger people really respond well to Lincoln Brewster, Israel Houghton, and a lot of the Hillsong United stuff. Mostly, I think it’s because of the arrangements we play. We own them.

    Also, I know of a group of kids in a different town that are really into some of the forerunner music artists. They actually just released a free compilation album. It might have some ideas for you on it.

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  2. Jon

    Personally i love Creed Coldplay and generally anything up beat that gets people on their feet and fists in the air. Throw up your rock fist is probably my favorite. I will through out an email to my friends at other churches and see what the are listening to and get back to you.

  3. Jon Morris

    i lead worship for about 500 students on a weekly basis and we very rarely do anything but worship songs. b/w hillsong united, desperation band, hillsong london, michael gungor, and some passion you don’t have to look very hard to find songs that will hit their culture. we’ve been able to steer away from learning “rock” cover songs and stick to worship. we typically only play 4 songs, 1 fast, 1 medium, and 2 slow and save room at the end to go somewhere if it’s there.

    i would say that “youth” cultured worship is not as much about the music you play as it is how the musicians represent it on the stage.

    “youth” worship is really alive, moving, crazy, and incredibly passionate. you do that and i don’t think what songs you play are that important.
    just my thoughts.

    i’m about to do a blog series on building youth worship teams that fit into the vision of the entire church worship mindset. i’ve been working on this for 2 years now at our church and i’m starting to see some crazy stuff. God is really starting to build something here.

  4. Shannon Lewis

    I lead/direct the youth to lead at both our Jr. High & Sr. High services (about 300 kids, total), as well as lead/oversee the worship at the Gathering Place (about 1200 kids a week) worship times, and lead at a few camps/retreats, etc. That’s not to brag about numbers, but to give you a general idea of how many I’m ‘speaking for’… the songs I’ve led in those various environments that have gotten the greatest responses in the past year or so are:
    “Sweetly Broken” – Jeremy Riddle/Vineyard
    “It is You” – Newsboys (I don’t like the song much, but THEY sure do!)
    “Glorious One” – Fee (the youth introduced this themselves of their own initiative – and WOW)
    “Everything Glorious” – David Crowder (everyone seemed to know every word the first time we sang this)
    “Lead Me to the Cross” – Hillsong United (warning – this song needs to be played RIGHT to really have it’s full impact… if you’re one dude on an acoustic, it’s probably not going to fly)
    “All I Have” – Vineyard
    “How He Loves” – John Mark McMillian

    and surprisingly enough, most of our youth still LOVE “Marvelous Light” (Hall) and “No One Like You” (Crowder) after all these years!

    Hope that helps!

  5. alex

    Thanks so much St. Lewis! That’s some very helpful information – sounds like things are kickin’ out there on the right coast.

  6. Conner

    If I might throw in my .02 and possibly blatantly disagree with Jon for a moment.
    I believe “Youth worship” should be all about the songs! We’re teaching and exposing students to God in music for perhaps the first time. If we simply feed them a concert then why not send them to the all ages bar across town?
    That being said, I do agree, that worship (not just youth worship) needs to be represented worshipful by the musicians leading it. I try to use as many students as possible with me when I lead. If you have any that go to christian schools find out if they participate in their praise band and what songs they do in chapel. I find here they do some good songs but execute them poorly. It’s the greatest thing when we do a song they know and I hear: wow that song really is awesome! And that way you’re not teaching new songs every week.

    This year the standout songs they responded to were:
    Mighty to save
    Marvelous Light
    How he loves
    Tell the world

    Seriously, worship has gotten so forward now with what Crowder and Charlie and United are doing, it’s hard to go wrong. Our group is very new. Like I started the high school ministry 2 years ago, so we have a blank slate in front of us. These students don’t have any reference point. We throw in No One Like You or Forever and Every Move I Make for fun sometimes 🙂
    That’s how I roll in the Dirty South. Haha.

  7. Hypno

    hey guys thanks alot for all the insight. really liked the part. and iam going to give it a shot. if you have any other nice books or sites on the subject, love to hear from you. thanks over again.

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