Releasing the Poets: How to Empower Your Church's Hidden Wordsmiths for Meaningful Worship

As a Christian music worship leader, one of the most important things I have learned over the years is the importance of releasing the poets within our church communities. When we think of worship, we often think of singing songs and playing instruments, but there is so much more to it than that.

In this article, I want to explore the concept of releasing the poets and how it can transform our worship services. We'll talk about what it means to be a poet, how to identify poets within our congregations, and how to empower them to use their gifts in worship.

What Does It Mean to be a Poet?

When we hear the word poet, we often think of someone who writes poetry. While that is certainly one aspect of being a poet, there is much more to it than that. A poet is someone who has a deep, emotional connection to words and language. They are able to express themselves in a way that is both beautiful and meaningful.

In the context of worship, a poet is someone who is able to connect with God on a deep level and express that connection through words. They may write poetry, but they may also be gifted in writing prayers, devotionals, or other forms of written expression.

Identifying Poets Within Our Congregations

One of the challenges of releasing the poets within our church communities is identifying them in the first place. Not everyone who is gifted in writing or speaking is a poet. So how do we know who to look for?

One way to identify poets is to pay attention to the way people communicate. Do they use language in a way that is particularly beautiful or moving? Do they express themselves in a way that is deeply emotional and heartfelt? These are signs that someone may have a gift for poetry.

Another way to identify poets is to simply ask. Invite people to share their writing or other forms of expression with you. You may be surprised at how many talented poets are hiding in your congregation.

Empowering Poets to Use Their Gifts in Worship

Once you have identified the poets within your congregation, the next step is to empower them to use their gifts in worship. This can be a challenge, as many people are hesitant to share their writing or other forms of expression in public.

One way to empower poets is to create safe spaces for them to share their work. Consider hosting a poetry night or other event where poets can share their work in a supportive environment. You can also invite poets to share their work during worship services, either through reciting a poem or reading a prayer.

Another way to empower poets is to provide them with opportunities to grow and develop their skills. Consider hosting writing workshops or other events that focus on developing the skills of poets within your congregation. This can help them to become even more confident in their gifts and better equipped to use them in worship.

Biblical Examples of Poets in Worship

Throughout the Bible, we see examples of poets using their gifts in worship. One of the most famous examples is King David, who wrote many of the Psalms. These poems were not just beautiful pieces of literature; they were also powerful expressions of David's deep connection to God.

Another example of a poet in worship is Mary, the mother of Jesus. In Luke 1:46-55, we see Mary expressing her joy and gratitude to God through a beautiful poem known as the Magnificat.

These examples show us that poetry has a long and rich tradition in Christian worship. By releasing the poets within our congregations, we can tap into this tradition and create even more meaningful worship experiences.


Releasing the poets within our church communities can be a transformative experience. By identifying and empowering those who have a gift for poetry, we can create worship services that are not only beautiful, but deeply meaningful as well.

As worship leaders, it is our job to create spaces where poets can thrive and use their gifts to connect with God and inspire others. By doing so, we can help to create a more vibrant and engaged church community that is deeply connected to God and to one another.

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