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Spontaneous Worship - Josh Baldwin

How do you know the right moment to jump in or pull away from the microphone? Josh Baldwin discusses in depth a spontaneous moment he led during Bethel Music Worship School and explains his approach to worship leading. He also shares insight into the communication happening with his band during that special time.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Course Overview

Unit 1
Unit 1 - Brian & Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Josh Baldwin
Unit 2
Unit 2 - Amanda Cook, Cory Asbury, Kristene DiMarco
Unit 3
Unit 3 - Jonathan Helser, Kalley Heiligenthal, The McClures
Unit 4
Unit 4 - Hunter Thompson, Sean Feucht, Steffany Gretzinger


  • It takes time to learn when to come in with the band and being sensitive to each other.

  • Leading with Amanda Cook and navigating when to step into a spontaneous moment.

  • Importance of musicians listening to each other and following the worship leader in unison during a spontaneous moment.


Leading Spontaneously

  • Why Josh likes “going off the page” when it comes to singing a spontaneous moment.

  • Being a worship leader and the temptation to put on a “critical hat” during a spontaneous moment.

  • His father’s impact on him learning to sing out a spontaneous song. Growing up playing drums with his dad who was a worship leader and pastor. 

  • “I’ve worn out many spontaneous songs. There’s a fine line between stopping too soon or something could break open. It can make a moment lose its power. It comes from practicing it.”

  • “Give the crowd permission to sing out, lead them into it by being vocal.”


Prophetic Moment VS Spontaneous Moment

  • “Spontaneous doesn’t always mean prophetic worship. Spontaneous doesn’t have to be something you just came up within that moment, it can be just flowing into something different.”

  • It lets the congregation go off the page and sing what’s on their heart. 

  • There’s something about grabbing something simple that’s new but it’s easy for people to grab onto.