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Solo Acoustic Youth Worship Suggestions

I haven’t had the opportunity to get out and lead worship lately but this Wednesday I’m getting out to the Dunham School here in Baton Rouge to lead worship/speak for their High School Chapel. I’m pumped! 

I’m curious: 

What songs have you done with your students with just you and an acoustic guitar that were stellar?!?! 

It’s been a while so any help would be greatly appreciated!


Sunday Setlist Nov. 16th – Youth Style!

Tonight we had another Youth worship service and it was wicked sweetness!!! Here we go: 

  • Tell the World – Hillsong United
  • We Won’t Be Quiet – David Crowder*Band
  • Never Let Go – Crowder
  • activity to wrap up our Road Signs series
  • Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall
  • How He Loves – John Mark McMillan

Today was just super special in so many ways but for the purpose of this post, I’ll restrict it to these songs 🙂 

I’m beginning to think that not all Youth led worship services require the most boisterous and wild and crazy songs there are. I’m finding we have as much, probably more, on the mid to low tempo songs. I think it’s because we’re in the adult sanctuary and it kind of gobbles us up and it just seems silly to go bananas in there…or I just don’t have alot of wild and crazy students…but I find that hard to believe. 

The special songs of the night were the last 3. 
It was our first time playing Crowder’s Never Let Go but after I intro-ed it, I heard a student go, “HEY! They play this song on KLove!” It was pretty funny. This is a special song for me and most of us here. I heard Crowder wrote this in response to Hurricane Katrina. Well that’s a subject near and dear to our hearts here in Louisiana and I’ve been dying to play this tune. I gave it the feel off the live Remedy Club Tour CD, but picked it on the guitar rather than on the piano.

I’m SO GLAD I don’t play Marvelous Light for the adults and that I do have some semblance of crazy students. They love ‘lifting their hands and spinning around!’ It’s my most favorite thing to do! However, note to anyone leading this song on guitar and spinning around in the process: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS pay attention to where your guitar cable is. Otherwise you come dangerously close to ripping your guitar off your shoulder or wrenching the cable right out of the guitar 🙂  

How He Loves…So much to say about this song that I’m leaving it for another post. It’s beautiful, it fit my ‘hurricane theme’ for the night! HAHAHA. And the students responded. I blew out my voice on “When I think about the waaaaay!” going into the last Chorus but I did NOT CARE! It was crazy awesome. 

I absolutely love doing worship with students. It’s much more raw and it’s so cool to see students trying to figure out how to worship! However, I did realize that I need to approach this with as much diligence as our morning adult services. We’re doing some pretty complicated stuff and I’ve taken for granted the quality of musicianship from my few “adult” musicians that step in. My goal has been a way to engage the students IN and WITH worship. And I’m resting on the crutches of some of the adults for the sake of busyness and laziness on my part. I need to remedy that for next time. 

How was yours? 

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Sunday Setlist Oct. 19th – YOUTH WORSHIP

Last night was our first Youth Worship Service of the season! It was incredible! Probably the most engaging worship service that I’ve had with our students. It was truly spectacular witnessing what’s happened with our students! 

Here’s what we played: 

  1. Make a Joyful Noise/I Will Not Be Silent – David Crowder*Band – Lime CD
  2. We Won’t Be Quiet – DC*B – Remedy Club Tour
  3. Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall – Flying Into Daybreak
  4. Forever – Chris Tomlin – Live in Austin
  5. Grace Like Rain – Todd Agnew-ish

Here’s what we had: 

  • Conner Byrd (me) – guitars and lead vocals
  • Stephanie (student) – backing vocals
  • John Ryan (student) – electric guitar
  • Billy (student) – bass
  • Smitty Bombs – turn tables and percussion kit
  • Foo-oswald – drums

Yes the names of the guilty adults who participated have been changed to their nicknames 🙂 

I think I probably played one too many songs looking back. Our first two were so energetic and crazy that I was winded after finishing them 🙂 By the time we got to Forever, I wonder if I shouldn’t have simply moved to Grace Like Rain. Regardless, the students pushed on through and their enthusiasm and singing and clapping was encouraging. However, I think next time we might split up and do 3 or 4 and then come back and finish with another 1 or 2. 

I’ve been brewing on this ‘God as light’ lately and so before Marvelous Light (as I swapped to my acoustic) I got a little excited talking about how we all are aware of our dependance on light from sunlight and even fabricated light in our daily activities, how we need the light to function and see and walk about and how we depend on the light for our survival. It’s not wonder why God uses the light as a metaphor for Himself. Our spiritual survival is dependent upon living in the light of Jesus Christ. 

I know preachers shouldn’t sing and singers shouldn’t preach but sometimes I get carried away! 

I just still can’t get over how much the students participated in our yelling and chanting and lifting our hands and spinning 🙂 We have a really young student ministry at RCC and all of this is still pretty new to our students. Seeing them going for it last night was so incredibly special it’s just hard to put into words! Having students up there leading worship with me made me so proud! I am so blessed to have students interested in playing and willing to play in church. Thank you Jesus! 

All a part of Fred’s Setlist Carnival.


What a weekend!




Friday – Worship team gathering -> Northgate Tavern for A Soup Named Stew CD release party! 

Saturday – Wedding -> New Orleans -> Hanging out around the Quarter -> NKOTB concert!

Sunday – Starbucks -> Church -> Dinner with Jill and Ian -> Set up for youth worship svc -> Youth Worship Service! -> RKS Dance Team practice -> Total and utter exhaustion. 

Today I got to church at 8:45am and I left at 8:00pm. Take out an hour and a half for lunch and that’s just under 10 hours. I am whooped! I cannot wait to tell you though about: 


  • Day trippin’ in New Orleans
  • New Kids on the Block concert
  • Our insane Youth Worship!
  • Turn tables
  • Chloe at worship

So stick around tomorrow, I’m calling it an early night!

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