Example of Leading Communion

Here is an example of leading communion at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. How does your church do communion? If you have a recorded example online please drop us a email so we can learn (churchcraft@crystalparkbaptistchurch.co.za).

Guidelines for Leading Communion

Communion is a high point of our corporate worship service. In it we are reminded of our unity with Christ and our unity with each other.

Team Leader and Team

  • See Appendix 1: Communion Team Leader and Team.


  • Your communion message must be well prepared. This is a teaching moment in our service.
  • If you are unable to fulfil your duty please give your team leader sufficient notice.


  • Please arrive no later than 8:15am for the 8:30am service.
  • Inform the service coordinator and worship leader that you are present when you arrive.

Before the Services

  • Inform the projectionist of your passage and the translation you use (default is CSB).
  • Be seated when the bell rings 5mins before each service.
  • Be seated in such a way as to minimise distraction when you come up.
  • Anticipate coming up immediately when the communion slide goes up.

Before the Communion Message

  • Do not tamper with the lectern.
  • Always use the mic.
  • Do not test the mic by blowing into it.
  • Do not put your hands into your pockets.
  • The communion should take 7-10 minutes.

Inform the Congregation

  • Call up the stewards. They wait at the front during the communion message.
  •  “Communion is open to all who have placed their faith in Jesus and are in good standing with their local church.”
  • “Anyone who hasn’t placed their faith in Jesus is to let the elements pass by.”
  • “Parents are to exercise authority over believing children and teens.”
  • “Other children and teens must speak to an elder before taking communion.”
  • “The congregation is to wait when they receive the elements so we can partake together.”

The Communion Message

  • The message should take 3-5 minutes.
  • Read and expound from one text only. Make only one point.
  • Call for a short time of silence after the message.

Distribution of the Communion Elements

  • Pray before eating the bread. Wait.
  • Pray before drinking the cup. Wait.
  • Close in a short prayer.


  • You lead communion at both the 8:30 and 10:30 service.
  • You are free to leave after communion in the 10:30 service.

How Does Communion Feel?

  • Sombre.
  • Joyful.
  • Pastoral.

Team Leader and Team

Mark Penrith, Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni

Mark Penrith
Team Leader

Jake Msimango, Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni

Jake Msimango
Team Member

Sifiso Pule, Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni

Sifiso Pule
Team Member

  • Mark Penrith (Team Leader)
  • Jake Msimango
  • Sifiso Pule

Helpful Texts

  • Genesis 22:7-8
  • Psalm 22:15-19
  • Psalm 40:6-8
  • Isaiah 53:4-9
  • Mark 14:22-26
  • Luke 22:7-20
  • John 6:53-56
  • 1 Corinthians 5:7
  • 1 Corinthians 10:15-22
  • 1 Corinthians 11:17-22
  • 1 Corinthians 11:27-34
  • Romans 3:22-26
  • Romans 5:9
  • Ephesians 1:7-8
  • Ephesians 2:13
  • Ephesians 5:2
  • Colossians 1:19-20
  • Hebrews 9:11-22
  • Hebrews 9:25-28
  • Hebrews 10:5-10
  • Hebrews 10:19-22
  • Hebrews 12:22-24
  • Hebrews 13:11-15