Part II: Would You Like Your Church to Sing More?
In Part 1 of this 2-part blog post, we discussed a culture of non-singing that is found in many of our churches. I asked the question: Can we fix it? My guess is that many leaders who serve at churches that don’t sing explain it away as a spiritual matter that can only be resolved by a moving of God’s Spirit. Certainly, it’s a spiritual matter and true worship will always emerge through the work of God’s Spirit. However, many of us just need to get out of our church’s way! Here’s are the last 2 of 4 tips for getting your church to sing like little angels :)
3. Play songs they know and give them time to really learn a song.
What good is it to have the hottest song repertoire around if you lose your church in the process? Choose your songs purposefully and teach them thoroughly. Songs that your church is still in the process of learning need to be a serious minority in your average weekend song set. Consistently flooding your services with new material is a sure-fire way to create a disengaged culture.
I’m sure there may be exceptions to this rule but the only one I’ve thought of is a new worship leader who’s been brought in to take a church’s worship ministry in a new direction. If you and they agree that a swift change is needed, it may require something of a crash course on the front-end of your ministry. Even so, do everything in your power to not leave the church behind and explore ways to keep them engaged during that season. And make sure it is just a season.
4. Be willing to throw out a song that’s just not serving to engage your church.
It may be a top 10 song on all the worship charts. Maybe you even heard it at a big conference where it was everyone’s favorite! Perhaps your whole band even loves to play it. Even so, if you try teaching it to your church and they never really buy into it, you may have to cut it loose. You can always check to make sure there’s not another issue involved (i.e. vocal range, arrangement, etc) but, at the end of the day, there’s no sense in leading songs that no one wants to follow you on.
And let’s remember that when we talk about changing culture—cultivating a church that sings can truly be a big culture shift—this sort of thing seldom happens overnight. Think baby steps, my friend.
Do you have tips that ought to be on this list? Leave your tip in a comment below!