- On January 22, 2013
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I want to ask a question, even though my recent experience in asking a question and seeking responses on this blog have not been very successful.
How do you navigate the difficult choice of programming new music so that your singing in worship stays “current” against the need to use familiar songs to increase congregational participation?
I think we all have this problem where we want to continually use new music so that we stay fresh, yet when we use too much our congregations have little chance to be successful in participating. This creates a spectator worship that is not what is ideal for congregational worship. This reality crosses styles since even traditional services incorporating hymns want to (and absolutely should) continue to introduce new music in their services. Finding the balance is different in every congregation, for every style, for every group of gathered individuals.
I am asking if each of you reading this would contribute the answer to at least one of the following questions as a response below. Then come back and see what others have written.
1. How often do you introduce new music?
2. What method do you use? examples: Teach before singing, sing it for several weeks until they know it, etc.
3. Once a new song has been introduced, how long before you go back to it?
and this is a biggie
4. How does sermon topic and designing a cohesive worship vision effect how you use new music that may not be “on topic” for the length of time you need for the congregation to know it?
I know I am the one who is supposed to be answering questions like these, and I will answer them next week, but I really hope some of you will chime in for the benefit of all. Will you take a few minutes and contribute? Just leave a comment below.
No Rx this week. Next week I want to deal with some of this issue.