In these 9 blogs, we look at some of the reasons why congregations are not participating in corporate worship today. Worship through song has been and is very important to the Christian walk. Songs with proper theology inform our view on God and teach us about His character and His love for us! We are then reminded throughout the week how glorious and how beautiful our God and the gospel are as we sing! Therefore, it is critical that we do everything in our power to help congregational participation in worship to Develop People to Love Jesus and Serve Others in accordance with our mission statement!
To see the 9 reasons in the original article: https://ncbaptist.org/9-reasons-people-arent-singing-in-worship/
Reason 1: The congregations don’t know the songs.
“Today, worship leaders are providing a steady diet of the latest, greatest worship songs. But too high a rate of new song inclusion in worship can kill our participation rate and turn the congregation into spectators. It may be best to introduce no more than one new song in a given worship service, and then repeat the song for several weeks. People worship best with songs they know, so we need to teach and reinforce the new expressions of worship.”
Pastor Will’s Comments:
This first point starts off really strong. There are so many worship songs to choose from these days that we could go for several years without repeating a single worship song in a Sunday Gathering. If this is the case, congregation participation would most likely decrease as plenty of those songs relatively unknown…
This is really impacted by our context. We have several leaders at Parkland Community Church all with their own style and songs they’re able to lead through. We are very fortunate to have such a depth and variety of worship leaders! However, this means that when one of our worship leaders do introduce a new song, the congregation may not become familiar with it because they may only lead so often. If we don’t repeat a song often, we shouldn’t be surprised if we try to re-introduce the song months later that our congregation still won’t sing along.
Just like any communication we do, we must communicate it again and again before it begins to catch on. This is true about mission statements, church values and even worship songs. How do we equip our congregations with the ability to sing songs throughout the week and live on mission? Sing the same songs again and again so they can repeat it by memory! Repeat the mission statement again and again until you are yourself tired of hearing it. By then, maybe they’ll understand what you are saying might be important!
Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.