9 reasons people aren’t singing in worship (3/9)

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 3: Worship Leaders are singing in keys too high for the average singer.

The people we are leading in worship generally have a limited range. When we pitch songs in keys that are too high, the congregation will stop singing, tire out and eventually quit. Our responsibility is to enable the congregation to sing their praises, not to showcase our great platform voices by pitching songs in our power ranges. The basic range of the average singer is an octave and a fourth from A to D. 

Pastor Will’s Comments:

Simple, helpful and straightforward! I greatly appreciate any worship leader who makes the effort to stay in a range that I’m able to sing along with. If it’s too high, I know I stop singing. I was once singing in a church service that I don’t usually attend and tried to keep up with the high notes… Let me tell you. The 85-year-old women in front of me was not impressed. Apparently, this was my fault, someone who doesn’t attend this church. Most likely, I won’t be going back, even though I probably should have stopped singing which is a crying shame.

My only thought when it comes to this idea is, “Can I sing along with the song?” I want to worship along side of my brothers and sisters as worship leaders lead me into an atmosphere of worship. If I can’t follow along with you, I feel disappointed I don’t have a larger range. I believe most people are thinking the same way. They want to be able to sing and they are excited when they know the songs and know the words so they can sing along. We want to journey with everyone, but we need leaders who will make the journey as easy as possible for us. It might not lead to the most excellent performances, but is it about the performance or approaching God as a singular unit to worship him together?

Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.

William Con

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