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 7: We fail to have a common body of hymnody.
With the availability of so many new songs, we often become haphazard in our worship planning, pulling songs from so many sources without reinforcing the songs and helping the congregation to take them on as a regular expression of their worship. In the old days, the hymnal was that repository. Today, we need to create song lists to use in planning our times of worship.
Pastor Will’s Comments
This is a very difficult reason (maybe the most difficult reason) for worship leaders to hear as to why their congregation is not singing. My suggestion is because they hear it first as musicians rather than worship leaders. These two identities clash when it comes to prioritizing.
- The musician’s priority is about creativity, arrangements, pushing the limits and all sorts of other creative means to explore the boundaries of music
- The Worship Leader’s priority is about planning worship that creates an atmosphere where both believer and witnesses can worship God through responsive singing, clapping, dancing (Is a MB Church allowed to say this?), crying and lifting hands to God in song!
The musician longs for exploration and limitless potential, which is a beautiful thing to have in a worship leader. However, that is not the primary role of a worship leader. The leader, the one who is most talented (usually as worship leaders are), cannot charge head first, full-blast into the unknown when you have others who are unable to keep up with them. There are some extremely talented musicians who can learn a song by just hearing it! I, on the other hand, can’t even make out some of the words the first time around, let alone memorize and know them!
So, if a very talented worship leaders wants me (who has a bit more than a little musical talent) to keep up with learning and knowing dozens of songs… I’m most likely going to fail their expectations and I’m going to feel that failure. Our congregations need repetition and consistency (through a list limited to a certain number of songs) so we can all worship God with everything we have. Of course, we can, and should, learn new songs. We just have to keep in mind those in the back of the group, so when we travel together, they don’t drop off due to the rigorous learning of an unending revolving door of songs!
Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.