Let’s open some dialogue with worship leaders here today. I was having some face time with our worship intern Kenneth today and we were discussing (to an extent) how to pick worship music and plan upcoming songs that match the theme of a particular series. At Cornerstone we are very careful to include different styles of worship music so all of the diversity within our church can enjoy, and engage in worship with us on Sundays. The added benefit of this is that cultures never having heard one style or another are exposed to different genres and find, they actually enjoy a wider range of worship songs than they would have thought. Music is a powerful influence within a church body, able to become glue that draws people ever closer to each other and to closer to God. It can also be a repellant, chasing one group or another away. You cannot enjoy a racially diverse church body by playing Kutless all the time while leaving Tye Tribbett out. Vice~Versa, you don’t want to be playing Kirk Franklin to a group that looks more suited to jamming with Hawk Nelson. What you want to do is meet in the middle. Not vanilla, but maybe vanilla with chocolate syrup, and whipped cream. With pecans. And crushed Oreo. The point is, you can’t go too far left, or too far right. You must make the music accessible to all, and then you must make the music excellent. By doing these things you will enjoy watching your church body grow to heights, and depths, that you didn’t know were there. A church body that worships together is a force to be reckoned with.
All of that being said, what styles of music do you and your church use? How or do you include the rest of your worship team in picking the music? How far out do you plan in advance? Do you plan by a team, or do you plan alone?
Engage in the convo! Let’s take everyone’s game up a notch!