Monday, April 27, 2009[print version] [audio version ]
The focal point of your church music program ought to be the congregational singing. The primary focus of a church music department is not the special music, your best musicians, the church choir, your orchestra, your children's music program, your handbell choir, your music director, or anything else. All of the musical activities of a given church service should center on the active participation of every member of the congregation in the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
Congregational singing is the one opportunity the members of your church have to actively participate in the worship service program. Allow them the privilege of offering corporate praise, sung to the Lord, for the edification, teaching and admonishing of all in attendance. For much of the service, such as during the preaching, announcements, special music, choir song, etc., the audience becomes a group of passive onlookers. Congregational singing time allows each audience member to become a part of something bigger than themselves.
Some thoughts about congregational singing:
- People enjoy songs that are familiar
- People enjoy learning new songs (teach them to the choir first)
- Standing, sitting, and singing together facilitates unity
- Encourage singing parts
- Allow them access to a song book with music, not just words!
- Be sure the song number is announced at least twice
- Allow the congregation to hear themselves sing
- Use songs that reinforce the pastor's sermon
- Use songs that teach Biblical doctrine
- Always encourage, never berate a congregation for their singing
- The song leader should not overpower the congregation
- Use songs with different tempos, time signatures and key signatures to ensure variety
- Use various techniques (a capella, sectional singing, call and response) to retain interest
- Sing some songs from memory
- Move from "up-tempo" songs to more thoughtful songs during the service to prepare hearts for the preaching
- Do not joke or tease about a person's poor singing ability
- It is important that all staff on the platform participate with vigor!
- Have the choir stand during all songs, and demonstrate good singing technique
- Instrumental introductions should clearly set the key and tempo
- Focus the audience's attention on the message of the text
- Singing all verses of a song is not necessary, unless the song follows a chronological order or thought progression that would not make sense if a verse is left out
- Do not overuse certain songs
- Singing helps the congregation open their hearts to receive a blessing from the Lord
- Singing can comfort and encourage those who are hurting
- Singing can be an outward indication of the spiritual temperature of the singers
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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.
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