Family Matters

Folks that have served in ministry for any length of time will tell you how it is often difficult to balance church responsibilities with family life. Even if you are employed part-time with a church, very often your actual responsibilities (and work hours!) will closely resemble that of the full-time staff. So, as summer comes…

Turn DesCANTS Into DesCANS

Hello, Everyone! As we continue to look at new ways to “think outside of the loft” during the spring and summer seasons, let us consider some creative methods of writing and utilizing descants. Certainly, we are all familiar with the exhilarating sound of a soaring, lyrical descant ringing out during the final stanza of a…

The Weekly Choir Rehearsal

IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST LEARNING THE NOTES! If you have been involved in choral music ministry for any length of time, you know that the one practice allotted to choir each week does not provide nearly enough time to learn all that needs to be learned. In fact, if you think about it, we…

A World of Praise

One of the most important developments we have seen in the modern church over the past ten years is the inclusion of multi-cultural elements into our worship services. Nowadays, we regularly find our sanctuaries graced with music, art, and worship traditions from lands other than our own. In this article, I would like to share…

Creating a Community of Song

As music ministers and choir directors know, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut as we plan, organize, and offer our worship to God week after week. This can be especially true as we attempt to create meaningful experiences for our choirs. In this section of WORSHIP SONGS ONLINE, we will explore…