NEW CHOIR YEAR RESOLUTIONS

As singers head back to rehearsal rooms all over the country, now is a great time to press ‘reset’ on our commitment to excellence in our ensembles.  Here’s a fun list of ‘new choir year resolutions’ for your consideration as you ramp back up this fall:   I WILL ALWAYS WATCH THE DIRECTOR: Watching the…

ESSENTIAL CHORAL ARRANGEMENTS OF SPIRITUALS

For more than 100 years, congregations and audiences have thrilled to the excitement and energy created by the modern spiritual. From the early composers Harry Burleigh (1866-1949), William Dawson (1899-1990), and Jester Hairston (1901-2000), all the way to modern arrangers such as Moses Hogan (1957-2003), Andre Thomas (b. 1952), Stacey Gibbs (b. 1964), and Rollo…

NOT YOUR FATHER’S WORSHIP SERVICE

Five things in worship that are different today compared to when I was a child I ‘came of age’ in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and to me, a lot has changed in corporate worship over the past three decades. Enjoy this little trip down memory lane as we review five things that have changed in…

SIX WAYS to PAY IT FORWARD IN MUSIC MINISTRY

As we contemplate the legacy we’ve been given, consider these ideas for passing on the song in music ministry: 1. Sing Robustly – You can influence congregational singing for the future by singing with great enthusiasm during congregational worship. Family and friends will remember your example and will often follow suit. 2. Scholarships & Endowments…

CREATING A SUMMER ARTS CAMP

Summer is a great time to host a Summer Arts Camp at your church. There’s not a prescribed formula for the ‘hows, whens, and whys; it’s completely up to you and your unique set of circumstances. For many, the Summer Arts Camp is a great way to keep children participating in the arts while taking…

MULTI-LINGUAL WORSHIP SERVICE

Multi-lingual worship moments for the local community of faith Corporate worship provides great opportunities to celebrate diversity and unity in the local community of faith. After all, in every Christian worshipping community all over the world, although in different ways, we practice basically the same things we have for more than 2000 years. Consider these…

FIVE WAYS TO PROMOTE GENERATIONAL DIVERSITY THROUGH MUSIC/WORSHIP MINISTRY

Music is a powerful and useful tool to bring together people of all ages in the church. I’m sure you’re already engaged in several of these multi-generational activities, but if not, give these ideas some thought: 1. CHOIR/ORCHESTRA – If your church is like mine, the adult choir/orchestra is one of the few places where…

PRESSING ON THE UPWARD WAY in 2018

Resolutions for your music program:  Starting the New Year off with purpose and passion Out with the old and in with the new. The wheel turns faster and faster, and if we’re not careful, it’ll run right over us! So, in an effort to stay ahead of the game, let’s pause and set some sustainable…

CREATING LITANIES FROM HYMN LYRICS

Keeping worship fresh and the worshipper engaged can be as easy as selecting a favorite hymn lyric to create a short litany or responsive reading. It’s so easy to do, remembering these three simple guidelines: 1. Find a hymn lyric that SPEAKS to you and others in your congregation. This may not be the best…

FIVE KEY QUESTIONS FOR CORPORATE WORSHIP MUSIC PLANNERS

As a church leader who has engaged in weekly worship planning for 30+ years, I often get lost in the business and clutter of the week, losing sight of what’s really important when selecting music for worship. So, as I sit writing this article, I am reminding myself again what matters most. As you plan…

7 WONDERFUL WAYS WE WITNESS WHEN WE WORSHIP

Every time we gather for corporate worship, we are witnesses to those who worship alongside us. We testify of the greatness of our God and our love for Him through our worship expressions. Here are 7 key ways we witness when we worship:   We humbly SUBMIT ourselves to the Lord. We are a witness…