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Recently, a friend of mine sent me an article on reasons why it’s a good idea for a church to have a choir. It was a good list. You’ve seen these types of articles, haven’t you? I gave it a read, wondering if I would discover something new, or at the very least find something that confirmed my already opinionated thoughts on the matter. (After all, the choir is a big part of my ministry.)
What stood out, however, was what was missing. I wrote my friend back: “It’s a good article, but the author missed the most important reason to have a choir: it’s God’s idea.”
It’s true, there are a lot of good musical, social, and spiritual reasons to have a church choir. As another friend recently reminded me, choirs are the quintessential “small group” of the church, offering tremendous opportunities for worship, edification, and spiritual growth. And this is all true and important.
But to me, the most compelling reason to have a choir is simply because it was God’s idea. From the early beginnings of organized Temple worship (2nd Chronicles 5:13, see the whole chapter), to the mass choir of eternal worshipers (Revelation 7:9-12), God has implemented, accepted, and enjoyed the ministry of the choir of believers.
Can a modern church truly be a New Testament church without the ministry of the church choir? Sure. Church plants and small congregations may find it to be low on the list of their immediate priorities. But eventually, as a healthy church grows numerically and spiritually, it would be wise to evaluate the validity of the church choir (even if it could really be called an ensemble).
And it would be a good idea… because it was God’s idea.
When it comes to the volunteer church choir, I’ve come to the conclusion that a “great choir” is a choir that worships God passionately with excellence. It’s a choir that understands its role as a collective worship leader, leading the way to the very throne room of God. And I’m always interested in what will make the choir (or any music ministry team) be a place or ministry that people want to be a part of; where they are humbled and honored to be involved. The truth is, I want that for myself.
I’ve read this great article about how to build a great choir by Mike Harland here. You should give it a read!
He talks about a few important ingredients, and I’ve added some of my own thoughts below: Read more…
Recently I was talking with a friend about music memorization. He’s seemed to have mastered the skill; I’ve never been good at memorizing vocal music. I can remember back to my college choir days, having to memorize multiple songs for one of the regular vesper programs we participated in, and thinking, “I must be the weakest link here. I hope I don’t sing and unintended solo someplace!” I’m not sure how I ever survived that.
Then there was the time when I was singing in a trio for a church service at my first ministry. We got up the nerve to sing the selection by memory. But that was before lyric slides (those wonderful “cheat sheets”), and let’s just say it was so bad, that all three of us laughed our way through the final stanza. Collectively, we couldn’t remember any of the lyrics. What a hoot!
So, yeah. I shy away from memorization. Read more…
Hosting a choir launch (or, choir kick-off, as we called it for many years) has several benefits:
- It’s a great way to make a fresh start and begin a new wave of momentum for your music ministry.
- It provides an opportunity for you to invite new choir members to “try out” the choir ministry of the church.
- It serves as a fantastic fellowship opportunity for your choir members.
- It allows you to introduce new music, or present a new Christmas musical or other large work you will be presenting.
- It gives you a chance to introduce new service opportunities and impart your vision and philosophy for the ministry and future of the choir.
Our launch usually begins around the beginning to mid-August, around the time that schools are starting back up. Read more…