- We can’t afford a good sound system.
True, you can spend a great deal of money on sound systems. But many churches could improve what they have with a small investment. Sadly, some churches feel because they can’t do everything, they can’t do anything. To the church that would say, “We can’t afford it,” I would say, “You can’t afford not to.”
Don’t settle for what you have always had – reach out to people who could give you some great advice and make having an adequate sound system a priority for your church.
- We don’t have enough singers to have a choir.
There is no set number you have to have to start a choir. Whether it is adults, students, or kids, if you feel like you should have a choir, start with what you have. You don’t have to have every voice part and sing everything in unison, but you can start.
A trend these days in churches of all sizes is having a multi-generational choir. Having adults, students, and kids sing together will give you more voices and create an experience for the choir and congregation that will bless all!
- We have to do newer songs to attract younger families.
Definitely not true. The most important attribute of the way you approach worship is that it is true to who you are. When you try to use a style to attract a new audience that isn’t true to the DNA of your church, you are set up for all kinds of problems. The most important attribute of your music is that it is authentic.
Genuine relationships and God’s Spirit working in your church is what attracts new families – not a style of music.
- We don’t have a band so we can’t sing the newer songs.
There are many ways for a church that struggles to find adequate musicians to lead worship to still use those songs. Lifewayworship.com has tracks that are easy to use for even the non-musician. There are also applications that enable churches to use a mixture of live and recorded accompaniment for songs of all kinds.
At LifeWay Worship, we have technicians on stand-by who are available to help any pastor or church navigate these resources. Give us a call!
- Our people just won’t sing.
Many leaders have spoken to the apparent trend that today’s church doesn’t sing like the church of yesterday. But, this is an urban myth. People will sing when they are led and equipped to sing.
If a church will teach the importance of singing, teach and train families to engage in worship, select music that can be sung well, and equip the musicians to lead, the church will sing.
The new book from Keith and Kristyn Getty titled, “Sing!” is an excellent way to help congregations understand the importance of singing. Church leaders can learn how to improve participation with just a few changes in their approach to worship.
LifeWay Worship exists to help churches with these critical issues. Call or write to us and we will come along side any pastor of church leader with ideas and solutions to the challenges of leading your church to sing.
It is true that sometimes, smaller churches face issues related to music and worship. But, it can be better. Don’t allow these and other myths lead you to settle for the status quo. God wants your church to excel in worship as you proclaim His greatness in song!
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.