You don’t lead singing in church for 35 years and not notice a few things. Here are a few of my favorites –
People love to sing songs they know.
A church will follow a leader they trust spiritually.
Merely changing the music style is not a reliable growth strategy.
And one more…
When Dad sings, everyone in the family sings.
The converse is true as well – when Dad doesn’t sing, more than likely, no one else in the family will sing. Of course, there are exceptions to this, especially if Mom is a singer. But, almost 100% of the time, if Dad doesn’t sing, his sons (and maybe daughters) will not sing either.
Well, we are still learning all the reasons singing is a point of emphasis in scripture. Paul would command it in two different letters. God would include a book in the scriptural canon that captured the song texts of his covenant people.
Practically speaking, we know that music opens up the mind and the soul to information. And, what more important information could be attained than truth about God as we sing about Him? We know that music moves us emotionally and intellectually and is a powerful tool of expression. Perhaps better than any other single expression, singing combines our spirit with our mind while pronouncing truth.
Every parent wants their children to flourish – in academics, athletics, social skills. Certainly, a Christian parent would desire their children to flourish spiritually and to excel in the spiritual discipline of worship.
If that’s true for you, Dad – you need to sing. Open your mouth, move your lips, and take part in the singing in worship.
I’m not asking you to audition for the worship team or join the choir. I’m asking you to help your children engage in worship before they don’t care to any longer.
For the sake of your family and the future of your church – put away your personal comfort and preference. Be willing to get beyond yourself.
Come on, Dad – sing.
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.