On Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, Mike Harland posted a blog titled, “5 Choir Rehearsal Killers” from a Worship Leader’s perspective. When he showed me the article, I immediately said, “You stole my blog,” because my topic for today – or at least in my head – was “5 Reasons Why Choir Members Don’t Attend Choir Rehearsal” from a Choir Member’s perspective. And, seeing that we’re in the same choir (and he’s my boss) our blogs were pretty much the same.
But then, I had an idea (us creative-types tend to do that every now and then). Instead of writing about why people don’t attend, I thought I would do two things…
First, I’m reversing the subject – “Top 5 Reasons Why Choir Members Attend Choir Rehearsal And How to Take Advantage.” We joined choir, so there are definitely reasons why we make the effort to attend each week.
- We love to sing.
So, let us sing. I dare say this is the #1 reason people join the choir. Whether we sing every note perfectly or we (I) can’t hit a note to save our lives, we just love to sing. So please, be strategic in how you fill the hour. Spend time singing a few new songs that challenge us, while also spending time singing a few timeless songs that allow us to just sing.
- We want to worship.
So, let us worship. For most of “us” choir members, singing praises to the Lord is the time when we feel closest to the Lord. Sure, everything we do within the Church is incredibly important – Sunday School, Service, Communion, Prayer, etc… But for most, these few moments are the times we treasure the most. Spend time allowing us to sing our praises. Our prayers. Our thanksgivings. Not rehearse, but rather, sing wholeheartedly, to our God… with abandon. More times than not, choir rehearsal turns into a worship service all on its very own.
- We want to be prepared to lead.
So, be prepared to help us prepare. Our time is valuable… the same way your time is valuable. Be prepared. Let us know what we’re practicing and when. Let us know what we’ll be singing when. Spend more time on the songs you’ll be singing in the upcoming service. Just as you take pride in your direction, we want to do our best as leaders. And, we don’t mind announcements and prayer requests coming through email or handouts at rehearsal. This way, our time is spent preparing vs. listening to 101 announcements.
- We want to serve.
So, give us opportunities to serve. There are needs in every church. Serving in the choir is a need, and sometimes filling that need does not allow us to serve somewhere else in the church. Help create opportunities that allow us to serve our community… whether it’s singing at a Senior Center, putting on a Trunk or Treat, or even allowing us to serve communion (instead of the Deacons… this works, I promise).
- We want to connect.
So, help us connect. The wonderful thing about choirs is the fact that it is usually filled with a variety of people – young, old, new members, old members, and more. Give us just a few minutes or opportunities to get to know each other… even if it’s just five minutes during rehearsal. And, an even better idea – encourage us to create small groups on our own because small groups really do matter.
So there you have it. The “Top 5 Reasons Why Choir Members Attend Choir Rehearsal And How to Take Advantage.”
So now, the second part of my idea: Tell us the funniest excuses you’ve heard of why choir members don’t attend choir rehearsal. Go ahead… we know you’ve got them. I’ll even confess: Last week, I didn’t go because it was five degrees outside. Five. Degrees. I admit, it was a lame excuse, but in “The South” five degrees is pretty dadgum cold. I bet you know someone like me… so tell us the best excuses, and we’ll write another blog on the best excuses!
Who has the best excuse? Let’s all try to one up each other…
Chasity Phillips is the Marketing Strategist for LifeWay Worship. She’s also a choir member at Brentwood Baptist Church AND an EVERY Sunday nursery worker. She loves being creative. Her “Happy Place”: Worship Music + Creativity (add a palm tree, and that’s how she imagines Heaven). She also loves social media… so BEWARE, you might find yourself on the pages of LifeWay Worship’s FB page or Twitter feed. Outside of LifeWay and Church, she can be found at a baseball field somewhere…watching her three baseball-loving boys (husband, Brent and two boys, Peyton & Palmer) play baseball OR cheering on her Alma Mater, The Florida State University Seminoles. Psalm 143:8