… or how to grow a congregation.
Like it or not, music is important in the life of a local church. It is one of the things that helps congregations to grow, and also one of the things that divides. Getting the negative bit out of the way, forcing a congregation into a style of music they are not prepared for can be a very negative experience.
In a blog from last May, Kelvin Holdsworth, provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, puts a community that likes singing things as one of the Seven Actual Marks of Mission. (If you want to know what the other six are you will have to read his blog). He is of course right. He criticises some Evangelical worship bands being too loud , rightly. I ask how is that worse than organists who play with all the stops out on the last verse. Congregations will enjoy singing if they can hear themselves. If they cannot heat themselves the music, irrespective of instrumentation or style of music, is too loud.
All revivals in the life of the church have had music. That Christians enjoy singing is important. How can giving your all in praise of God not be an uplifting experience?
Want to help your congregation to grow? Help them to sing better.