Watch the video above and talk about it with your group or mentor. Learn more

Regardless of where your church is located or how it operates, you want to make sure you are intentionally picking songs that work well for your church service.

Key Points:

  • Solid theology is picking songs that focus on the truths found in God’s Word and not on human opinions or assumptions about God.
  • Singability means that you should pick songs that have relatively easy melodies that your congregation can follow along with and sing.
  • Lyrical clarity is choosing songs with lyrics that the average person can understand.
  • A song’s central theme points people toward a distinct attribute of God or a certain response in a song.
  • Musical interest and appropriateness applies to songs being dynamic, powerful and having appropriate layers of musical texture and intricacy.
  • Culturally and stylistically relevant means using songs to reach those within your cultural context in which you minister.
  • Play a song a few times at your church before determining whether it is a good fit for your church.

Quote This:

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

See Also: Worship Teams

Talk About It
  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. Why is it important to think through what songs you are going to pick for your church service?
  3. Which of these points jumped out at you? Would you add any to this list? Would you take any away?
  4. Order these seven points from most important to least. Explain your reasoning.
  5. Read 1 Cor. 14:19. What are some examples of potentially confusing lyrics from the songs you have heard or played?
  6. Why would picking certain worship songs help your church? How could picking certain songs hurt your church?
  7. Read 1 Cor. 9:22-23. What genre of music works best for your setting? Why? Are there other genres that you think may work well?
  8. Have you ever picked a song that you thought would work well for your church but didn’t? What are the reasons it didn’t work?
  9. Takeaway: Using this list, identify some good worship songs that would work well for your church.

This is part of the Worship Training series.