Leading the Church's Song

Book, 1998, 162 pp
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Song is a primary language of Christians at worship. Breathing together, voicing the word of God together, sounding joy and praise and lament, the people of God express and experience the Spirit's gift of unity.

Communal singing today, however, is countercultural. Surrounded by broadcast and recorded music, voices have often fallen silent. Worship is one of the few places left where people are encouraged - even expected - to add their voices to the song.

At the same time, singing in worship today is becoming increasingly multicultural and rich in a diversity of styles. This wealth of variety is both gift and challenge for church musicians and other worship leaders. How will they learn and lead with integrity these many musical expressions? How will they encourage the acceptance of these diverse gifts? How will they marshal often-limited resources to make the most of this expanding repertoire?

This book offers a sensible approach and plenty of practical advice for those who animate the singing of God's people. This book offers discussions and examples of the skills and attitudes needed to bring the congregation's song to life in these changing times. Noted musical practitioners have contributed chapters in their areas of expertise, focusing on the leadership of particular musical styles. Here is a comprehensive and trustworthy guide - to growth and confidence and competence among those who help God's people find their voice.

An accompanying CD with musical examples is in the back cover of the book.

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