Monthly Archives: May 2015

Why don’t people sing in Church? (And how to fix it!)

On every side, Music in this culture is reduced to a consumer product. It takes coaching to get people to sing together, we can’t just get on stage and play music anymore expecting people to sing along. It’s unthinkable to me, but singing is no longer an automatic reaction to hearing other people sing.

6 Things that might make this better:
1. Good musicians and singers who can perform without seeming too full of themselves. If you have pro musicians, encourage them to joyfully perform alongside amateur musicians. If they can’t do that, they aren’t good worship musicians.

2. Teach, right in the middle of worship – don’t presume that people even know how to sing together. Do some call-and-response to break the ice. I did this with a bunch of stuffy old Masons last night, and it worked like a charm.

3. Foster an atmosphere of acceptance of all skill levels, and do whatever you can to minimise Congregational performance anxiety. Singing in your seat is still singing in front of people. Talk about how beautiful the sound of an old warbling woman’s voice is to the ear of God, and stop trying to make everything so friggin perfect.

4. Try to see to it that the music style is agreeable to most people in the congregation. It may be worship, but it’s still performance, and good performers must know their audience. Sure, a mature Christian can worship with any music style, but we don’t really reach maturity until about age 280. (i.e. nobody is ever so mature that they don’t occasionally get turned of by a song they don’t like).

5. Encourage participation in more than just music. Telling people, “You get to be a part of service ‘here’, but not ‘here’, ” is emotionally confusing. Meet-and-greet is important, be inviting of prayer requests and praises. Get the people out of the pew and up in front.

6. Stop pretending children don’t exist and get the kids involved. Let them jump dance and sing, and others might see how much fun worship should be and follow the wise example of the children.