10 Things I Did Not Do that Improved My Congregation’s Singing

Scott Connell | March 16, 2017


My congregation sings better than they did a year ago. I’ve been their worship leader for a little more than a year, and I’ve seen progress in their participation in worship through singing. They sing louder, they sing more heartily, and more of them sing than they did a year ago. 

This realization occurred to me as I was reading an article on the decline of congregational singing, and it caused me to wonder why we’re not part of the trend.

Here are 10 things I did not do over the past year that I think has helped our congregational singing:

1. I did not turn down the lights.

Too often worship services look and feel like concerts. The problem is that concerts are for listening, but worship services are for singing. Keep the focus on the congregation, not just on the stage.

2. I did not turn up the sound.

Loud volumes prevent the congregation from singing. If they cannot hear themselves sing, they will not sing. If they cannot hear their neighbor sing, they will not sing. If they can hear both, they will be more likely to sing.

3. I did not try to sound like the YouTube video.

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