Writing Worship Songs
Do you write worship songs? Do you want to write worship songs?
This is one of the topics that I am most often asked about. It is also an area that I am enormously passionate about.
I love local songs written by local people for the local church.
One of the biggest issues that seems to come up is that people are put off writing or using their songs because we (and I include myself in this group) feel like we can’t compete with the big names. We can’t compete with Tomlin, Hughes, Crowder and the others.
So we end up singing the same 20 or 30 songs wherever we go in the world.
Please don’t misunderstand me, these songs are great. These songs are immensely powerful and help people all around the world worship God in ways that even 30 or 40 years ago we could not have even dreamt of.
Here’s the thing though:
I was at a church in Germany recently and, for one reason or another, they sang most of their songs in English. And it was great. And they were worshiping and getting close to God.
When they started singing a song in German, the language of their heart, the whole atmosphere changed! That church became a place of incredible Holy encounter because the people were able to sing to their Father with lyrics that came straight from their heart, reflecting their language, their culture, their love.
This is why I am passionate about seeing songs sung in local churches that reflect the culture, the language and the passions of the local church. Of course we can sing songs written by other people in other places, but when we sing songs written locally, there is something special that happens.
My most successful songs are the ones that have been sung and embraced by my local church.
These are the songs that I wrote when I stopped trying to write songs that would make me famous. When I stopped trying to write songs that would make me a “big name”.
If you are interested in writing worship songs, this is what I would like to help you with.
The songs we write should be the very best we can do as they need to not only glorify and honour God, but they should also help the congregations we serve to do the same.
So, I will be writing more on this subject over the next few weeks and months.
If you are a worship songwriter or have always wanted to be a worship songwriter and you would like to join me on this journey to writing the best songs possible for the local church then please could I ask you to help me out?
If you follow this link you will find a survey that should only take you literally one or two minutes to fill out. Your help with this will make sure that the content I provide is exactly what people are looking for.
Also, if you were to share or tweet this article with anyone you know who is a worship songwriter or who wants to write worship songs that would give them a chance to share their views and join the conversation.
Here’s to writing GREAT songs for your church to sing.