Podcast Episode #226
We welcome Mike Harland back to the podcast to discuss a trend we’ve noted before—the disappearance of choirs in the church.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- The church choir as we have known it historically is disappearing.
- Church choirs are doing less presentational music and more congregational leadership signing.
- The line between choir and praise team has blurred in many churches.
- The choir ministry should be a disciple-making ministry, not a performance ministry.
- Many churches don’t have choirs because they don’t have someone to lead the choir.
- In the early stages of a church’s life, the entire congregation is the choir.
- The largest choir in every church is the congregation.
The four areas Mike addresses are:
- What is a “choir?” and are we sure they are disappearing? (Role and function)
- Where did choirs come from? (Biblical and historical view of choirs)
- Strategy or necessity? (The leadership gap)
- The largest choir of every church. (Congregational singing)
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