How to Introduce a New Song in Worship

Introducing new songs can be tricky. There are lots of ways to do it but the key is to give people a chance to engage with it before you use it in church. Graham Kendrick tends to teach his songs line by line, Stuart Townend tends to ring the changes out with an orchestra before bringing it into worship and Matt Redman will often inject the song straight into the set. The placement of the song in the service also has a bearing on how well people engage with it. Trying to introduce too many new songs in one service is often not a good idea. It can often leave people feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.

A good way to try to get congregations engaged with a new song is to use it in home groups a few weeks before you intend to sing it in church. That way at least some of the congregation will be familiar with it when you bring it into church and there is a better chance that they will remember the lyrics and melody. Putting it in the first part of the set also helps as it gives people time to sing along before they start to feel overwhelmed.

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