Growing up in church, it seemed like we were always singing the same 20 songs. When I visit my childhood church today, they are still singing some of those same songs.
Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. But, it does beg the question, how often should worship leaders be introducing new songs?
Although there is no perfect answer, there are several things that reveal if we are too far on one side or the other.
Signs You Are Introducing Too Many New Songs
If the worship band isn’t fluent in all the songs on your set list, there are too many ‘new’ songs.
Let’s face it, if the band can’t play it well, the congregation can’t sing it well. This may be somewhat acceptable the first week you introduce a new song, but if there are songs every week that the band struggles with, you have a problem.
If you go more than a month without repeating a song, there are probably too many songs on your list.
You see, people in general listen to the same set of songs every day. And at best, it may take a week or two for them to sing along. If your congregation only hears a song once per month, they may never catch on before it rotates out of your list.
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Signs You Are Not Singing Enough New Songs
If you get comments like “We are singing that song again?” from the worship team, you might be stuck in a rut.
Of course, there are those who will make this comment if you schedule a song they don’t like more than one week in a row…but other than this, there is most likely a legitimate concern.
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If you are singing the same set of songs you were singing 10 years ago, it is time for some new material.
There are songs that stand the test of time, but I would venture to say this will be 3 songs or less in your list. Everything else will serve its purpose for a year or two, and then be retired.
If your worship team is bored and unchallenged, it is time to introduce a new song.
It is easy to get lazy and stick with the same 20 songs so there is no struggle at rehearsals. But, eventually the worship team will get bored and disengage. And if the worship team is not engaged, the congregation will not engage.
So, how often should I schedule a new song?
I have found that bringing in a new song every 4-6 weeks works best for my worship team and congregation. That being said, I don’t believe there is a set-in-stone schedule that every worship leader should stick to. You should pay attention to your congregation and worship team and make adjustments as needed.
How often do you schedule a new song?
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