Long time readers know the second half of the headline mantra: for Local Situations. It has been my professional advice, and practice, for more than 40 years now.
At the heart of this saying is the absolute fact that no two programs, or ministries, or choirs, or directors, or churches, or communities, are exactly the same (I’ll wait if you need to take a moment to ponder that…). Yet so many times, people come to our (virtual) door with a “one size fits all” system the “guarantees” “success” (and all those quotes are meant in the ironic sense).
It just doesn’t work that way folks. And the corollary of my mantra is “just because it worked in your last church doesn’t mean it will work in your next church.” Can I get an Amen?
As my friend Bob Burroughs has always preached, the idea is to be a lifelong learner…and apply what you’ve learned to the situation at hand in order to get the best results. And every so often you learn something that makes you go (Arsenio Hall voice) hmmmm. Such is the case with…
On Sunday we assume our role as one of three “choirs” in the church at-large. As the rehearsed choir we prepare and lead hymn singing, frequently adding musical content to the hymns for congregational interest. We sing choral responses to enhance pre-determined rituals in the service. And we offer our special choral selections that are more complex than group singing, and more fully rehearsed.
[Our] Choir knows that we fit into a larger musical scheme that includes a “community choir” and the congregation itself. Every six weeks we invite any member of the congregation to join for that Sunday. We begin our choir preparation 30-minutes earlier and…
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