Transitioning – Part 5 – Helping the Congregation Learn New Songs
Last week, East City Church continued its journey to worship renewal by producing a song list of known songs for the congregation and identifying new songs that will be introduced to the congregation. To fast track the worship transition, East City Church will do a variety of things to help the congregation make these new songs part of their worship vocabulary in an accelerated manner.
There are several ways of attaining this goal:
- Create a CD of the new songs for distribution. The easiest and most expensive way to do this is to secure copyright permission for professional recordings of the songs on the list. The least expensive avenue would be for the church’s worship team to record the songs themselves. Both projects require securing proper licenses, but the do-it-yourself project would incur less expenses for licenses. (more on licenses). The in-house project would also insure that the songs are in good, singable keys, which might not be the case on professional recordings. Your worship team would also give the church a recording that would sound more realistic to what they will experience in worship. No matter which direction ECC takes, they should:
- Begin with the first ten new songs from the timeline of introducing the songs in worship to produce the first worship CD for mass distribution. This one should ideally go out at least four weeks before the launch date.
- Produce a second CD several weeks later for the next ten songs
- As long as you are using Grooveshark or YouTube videos, you do not need to secure licenses. (sample playlist)
- To legally embed your in-house audio files, your would need a license. The cost is greater, but you would have the same benefits as mentioned above.
- Begin with only about 10 songs so that people will focus on those first.
Share with us some additional ways to teach the new worship music ahead of time in the comments below.
Next week we will look at instrumentation issues at ECC as they seek worship renewal. Take a look.