What factors are important in “Church” music?
How do you do church music?
Kevin DeYoung points out 10 principles for church songs. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. He goes into a greater extent of detail, but this is his list. I’m sure they would be more if 10 wasn’t a wonderfully, round number.
- Love is indispensable to church singing that pleases God.
- Our singing is for God’s glory and the edification of the body of Christ.
- We ought to sing to the Lord new songs.
- Church singing should swim in its own history of church singing.
- Sing the Psalms.
- We should strive for excellence in the musicality and the poetry of the songs we sing.
- The main sound to be heard in the worship music is the sound of the congregation singing.
- The congregation should also be stretched from time to time to learn new songs and broaden its musical horizons.
- The texts of our songs should be matched with fitting musicality and instrumentation.
- All of our songs should employ manifestly biblical lyrics.
For the most part, would you agree with these 10? What else would be added? I know we can hash this out a little further. And what ten would go in order of importance? Church and music…never an easy balance…