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15 Questions for Every Worship Song Set

15 Questions for Every Worship Song Set

By David Manner

  • Will it encourage passive spectating or active participating?
  • Does it include a healthy balance of familiar and new?
  • Does it include expressions that are both celebrative and contemplative?
  • Are its texts theologically sound and do they affirm scripture as foundational?
  • Is it culturally and generationally appropriate for those who will be present?
  • Does it include not only our words to God but also God’s words to us?
  • Will acceptable physical actions be articulated or implied?
  • Will it give participants an opportunity to connect with each other?
  • Will its musical or technological elements direct our attention away from God?
  • Are its melodies singable and ranges accessible?
  • Will guests be able to participate in it without confusion?
  • Will it speak and teach the Gospel?
  • Will it engage more than just emotions?
  • Are we giving it too much responsibility for the entirety of our worship?
  • Will it encourage participants to be doers of the word and not just hearers only?
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About The Author

David Manner

Dr. David W. Manner serves as the Executive Director for Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists. Before joining the convention staff in 2000, David served for twenty years in music/worship ministry with congregations in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University; a Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

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