Recently on Mark Clifton’s Revitalize and Replant podcast, Mark was joined by Kyle Bueermann to discuss my blog post, 9 Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship–an article I wrote almost 10 years ago. It was great to hear their commentary on this! Listen and review some ways that we as worship leaders are turning our people into spectators rather than active participants in worship.

Show Notes:

In this episode, Mark Clifton is joined by Kyle Bueermann to discuss some reasons people may not be singing in your worship gatherings.

  1. They don’t know the songs.
  2. We are singing songs not suitable for congregational singing.
  3. We are singing in keys too high for the average singer.
  4. The congregation can’t hear people around them singing.
  5. We hae created worship services which are spectator events, building a performance environment.
  6. The congregation feels they are not expected to sing.
  7. We fail to have a common body of hymnody.
  8. Worship leaders ad lib too much.
  9. Worship leaders are not connecting with the congregation.


  • Check out a more up-to-date article that gives additional insights into why people are not singing in worship here.
  • An in-depth look into the problems and remedies of lack of engagement in congregational singing can be found in the book The Worship Ministry Guidebook.

Mark Clifton

Mark Clifton is the Executive Director of Replant & Rural Strategy at the North American Mission Board, author of Reclaiming Glory, Visiting Professor at MBTS and host of the Revitalize and Replant podcast