Choral Song Selection: 3 Questions to Ask

Presentation is 90% of any battle you will face. In other words, when you present your idea, concept, or product in clear, concise and clarifying manner, your likelihood of achieving a better result will take place. We must realize and understand we are in a battle every day: A spiritual and a natural battle, with the spiritual effecting the natural. Ephesians, chapter 6 verse 12 puts it like this:

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Church and ministry choirs, each and every time they sing are engaging in spiritual warfare!! Each and every time!! This includes choir rehearsals, recording sessions, Sunday morning services (In some cases multiple times on a Sunday), and any midweek services. When King Jehoshaphat consulted with the people in 2 Chronicles chapter 20 before going into battle to ambush the children of Ammon, Moab and mount Seir, he appointed singers unto the Lord and the singers went out BEFORE the army:

“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever.”-2 Chronicles 20:21

We, who are musicians and singers in any church or ministry choir must realize we are in a battle!! When in the battle, if you do have the appropriate tools, or in our case, the appropriate songs to engage in battle each and every time we sing, we are not adequately preparing the hearts of those who come through our doors to not only hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, but receive the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the ultimate catalyst for change and transformation in the lives of mankind. A critical part of the tools in our tool case is our song selection. Choral song selection is critical in our presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Below, I’ve provided 3 questions to ask, as it relates in the selection of songs we render unto the Lord.

1. Do the songs we sing point back to the message, mandate and mission of Jesus Christ?

Each and every song we are singing must show the love of Jesus Christ. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. It is through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ that we are regenerated and commissioned to be the salt and light our world desperately needs. We, as choirs and musicians help to point others to Christ. Our songs must demonstrate the message, mandate and mission of Jesus Christ!

2. Can our musical staffs properly execute the songs we are selecting?

Music, if not played correctly or skillfully can hinder and take away from the gospel message of Jesus Christ. If a particular song is not played correctly, or poorly executed from the musical end of things, this many times makes the Pastor, or the one delivering the sermon work twice as hard. We who serve in choirs in our churches and ministries must realize and understand that we are to make the job easier for those who are preaching and sharing the sermon on Sunday morning, or whatever service we are in. I said all of that to say this: If our musicians at our churches or ministries can only skillfully play at a “Level 5,” we cannot teach and present songs which are at a “Level 10.” We must know the musical capacity of our musicians at our churches or ministries. This is a critical question to ask before selecting the songs we want to present.

3. Do our songs represent the demographic makeup of our respective church or ministry?

Familiarity breeds confidence!! If those in our congregations are not familiar, nor can’t relate to the style of songs we are singing at our churches and ministries, this can hinder our presentations every time we sing. We as music ministers have to know the demographic make up of our congregations. For example, a song by Tye Tribbett may not be relate and be appropriate to a congregation whose average age is 70 years old. Likewise, a song by Shirley Caesar may not be relate to a congregation whose average age is 25. However, if you have many generations in your congregations (as many of our congregations have) it would be wise to have a variety of songs to sing which point back to the message and mandate, mission of Christ and that our musical staffs can properly execute from the traditional all the way to the contemporary. In any case, when making choral selections, we must make sure the songs we sing reflect the makeup of our congregations.

The songs we select and sing are important to our overall presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Keep these 3 questions in mind when selecting choral songs for your church and ministry…..and remember, we are in a battle!!

 

Cavell Samuels is a man of integrity, honesty and hard work, who has the passion and desire to see things
done in the spirit of excellence, and a defender of absolute truth. Reared in Racine, Wisconsin. Cavell Samuels grew up in a household parented by Freddie and Mary Samuels. During his formative years, Cavell was raised in the Greater Mount Eagle Baptist Church in Racine, Wisconsin. As a result of this upbringing in the church, a lifelong seed of service in the House of the Lord was planted inside of Cavell.

In October of 2006, Cavell united with the Greater Grace Temple Church Of God In Christ, under the leadership of current Pastor, Elder Jettie Lee Cornett. In the year of 2008, Cavell was ordained a Deacon under the leadership Elder Jettie Lee Cornett and currently serves as such. While serving as a Deacon, Cavell currently serves or has assisted and served the church in a number of capacities, including service in the church music department as a drummer.

In 2015, Cavell and his wife, Shiraune founded Kingdom First Consulting, business whose aim and goal is to help churches and ministries build “King-Sized Skills” for “King-Sized Visions” in an administrative capacity for churches and ministries. In 2016, Cavell published a book entitled, “Tiny Thoughtful Tidbits: Small Sayings that Shape” which is a book of informational and inspirational quotes.

Personally, Cavell is married to Shiraune Adora Samuels, and is a proud father of six old
daughter Kerrington Isabella Samuels. Cavell’s main desire is that the will of the Lord be done in all areas of
his life, and in the lives of others, according to St. Matthew chapter six, verse ten: “Thy kingdom come. Thy
will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

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