3 Worship Songwriting Tips

Does your local church write worship songs that reflect your unique journey as you retell the story of God? If you have tried and got discouraged or you would like to start here are a few quick ideas to get you thinking boldly about local songs:

1. Co-write. 

Churches are full of “Christian Artists” using the church stage as a platform for their next career move. When you co-write worship songs from scratch using the people in your church, it will turn that idea on it’s head. It’s now more about edifying the church than just one person’s dream.

2. Say What the Pastor Says (in a song) 

As songwriters, we should always be listening for ideas for songs. One of the best place for you (and your team) to do this is during the sermon. Listen and take notes. Preachers get fired up and often say incredible truths in creative ways that usually don’t come out in day to day conversation. Listen for little phrases that stick out and sound like song ideas. Along with scripture take these phrases and make some new songs. Share those songs with the Pastor and encourage one another in the journey. Write. Re-write. Tweak. Remember that it’s the song that will remain, not so much the sermon, in people’s hearts and minds.

3. Try A Simple Scripture Song 

Instead of always carrying the burden to craft doctrinal and theological masterpieces, try taking a simple Biblical phrase and building a melody around it with a few chords. Here are the words to what is probably the most sung worship song in the world  taken from Psalm 188:24:

This is the day
This is the day
That the Lord has made
That the Lord has made
I will rejoice
I will rejoice
And be glad in it
And be glad in it

For 17 years, writing worship songs for our local church has been a joy and pleasure. Our pastor and people have always championed new songs. We see them as monuments in our journey as the gathered family of God. Check out a bit of our story HERE 

 

 

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