Are Church Choirs still “relevant” to today’s worship experience?

In a conversation I had recently with some people, the question came up, “How many churches in the East Valley have a choir ministry?” In our Valley Rim Association it is not common to find a church with a vibrant choral ministry. Why is that? Is there really a place for Choirs in today’s worship experience? Another friend sent me an article that made me think and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

In thinking about this, there may be many reasons a church does not have a choir, but I wanted to express some reasons why we do have a choir here at FBC.

1. Choirs support good congregational singing.  A choir demonstrates that the voice of the congregation is primary, not secondary. It encourages them to join in by lifting their voices.

2. Their visual presence is an encouragement to the congregation. When we look up and see a mini-congregation of faces looking back at us, we’re reminded that we’re not alone, that we’re there to be part of a very special communion. And, of course, it’s all in practice for when we join that great heavenly chorus around the very throne of our Creator/Redeemer God, the Object of our worship.

3. Choirs help singers develop and improve their musical gifts.  Christians are a singing people. This is not only biblical, but is a tradition as old as the faith itself. Church choirs provide a free musical education, and help to refine the abilities of amateur musicians who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Much of the general population has had experience singing in choir at some point in their formal education, while many others have had other exposure to applied musical arts through band or orchestra. This is a huge population that is ready to either sing in a choir, or to appreciate and be encouraged by well-crafted and executed choral music. Providing Children’s Choirs gives children opportunities for choral education in the local church setting they otherwise might not ever receive.

4. Participation in choir ministry can be an avenue for introducing outsiders to the church and the Christian faith. I’ve known many people who have come into a church by way of a choral ensemble, have heard the gospel, and have responded with committing their life to Christ.

5. The choral process reflects the mission of the universal church. Participating in a church choir teaches Christians how to work together sacrificially for the common good of the group, just as the church is to follow the model of our Servant-Savior and give sacrificially for the good of Christ’s kingdom.

6. A church choir is an open, welcoming, and diverse group. 

7. They add creative artistry and beauty to a worship service. 

I want us to remember that “Music” is not “the ministry”, but rather the “tool” to accomplish the ministry. I have always said, “The question is not, do you have a voice, but rather do you have a song?” May First Baptist Chandler always be a “singing” church because it has a song.

Praising Him!
Bro. Kevin