about the center
for congregational song

The Center for Congregational Song is the resource and outreach arm of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing. We are ecumenical, which means we work with folk from a variety of traditions and denominations to build deep and meaningful conversation, create useful resources, and help practitioners, poets, and composers build their skills.

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Introduction Video

Hear from our director and some of our early supporters on what makes The Center for Congregational Song so special.

Connecting you to resources, creating meaningful conversation,

and supporting hymn/song-writers.

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Our upcoming events

Register Now!   WEBINAR INFO Join CCS Ambassador Joslyn Henderson on a presentation three of the most influential black musicians in the history of American hymnody. Biographical information as well as examples of their influence and current repertoire will be covered. Date: Monday, January 25th, 2021 Time: 3PM Eastern (60 to 90 minutes) Location: Zoom

A Cappella Sunday 2021

February 21, 2021

A Cappella Sunday Hymn Suggestions YEAR B What: A Cappella Sunday is when worshiping communities from across the world commit to singing a cappella in their Sunday morning worship service. For communities where this is a new concept, it could just be one hymn, but for communities that are more comfortable singing unaccompanied, they are

Register Now!   WEBINAR INFO Join CCS Ambassador TWes Moore for a presentation on the importance of researching the history and context of the songs your congregation sings. How do you do that research? How and why do you share information about a song’s context with the congregation? Date: Monday, February 22nd, 2021 Time: 3PM

Register Now!   WEBINAR INFO Join CCS Ambassador Joshua Zentner-Barrett for a presentation on the songs that make us as leaders uncomfortable. How does leading in ways that bring us out of our own comfort zones improve our own musicianship and the congregation’s discipleship? How do we overcome the discomfort and dig into new ways

Our Recent News

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Accompaniment Tracks for Lent 2021

Introduction We know that planning worship during the global pandemic has not been easy. With all of the added...

January 22, 2021
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USCCB Committee On Doctrine Publishes Hymnology Document

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine recently wrote and distributed a document to their bishops,...

December 27, 2020

Our Blog

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Global Gospel: Gospel Music For Dealing With Hardship – Part I

Guest Blogger Austin-Sinclair Harris is a graduate student from Houston, TX. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance...

December 18, 2020
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An Open Letter to Pastors During the 2020 Pandemic

Dear pastors, I get it. The stress of 2020 is not only weighing on you from the normal personal...

December 03, 2020