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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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

Writing the Church’s Song – Hymn Writing Retreat

April 25, 2019 4316 Abrams Rd.
Dallas,TX75214United States

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED Invitation After the busy season of Lent and all the blessings and hard work that Holy Week brings with it, time away to rest, reflect, and re-inspire is important. Writing the Church’s Song is a 3-day writing retreat for beginner and intermediate hymn writers. Three top-class clinicians will be provided, two focusing

Hymn Society Annual Conference

July 14, 2019 800 W Campbell Rd
Richardson,TX75080United States

The Hymn Society Annual Conference 2019 This year’s Annual Conference theme is “Each Breath Is Borrowed Air.” Join over 300 of the nation’s top hymn scholars, teachers, and practitioners to learn and sing together. Dallas, TX July 14-18, 2019   For more information about this amazing event, click here.    

A Cappella Sunday 2020

March 01, 2020

A Cappella Sunday Hymn Suggestions YEAR A 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

Our Recent News

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Holy Week Stress

          Many of you may feel like this lady. Stressed…worried…nervous…tired. This is just a reminder...

April 15, 2019
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Why Is There A Band In The Sanctuary?

Guest Blogger Zach Light-Wells in an Associate Director of Music at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, and is...

April 01, 2019
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Album Review – Pat Barrett, “Pat Barrett”

The Context You have probably heard Pat Barrett’s songs, if you have any exposure to Christian radio. This self-titled...

March 27, 2019
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Questions for the Director – Education for Budding Music Ministers

Blogger Brian Hehn is the director of The Center for Congregational Song.       QUESTION For someone graduating...

March 25, 2019