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6th of January 2020

Why Sing in Worship?

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.   In this blog post, I want to offer some simplified responses to the question, “Why do Christians sing in worship?” My response is not simply my own, but a compilation and summary of a wide variety of church music and […]


18th of December 2019

The Church Is Dying – And I’m Not Bothered

The Church Is Dying This morning I read yet another headline from a denominational news source to the effect of “9 things the church must change immediately so it doesn’t die.” The article was filled with claims of the church’s decline and our impending doom unless, of course, we made the urgent changes the author […]


3rd of December 2019

Questions for the Director – CCLI or Onelicense?

Here’s the next question that I sometimes get from you church musicians and pastors out there. This one is about copyright. I’m sure many of you will relate to the question posed.       The Question Dear Brian, I am looking for an answer to why I might need both a CCLI license and […]


19th of November 2019

2020 Writing/Composing Retreat Grant

Grant Description Amount: Up to $1000 For composers and writers who are in the midst of their career, it is often hard to find time to write. With busy schedules, it’s even harder to find time and space for writing with collaboration partners. Each year, The Center for Congregational Song is now offering a grant […]


18th of November 2019

Ten Artists Kanye Obviously Doesn’t Know About

We weren’t going to post anything about Kanye West and his new album. Frankly, he gets enough press already and most of his music isn’t designed nor does it lend itself well to be considered “congregational.” But the latest news of him claiming to be the “greatest artist God has ever created” does open up […]


4th of November 2019

An Interview with George Shorney

Many times the people who are most passionate about a topic and those who do so much to empower and enable good and important work are never given the spotlight. In some ways, that is the case with the late George Shorney. A long-time member of The Hymn Society and long-time chairman of Hope Publishing […]


31st of October 2019

Podcast Season 3 Now Available

The third season of our podcast, Voices United: A Congregational Song Podcast, is now available. Hosted by Ben Brody, this season’s episodes come from interviews while at the Annual Conferences of both The Hymn Society in the US and Canada and The Hymn Society in Great Britain and Ireland.   Episode 1 – Dr. Mary […]


21st of October 2019

5 Simple Answers

Blogger Brian Hehn is the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, adjunct professor of worship at Wingate University, and Director of Music at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD.     Common Quotes “We should sing songs & hymns with good theology” “5 ways to get your congregation singing” “This song has good theology” “This […]


15th of October 2019

Recharge Your Light

Felicia Patton is a lifelong Chicago native and worship leader at Urban Village Church. Felicia received an undergraduate degree from North Park University followed by two graduate degrees from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.       Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. (Isaiah 2:5, NIV)   How do we tell the story How […]


30th of September 2019

How to Use a Hymnal

Blogger Brian Hehn is the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, adjunct professor of worship at Wingate University, and Director of Music at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD.     This kind of information may be old news to some of our readers, but there are those of you who may not […]