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Blog – Centered In Song

Blog – Centered In Song

A blog connecting you to deep conversations, valuable resources, and challenging ideas

Centered In Song is a blog that features a core team of writers who care deeply about the congregation’s voice and who seek to have deep and meaningful conversations. Our team of bloggers are always on the lookout for great events, fresh ideas, and artists who are passionate about congregational singing. Because the team is made up of folk from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, this blog offers a variety of viewpoints and opinions on congregational song, celebrating the diversity that the church’s song embodies each and every week.


Blog Team

21st of April 2021

10 things Worship Leaders need to STOP DOING right now

This list was originally posted by Nikki Lerner in the “Multicultural Worship Leaders Network” Facebook Group. To check out that group, go to: Multicultural Worship Leaders Network | Facebook   Nikki Lerner spent over 20 years leading and building a successful multicultural creative department of over 150 people in an organization of 4000+. She is […]

19th of April 2021

COVID-19 NFHS Study Update

As of today (April 19th, 2021), we have some important updates on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and congregational singing. Many of you will be aware that a large number of public education organizations have been sponsoring a scientific study out of the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Maryland. That […]

24th of March 2021

Why is Lament so Hard for Worship Leaders (and their Congregations)?

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.   Pandemic and Grief It goes without saying that the past year has had a lot to lament. The pandemic and personal grief attend to every congregation. Social isolation and financial burdens can be found near and far. And yet, Sunday […]

9th of March 2021

Evaluating Contemporary Worship Music: A System & A Call For Action

Blogger Brian Hehn is the Director of The Center for Congregational Song.   VARIETY OF SONG The United Methodist (UMC) organization “Discipleship Ministries” has just released a project that has been years in the making. As a denomination (like many mainline Protestant denominations in the U.S.), the variety of worship practices, music accompaniment styles, and […]

5th of March 2021

Pandemic Lesson from Hildegard

Guest Blogger Martha B. Alimi is a PhD candidate in theology at Boston University’s School of Theology, and the Music Director at Christ Episcopal Church in Middle Haddam, CT. She is currently writing a dissertation on Hildegard of Bingen’s theology and understanding of music, particularly as it appears in her treatise, Scivias.   New Job This […]

1st of March 2021

Vlog – Jesus On The Mainline

We’re glad to welcome Emorja Roberson to our blog team. Emorja is a pianist, conductor, workshop coordinator, composer, arranger and vocalist in world of classical and gospel. He is the first African-American student in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Notre Dame to study Choral Conducting with a focus in African-American […]

10th of February 2021

Lenten Buried Treasures

Blogger David Bjorlin is a worship pastor at Resurrection Covenant Church (Chicago), a lecturer in worship at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago), and a published hymnwriter.   If you’re a worship leader or planner, entering into a new season of the Church Year may find you feeling exhilaration and exhaustion. At least, I know that’s […]

18th of December 2020

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 from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is set to obtain a master’s degree in Church Music from Baylor University in December 2020.   Introduction Over the course of the semester, I have studied […]

3rd of December 2020

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 levels, but the often-dysfunctional tendencies of your congregation members are being highlighted in particularly poignant ways right now. It’s a “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” kind of year and you’re getting an […]

30th of November 2020

An Advent Hymn from another Time of Conflict

Guest blogger Paul Farseth is a St. Olaf graduate (1964), hymn writer, and member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada living in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.     “O Savior Tear the Sky Apart” by Friedrich Spee, 1623 (“O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf”) In Advent, the days beginning four Sundays before […]