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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

30th of April 2019

Common Hymnal

David Calvert is the Creative Arts Director for Grace Community Church in rural North Carolina and a PhD graduate in Theology and Worship from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He writes the album reviews for The Center for Congregational Song.       Authentic Community One of the deep longings of the human heart is for […]

25th of April 2019

May and Mary

Guest Blogger Stephanie A. Budwey is the Luce Dean’s Faculty Fellow Assistant Professor of the History and Practice of Christian Worship and the Arts and Director of the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture Program at Vanderbilt Divinity School.         As we approach the month of May, for many of us […]

15th of April 2019

Holy Week Stress

          Many of you may feel like this lady. Stressed…worried…nervous…tired. This is just a reminder that…                       But seriously, folks. Strive for excellence. Make sure you’re prepared and have worked to do your best. But if someone misses a note, starts […]

1st of April 2019

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 earning a Master of Sacred Music in Choral Conducting from Perkins School of Theology and Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.     So, why is there a band in the sanctuary? For […]

25th of March 2019

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 high school who wants to serve as a music minister or worship leader, what would you recommend that they do for their education?   ANSWER Let me first say that I don’t think there’s a single […]

20th of March 2019

Words, Music, and Surprises in Lent

Blogger Ginny Chilton Maxwell is Music Minister at Church of the Ascension in Norfolk, Virginia, where she serves as organist, choirmaster, and elementary music teacher.   Right now we are in the middle of Lent, the season when we take a closer look at our hearts and ask what we need to change to be […]

11th of March 2019

Calvin Symposium on Worship Round-Up

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.   Worship Across the Spectrum There are few places where the who’s who of worship across the spectrum get together in public. For the last while, the Calvin Symposium on Worship has been that place. While other worship and music conferences […]

5th of March 2019

To the Minister of Music: Leading Out Of a Hurt Place

Min. Rylan Harris is Minister of Worship & Arts at Ray of Hope Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia while he pursues a Master of Religious Leadership with a concentration in Music and Worship at Candler School of Theology. He is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia and remains active with the Hampton Ministers Conference each […]

25th of February 2019

QUESTIONS FOR THE DIRECTOR: 25 Women Song-Writers You Should Know

Blogger Brian Hehn is the director of The Center for Congregational Song.   Lots of Questions As the director of The Center for Congregational Song, I’m often asked questions for which I don’t know the answer. There’s usually one of two reasons for me not knowing the answer. First, I’m only one person with limited […]

19th of February 2019

A Song of Renewal for the Lenten Season

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.       “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 Chorus: Give me a clean […]