i am chris brown…for now

Write What You Know

It’s a big passion of ours at Elevation to write songs that are specific for this city, for this church. We feel like there’s so much power in writing about what God’s up to in our local community. There’s a unique connection that people have to the words when they know that the song was birthed out of a milestone time in the church’s life. Or sometimes it may be simply a series that we’re going through where we’re communicating an aspect of God’s character and want to give the people a voice for it…a way to express what they’re learning through song.

A few summers ago, I was serving in New Orleans, and one of the leaders who was there had been a missionary in Africa for 10 years.  She shared this with me…

For 10 years, no matter where we traveled in Africa to visit different churches, there was always one unique element that gave each church it’s own vibe, one defining characteristic that was different than any of the other churches.  The same Gospel, of course, was being preached everywhere.  But the music was always different every church we’d go to.  They didn’t have the means of hearing other songs that were being sung from different regions, so they had no other choice but to write their own worship songs – to put to music and lyrics all the works they were seeing God do in their local villages.

What a picture.  The praises of God being sung in different languages and dialects all to a different tune and rhythm, all being birthed out of different communities and from different hearts.

God’s never going to run out of melodies to give his children.  So let’s keep tapping his heart to hear what he’s got for us.  Worship leaders – especially those who are serving in a local church – don’t be afraid to write specifically for your city.  Don’t worry about whether or not it’ll be the next Tomlin or United hit.  Live and love in your community, and ask God what songs he wants his people singing there.  And then bring those songs to life.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Elevation, Music | 1 Comment