How to Write a Worship Song (in 5 Minutes or Less)

How are y’all doing this morning? Are we ready to worship the Lord in music today? Can I hear an “Amen”? God is Good? All the Time!

Let’s lift our voices in praise to God, and put our hands together for Eric Carpenter at Pilgrim’s Progress who posted this hilarious video on his blog:

This guy is right on! Though I noticed in this sample song at the end there that he forgot to sing about fire…

Christian Music SongI have complained about Christian music before, but one thing I have noticed in recent years is what this guy points out — Christian contemporary music all sounds so similar! 

One little game my wife and I occasionally play in the car as we drive around is “Pick out the Christian Music Station.” We repeatedly hit the “seek” button on the radio in the car, and every time it lands on a station, we see which one of us can most quickly determine whether a station is “Christian” or “secular.” We can usually nail the “Christian” station within less than one second of music. It all has the same tempo, the same chords, the same rhythm, the same vocals, the same everything.

Whatever happened to creativity?!

Anyway, I am not trying to bash Christian music. It helps a lot of people prepare their hearts and minds for prayer and Bible Study. In some ways, Christian music is a form of prayer, I suppose. For me, however, I have been finding more truth, reality, and significance in secular music.

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  1. says

    I think it the past few years there has been more creativity and changes – I think of Dara Maclean, Brandon Heath and a few others… I also agree there are some great secular songs and some which cross the lines. I make up my own playlists for diversity :)

    And I don’t agree with Prinzhal that many of the writers are just out to make music. I believe many are genuine and that often the music hits the heart mark. Also, many times on the LP’s I find songs that touch me that don’t make the mainstream radio.

  2. Chris Chapman says

    That was fab and so right on!! Sadly though unless you produce or use this sort of shallow stuff, people don’t consider you spiritual or your church really ‘moving’. I know this because the Rock of York has been challenging this worship philosophy for at least 15 years and sometimes the response we get is sad. We use material from anywhere and all styles that says what we want to say, lyrics that can be connected with by real people describing many different experiences in life and where God is in it all.
    In all honesty, I have searched for good Christian music or what is the latest popular song.. And I’m bored! Both with the lyrics and the tunes. I also think God is too and under his breath he’s saying, O Boy can’t we have some variety! How about some heavy metal!!

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