We already agree that we need to teach the songs and that we need to know our churches. There is one last piece to this puzzle that helps us to pull everything together and thrive in introducing songs to our congregations.
Have a Plan/Schedule
It seems obvious, but one of the most important things we can do is have a plan for introducing songs. How frequently do we want to pull new songs in? How many songs in a month should we introduce? In a quarter? In a year? When and how do we evaluate the effectiveness of a song?
I’ve found it really helpful to have a regimented schedule for every new song that is introduced. For instance, lets say that we have a 4-week month and we’re planning to introduce a new song. Since we picked this song, we’re assuming it will work well for our church.
We will introduce the song Week 1 by teaching the Chorus before we start the song. We’ll probably place this song somewhere in the middle of the service, so most people will be at their seats and not just walking in. We’ll also sandwich the song (before and after) with songs that the congregation engages well with.
We’ll play the song again Week 2, take a break from it Week 3, and then play it again Week 4, maybe including another teaching facet with it. After Week 4, we’ll talk about the song as a team, giving our input an opinions of whether we think the song is working well for our church. Coming into this conversation, we will have all casually talked to people in the congregation about what they think about the song and how they engage with it.
This may seem like a lot just to introduce a song, but I’ve found this process to be invaluable if you want the songs you introduce to stick and be the best for your church. This isn’t the only process that works, but I’d encourage you to find a plan that best suits your team. I’ve heard many a wise man say, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This is true, even when introducing songs in church.