Reason for choosing hymns: heard on the Internet, at a conference, or recommended by friends

Despite the controversy, few worship leaders refrain from choosing hymns from Bethel and Hillsong churches.

Despite the scandals and controversies surrounding Hillsong in Australia and Bethel Church in California, worship leaders still prefer to sing the songs of these two megachurches, Christian Megaportal inVictory reports, referring to

According to new research released this week, most clergy choose hymns from the repertoires of these two megachurches because they’ve heard them online, at conferences or recommended by friends. According to the majority, they don’t choose them just because those songs are at the top of the charts, according to Religion News Service.

“Peer reviews and personal experience are the most important factors when choosing a new hymn,” the study says. “In general, worship leaders trust their friends and church leaders to recommend songs to them.”

The data is based on a survey of more than 400 worship leaders in the United States and Canada. Worship leaders were asked how they feel about music production and how they choose new songs for worship.

Only 16% of worship leaders said they were less likely to choose a song associated with Hillsong, and 27% said they were less likely to choose a song associated with Bethel.

In contrast, 62% said they were most likely to choose Hillsong songs, while 48% said they were more likely to choose Bethel songs.

Recently, both megachurches have come under criticism and controversy.

The study revealed that these four megachurches release about 50 songs a year.

About 40% of those surveyed said there was too much new music and 4% said they were “completely overwhelmed” with new music from churches and artists. A quarter (27%) said they would like more music.

“We can’t say for sure why they need more songs, whether it’s because they’re looking for more diverse theological perspectives, styles or voices,” said Mark Jolicour, pastor of worship and creativity at Moncton Wesleyan Church in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Most worship leaders also indicated that they consider the songs to be either divinely inspired or something based on the author’s own life event.

“Our No. 1 priority was writing songs for the people in our church,” says former worship leader and songwriter Pastor Glenn Packiam, who led worship at New Life Church in Colorado Springs for many years. “We wanted to write songs that would help the church find a language to express our different experiences.”

Source: Причина оборудование песен поклонения: слишили в Интернете, на конференции или по рекондименти друзей | News in Victory

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