Al Metcalfe has got my back! Just a few short hours ago he jumped into the ring and started wafting a virtual towel in my face called 'Most worship teams are cover bands'.
The post is a clarion call for all Newfrontiers worship leaders great and small to get off their big holy bahookies and throw some songs up on the internet. He even promised to get some of his own song out there. That's right Manchester you heard it here second!
It must be true - I read it on the internet.
He says -
Nationally as a movement, Newfrontiers has a surprisingly low number of worship song writers contributing to conferences and albums. Thankfully those that we have are very good – and some are truly world class.
But the idea that the God who loves to hear new songs has invested that job in a half-dozen people’s hands… well that’s daft.
I have a sneaking suspicion that right now within Newfrontiers there are dozens of great worship song writers sitting on the germs of hundreds of great songs that would speak to hearts, unlock fresh worship, empower people’s lives and transform our churches.
I ask worship leaders all the time if they have written any songs. Here’s what’s funny: most say they have. The reasons they don’t end up singing them? Never been encouraged to. Lack of camaraderie and support from other leaders. Fear that they’re not very good. Lack of courage to ask for feedback.
I don’t think it’s too strong to say that we need a revolution in our thinking if we’re going to fulfil the command to ‘sing a new song’. Somehow we’ve got to get a lot less locked up. We need to make the choice to confront our resistance and the anxiety associated with creating. And we need to help each other with safe places to create and to road-test.
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And hold the phone - we have our first underground worship warrior! Andy Biggs from Emmanuel Church, Durham. Who's next?
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Here's lots of free songs by me - surely you can do better than this!