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A Case For Solos?

I remember when we killed “special music” at my old church. I would strive to create an atmosphere that fostered worship and participation, leading into the time that our pastor would bring the word. But first, we’d stop to have someone do a song that more often than not completely derailed the service. We had people doing bluegrass tunes, patriotic numbers, and all sorts of performance pieces. The pastor and I agreed that it was time to pull the plug.

Note: I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with bluegrass, patriotism, or performance. They just don’t belong in a worship service.

What all that in mind, I read this piece by Clint Archer on solo in church with great interest:

I enjoy being challenged to think through why we do what we do in the church worship service. Recently I was asked why our band sometimes plays a brief interlude between songs during which the congregation is silent.

To take it further: isn’t the role of the band to facilitate the whole congregation’s singing? If so, then surely it is never appropriate for a singer to perform a solo, or a musician to play an instrumental piece with no lyrics. And if the band’s role is more pliable than simply providing the tune to which we all sing along, exactly how much leeway is permitted? Why is a vocal or violin solo allowed, but not a ballet dance or a juggling act?

Clint lists three options your church has when it comes what’s allowed in the worship service. Check out the whole thing here. Really interesting post.

How do you handle solos in your worship services?

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