Divine symphony: Importance of a church choir

(Reuters/George Frey)Director Mack Wilburg directs the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during the fourth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah on Oct. 2, 2011. 

Almost all denominations of churches around the world utilize church choirs for praise and worship, although there might be a few churches that do not have a chorus group. Does a church really need it?

Some people call it a "singing congregation," simply because it is a group of people serving the Lord through songs of praise and worship. But what is the importance of a church choir?

The church choir is important not only because it sings worship songs; it also has several functions:

1. Leads the congregation to sing worship songs

This is the most important function of the church choir. It is because it invites other church members into singing praise and worship songs. It enlivens the mood of the congregation. Through singing songs, church members could better understand and express God's love and message.

2. Sings the songs that other church members are not able to learn

There are some songs that the congregation does not have the time to learn and memorize. The choir designates a schedule of rehearsal for a set of songs needed to be sang at a particular event.

3. Forms a small music ministry

The church choir can form a small ministry between its members. The members can eventually form a bond and help each other in times of need. Aside from learning the lyric and melody of songs, the members are also learning how to love and care for each other as neighbors.

4. Worships God through beautifully-performed music

It is the duty of a church choir to rehearse so that they can deliver beautiful music. If a worship song was sung very well, it can inspire listeners and touch their hearts through the music and lyrics.

5. Gives opportunity to other members to serve

The church only needs a few people to lead their own ministries. Some ministries only need a few people as members, but the church choir allows more people to serve God through music.

6. Highlights diversity in the church

The church choir usually accepts anyone who is willing to join. It emphasizes the differences in age, gender and ethnicity. It gives the diversity of church members a common ground, which is music and singing.

7. Removes the "single-star" leadership

When a church choir leads the congregation, there is no one who stands out as the superstar. Every choir member is on the same level. The congregation can focus more on the worship than on the performer.

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