Top Ten Ways to NOT Write a Worship Song

Bob Kauflin gives his list (as summarized on Between Two Worlds).

1. Aim to write the next worldwide worship hit.
2. Spend all your time working on the music, not the words.
3. Spend all your time working on the words, not the music.
4. Don’t consider the range and capabilities of the average human voice.
5. Never let anyone alter the way God originally gave your song to you.
6. Make sure the majority of your songs talk about what we do and feel rather than who God is and what he’s done.
7. Try to use as many Scriptural phrases as you can, and don’t worry about how they fit together.
8. Cover as many themes as possible.
9. Use phrases and words that are included in 95% of all worship songs.
10. Forget about Jesus and what he accomplished at the cross.

3 replies
  1. paul
    paul says:

    Michael,

    our church is hosting a one day FREE financial seminar for pastors on Dec. 6th.

    I’d love to send you some info and an invitation. Can you send me an e-mail with a mailing address where I can send this packet?

    Gracias!

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  2. Michael Foster
    Michael Foster says:

    #9 is why I rarely listen to “worship music.” They all sound the same lyrically. And it would be one thing if they did the opposite #6 but, no, not only are they the same lyrics slightly shifted around but the same crappy un-Biblical lyrics slightly shifted around. Deliver us from evil…

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  3. Michael Clary
    Michael Clary says:

    Michael

    I feel your presence in this place
    Come and fill us in this space
    Surround us with your love and grace
    Touch us with your warm embrace

    I wrote that in about 30 seconds. Call Chris Tomlin, we have the next worldwide worship hit.

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