Help! I’ve never directed a choir before

~by Kevin Bengtson.

What happens when your Music Minister or Choir Director has resigned, and you aren’t able to find someone to come in to lead your choir. You may love the choir, and there are about 15-20 people that love to sing in the choir. Your pastor and congregation may enjoy the choir and are supportive of it, so what are you to do?

This isn’t something unusual anymore in many churches. It can be hard to find someone to come in and lead your choir, paid or volunteer. While some choirs don’t have anyone step up to help out and may eventually disappear, perhaps you’ve decided to be the one to keep your choir going. That’s great! I want to encourage you in it.

You don’t have to have a music degree or even be able to read music to lead a choir. It helps if you can read music, but all you really need is a love for God. Along with that you will need to organize a rehearsal, pick out music that enhances your worship, and help your choir go over and over and over each song until you can sing it the best you can!

You aren’t working with professionals, but you are working with people that love to sing and love the Lord. That’s really all it takes to be successful. Familiarize yourself with the music before rehearsals and even stand to direct the songs along with the CD. These things will help you feel more secure in front of the choir. I don’t lead a choir now, but when I did, I would practice directing along with the music before choir practice regularly.

These practical preparations are important, but if you believe God wants you to do it, then He will be your greatest help. God will give each of you the power and ability to do something, no matter what your training might be when He has chosen you to do it.

Another resource for you is our Sales Representatives at Brentwood Benson. We speak with directors every day and some of us have led choirs as well. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, not just about choral music, but anything else to do with your music ministry.

I’ll end with a verse to give you encouragement. It’s found in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

Happy Directing!

About the Author: Kevin Bengtson has worked with Brentwood Benson as a Sales Representative for ten years. He currently serves as Pastor at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church in Nashville and resides with his wife, Gloria, in Old Hickory, TN.

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