How the Choir Can Be an Outreach Tool

We all love singing in the choir. For many of us, that is our primary ministry in the church. We gather together on Sunday morning and in rehearsals to sing and worship the Lord with all our hearts. But why are the beautiful sounds the choir makes reserved for your own congregation? We should use the choir as an outreach and offer it up for people who don’t have the luxury of hearing it every week.

More Than Sunday Mornings

Getting outside the walls of the church can sometimes be difficult, but community outreach is something that can grow your choir musically and spiritually. You also have a chance to try out music that could challenge the choir. For example, my choir has done outreach events at Japanese festivals, Jewish Synagogues, and Norwegian concerts.

Get the Wheels Turning

A good outreach idea for your choir is to plan a trip. Not only will it give the choir something to 
be excited about, but you may even pick up more members who want to come on the trip. It can be one concert or a whole choir tour. You’d be amazed at how many churches, nursing homes, community centers, or even detention centers would love for your choir to come and share some music.

Keeping It Local

Obviously you don’t have to travel all across the country for outreach. Most of the time, you can find places to sing no more than four or five miles from your church. My church sings at a nursing home right down the street once every month. All we do is take some hymnals down there and spend time singing with the residents.

The Reason We Sing

Outreach is a simple concept that many of us overlook. We get so comfortable in our choir loft that we forget about those who aren’t there on Sunday mornings. The Bible says, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” So get out there and let everyone see and hear the gift that God has given you!

 

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  1. I would just like to know of any churches in the Nashville area that even have choirs anymore. We have visited many churches over the last few years and all we’ve heard are bands and praise teams-sometimes just bands. I get SO thirsty for choir music with real meat to the words that speaks to my heart. I get so tired of singing the same words over and over and over and walking out the door feeling empty. When I pull up choir music on Pandora it’s like my heart is full of praise to my Father. Or like the other night when flipping channels and happened upon a Gaither show and Larnelle Harris singing “I walked today where Jesus walked”. I had goose bumps for the first time in a very long time. It’s been so discouraging my husband and I have pretty much giving up on finding a new church home. So if you know of any choirs left in Nashville, I’d love to know about them. Thanks

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