Friday, June 2, 2017

When a Worship Leader is a Control Freak


I have a confession. I'm a freak. I'm a control freak. My nature is to grab the reins if I don't feel things are going in the right direction. Some would appreciate that and recognize me as a strong leader. I do believe this controlling nature has served me and others well at times. I also know that being a control freak has hurt my leadership, especially when I fail to empower other leaders around me.

As worship leaders, we can sometimes be control freaks. This is ironic because we like to have freedom to lead. We generally don't like the pastor to put shackles on us and squelch our creativity.

So, what are the things worship leaders try to control?

  • MUSICAL CULTURE - Worship leaders come in all ages. Young and old, we all have different tastes in music. Some worship leaders love modern worship songs and some are biased to older hymns. If you're a child of the 80's, you probably look for songs that feature Van Halen-like guitar solos. If you're like me and love the 90's, you may be a sucker for those sweet Coldplay-like ballads. The current culture of churches is seeing and hearing a lot electronic music with the help of loops and click tracks. Whatever era you're from, there's a certain direction you lean musically. The control freak will tend to stay within his or her own circle of taste, even though it might be not be the consensus of the rest of the worship team or church. That results in your own musical taste becoming the church's musical culture, by default.
  • ARTISTIC CREATIVITY - This is a very broad topic. There are so many ways in which we can enhance our worship services with artistic creativity. There's old practices filled with stained glass, candles and a quiet simplicity. There's modern arts, including video, lighting and, yes, even smoke and mirrors. Every church has a different feel and flavor of sanctuaries and set designs. Most churches put that responsibility on the worship leader. One's personal taste in how things look, sound and feel can definitely be revealed in the context of our weekly gatherings. The control freak will often believe that their own personal taste in artistic creativity is in agreement with the collective mass, thus it's warranted.
  • SPIRITUAL CLIMATE - A controlling worship leader is actually a very spiritual label. He or she believes that the works of God are somewhat dependent on the quality and performance of the weekly worship set. This kind of outlook is often revealed in frustrated worship leaders who are discouraged after a worship set because of the lack of "spirituality" in the congregation. We see worship leaders trying to control the spiritual climate by publicly praying harder, playing harder and singing longer. A worship leader who attempts to control the spiritual climate of a church puts in a lot of effort, hard work and even passion.
I truly believe that the mission to control these elements is futile and frustrating. I say that because I am guilty. I've attempted to control these elements at various times in my ministry. Being a control freak has left me with regrets more than victories. 

I have also seen how it can hurt my church. When I control the musical culture, I deprive my church of songs that they may connect with on a deep level. Why? Just because I don't personally like certain styles and songs? If that sounds selfish, it's because it is. When I exclude artistic creativity to my approval, I greatly limit our church to sights, sounds and smells that appeal to me. This stunts my church's growth and impact in the area of creative arts. When I reduce the spiritual climate of a room to my perception, I run the risk of discipling my people incorrectly and discouraging my own spirit. No matter how much someone is experiencing the truth and presence of God in a service, I only acknowledge that based on what I am seeing and hearing. That's a very flawed spiritual thermometer and it can hurt the spiritual temperature more than help it.


So, how does a worship leader become less of a control freak?

  • BE OPEN - Everyone from your pastor, your worship team members and even your congregation has ideas. Whether are not they share those ideas can be greatly determined by your approachability and openness. Leaders who always ultimately land on their own ideas, end up strangling creativity instead of giving it life. The more you listen and implement the ideas of others, the more input and contribution you will receive from some very creative people in your church. Being approachable doesn't mean you are obligated to every suggestion. It means that you are open and listening. If someone has an inspired, innovative thought, that's when you'll be thankful that you are not closed off to those ideas.
  • GIVE UP CONTROL - The most fulfilling aspect of leadership is empowering another leader. When you are given a leadership role, you've been given some element of control. You can either keep that control or you can give it up. That's a lot of power and a lot of responsibility. Giving up control as a worship leader means bringing other staff or worship team members into the decision making process. It will impact song selection, set designs and all other creative results that help your church engage in worship. The ultimate cure for greed is giving. Control freaks require the same prescription. Give it up!
  • RECOGNIZE TRUE CONTROL - I honestly think that control freaks make God laugh more than anything. If you have control issues, then you probably have faith issues. When I live in the delusion that worship rises and falls on the back of my leadership, I am setting myself up for constant disappointment. I am also failing to recognize that God is truly in control. The irony of a worship leader who is a control freak is staggering, especially when you are asking people to sing about a God who is in "control." When you recognize the One who is eternally on the throne (Psalm 103:19), you will more easily give up your own control.
A freak is someone who lives in an extreme state. A control freak holds on to decision making with a extreme grip. A worship leader who is a control freak is an extreme oxymoron. Control is a pride issue. Pride tells us that everything good depends on us. 

Don't believe that lie.

Believe in the One who is truly in control and lead your people to worship Him alone.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Album Review - Here I Am Send Me


When I think of Darlene Zschech, I think of the word, legacy. With one song, she along with Hillsong Church inspired the whole world to start taking musical worship more of a focus in our church services. I'll never forget the first time I heard the song "Shout to the Lord." Fast-forward a few years and I found myself as a worship leader in a local church, gleaning wisdom from her book Extravagant Worship. As a worship leader, I've always been inspired by Darlene and her faithfulness to leading the local church to worship the Lord. One highlight for me happened in 2015. I was at a worship conference and got the opportunity to have some one on one time and conversation with her backstage. She was humble and generous to talk to me. 

Needless to say, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to review her new release called Here I Am Send Me. This is a live album recorded at her church, Hope Unlimited in Australia. For me, the album is a progression and a journey. It began with a call to worship our great God with songs called "You are Great" and "You Will Be Praised" and culminates with the title track and a final commissioning-like song called "Go." The standouts for me were "You Will Be Praised", " Kingdom Come" and "Here I Am Send Me." The album is vintage Darlene and provides the pure praise focus of the original Shout to the Lord album. If you love Darlene, you'll love her most recent gift to the Church.




Thank you Darlene and Integrity Music for this release!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Album Review - Still Vol. 1


Rivers & Robots is a worship band from the UK. Per their website, they are "missionaries, and spend their time leading worship in churches, clubs and festivals."

Their latest release is actually an instrumental album full of worship songs that range generationally from the Millennial era all the way back to the Boomer era. I'm a Gen-Xer and I especially appreciated the nod to one of my favorite Matt Redman songs "Lord Let Your Glory Fall."

I love worship instrumental albums, especially as I spend time with God in the Word. This is presently my quiet time music.

I'm sure most people will be familiar with one or more of the songs on the track list:

1. King Of My Heart

2. We Have Overcome

3. Interlude 1

4. Good Good Father

5. The Lion And The Lamb

6. Majesty

7. Boldly I Approach

8. Interlude 2

9. I Exalt Thee

10. Be Still

11. I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever

12. Interlude 3

13. Saviour Of The World

14. Lord Let Your Glory Fall

15. Lord I Need You

16. Revelation Song





Thank you Rivers & Robots and Integrity Music for this release!

Click Here to download it on iTunes today!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Dear Worshipper



Dear Worshipper,

Thank you for coming to church. You don't have to be there, and we sometimes forget that as leaders. The fact is this: You don't have to be at church. You choose to be at church. My prayer is that you will be blessed because you came.

Please know that you have another choice. That choice is what or whom you worship. Worship is not an optional activity. Everyone is always worshipping something or someone. That's why I'm calling you a worshipper and not an attender. As much as you may want to just attend a worship service, you're actually in some sort of act of worship 24 hours a day, everyday of your life. My hope for you is that you give all of that energy and attention to God every time you come to a service.

As you come to church, relieve yourself of the responsibility of inspecting our God presentation. You will always find flaws, because we are flawed. Instead, come expecting the presence of God. God is not flawed. He is perfect. When you seek God in a fresh way every week, He will show you something new every time. His presence is way better than our presentations.

When I ask you to raise your hands, don't assume it's a stick up. I'm actually encouraging you to be biblical with your expression. It's a great thing to express your love for God and get excited. God has also asked us to sing, clap, shout, bow down and even dance. If you do those things at a concert or sporting event and not at church, you should probably do some introspection regarding your worship.

I truly appreciate your song requests. Keep those coming. Sometimes, you have some good ideas, but not all of the good songs are on Christian radio or even on your radar. There's actually a whole bunch of incredible songs written for the church that just don't get the airplay or exposure. I have a pulse on that and I strive to prayerfully consider all the options. Give me some trust and don't get mad if I don't sing your favorites, but please keep requesting, because you enlighten me at times.

Speaking of songs, you may want more old songs, but they probably won't be predominate. Maybe you want more new songs, but just know it's not about staying up to date. Maybe you just want more of the same, but please realize it's important to "sing a new song", at least according to scripture. As long as we are all focused on God, the songs should play second fiddle at best.

If you could be on time to church, that would be great. This may seem insignificant, but it can be an impact. We actually practice and rehearse the set list every week, including the FIRST SONG. When you habitually come in late, it tells me that what we do is not that important to you. More importantly, it says that worshipping God in song with the gathered church is low on your priority list. Not everyone has this punctuality problem, but some do. You know who you are.

Perspective is huge. Make sure you have the right perspective of your role. Look in the mirror and say this to your self: "I am not a part of an audience." An audience is a gathering that needs to be entertained. The gathering of God's people should not be an audience that comes for a show. You are way more than an audience. You are part of a choir of children who call God their Father! We're united in lifting up anthems of praise to an audience of One - the One true and worthy God. When you keep that perspective, you won't settle for merely being entertained by our talents. You will intentionally strive to join the praise to our Almighty Audience of One!

It's one thing for me to give constructive criticism, but I'm not perfect. So, let me take a moment to apologize. I'm sorry for bringing my ego to the stage at times. I'm sorry for judging you based on your expression or lack there of. I don't know your heart, so I'll trust that it's in the right place. I'm sorry for occasionally choosing songs and neglecting to pray about it. I have fallen short at times and will fail in the future, so I greatly appreciate your grace as you continue to come.

Finally, please know that I love you. When I play and sing songs every week, I am also praying that you will be inspired to not see me for very long. My hope and prayer is that the songs will inspire you to look to God and love Him more and more. 

I really want you to be a part of what God is doing in our midst.

I LOVE GOD and I LOVE YOU!

Sincerely,
The Worship Leader

Friday, October 14, 2016

Album Review - Poets & Saints


I've been an All Sons & Daughters fan since their first release. They've contributed gems like "All the Poor and Powerless" and "Great Are You Lord" to the church and they continue to to be a blessing.

Poets & Saints is their latest offering, with a very ancient-modern feel. It was inspired by their trips overseas, digging in to the lives of Saint Francis, John Newton, C.S. Lewis and many more. One highlight of my year was getting to hear from Leslie Jordan (one half of All Sons & Daughters) in Franklin at a songwriters retreat. She shared a couple of the new songs and the stories behind them.



Along with being a musical gift to the Church, there's a companion book by their pastor and a study guide.

The standouts for me were "Creation Sings" and, my favorite, "My Roving Heart".

If you're an All Sons & Daughters fan, you'll absolutely love this album!




Thank you All Sons & Daughters and Integrity Music for this release!

Click Here to download it on iTunes today!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Album Review - Wide Open Space



There are some worship artists/songwriters who release albums and you instantly love them, but eventually you get tired of the project and songs. I'll refrain from naming them, but when it comes to the worship music industry, most people like them.

Then there are artists like Matt Redman, Tim Hughes and most recently, House Fires and United Pursuit. These artists tend to put out projects that don't grab you instantly, but the more you listen to them, the more the songs grow on you and eventually you realize how good the writing is...at least, in my opinion.

The latest release from LIFE Worship, called Wide Open Space, carries that quality. I was excited when I received this album to review, because I still love their last release, Dance Again. I actually used a few of the songs like, "We Believe" and "His Kingdom is Here" to lead my church in worship, and they ended up as favorites.

My first time through Wide Open Space, it didn't quite grab me, but the more I've listened to it, the more the melodies and lyrics have grown on me.

The title track is truly infectious and is the kind of song that should be on Christian radio and not redone by a popular artist (rant over).

My favorite song has become "My Saviour Still". The more I've listened to it, the more it's blessed me and I could definitely see my church embracing it in a worship service. Here's the chorus:

Jesus, Jesus 
What a hope I have in You 
When my world caved in 
You were Saviour then 
And You are my Saviour still

This is a collection of songs that you can worship with in the car or at church. Much like their previous release, Wide Open Space is packed with songs that are worshipful and accessible.





Thank you LIFE Worship and Integrity Music for this release!

Click Here to download it on iTunes today!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Conditional Worship


"I just can’t worship with that kind of music."

Have you ever said something like this?

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before. I’ve definitely thought it at times.

I was at a traditional church several years ago when God opened my eyes to this. I was sitting there during the music and thinking about how I would do the song differently. Then God basically slapped me in the face. I felt Him say to me, "Gary, worship me. If you can’t worship me with this kind of music, then your idea of worship is shallow." I walked away from that a changed person and a changed worship leader. Over the years, I have seen and heard testimonies of people who have worshipped and connected with God for the first time, even though they didn’t prefer the music style that I was bringing. That is what it is all about. It’s not about the methods or styles in which we worship. It’s about bringing worship that the Father is seeking, which is in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:23)

That being said, I'm concerned that there is a danger we need to watch out for in our churches. The danger is CONDITIONAL WORSHIP. It’s when God's people convince themselves of certain conditions that need to exist in order for corporate worship to happen. For some, it may call for a killer band and for others, it may call for a choir. For some, it may be lights and multimedia and for others, it may be stained glass and candles. These things are not bad ideas at all. When used properly, there are so many things that can enhance the experience and touch the senses, but we need BALANCE. We need to learn to worship God no matter what the circumstances. Paul said in Colossians 2:16 - "So don’t put up with anyone pressuring you in details of diet, worship services, or holy days. All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ." (The Message)

What is the substance of your worship? If it's not Christ alone, then you are probably suffering from CONDITIONAL WORSHIP.

Here's a few signs you can watch out for:

1. INCONSISTENCY - Is your worship experience inconsistent? If it is, you need to realize that it's not the church's fault. It's not the worship leader's fault. It's not the pastor's fault. The issue is found when you look in the mirror. If Christ is the substance of our worship, then we will experience consistency in corporate worship. Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." When Christ becomes the substance of our worship more and more, we will experience more and more consistency in heart-tugging, life-changing corporate worship.

2. BOREDOM - Jesus is not boring. Following Jesus with surrender is a true adventure. When Christ is not the substance of our worship, then we require lesser things to keep our attention in corporate worship. We require certain styles, certain songs and certain sermons. Eventually we tire of those things like a spoiled kid tires of unwrapped Christmas presents after a week of playing with them. If you are bored in corporate worship, maybe your attention is being kept by lesser things. When you fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-3), you will never lose sight of true, exciting worship, no matter what the conditions. You will require less of lesser things.

3. HESITATION - Hesitation in corporate worship manifests itself in our inspection of everything, before we surrender everything. It's when we look at who is on the stage or what is on the agenda, as we assess whether or not the order of worship will satisfy our wants and needs. Surrender and obedience are at the heart of worship. Delayed obedience is disobedience. When we delay or hesitate to bring an offering of praise to God, we're not trusting that Christ is truly all we need. In Matthew 4, when Jesus called the disciples to follow Him, it says that they "immediately" left all they had and followed Him. May we not hesitate. May we follow and worship with trust and surrender.


Conditional worship is a sign that we have grown stale in our relationship with God or maybe we just have not grown at all. It reveals a heart that is not completely His.

When we completely, unconditionally surrender our heart to God, our worship will be complete.

God's love for us is unconditional.

May our worship for Him have less and less conditions.

He loved us so much that He sent His only son to die for our sins. Christ is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Christ is the substance of true worship and the only condition in worship we will ever need.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Living Legacy


The dictionary defines the word legacy: “anything handed down from the past." 

I think if you ask most people if they want to leave a great legacy, they will probably say a resounding yes. When it's all said and done, most everyone wants to be remembered in a great and positive light. We want people to say nice things about us at our funeral. After we die, and our name comes up in conversations, we want people to describe us in a beautiful and positive way. We want to leave a great LEGACY.

As I started to write this, I decided to google the word "Legacy" to see what would come up. The first image that came up was a Subaru Legacy. I found this to be very symbolic, because when we look at our current society, it’s all about that kind of STUFF.

When we make our legacy about stuff, it’s a legacy that eventually fades. When we make our legacy about people, it’s a legacy that lasts, or what I like to call, a LIVING LEGACY.

In a big-picture sense, the ultimate way to establish a living legacy is what Jesus did: DISCIPLESHIP.

In a leadership sense, MENTORSHIP is vital to establishing a living legacy.

When you look at the Old Testament, Asaph is an excellent example of someone who left a living legacy as a worship leader. He was a Levite and was appointed by David to be the chief musician and lead in giving God praise (I Chronicles 16:7). Later on, you see David using the “sons of Asaph”, which were either family members of Asaph or those mentored by him. Asaph’s descendants continued to be used by Solomon, King Jehoshaphat and King Josiah. Even hundreds of years later, after the people came out of Babylonian captivity, the “sons of Asaph” led worship when they started to rebuild the temple. It’s a legacy of worship leaders that just kept on living, because Asaph intentionally mentored and realized that what he was doing was bigger than him self.

For worship leaders, I think there are some practical steps we need to put into place in order to see this happen. I believe and have seen that when we focus on the concept of mentoring, we have the potential to leave a legacy that lives on and on.

DROP YOUR EGO - Being on a stage every week is an interesting responsibility. Everyone knows you, but you probably do not know everyone in your church, especially if it’s a large one. People admire you and look to you for leadership, and if you gain their respect, they follow you. It’s fantastic, but it’s also dangerous if your heart does not stay in check. If you’re not careful, the stage can feed your pride and ego instead of an opportunity for you to feed the flock. That is why it is so important to mentor and empower someone. It forces you to drop your ego and say “NO” to the lie that all of your value is found in what you do on the stage. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” When leaders fail to drop their own ego, their ego tends to drop them. Depending on how high your arrogance is, the ride down could be a pretty painful one. Mentorship is nearly impossible when the teacher is consumed by ego, because self-centeredness impedes the ability to care about anyone else’s success, except their own.

SHARE THE SPOTLIGHT - Sharing the spotlight can be literal or figurative or both. Whether you have the position, attention or the actual lighting equipment, it’s important to the success of the one you are mentoring that you gradually and intentionally spotlight them. Obviously, you want to make sure to give them worship leading opportunities. Start by giving them songs in a set and eventually they should be giving you days off. It’s also important to know and teach them that it’s not about their ego. When it comes to church and worship, it’s not about anyone’s glory except for God’s. Make Psalm 115:1 a theme verse: “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and Your faithfulness.” Recognizing the light of the world together is the most amazing way to share the spotlight.

CULTIVATE COLLABORATION - Mentoring reaches another level when you include the one you are investing in into the creative process. This can be one of the more challenging tasks in the mentoring process, because it requires two or more minds coming together. Everyone thinks differently, but when you successfully put those thoughts together you get a balanced attack toward your goal. One of my strengths is that I’m an achiever. This can work against me as a mentor, because I like to get things done. As a mentor, I have to be very intentional about cultivating collaboration. For instance, I sit down every week with another worship leader in our church and create the worship setlist. My pastor, who mentors me, is also intentional about collaboration. He sits down with me, every week, and asks for my input in his sermon. The result is a better sermon, setlist and an overall better worship experience in our service. Obviously, collaboration greatly benefits our church, but that’s not all. It greatly benefits the leader you are mentoring. It gives them buy in and models the idea that we can do things better together.

BECOME A PROMOTER - If you believe the one you are mentoring has the potential to be a better version of yourself, you have the power and responsibility to make that public knowledge. This is not about building up someone’s ego. It’s about promoting the next leader. In 2014, I had the privilege of hiring my brother to come on our team and be my worship arts assistant. He can pretty much do everything I can do and he is nine years younger than me. I believe that he will surpass me in the music arts of our church and I would be foolish to try and hold him back. To hold him back would be a disservice to him and our church. So, to be proactive about mentoring him, I immediately started promoting him and his abilities to my team and the people in our church. I would often tell people that he is a better musician and media artist than I am, and it’s the truth. I told people that he was “Durbin 2.0”, new and improved with all the upgrades. I believe that and because of my position I have the unique opportunity to elevate and promote him to those I have garnered respect from. To not promote someone that has the potential to be a better version of you is an admission of your own personal fear and pride.

When we are not proactive about mentoring, we run the risk of being an enemy and roadblock to progress. Our fear of being upstaged blinds us from our power to replace ourself with the next great leader. That’s an incredible power and responsibility.

 If we’re not careful, we will miss out on having a living legacy and watch our legacy die with us.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Worship Leading Tips: TIMELESS SONGS


TIMELESS SONGS

As constructing a sermon is to a pastor, so constructing a worship set is to a worship leader. You want to have solid content and memorable hooks that will stick with your church as they walk away.

For a worship leader, song selection is a very important and delicate, weekly task.

I don't view myself as an entertainer, therefore I want my church to be able to easily engage, participate and sing the songs every week. That being said, I try to select SINGABLE songs! Novel idea, right? It doesn't sound very profound, but it seems to be somewhat of a lost art.

What I've found is that the songs that seem to be the most accessible for the church are those songs that are timeless. They are those new or old songs that have that timeless, ageless quality. Timeless songs are songs that could have been written this week or 300 years ago. If we as worship leaders embrace them, I believe we can more effectively help our churches embrace God in corporate worship.

Here's some qualities I look for in a timeless song:

1. SIMPLE MELODY - Think of the most popular songs that have been passed down from generation to generation. Most of them have a memorable, simple melody line. The melody is the key to a great song. The more complicated the melody, the harder it is to sing. I'm not saying that every great song has a simple melody, but if you want most of the people in your church to sing a song, a simple melody will enable that greatly. I was in a work shop at the National Worship Leader Conference one year, when I heard Nathan Nockels critiquing a song. He talked about keeping the melody simple, which means to limit the fluctuation in the notes of the melody line. I think the reason the Beatles' songs have stood the test of time so well is because of their gift for writing memorable, yet simple melodies. It doesn't have to be complicated to be great and when it's simple, more people will be able to sing it. Keep it simple!

2. AGE ADAPTABILITY - A timeless song is an ageless song. It's melody is simple enough to be adapted to any generation. A timeless song can be sung by my 7 year old daughter or my 81 year old grandpa. When you look at your setlist, is it geared for just one age group or can it be embraced by multiple generations? The church is a multi-generational organism and a healthy church accurately represents that. I am, in no way, suggesting a blended style worship set. That can sometimes be more confusing than constructive. I'm simply challenging that we use songs that are simple and accessible to the past generations all the way to the next generation.  One of the timeless songs I use is "10,000 Reasons". That's a great example of a song that's embraced by every generation in my church. I expect my generation and younger to like most of the songs I use, but there's nothing sweeter to me than when I hear a compliment from someone who's 30 to 50 years older than me. It tells me that most everyone was able to engage in worship in the same hour. That means I'm serving the whole church and not just one demographic of it.

3. STYLE VERSATILITY - A song that stands the test of time is largely preserved by it's versatility. When you strip all of the instrumentation away, do you still have a great song? When a song is too dependent on the accompaniment, it's versatility is extremely limited. The obvious examples of versatile songs are the revised hymns that we've all heard in the past decade. A timeless song can be played by a rock band, acoustic set or an old-school piano and organ. When you have style versatility in a song, it's life-span is drastically increased. I think one of the greatest examples of this is "All Creatures of our God and King". It was written in the 1600's, yet it is easily translated to today's popular style. Why? Because of it's versatility. When you're looking for a timeless song, test it with different styles.


The goal of this post is not to promote old hymns. God does not care about the date of a song, as long as the heart is right behind it. This post is about helping our people engage in corporate worship. Singing a song can be one of the most unifying elements for a group of people to do. A worship setlist that does not accomplish that is an oxymoron.

Psalm 100:2 says, “Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy."

This is not a suggestion. This is a command.

As worship leaders, let's have a heart for God, His commands and His church, no matter what demographic they belong to. Let's give them songs they can sing. Timeless songs can be a very effective tool in this mission.

Here's some timeless songs (new and old) that I've used in corporate worship:

"How Great Thou Art"
"How Great is our God"
"All Creatures of our God and King"
"10,000 Reasons"
"Amazing Grace"
"Lord, I Need You"
"I Surrender All"
"Here I Am to Worship"
"It is Well"
"Because He Lives (Amen)"

...to name a few.

What are some other songs that you think are timeless?