If you’re new to this series, check it here and here to get caught up.
As we close this series of posts, I’d like to offer a few final encouragements about disliking certain songs. Remember that listening and understand and judging (in the truest sense of the word) music is a vital part of your job. There’s no shame in disliking something or deeming unusable in your church worship. In fact, that’s to be celebrated! Too many of us blindly plug songs into our setlists with very little thought about the songs themselves.
I welcome your feedback in the comment section. I’m interested to see what the overall consensus is regarding disliking music. Do we work in churches where that sort of critical listening is encouraged? You tell me in the comments below!
Three closing thoughts for hating music.
ENGAGE THE HATE
Do not be afraid of disliking a song. When it happens, invest yourself in the process to find that exact thing that’s bothering you. Don’t just throw the song away. Use the experience to grow more thoughtful and careful in the care of your people and the worship of God.
TALK IT UP
Sooner or later, somebody is going to request one of these songs that you don’t want to use. This is a great opportunity for you to process your thoughts and share them with that congregant. But do it as a conversation. Bob Kauflin suggests responding with requests or complaints from congregants with a question to kick-start the conversation:
“What about this song makes you say that?”
It be a great teaching opportunity for you, as a pastor, or better yet – it might be a conversation that teaches YOU something. By the end, you might be the one saying, “Oh. Good point.”
HAVE SOME PERSPECTIVE
Between now and this time next year, there will be hundreds of new worship songs released. (To say nothing of the thousands we’ve already got!) The great thing about music is that there’s a lot of it out there. Don’t unnecessarily crusade for or against every song. Be wise, be honest, be loving – and move on. Lots of worship leaders have been destroyed by fighting battles that didn’t matter.
If we’ll stay humble and prayerful, God will help us and will build discernment into us. Be willing to be molded by Him in all the different ways He does that. Hating a song may the best thing that could happen to you.