The Importance Of the Choir in Today’s Church
The choir is an opportunity for involvement. A church’s ministry is only as effective as the people in its congregation who choose to get involved. Small groups, outreach teams, and the arts have provided great opportunities for congregants to sow into the life of their church’s ministry, and the choir falls under all three of those categories. When you join a choir, you’re not just singing notes together; you’re doing life and ministry together.
The choir is an extension of the pulpit. There are so many fantastic songs that have been written for the Church and many that have yet to be written. There are songs that teach, encourage, compel, and call to action, and the choir is a marvelous mouthpiece for such things. By presenting these kinds of songs, the choir takes on a pastoral role, and it brings a rich dynamic to the theme or message of that particular service. This is especially effective in services with a missioned focus or special services like those during Holy Week or the Christmas season.
The choir is a reflection of Heaven. The prophet Isaiah gives us a glimpse into God’s throne room with angels singing together, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). John paints a similar picture in the book of Revelation. There is a Heavenly choir that sings God’s praises for all eternity. When we see our friends and family in the choir loft singing in harmony of voice and spirit, I believe we are momentarily transported (even if only in our minds) to the throne room of Heaven.
Furthermore, we often see a wide array of ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds on display in the choir. This, too, is a reflection of Heaven – God’s people, of every age and every race, worshipping together as one body. We must not discount the richness the choir brings to the church’s worship experience. I think many would be surprised by the longlasting effect a choir program can have on their local church.