(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.7)
About This Book
A few years ago when we were compiling the Sing to the Lord hymnal for the Church of the
Nazarene, we sent out a massive Hymnal Usage Survey to approximately 2,600 people.
Completion required approximately three hours. The response: fifty percent of the recipients
finished and returned the massive document. That is an unheard of percentage for any survey,
much less one so demanding.
Believers care deeply about the songs they sing.
As I write these pages, Christians are generating lots of emotional heat over the musical style of
our congregational songs. Should we sing traditional hymns, time-honored and substantial?
Should we sing praise and worship songs, using a contemporary style to point a new generation
to God? Or should we sing some combination?
This book skips all that controversy. Instead, it assumes that Christian singers of every style
want to glorify Jesus Christ and draw people to Him. They want to truly worship God. They want
to know Him better.
Starting on that common ground, this book casts a vision for what congregational singing can be
in the Body of Christ. No matter what your stylistic preference, I want to stimulate your thinking
and point you toward new horizons. Creative room to grow is plentiful in all styles, and I believe
you want to grow. I believe you will grow.
This book is intended to help you grow.