Long term view of things...for corporate worship songwriting.
Here are questions I ask myself when I have completed writing a corporate worship song.
- Style aside, is this a song I hope the church will be singing in 50 years?
- Does this song aid in the cultivation of what our church sees as a need in our body or does the song simply play to my strengths as the musician/artist? i.e is a cool guitar riff all that it truly offers?
- Is the song's theology incarnational? Will this song help "Sally Homemaker" understand that Christ is present with her while the diapers, laundry and dishes pile up? Does this song help the addict who is fighting for freedom understand how grace and holiness work in their life?
- Does what I write encourage people to hear from God on their own as they cultivate a love and appreciation for both scripture and community?