I’m always looking for ways to help Ministers of Music. This last month I’ve turned my focus on Youth Choirs. We just returned from a great Mission Tour with the Georgia Baptist All-State Youth Choir and Orchestra. Pittsburgh was a wonderful place to have students lead worship and have “hands on” ministry opportunities. What’s great about a Youth Choir is numbers are not the important thing. I have seen successful groups with as little as 10 members. Today let me share the top 5 reasons to begin working with a choir for teens. (Thanks to Don DeBruin for help in listing these!)
#5 Choir is a gift that will last a lifetime.
In my experience students that have been in a choir in their teen years will also sing in a choir setting when they are adults.
#4 Choir helps develop concepts of teamwork and cooperation.
This is also helpful in forming a team concept. “All for one and one for all” goes a long way for choir and mission involvement. This year in Pittsburgh we cleared several homeless camps in a park. We split into two groups and both were very successful in completing their task. They joined together and formed two groups that worked well together. You can use this in the musical realm as well. Having the students working together for a common goal such as leading worship in an upcoming worship service.
#3 Choir allows praise with body, mind and spirit.
This one explains itself. Using and combining all this in music, word and deed, students see themselves as effective worship leaders.
#2 Choir fulfills the Biblical mandate to “sing to God”
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. Psalm 47:6
#1 Choir contributes to the understanding of God and the experience of worship.
So, what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. I Corinthians 14:15
I hope to hear your Youth Choir soon!