How many songs...

Discussion in 'Music Ministry' started by rlvaughn, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. rlvaughn

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    In a thread about the Celebration Hymnal, Pastor Larry mentioned that "It doesn't have enough stuff." I'm sure he had in mind the problem of getting in one hymnal all the songs you'd like to sing (or something like that). But I'm not interested particularly in that question. It just made me think of another question.

    I wonder how many different songs the average church actually sings. How many different songs does your church sing? Or, in other words, how large is your repertoire of songs, or the repertoire of the average church?
     
  2. Gib

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    Our hymnal has 625 hymns/songs in it. To date, we have sung 206 of the 625. During the holidays, we will sing an additional 25-30 different hymns. We try to introduce new hymns from time to time. 40-50 hymns/songs outside of the primary hymnal.

    Off the top of my head, the Adult Choir has sung 14-15 different songs. The Children's Choir, 10?
     
  3. Pastor Larry

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    We are nearing 250 songs that we routinely use (meaning every several months), not including Christmas songs.
     
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    It has been my experience that a "typical" church sings about 25-50 different titles during a year.

    As a project for a seminary class, I structured a survey of small Baptist churches, this number was the outcome of that survey.

    At the church where I am Minister of Music, we routinely use about 150-200 titles a year, not including the choir, soloists and ensembles.
     

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