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Nicole Cleveland from The Table United Methodist Church in Sacramento, Californina, sings during a session of LEAD in 2013.

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Nicole Cleveland from The Table United Methodist Church in Sacramento, Californina, sings during a session of LEAD in 2013.

To sing or not to sing

 

Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards
Idea Mart: March-April 2016

If you want to know what songs congregations are singing most, CCLI's Top 100 List is a good place to look. The list indicates what copyrighted songs congregations with CCLI licenses are using the most.

But just because a song is on the list, is it really a good one to sing?

CCLI is the United States' leading provider of licensing services for churches that reproduce songs in print or on screen for congregational singing.

United Methodist Discipleship Ministries has vetted this collection of songs to affirm those it believes congregations can sing as United Methodists, using as its criteria adherence to Wesleyan theology, appropriate use of language for God and humanity and singability.

The Green List includes songs the team has agreed present few if any obstacles for United Methodist congregations to sing with confidence. The Yellow List includes songs that have one or more significant issues the vetting team believes may require some conversation between musicians and pastors, but are generally sound.

Songs that appear in the 2015 CCLI Top 100 but not on either of these lists the team has chosen not to commend.

See the full report and a list of the songs here

Adapted from an article at www.umcdiscipleship.org by the Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards, director of worship resources, Discipleship Ministries, Nashville, Tennessee.