This week while attending a worship leaders conference in California I had an interesting discussion with Stan Endicott about the future of choirs in worship services. Stan directs the choirs at Saddleback Church and Mariners Church in Orange County, California. The essence of the discussion was choirs are not dead and any church can have one if the leadership understands and supports this ministry.
Stan related the story of events that just took place at Willow Creek Church. Through some self-searching Willow Creek has decided that it is time for their church to become a singing church so they asked Stan to come up and do a rehearsal for the congregation teaching them to sing with enthusiasm. While he was there he also led them through starting a choir that will help lead worship.
Worship leading choirs are a part of my tradition. I am this tradition embraced and continues to embrace the ministry of the choir. Every ministry must evolved some over the generations however; there is something great about a group of dedicated people standing on stage in the worship center encouraging others to encounter God.