Ray Jones asks if it’s time to incorporate a choir into the worship-leading team.
Biblically there are many references to the choir, in fact, 54 of the Psalms are addressed to the choir director. When the new house of worship was dedicated in 2 Chronicles 5:13-14, it was the choir and orchestra that delivered the worship so powerfully that the glory of God fell in the place.
The house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
Of the top 50 largest US churches in 2010, 36 of the 50 used choirs as a part of their leading worship and 7 more of them used choirs on special occasions. Community Bible Church in San Antonio (where I lead) is committed to use the worship choir in as many venues as possible for 3 reasons.
It is a training ground for worship leadership.
It helps you to identify the talent God has brought to your congregation. On several occasions, we have found extremely gifted singers, players, and songwriters that would have never come to us unless the choir had been in place.