People will remember the choruses we sing.
For all the beauty and value of verses within our worship songs, it's the choruses that our people will leave humming after the service is over. It's pretty logical - choruses are usually shorter than verses, more melodically expansive and...they're repeated over and over.
And that's why worship leaders should listen very closely to what choruses are saying. In fact, I recommend one guideline when it comes to choosing songs for your church to sing.
CHORUSES SHOULD BE ABOUT GOD.
That may seem like an unnecessary statement, but sadly it's not. We've got a lot of songs these days built around choruses that are solely focused on us.
How we feel.
The stuff we're gonna' do.
What we need.
Feeling and commitment and need are all vital parts of a corporate worship expression, but we've got to stop leading (and writing) songs that give our people more reasons to be fascinated with themselves.
People have short attention spans and they seem to be getting shorter. Our culture is saturated with songs and videos and commercials and captions and memes and hashtags - why would waste what influence we have by teaching people to sing songs about themselves?
Fight for songs about the Savior. Teach songs that speak of the cross. Share melodies that will remind hearts of God's mercy.
CHORUSES SHOULD BE ABOUT GOD!