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  Yo, yo, yo.

Part of being in the Academy means you get to join me live for the podcast

interviews, and you get to ask your own questions to our guest experts.

This short episode is a bonus episode

for you based on a recent Academy Q&A session we had, and some of our Academy

students wanted to know how to introduce a new song, what methods can we use

to really make sure it gets embedded into our congregation.

Enjoy this quick Academy Q&A bonus episode.

Melissa is asking, If you feel moved for a song on Sunday

and introduce it during midweek practise, do you go with it that Sunday,

or do you set certain amount of practises before it’s introduced?

Basically, when you hear a song and you want to do it, how long before you just…

Do you just go for it?

That song’s sick, let’s learn it and do it, or do you really practise it a lot?

So two things.

First of all, if we’re doing a new song, it’s usually laid out ahead of time.

Hey, we’re doing that in three weeks.

So we meet with our staff, all of our campus worship leads.

Hey, we’re going to roll this song out in three weeks.

Make sure that your team is aware of it.

And again, like we talked earlier,

resources need to be there for people to…

It’s really dumb of me to expect my team to be able to execute something

that I’ve never given them the tools to do it with.

So we plan out every once in a while because we’re writing a lot,

if there’s something brand new that we’re like, Man, we want to try this out.

At On our campus, specifically, I just see how it goes on team night.

How did the team feel about it?

You guys feel good?

Depending on how difficult the music is, and just make a judgement call on it.

But typically, if it’s a new song, we have it on the radar.

Like, this is happening three weeks from now.

Hey, we might hit, let’s practise a little bit of it this team night.

Let’s practise a little bit the following.

So that team night, we’re good to go.

It’s like we’re just running it through. Yeah.

And Melissa, on my end, when I hear a new song that I think could

be a good congregational song, I actually put it into just a list that I

have in my notes app and potential good songs.

And I let it sit there just for five weeks, six weeks, seven weeks,

sometimes even half a year because maybe that’s too long.

Some of the time I get it.

But my point is, sometimes a song really sounds great and hits us.

And then about three weeks later, the shine wears off of it.

And you’re like, actually, that’s not a good song.

The church won’t really like it, and the band won’t really like it.

If I’m going to invest in putting a song into the rotation and getting all

the assets ready and teaching it to the team and getting the church used

to it, then I want to know that it’s a good song.

So I have this cool off period where if I like it, I put it in there and I leave it

for a little bit and see if I still feel like it’s a really strong song and it’s

worth investing into before I introduce it.

So, yeah, that’s a little sidebar tip.

So the last question that came in, Ben, you snuck it in.

Here it is. This is easy one to answer, though.

How How often do you do a new song in order to get the congregation to know it?

How many times?

Yeah, how many times to push it in, and how many weeks in a row or whatever?

So it varies, but usually, if we do a new song this weekend,

I’ll let it breathe one weekend and then do it again the following weekend.

After that second time, we’ll talk about, Hey, how did it feel?

I’ll use Holy Forever as an example because that song just works.

The first This weekend we did it, it was like, Dude, this song is so good.

It just worked.

It was awesome.

We just did it the following weekend again.

But usually we’ll give it one week break and hit it again and then evaluate.

If it’s like, Hey, that It just went okay.

I’ll give it maybe three or four more

weeks of a break and then do it one time and see if it works again.

If it’s a song that’s on Caleb, usually It’s not going to work because

people have heard it and they want to sing it.

But if it’s a song that maybe isn’t radio plays, it does take a while.

People try to judge the song right away. Man, nobody was singing.

You know what?

Sometimes they’re just listening to the lyrics, reading the lyrics.

It can still minister to them without them blasting loud.

To give it a chance to have a little life before you kill it.

Yeah, totally.

Ben, I have a few thoughts, too.

One, sneak it into your pre-service

playlist for a few months so it’s getting into people’s subconscious.

Number two, if your church has an email newsletter, put it in at the bottom.

Hey, here’s the new song we’re going to be

introducing tomorrow or whatever in a week and listen in advance.

And then my approach is, I’m a little bit different than BJ,

but he’s Obviously, he’s right because he’s the guest.

But my approach is I like to introduce it during offering, the offering slot,

because it’s more of like they’re sitting anyway or I don’t know, for us, at least.

So offering slot is that we do it.

I do it It’s like this, one, two, two times in a row offering slot, usually.

Sometimes I’ll move it from the offering slot somewhere else.

And then the third week,

if I do it a third week, I’ll have it in the main set,

and then I’ll take a week or two off and then put it back in.

So it’s usually two in a row,

one-off and one on, or sometimes three in a row, one-off, one on.

And then by then I know.

I’m like, okay, they love it or they hate it, or it’s working or it’s not working.

And then if I have to trash it, I trash it.

But that’s why I I don’t want to invest too much into it.

That’s why, like Melissa, I said, put it on a lose its shine list and see if

it still has its shine after two months before you do all the resource work

because O’Bj is going to be recording his own live background vocals on his track.

It takes time, it takes work.

Anyway, Ben says, Rad. Thanks.


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