The following originally posted at Ancient Evangelical Future:
At the recent National Worship Leaders Conference, Irish songwriter Keith Getty began his workshop by telling those who had come to learn how to write a great worship song to leave. "Because art is the expression of life, you cannot ‘how-to' creativity."
Getty collaborates with his wife Kristyn and friend Stuart Townend. "They're the words and I'm the music," he says, estimating that somewhere between 5 and 20 percent of the words of any of their songs are his. "But we both get involved on both sides."
Here are ten notable and worthwhile ideas edited and distilled from Getty's workshop comments:
1. The primary form we use is the story form. The gospel is primarily story. How do you take people who want 4-line worship songs and get them to sing 32 lines? By structuring the song as a story.
2. It is important to look at things that are harrowing and that don't necessarily make us feel happy. The central core of the Christian faith ...1