What if you could ask any question to a leader in the worship music industry with a passion for music ministry?
In today’s podcast, I chat with Craig Dunnagan. And that’s exactly what I did.
Craig is the VP of Music Publishing and Ministry Alliances at Integrity Music/David C. Cook. He’s also one of the co-founders of worshiptogether.com.
In our conversation we cover a lot of ground. From songwriting to the music industry to leading and loving people in the local church, Craig had some great ideas to share.
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Highlights From The Episode
Types of Songwriters
- The Psalmist – pastoral, leadership in the local church
- Carriers of Songs – vocal talent, but maybe not the heart of a pastor
- Prophetic Voices – United Pursuit, IHOP
- Raise up others to multiply your impact on the world
- Know your place and what God has equipped you to do
- Don’t write good songs or even great songs. Write transformational songs.
Practical Songwriting Tips
- Simple – keep it simple, but simplicity doesn’t always mean that a song is great. Simplicity sometimes means that it’s not skillfully done.
- Accesible – musical accessibility for a church to accomplish it
- Memorable – is the song unique in the way it presents Biblical truth?
The Path to Getting Your Songs Heard
- Make sure your songs are finished lyrically and melodically
- Create a great, appropriate demo
- Put it out there (YouTube, SongDiscovery, Worship Leader Magazine, Noisetrade, Facebook)
- Don’t emulate what others are doing. Hear from God about how to reflect your creativity in your church environment. What’s the little distinctive that will help my church and my people?
- Whatever touches your people is bound to touch other people
Types of Songs
- Songs of Truth (the Word)
- Songs of Response (emotional)
- Songs of Prayer (songs birthed from our prayer closets)
- The songs you sing are not just for you to enjoy, or simply be innovative. Think about the people in the pews.
- If we get caught up in our creativity instead of our calling to bless God’s people, we’re missing the point.
- Think about the people we’re leading, not just the ministries we’re leading
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