I recently got this question:
I have been asking worship leaders this same question and I was hoping to get your input:
How many songs are in your current worship rotation? 30? 40? 50? more?
The answer is (Q1 x Q2)1.2 = SL#
2) How often do you need to sing the songs? Two factors to consider:
a) Do you sing them often enough so people know them? Could they sing them while washing dishes Thursday evening?
b) Do you avoid singing them sooo often that people get “sick of them”?
Take the answer to Question 1 and multiply it by the answer to Question 2. Then take that whole answer and add 20% for occasional songs. These are songs that are too used to do regularly, but can be used occasionally.
Yeah, the math equasion was a dorky way to answer this, but it helped me explain some of the ways that I think about this. But this SongList is a big deal. I’ll be blogging more about it later.
BTW: When I was working at Harvest Bible Chapel we came up with a chart that helped us put it together. We used about seven songs a service, and rotated songs every six to eight weeks. This made a list of about 60 that you can find here. Good luck figuring it out. 🙂