Just the other day I read a post by Bob Kauflin, What Goes On at a Sovereign Grace Songwriting Retreat? As I was skimming through the commets I came across the following comment...
"I’d be interested to hear about your success rate. How many of the songs produced by this process are breaking into the CCLI top charts?"
I found Bob's response to be refreshing...
"I don’t think we’ve ever broken into the CCLI top charts! But that doesn’t keep us from writing. The CCLI charts reflect not only how good a song might be but also how long it’s been around, whose album it’s been on, how it might have been promoted, and a host of other factors, including God wanting a lot of people to sing it! Of course, we wouldn’t complain if more churches were singing our songs, but our aim is to strive to write better songs.
So if the CCLI Top 100 list dosen't provide the best bench mark for judging quality songs then what does? As I was thinking through this I came up with three questions we can ask ourselves when evaluating a new song for worship.