WorshipLeaderResearch.com is the home for articles and news related to a collaborative study focused on the behaviours of the primary contributors to contemporary worship and the attitudes and behaviours of local worship leaders towards them. By exploring the relationships between quantitative and qualitative data, we hope to better understand the relationship between the worship music industry and local worship practitioners. The study aims to equip practitioners with a deeper understanding of the forces that impact their corporate worship song selections.


The Integrated Worship Songwriting Network

The Integrated Worship Songwriting Network Explore a series of interactive visualizations highlighting the interconnectivity of worship music's most powerful networks and the collaborative powerhouses that bridge them. When Elevation Worship releases a song, we might assume it was written solely by them.  Yet, anyone who has seen a SongSelect (PraiseCharts, Multitracks, etc.) chord chart knows that many other names are included at the top, alongside the primary artist’s name(s).  These additional names belong to other credited songwriters.  Recently, the spotlight has landed on the songwriters in[...]

By |July 3, 2024|Comments Off on The Integrated Worship Songwriting Network

Wishful Worship

Wishful Worship: The role of aspiration in Sunday morning setlists “Do you wish your church was more similar in worship culture/style to the churches and/or artists like The Big 4?”  In our survey of over 400 worship leaders (WLs), this question was posed regarding the influence of “culture” and “style” of worship on their church’s worship practices. (To find out who the “Big 4” are, check out this article on the “Big 4” brands.) This survey question was rooted in one of our initial hypotheses, namely that[...]

By |April 9, 2024|Comments Off on Wishful Worship


Worship Leader Survey Report Now Available

Worship Leader Research has released the comprehensive "Worship Leader Survey Report (2022)", a key element in Phase 2 of WLR’s ongoing contemporary worship music study. In this pivotal report, insights are revealed about the attitudes of over 400 worship[...]

Dr Perez, Dr Baker, present WLR findings at SCSM 2023, Duke Divinity

Two researchers from Worship Leader Research, Dr. Adam Perez from Belmont University and Dr. Shannan Baker from Baylor University, recently participated in the annual meeting of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music hosted by Duke University Divinity School. The[...]

Study Methodology

In 2021, six curious people, with various academic, pastoral, and music industry backgrounds, met to frame two main questions. Firstly, we asked, “What can be said about the volume of popular worship music Christians are singing today?” Secondly, we[...]

WLR Granted 2023 Vital Worship Grant

We are pleased to report that Dr. Adam Perez and the Worship Leader Research team have been awarded a Vital Worship grant through the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, a competitive research grant program "designed to foster, strengthen and sustain[...]

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