How do worship leaders feel about the industry surrounding the songs they sing?
In the Fall of 2022, the Worship Leader Research (WLR) team surveyed worship leaders’ attitudes toward various aspects of the worship music we sing. The survey was publicly circulated from October to November 2022 within major worship leader Facebook groups, on Twitter, and via email (in partnership with Integrity Music). It was composed of six questions and provided respondents with opportunities to offer clarifying comments to their answers. Over 400 worship leaders responded to the survey, representing many worshiping traditions and demographic categories.
This survey represents Phase 2 of WLR’s contemporary worship music study. It builds on our initial research, which identified dominant music sources and artists. What follows is a visual depiction and analysis of the thoughts and attitudes associated with a representative sample of worship leaders. It reveals their views about the landscape of contemporary worship music today.
Below are the summary findings from this survey. You can explore the survey responses in greater detail, using demographic filters (including gender, age, church size, and denomination), by clicking “Exploring the Data.” In the coming weeks and months, WLR articles will further explore what these findings might mean for the Church.