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 leaders toward various aspects of contemporary worship music. The survey, conducted in the Fall of 2022, draws on a range of traditions and demographics, offering a robust cross-section of perspectives. Topics covered include views on song quantity, worship culture, the role of artists, songwriters’ motivations, and prevalent sources for new songs. This follows previous WLR research conducted in 2023, which traced CCLI and Praise Charts trends over the previous decade. It’s been noted that the survey’s results lay bare the complexity of song selection, hinting at unseen social and economic forces that may shape the choices of worship leaders. To delve deeper into these rich findings, readers are invited to explore detailed survey responses with demographic filters, accessible through the report.
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.
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Dr. Shannan BakerPostdoctoral Fellow in Music and Digital Humanities
Elias DummerRecording Artist, Worship Leader, Strategic Marketing Consultant
Rockfirm Marketing, The City Harmonic
Marc JolicoeurDiscipleship Pastor & Affiliate Professor
Moncton Wesleyan Church / Kingswood University
Dr. Adam PerezAssistant Professor of Worship Studies
Dr. Mike TapperChair of the School of Religion and Humanities and Professor of Religion
Southern Wesleyan University
This research project is supported in part by the Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants program (2022-2023) at the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, a competitive research grant program “designed to foster, strengthen and sustain well-grounded worship in congregations throughout USA and Canada.” Learn more at https://worship.calvin.edu/grants/.