Songs for the Book of Luke

The Gospel Coalition seeks to “to serve the church we love by inviting all our brothers and sisters to join us in an effort to renew the contemporary church in the ancient gospel of Christ so that we truly speak and live for him in a way that clearly communicates to our age.” We pursue that goal by developing a variety of resources and by directing you to the best resources we can find.

In that spirit that we're excited to launch a new project: Songs for the Book of Luke. Anticipating our focus on Luke's Gospel at next year's national conference—-April 8 to 10 in Orlando, Florida—-we're inviting pastors and church musicians to begin writing songs adapted from and inspired by the Book of Luke. Our goal is to put together an album of original, congregational songs with rich lyrics, featuring a wide variety of songwriters and church musicians. As the process unfolds, we'll share the details here, introducing you to new artists and musicians and highlighting worship renewal in churches across the country.

Historically speaking, the Christian music industry is a recent development. Lately, the “worship music” industry has set the agenda for singing in the local church. Many wonderful songs have grown out of that movement, but we believe there's much to appreciate about the less visible, pastoral songwriting at the local church level.

In fact, we believe some of the best songs being written for congregational singing are happening at the local level—-musicians and pastors writing songs for their own churches. We want to highlight this work by inviting church musicians to contribute to the project: music for churches by churches.

From the songs submitted, we will select and curate a group of them to highlight here, through feature articles and interviews. We'll make demos and chord charts available, so churches across the country can adapt them and use them in their own contexts. We'll also record an album of those songs, and feature them at The Gospel Coalition national conference next spring.

We're eager to hear from you, so if you'd like to contribute to the project, see the fine print below.

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