John Thornburg

John Thornburg (Thornburg.john@gmail.com) is a pastor, hymn writer, and song enlivener, as well as the founder of the Ministry of Congregational Singing (www.congregationalsinging.com)

Articles by this author:

  • If You Sing It, They Will Come

    Songs from Cameroon

    It was an ordinary Sunday morning for the church in Obala, a village 40 kilometers from Cameroon’s capital city of Yaoundé. But for me it was anything but ordinary as I witnessed the evangelical power of singing that called people to worship the triune God.

  • Tension in Our Music Ministry: Can It Unite Us?

    Not long ago, I led a study of Charles Wesley’s hymns with a group of older adults. Despite their interest and attentiveness, there was pain in the room. One of the class members spoke up. “My son said to me, ‘Dad, the music at your church is boring and awful. You should come to my church so you can really worship.’” I asked whether this had happened to anyone else in the room. Of the eighty people in the class, over half raised their hands.