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Help fund a new hymn resource

hymnal23One question I often hear from fellow conservative pastors and other Christians is, “When are you going to publish a hymnal?”

It’s true that, although there are several good hymnals available, there isn’t any one hymnal that satisfies the needs of some churches like those in the Conservative Christian Network, especially since purchasing multiple hymnals is such a significant investment for a church.

For these reasons, at a recent meeting of Religious Affections Ministries leadership and other conservative Christian friends, we decided to do something to help with this need, but we need your help.

Religious Affections Ministries plans to publish a free resource for churches to download and print free hymns in a professional format for use in their church orders of worship or even to create their own customized hymnal. We figure that since many churches today print their own hymnal supplements and don’t necessarily want to invest in new hymnals, this would be a good way to help make available professionally produced hymns for free.

We plan to begin with 250 classic hymns and build from there. Each hymn will cost approximately $35 to typeset and format.

If we had 45 churches/individuals willing to donate $200 toward this project, we could fully fund it. In essence, you’d be purchasing a quality, conservative hymnal for a single investment. After it is produced, you’ll be able to print any of the hymns you’d like.

Click here for a tentative list of initial hymns.

We will also publish a hard copy version of the hymnal for those who do wish to have something in the pew.

Would you help us make this resource a reality? You can use the form below to donate, and any individuals who donate may receive a tax deduction as well.

Online fundraising for Free Online Hymnal

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

9 Responses to Help fund a new hymn resource

  1. Scott,

    We use the Trinity Hymnal, Baptist edition. What is it about that hymnal that is objectionable to a conservative? I haven’t found anything personally for me after several years. It’s still available.

  2. Scott, I’m guessing there is a presupposition that these will be public domain or with special permission by the owners for free use in this project. Is that the idea, or will copyrighted material be included with individual users being responsible for fair usage licensing and costs?

  3. Yes, our plan is to include mostly classic hymns that are in the public domain. We would like to publish some newer things, like some by Paul Jones, Dan Forrest, Josh Bauder, etc., but only if we can get permission from them to use them for free. So there won’t be any responsibility on the part of users to secure or pay anything additional. If churches want to use newer things that are already available by their authors, then they can do that separately.

  4. Scott, our church is doing the same. I’d be interested to hear about some of your specifics regarding typesetting.

    Dan Kreider

  5. PS – I’d also be willing to share the details of our project. Might be nice to have a similar format – at least page size?

  6. I highly suspect you have heard of these hymnals already, but at there are links to:

    Our Own Hymnbook: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for public, social, and private worship, C. H. Spurgeon

    New Baptist Psalmist and Tune Book: For Churches and Sunday Schools, J. R. Graves

    Village Hymns for Social Worship, Asahel Nettleton

    Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of Isaac Watts

    I hope your new hymnal includes some of those by Nettleton, etc. on hell. Hell and judgment are clearly Biblical themes sung about in the psalter by the OT people of God and by the Lord Jesus Himself when He sung the psalms, but they are essentially absent from modern hymnody. Even so-called “evangelistic” songs are rarely about hell, and I suspect that an unconverted person would fall under much more condition singing an imprecatory psalm or one of Nettleton or even Watts’s hymns on hell rather than “I’m so happy, I’m so happy, I’m so happy, ya ya ya.”


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