March 3, 2003
CCLI lists top Baptist choruses
___PORTLAND, Ore.--"Lord, I Lift Your Name on High" currently is the most popular song in Baptist churches that reproduce chorus lyrics for congregational use, according to Christian Copyright Licensing International.
___The Portland-based organization, known simply as CCLI, grants churches permission to copy song lyrics in worship bulletins and projection slides for an annual fee. Those fees, in turn, are paid in royalties to copyright holders of the titles used.
___To gauge proper distribution of royalties, CCLI requires a certain percentage of its users to file detailed usage reports twice a year.
___For the most recent reporting period, which covered April through September 2002, "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High," written by Rick Founds, was the No. 1 song in Baptist churches reporting to CCLI.
___The CCLI survey does not measure song usage in all Baptist churches, only in churches that use a CCLI license. Participating churches tend to offer contemporary worship formats requiring projection or duplication of lyrics rather than asking congregants to sing out of hymnals.
___Among Baptist churches reporting, other top songs were:
___2. "Shout to the Lord," by Darlene Zschech.
___3. "Open the Eyes of My Heart," by Paul Baloche.
___4. "Come, Now is the Time to Worship," by Brian Doerksen.
___5. "Majesty," by Jack Hayford.
___6. "Change My Heart, O God," by Eddie Espinosa.
___7. "You are My All in All," by Dennis Jernigan.
___8. "Shine, Jesus, Shine," by Graham Kendrick.
___9. "Breathe," by Marie Bennett.
___10. "I Love You, Lord," by Laurie Klein.
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