What does Southern Gospel need to survive?
Periodically, Southern Gospel artists and fans will discuss whether Southern Gospel has a future. Newer and more musically aggressive styles have captured the fancy of a large portion of the American church. The decline in Christian bookstores and other facets of the traditional music industry has cut into revenues. That is not even mentioning the cost of fuel now as compared to twenty years ago! What does Southern Gospel need to survive?
First, of course, is God’s blessing. Remove the spiritual impact of the songs touching the lives of listeners and our genre has no value!
Second, our genre needs the right people. But if God blesses us with people who have both the determination to carry the work of the ministries forward and the talent and persistence to pull it off, Southern Gospel will survive and even thrive. There will be great challenges in a changing cultural and technological environment, but if the right people are in place and God blesses their efforts, those challenges can be solved.