12 Song Challenge is back!
Over the last few years thousands of songs have been birthed. New friendships have been formed. The community have cajoled, critiqued and comforted each other. Songs have crossed continents to be sung in churches in the most unlikely places. And so many of us have grown as songwriters and in our commitment to Jesus Christ.
Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, we're inviting you to join us.
An international community of songwriters, working together to grow in their creative gifts and serve the local church.
"The 12 Song Challenge has been one of the greatest joys of this year and I'm grateful to have new friends and family in Christ who spur each other along to write more songs for God's glory." - Eric, USA
How Does It Work?
Every month we'll present a new challenge. A theme, a style, a Bible passage, or something else. Something to stimulate songwriting for our churches.
Then we'll take it on together and see what happens. You'll get to share your attempts with the rest of the 12 Song Challenge community and get feedback and encouragement through our online forum.
We'll reflect and share on the monthly Resound Worship Songwriting Podcast, usually picking out a handful of songs from the community to feature. We'll also include interviews, plus input and discussion on the different themes.
There's no pressure to finish anything, or achieve perfection. We'll just commit to each having a go every month.
"The 12 Song Challenge has given me the confidence to try songwriting and to grow in confidence. The friendly constructive criticism offered by participants and the Resound team is what makes this special. It is a unique fellowship experience to be able to listen to others tackling the same themes and subjects and, no matter how experienced or inexperienced, everyone has something to contribute. It’s a lot of fun too!" - Stephen, UK
How much does it cost?
You get access to everything you need for just £45 for the full year*, or £4.50 per month**.
As a charitable organisation, we are committed to making our activities affordable to those on low incomes. We've tried to keep the costs as low as possible for everyone, but there is an option to register for the full year at the much-reduced price of £15, for those who need it.
* The annual registration fee is fully refundable if you choose to cancel before 19 February 2024, or within 50 days of signing up, whichever is later.
** The monthly registration can be cancelled at any time and you will retain your membership until the date your next payment would be due. For sign-ups before the challenge begins, no payment will be taken until 1 January.
Do you know a songwriter who would benefit from being part of this challenge and community and you'd like to encourage them to sign up?
We now have the option for you to gift a subscription to a songwriter and give them a year of support and encouragement for their songwriting.
"Where else in the world would I be able to access such a diverse, supportive community? Thank you all so much for your support this last 12 months." - David, UK
What else can I expect?
- access to an interactive forum to share songs and hone songs
- membership of our thriving songwriters' Facebook group
- regular online writing days
- an end of year online concert
- opportunities to attend residential writing retreats and day gatherings
We try not to have too many rules in this Challenge, it is a relaxed, organic thing. But there is one very important rule:
Songs are shared safely and ideas are offered freely. This is the way we always do things at Resound. You post a song, it remains yours. Someone offers you an idea, or a suggestion - it remains your song. You do the same for others, and we’re all freely contributing to make these the best songs they can be.
"I'd never written a proper worship song before this challenge and I've now introduced two to my church and a few more to come I hope." - Phil, UK
12 Song Challenge Yearbook
Finally, a special incentive and exclusive memento for everyone who completes the challenge with a 100% record. A beautifully designed and printed 12 Song Challenge Yearbook, featuring one song from every finisher will be on its way to you.
To gain your 100% record all you have to do is
- write and post one new song attempt every month
- and contribute some constructive feedback to at least three other writers every month
It really is as easy as that.
"Thank you for the hard work you put in to make this such a success. The podcasts have blessed & encouraged. Everyone's willingness to collaborate and comment has been overwhelming." - Ian, UK