If you are anything like me, you joined this site for at least PARTIALLY self-serving reasons. I joined so that I could post my songs, get feedback, get heard. Pure and simple. As a result of the requirements of the songwriting forum, I have "had" to listen to several other people's songs. Some have been good, some have been so-so, a few have been great. And I have used none of them in worship at my church.
I think there can be a temptation to use only the songs in church that are familiar or can be heard on the radio. This can be crippling, however, as there are so many good songs out there that will never make it to the radio. But some of those songs may be a perfect fit for your congregation in its present season.
Personally, I've used my own songs quite a bit. But I've also found a few songs that are off the beaten path. Billy and Cindy Foote have written a lot of great songs, but most have never been heard (except "You Are My King" and "Sing to the King" and "You Are God Alone"). But there seems to be a tendency to use only what is on the CCLI Top 100 or the Christian radio top 40.
I want to issue a challenge. Over the course of the next month, make a goal of finding someone ELSE'S song on this website, learning it, and introducing it to your congregation. Don't do this arbitrarily. There are a lot of good songs out there, find one that fits. Then, as an encouragement to the songwriter, shoot them an email letting them know how it went over in your church.
Who is with me?