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Frequently Asked Questions About the Christian Songwriting Organization

Q. How did get started?

In August, 1997, Dave Byers posted Christian songs to USENET newsgroups. Discouraged at not being able to find many Christian writers and finding the normal comments towards Christianity on newsgroups he realized a need for a focused group for Christian songwriters.

Shortly after this, Dave sent invitations to form a private mailing list of people interested in discussing Christian songwriting. At about that time, we officially became the Christian Songwriters Group

In November, 1997, Praise! Net agreed to host the CSG, and became the owner of it, but allowed us to continue administering it.

In November, 1999, we were abruptly informed that our sponsor at Praise!Net would no longer host the Christian Songwriters Group, and that in fact, he intended to discontinue its operation. He owned the domain name and, even though he apparently wasn’t going to use it anymore, declined the requests of founder Dave Byers to release it to him. So Dave Byers purchased the domain and continues to sponsor the site through his business DC Music Store Dave and three of the admins from the CSG, Jim Johnson, Liane Kuchmy and Marty Ward, became administrators of the new site, maintaining the site and list with Dave as the owner and head admin. Dave is currently the only active admin.

On December 14, 1999, Dave posted an announcement to the members of the CSG stating that it was closing down, and inviting everyone to join the new list. The new website at began partial operations on Dec. 16.


Q. Who started

Dave Byers.


Q. Who owns

Dave Byers. He sponsors it from his music store DC Music Store


Q. What are the discussion goals of

The purpose of the group is:

to get help from like-minded songwriters,

to share critiques of songs,

to improve our songwriting,

to share ideas, and experiences,

to be a sounding board,

to edify and encourage one another,

to PRAY for one another

all with the unified desire to glorify God.

There are no more specific topics which are mandated for the group. A lot of discussion (most discussion) focuses on what may be called “CCM” songs: Christian Contemporary Music. These are basically popular songs with a Christian flavor. Some are appropriate for worship, and some are only appropriate as special music or anthems in Church.

A number of types of Christian music are ‘under’ discussed. These include: Chant, choral music, liturgical (i.e., mass) music, worship music, hymns, rap, hip-hop, rock, country


Q. What types of messages are off-topic for

Virus alerts, theology (except as it relates to Christian songwriting), denominational disputes, chain letters (i.e., any message that says ‘send this to as many people as possible!’), cartoons, etc.

Before sending a message to the list, it’s not a bad idea to ask yourself the following question: Is this post relevant to Christian songwriting? If the answer is no, perhaps it is better to post it privately.


Q. Why are some types of messages considered off-topic?

There are a large number of people on this list, of many denominations. This list has a specific purpose: To discuss Christian songwriting. Think of the consequences if everyone on the list sent messages that had nothing to do with Christian songwriting: We would lose the very purpose of this list.

In order for this list to continue to provide value to its members, we need to focus our discussion on Christian songwriting.


Q. Are most of the folks here worship leaders?

The list has a wide range of members from worship leaders, to professional musicians as well as first-time songwriters


Q. Are the list members part of any particular denomination? has no affiliation with any particular denomination. Members are Christians from many denominations.


Statement of Faith

The following is the basic Statement of Faith for the Christian Songwriting Organization.

We, the administrators, believe that these are the minimum Christian standards to which all lyrics, comments and other posts in this list must adhere.

The administrators reserve the right to actively, prayerfully moderate the list in order to ensure that these standards are upheld.

We believe in one God, who is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:19; Gen 1:1,2; John 1:1-3)

We believe in God the Father, maker of all things. (Gen 1:1)

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, truly God and truly man, through whom all things were made; who died for our sins and rose from the dead that we might be saved by his grace through faith. (John 1:1-3; John 1:14; Romans 3:23-24; Romans 6:9; Ephesians 2:8)

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who spoke through the Prophets, guides us into all truth, and makes Jesus known to us. (Genesis 1:2; Hebrews 1:1; John 16:13-14)

We believe that the Bible is God-breathed, inspired by the Holy Spirit and authoritative. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

In Memory

In Memory of Our Dear Friend, Liane Kuchmy of Ontario, Canada. Co-administrator and Chat coordinator. Liane went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2001. She was 32 years old, married to Ed Kuchmy, and had three young children: Joshua, Justin and Rachel. Although we will all miss her terribly, we must remember that her family will miss her the most, and so we must keep them in our prayers.

In Memory of Our Dear Friend, Michael Lehr. Co-administrator went to be with the Lord on March 27, 2010. One of the original members who helped so much in forming the CSO. An author of more than 5,000 hymns, terrific critique giver and friend.

The discussion group has moved to Facebook. Years back we started with Usenet, we had yahoo and other e-mail and web message boards but these days you will find the members on our Facebook Group. Click here to join.

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