© 2019 by Jason A. Wright

Sacred Music

 
Philosophy​

As a professional and liturgical church musician, I strongly believe that…


A music program should be grounded in biblical truth. There should be a direct relationship between the liturgy of the word and music. 



There should be a close relationship between clergy and church musicians. By this relationship, worship services will be held together thematically, delivering lasting messages and memorable worship experiences.


Music is a dynamic, transforming force that edifies and enhances our worship week after week. Music is nourishment for our spiritual lives.  Through music, God’s word to us in worship is amplified, our fellowship is enlivened, and our learning is underscored.



The music of the liturgy should be selected based on the spoken word and the liturgical season.  

Those involved in the ministry of music should strive for excellence in the music that is offered for worship. Excellence is achieved through educating members of the music ministry, by creating a framework of knowledge. This knowledge should also be made
available to the entire congregation. 

The music ministry should commit to nurturing the spiritual growth of all adults, children, and youth through the music of the church. 

The music ministry should provide a strong program for children and youth.  Music teaches God’s word through songs and musical activities; enhances understanding of worship and deepens the child’s/youth’s faith.  Choir instills a life-long priority and prepares church leaders for the future through fellowship, spiritual growth, and worship leadership. 

 
Characteristics of a Servant Leader
Humble

Pastoral Leader

Self-Knowledge of your real strengths and weaknesses

Self-Confidence - True sense of one's skills and value as a human being and child of God

Self-Discipline

Person of Integrity

Creative

Accountable 

Visionary

Sense of Humor

Life -Time Learner

Committed and Consistent

Sensitivity to Language 

Respectful of Others

Create a Positive, Fear-Free Environment

Show Appreciation 

Show Compassion

Share Control

Exude Enthusiasm

Expect the Best of Others

Take Risks

Communicate Effectively

Honor the Congregation and Their History

Pray

Qualities and Skills of Effective Musicians
 
Have a relationship with Jesus Christ

Commit to daily prayer and worship

Have a philosophy of music

Appreciate How God Speaks to Us through music

Know that the congregation is the church's most important choir

Embrace music as sacred

Educate the congregation

Mentor 

Know the congregation to which you serve

Help church recognize its program needs

Self-Discipline

Organize

Connect with all church's musicians

Value talent of others

Exercise diplomacy

Use humor 

Expand Competency

Acquire familiarity with a theological language

Know the liturgical year

Demonstrate sensitivity to the way music fits into the service

Be creative

Build Community in your ensembles

Be mindful of demands on colleagues

We won't and can't please everyone

Be Professional 

Avoid Being Discouraged

Acknowledge that we won't and can't please everyone