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
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
Person of Integrity
Sense of Humor
Life -Time Learner
Committed and Consistent
Sensitivity to Language
Respectful of Others
Create a Positive, Fear-Free Environment
Expect the Best of Others
Honor the Congregation and Their History
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
Know the congregation to which you serve
Help church recognize its program needs
Connect with all church's musicians
Value talent of others
Acquire familiarity with a theological language
Know the liturgical year
Demonstrate sensitivity to the way music fits into the service
Build Community in your ensembles
Be mindful of demands on colleagues
We won't and can't please everyone
Avoid Being Discouraged
Acknowledge that we won't and can't please everyone