The Music Ministry Part 1
Music ministry has the capacity to influence, control and manipulate the gathering in ways that positively and/or negatively affect God’s people. In most gatherings, music is at the beginning and end of the meeting. This means, musicians and singers have face-time with the congregation in equal measure or more than the senior leader, the speaker or any other ministry for that matter. This ministry is before the congregation each Sunday. Depending upon the church structure, several songs will be ministered by a praise team, choir or combination of the two. This will last approximately 15-20 minutes; then there is the offering with music, which equals 5-10. Then if there is a “song selection” from the choir, a chorus, etc. before the spoken word, that is an additional 5-10 minutes. If there’s dancing and celebration after the selection (or at any time), there will be another 5-10 minutes. If the people just cannot sit down, this celebration can last another 20-30 minutes. Finally, there is the alter call, which can last about 5-15 minutes. Time frames vary, but using this break down, you can see that music ministry equates to about 30-50 minutes on a typical Sunday morning. This does not include background music, for example, during a baby dedication. Untraditional ministries that emphasize praise and worship with a musical team that flows freely, the total ministry in music could be an additional 30 minutes each Sunday. Oh! Do not forget the Bible Study for some ministries. You can see how music ministry plays a prominent role just like the spoken word. This is why I say senior leaders should be involved. Selection to this ministry should not be based upon talent alone. Careful attention must be paid to the individuals assigned this very powerful place in ministry. This is an excerpt from The Encouragement Newsletter titled, "The Music Ministry - Part 1". I am inviting those subscribers to the newsletter and you as a reader to share your comments on this topic.
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