Mammoth Community Church

Philosophy of Music Ministry

Adapted from “A Philosophy of Music Ministry,”

As taught by professor and director of music, Clayton Erb,

The Master’s Seminary at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley California

  

Music Ministry Purpose Statement:

 Biblical Truth and Excellence in Music, So That Others Will Know God and Exalt Him.

 

“A philosophy of ministry” ... “states the direction the church takes on certain issues. This style of ministry—this ‘language’—is what distinguishes it from the other churches in town.” (Bolinder, G., McKee)

 

Worship Terminology

 

Worship – showing God one’s reverence, devotion, or adoration 

Exalt – to elevate, lift up on high the name, attributes, deeds or knowledge of God 

Praise – to ascribe value or worth to God 

Communion  – a sharing of that which is possessed in common 

Fellowship – those sharing the same interests or commitment 

Gospel – the good news regarding Jesus as witnessed in all the Scriptures  

Evangelize – messengers declaring the gospel of Jesus  

Salvation –  receiving God’s forgiveness because of what Jesus did for us

Conviction – truth conveyed in such a manner as to convince others, inspiring grief regarding their sins, and the determination to change according to God’s determination 

Repentance – grief regarding sin and the determination to change according to God’s determination 

Born again – through the Holy Spirit, God provides a new nature to those whom He convicts, and who profess faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ

 

 We Believe That a Biblical Philosophy of Music Ministry Involves:

 Learning Scripture and Spiritual Truths by Singing.

1. (Psalm 32:7-8)  “Thou dost surround me with songs of deliverance.  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.”

2. (Colossians 3:16)  “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

 

Instructing and Convicting Through the Scriptural Texts of the Songs.

  1. (1 Chronicles 25:1) “Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals.”

2. (Isaiah 55:11)  “So shall My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

3. (Colossians 3:16) “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”  (See also Ephesians 5:18-21)

 

 Evangelizing the Unsaved Through Singing.

  1. (Psalm 40:3)  “And he put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”

2. (1 Chronicles 16:23)  "Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods."

 

Worshiping God Through Music.

(Psalms 66:4) “All the earth will worship Thee, and will sing praises to Thee; they will sing praises to Thy name. Selah.”

 

Exalting God Through Music.

  1. (Exodus 15:1, 21) “Then Moses and Israel sang this song to the Lord and said, ‘I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted ... and Miriam answered them, ‘Sing unto the Lord, for He is highly exalted ....’”

2. (Psalms 21:13)  “Be Thou exalted, O Lord, in Thy strength; we will sing and praise Thy power.”

3. (Job 36:24) “Remember that you should exalt His work, of which men have sung.”

4. (Psalms 108:1) “My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples; and I will sing praises to Thee among the nations. For Thy lovingkindness is great above the heavens; and Thy truth reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Thy glory above all the earth.”

 

Praising God Through Music.

  (Psalm 150:1-6)  “Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. PRAISE THE LORD.”

 

 

Worshipful Music Has the Same Elements as Prayer

 Praise

  (Psalm 104:33)  “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”

Thanksgiving

  (Psalm 92:1-3)  “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most high; to declare thy loving kindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute, and with the harp; with resounding music upon the lyre.”

Worship of God

  (Psalms 66:4) “All the earth will worship Thee, and will sing praises to Thee; ...”

Mourning

  1. (2 Chronicles 35:25)  “Then Jeremiah chanted a lament for Josiah. And all the male and female singers speak about Josiah in their lamentations to this day. And they made them an ordinance in Israel; behold, they are also written in the Lamentations.”

2. (Ezekiel 32:16)  “This is a lamentation and they shall chant it. The daughters of the nations shall chant it. Over Egypt and over all her multitude they shall chant it," declares the Lord GOD.

3. (Amos 5:1-2)  “Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel. She has fallen, she will not rise again-- The virgin Israel. She lies neglected on her land; There is none to raise her up.”

  Communion and Fellowship

  (Mark 14:26)  “And after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Christian Joy

  (Psalm 98:4)  “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.”

 Rejoicing in Salvation

  (Psalm 33:1, 3(  “Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright.  Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.”

 

Spiritual Music Comes from Spiritual People Who Are Skillful

 The Bible always depicts true worship as being the result of true faith. This alone is acceptable to God.

1. (Psalm 40:3)  “And he put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”

2. (Psalm 33:1,3)  “Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright.  Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.”

3. (John 4:23-24) “‘But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.’”

4. (Ephesians 5:18-21) “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”

 However, not all music was acceptable to God for worship.

1. (Amos 5:23) God speaks to His people, “Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sounds of your harps.”  Again, in Amos 6:5, God sends a judgement against those “who improvise to the sound of the harp, and like David have composed songs for themselves,” instead of composing songs for the purpose of worship. (Cf. Isaiah 1:10-20; 5:11-12)

2. (Ecclesiastes 7:5) "It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools."

The Levites, some who were muscians and singers, were separated from all others at birth. They renounced their earthly inheritance and consecrated themselves to God and His service for a lifetime. (Num. 3:11-12; 41-47; 2 Chron. 5:11-14; Neh. 7:72; 10:28; 12:27-47)

 The Old Testament musicians were very skilled.

  1. (1 Chronicles 9:33) “Now these are the singers, heads of fathers' households of the Levites, who lived in the chambers of the temple free from other service; for they were engaged in their work day and night.”

2. (1 Chronicles 15:22)  “And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful.”

3. (1 Chronicles 23:3-5)  “And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward, and their number by census of man was 38,000.  Of these, 24,000 were to oversee the work of the house of the Lord; and 6,000 were officers and judges, and 4,000 were gatekeepers, and 4,000 were praising the Lord with the instruments which David made for giving praise.”

4. (2 Chronicles 34:12) Speaks of the Levites who were skillful with musical instruments. Not only were they skilled, but there were many of them.

 Full-time ministers of music were paid:

1. (Nehemiah 10:28-39) " 28 Now the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, all those who had knowledge and understanding, 29 are joining with their kinsmen, their nobles, and are taking on themselves a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law, which was given through Moses, God’s servant, and to keep and to observe all the commandments of God our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes; 30 and that we will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land or take their daughters for our sons. 31 As for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or a holy day; and we will forego the crops the seventh year and the exaction of every debt. 32 We also placed ourselves under obligation to contribute yearly one third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God: 33 for the showbread, for the continual grain offering, for the continual burnt offering, the sabbaths, the new moon, for the appointed times, for the holy things and for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God. 34 Likewise we cast lots for the supply of wood among the priests, the Levites and the people so that they might bring it to the house of our God, according to our fathers’ households, at fixed times annually, to burn on the altar of the Lord our God, as it is written in the law; 35 and that they might bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits of all the fruit of every tree to the house of the Lord annually, 36 and bring to the house of our God the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks as it is written in the law, for the priests who are ministering in the house of our God. 37 We will also bring the first of our dough, our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the new wine and the oil to the priests at the chambers of the house of our God, and the tithe of our ground to the Levites, for the Levites are they who receive the tithes in all the rural towns. 38 The priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes, and the Levites shall bring up the tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of the storehouse. 39 For the sons of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the contribution of the grain, the new wine and the oil to the chambers; there are the utensils of the sanctuary, the priests who are ministering, the gatekeepers and the singers. Thus we will not neglect the house of our God."

2. (Nehemiah 12:46-47) "46 For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God. 47 So all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and Nehemiah gave the portions due the singers and the gatekeepers as each day required, and set apart the consecrated portion for the Levites, and the Levites set apart the consecrated portion for the sons of Aaron."

3. (Nehemiah 13:10) " 10 I also discovered that the portions of the Levites had not been given them, so that the Levites and the singers who performed the service had gone away, each to his own field."

This combination of sanctified, skilled, and unified men and women produced meaningful music:

1. (1 Chronicles 15:22) "Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful."

2. (1 Chronicles 25:1-8) " 1 Moreover, David and the commanders of the army set apart for the service some of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps and cymbals; and the number of those who performed their service was: 2 Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah and Asharelah; the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king. 3 Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun with the harp, who prophesied in giving thanks and praising the Lord. 4 Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. 5 All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer to exalt him according to the words of God, for God gave fourteen sons and three daughters to Heman. 6 All these were under the direction of their father to sing in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, harps and lyres, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the direction of the king. 7 Their number who were trained in singing to the Lord, with their relatives, all who were skillful, was 288. 8 They cast lots for their duties, all alike, the small as well as the great, the teacher as well as the pupil.

3. (2 Chronicles 5:12-14)  “And all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them 102 priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, ‘He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,’ then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.”

 The Scriptures include women in the music ministry and as worship leaders.

  1. (Exodus 15:20-21) "20 Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing. 21 Miriam answered them, “Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; The horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea.”"

2. (1 Samuel 18:6-7) "6 It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. 7 The women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.”"

3. (1 Chronicles 25:5-7) "5 All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer to exalt him according to the words of God, for God gave fourteen sons and three daughters to Heman. 6 All these were under the direction of their father to sing in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, harps and lyres, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the direction of the king. 7 Their number who were trained in singing to the Lord, with their relatives, all who were skillful, was 288."

4. (2 Chronicles 35:25) "Then Jeremiah chanted a lament for Josiah. And all the male and female singers speak about Josiah in their lamentations to this day. And they made them an ordinance in Israel; behold, they are also written in the Lamentations."

5. (Judges 5:1) " Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, ..." (Deborah was a judge in Israel.)

6. (Ecclesiastes 12:4) “the daughters of song will sing softly”

7. (Nehemiah 7:66-67) " 66 The whole assembly together was 42,360, 67 besides their male and their female servants, of whom there were 7,337; and they had 245 male and female singers."

8. (Nehemiah 12:43) "and on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them great joy, even the women and children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard from afar."

9. (Psalm 68:25) "The singers went on, the musicians after them, In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines."

10. (Colossians 3:1, 12,16) " 1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, ....12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, .... 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

 

How Does this Apply to Our Music Ministry Team?

 Our music must reveal who God is.

 Our music must explain the gospel.

 Our music must encourage an appreciation of God’s virtues.

 Our music must instill in others a reverence of God.

We must know God ourselves.

 We must be a submissive and holy people separated unto the Lord.

 We must dedicate our musical talents to the Lord.

 We must pursue excellence in music as a reflection of God’s worth and virtue.

  

How Can We Know That the Music We Use Is Worthy of Worship?

Are the words doctrinally sound?  Is the text biblical?  Does it stimulate spiritual thought?  Does it inspire high spiritual ideals?  Does it fit the need?  Does it produce a wholesome response?  Does it properly instruct? Is the focus upon God or upon the people?

 A good verse to determine the value of a musical piece is found in Philippians 4:8.

  “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”

 Essential Qualities In a Music Ministry

 The music ministry should demonstrate a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s direction, and soundness in Christian doctrine, along with its application in personal, daily life.  

 The music ministry should enhance but never overshadow the teaching ministry, always being mindful that the teaching of the Word of God is central in the church.

 The music ministry should be broad in its range of musical content and style; always tasteful, but designed to speak to all in a diversified congregation.

 The music ministry should be consistent in high quality, so that the Lord is glorified and the heart is blessed.

 The music ministry should offer a broad range of opportunity for those whom the Lord has gifted with musical ability, using instrumentalists as well as vocalists.

 The music ministry should encourage those in the church that are not involved in the program, but are gifted in music. It isn’t necessary that everyone should be “skilled professionals,” but that they demonstrate ability and willingness to learn and progress.

 

 The Changing Sound of Cooperate Worship

 

What doesn’t change: 

1. Worship  – proclaiming one’s reverence, devotion, or adoration of God

2. Exaltation – proclaiming the greatness of God, lifting up on high the name, attributes, deeds or knowledge of God

3. Truth  – proclaiming sound doctrine

4. Praise  – proclaiming the honor and worth of God.

5. Communion – sharing that which is possessed in common

6. Fellowship – sharing the same interests or commitment

7. Spirit  – sharing in and submiting to the Spirit of God

What changes:

  1. Skillfulness transcends style. Styles will change but the testimony that skill and dedication communicates never changes
  2. All team members should make every effort to learn the skills of musicianship. This may necessitate attending classes or workshops for sight-reading, instrumentation, vocalization and directing. Until the proper skills are acquired, it may be necessary to use MP 3's and CD’s in order to learn new songs. However, these should not become a crutch or an excuse for not acquiring the necessary skills to do our best. Having said this, we recognize that all members have limited time, opportunity and skills. The goal is that each one does his or her best as unto the Lord.
  3. (Psalm 136:3, 5) “ 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords ...  5 to Him who made the heavens with skill, ...”

b. (Exodus 35:10) “Let every skillful man among you come, and make all that the Lord has commanded: ...”

c. (1 Chronicles 15:22) “Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful.

d. (1 Chronicles 25:7-8) 7 “Their number who were trained in singing to the Lord, with their relatives, all who were skillful, was 288. 8 They cast lots for their duties, all alike, the small as well as the great, the teacher as well as the pupil.”

e. (Psalm 47:7) “For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm.”

f. (Proverbs 22:29) “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.”

g. (1 Corinthians 14:26, 33, 40) 26 “What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification .... 33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints .... 40 But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.”

h. (Ephesians 5:18-21) 18 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”

i. (Philippians 1:9-10; 4:8) 9 “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; ....8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

j. (Colossians 3:12-17) 12 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

k. (1 Peter 2:12)  “Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

How do we define worldly music?

1. Scripture, your church, your era and your community determine what “worldly” is:

a. (John 15:19) " “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you."

b. (Romans 12:2) "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

c. (1 Corinthians 2:12-13) "12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words."

d. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17) "14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you."

e. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13) "9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges."

f. (Galatians 4:3; 6:14) "3 So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world." .... "6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."

g. (1 Timothy 4:6-8) " 6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 7 But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

h. (1 Timothy 6:20-21) "20 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— 21 which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you."

i. (Titus 2:11-14) "11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds."

j. (Titus 3:8-11) "8 This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. 9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, 11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned."

k. (Galatians 1:3-5) 3 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.”

l. (Colossians 2:8) "8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ."

m. (Romans 15:2) “Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.”

n. (1 Corinthians 9:22-23; 10:24, 32-33) 22 “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.”....  10:24 Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor ....32 “Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God;33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.”

o. 1 John 2:15-17) " 15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever."

2. Sound, at a certain level, affects the adrenaline. Are people moved by the Spirit or by adrenaline highs? Avoid extremes. Be sensitive of offending or causing others to stumble (Cf. Rom. 14). In this sense, cross-generational ministry is a Biblical mandate.

“ A stern letter was sent through Dr. Deyling to the music minister regarding the contemporary Christian music he was producing. It was dated February 16, 1730. The recipient was a hard-working musician employed by a local church in Leipzig. His name? Johann Sebastian Bach. Today it seems ludicrous to imagine J. S. Bach creating a stir with his contemporary Christian music. He’s considered to be classical and ‘long hair.’ Many hail him as the greatest musician who ever lived.” (Bolinder, G., McKee, T., & Cionca, J. R. (1986). Vol. 6: What every pastor needs to know about music, youth, and education. Spine title: Music, youth & education. The Leadership library (14). Carol Stream, Ill.;  Waco, Tex.: CTi;  Word Books.)

 3. Whatever the style, always show reverence and awe for the service. Our personal worship will be reflected in the cooperate worship. 

a. (Hebrews 12:28-29) 28 “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.”

b. (Cf. Isa. 6 and Revelation 5)

How to evaluate contemporary music:

 1. Is it memorable and singable?

2. Is it substantial and enduring?

3. Is it well crafted?

4. Is the sound and style fitting for the lyrics?

5. Is the sound attractive but the lyrics trite or cheap?

6. Is the style able to be appreciated by the many in your congregation or does it simply fit your own preferences?

7. Is the lyrical content:

a. Unique?

b. Teaching truth?

c. Void of emotionalism for its’ own sake?

d. Balanced between subjective content (How I feel about God.) and objective content (What the Bible says about God.)

e. Emotionally filled but not emotionally driven?

f. An emotional response to Biblical truth?

g. Void of the impression that emotion is the measure of God’s presence?

h. Void of dumbing down in order to attract a crowd?

i. Void of “vain” repetition (Cf. Matthew 6:7)?

Regarding children:

1. Avoid metaphors unless they are explained.

2. Children think in very concrete terms.

 

 Do not forget to pray and read the Scriptures!

 1. (1 Samuel 12:23-24) 23 “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way. 24 “Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.”

2. (1 Timothy 4:13) “Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.”

Sing songs that the congregations knows! Whenever introducing new songs, teach them. If necessary, play a verse or the entire song before asking the congregation to sing with you. A worship team’s purpose is to lead the congregation in cooperate worship. If most of the people are not singing along, you need to consider modifying your song selections or style of music! Pray for and consider the congregation that God has sovereignly placed in your care! Lead them.

1. (1 Chronicles 16:8-13) " 8 Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. 9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. 10 Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. 11 Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually. 12 Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth, 13 O seed of Israel His servant, Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!"

2. (Colossians 3:12-16) "12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

3. (Psalm 5:11) "But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You."

4. (Psalm 35:18) "I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among a mighty throng."

5. (Psalm 149:1-9) " 1 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones. 2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker; Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King. 3 Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation. 5 Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples, 8 To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron, 9 To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the Lord!"

6. (Psalm 96:1) "Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth."

7. (Psalm 150:1-6) " 1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. 2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. 3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!"

  

“My job is to protect the congregation from bad music!” 

(Clayton Erb, Choir Director)

 

 

Mammoth Community Church

Worship Team Policies

 

1. Preparation of the worship team:

a. Tune your hearts and prepare your bodies before each practice and every opportunity of service.

b. Tune your instruments and prepare your music before each practice and every opportunity of service.

 

2. Regular Practice Times:

a. Regular practice times are necessary, as opportunity permits.

b. Practice times will be decided by the Worship Team leader, taking into account the needs of the entire team.

c. Practices sessions must start on time and end on time. Respect the needs of others.

 

3. Transportation: If you need a ride, please call someone on the team and have them pick you up.

 

4. Special Music:

a. We encourage each person on the team to do an offertory solo from time to time.

b. The Worship Team, altogether, is also encouraged to do offertories.

 

5. New Worship team members must:

a. Be a “born-again” Christian

b. Be living in accordance with God’s word and the by-laws of Mammoth Community Church.

c. Be approved by the pastor and Worship Team leader

6. Visitors are welcome to participate with the Worship Team during a Sunday service, providing it is approved by the pastor and Worship Team leader.

 

Additional Things to Consider:

1. What styles of music do you most enjoy? When you listen to music at home, in the study or the car, what kinds are most common?

2. If you choose the music for worship, what is your criteria for selection?

3. If you do not choose the music, why not?

4. Do you keep a record of music used in worship? What does the record indicate about your preference?

5. How many unfamiliar songs has your congregation sung in the past year?

6. How well do you know the songs you use? Do you study the songs, their meaning and use?

7. How often do you meet with your minister, accompanists and/or other musicians and soloists to plan, share your ideas, get theirs, and discuss the direction of the music ministry?

8. What is your personal church tradition? Are you from a liturgical background, emphasizing more ordered worship, classical music and restrained dignity? Or have you grown up with nonstructured worship, spontaneous songs and choruses (some composed right on the spot), and enthusiastic emotional release? Are you somewhere in the middle?

9. Think back to times when you have been deeply moved and ministered to by music. What caused this? Was it the music, the musician, the setting, or your own personal involvement and response?

10. What is your musical experience and/or training?

11. How important is music to your family, particularly your spouse? What are their tastes?

 

Some Things for a Pastor to Consider:

 1. Probe your minister of music or volunteer leader for his/her personal philosophy of music in the church. Find out the history of music in this congregation. What’s been done before? What are we trying to do today? The majority of churches have part-time music ministers, many of whom are faithful and have probably been at the church longer than the pastor. Regardless of their musical abilities, find out what makes them tick. You’ll not only learn about them, you’ll learn about the church as well.

2. Take a look at your choir music library. This will give you an idea of what the church is used to hearing. It will also reveal the taste of your minister of music and his or her predecessors.

3.  Do an inventory of instruments in the church (unless, of course, your tradition does not use them). Find out their condition. What is available besides organ and piano?

4. Make a list of all possible musicians in the church. Who are the soloists? Who should be a soloist but isn’t? Who is a soloist but shouldn’t be? Who plays what instruments? What are the special groups that sing or play? Don’t assume that all the musicians have already surfaced.

5. Pay special attention to accompanists. These dedicated people are usually hidden behind a keyboard. They help the soloists; they support the congregation; but rarely do they get much attention until they hit a wrong note. Get to know them, encourage them, and find more people to help them. Don’t be afraid to pay them. When music purchases and practice times are figured in, most accompanists are excellent bargains.

6. Look at your music budget and see if it is realistic. Music material costs are up. Seminars and workshops aren’t free. Choir robes need to be cleaned and/or replaced. There’s no such thing as discount music ministry.

7. Study the musical climate of your community. Evaluating this can help you better understand congregational opinions and expectations.

8. Begin where you are and grow from there! Both covetous yearning and self-satisfied complacency lead in the same direction: inertia. If the music ministry of your church is going to grow, the pastor must be committed to helping it happen.