The Definition of Music Ministry

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The music is one of the first things people notice when they attend a church service. The style, the instruments and the choice of songs exert great influence over the audience. Such an important part of the service is not randomly arranged each week but is the work of a devoted music ministry in the congregation.

1 Music Ministry Defined

A church ministry is an action or service that is done in response to God's call on a person's life. The music ministry uses music in some way to serve God. Service to God through the music ministry is generally expressed as service to the congregation of a church. Encouraging believers, supporting the sermon, praising and worshipping God and sharing the gospel with nonbelievers through song are all responsibilities of a music ministry. Other essential roles include gathering people for the beginning of a service, unifying a group for worship, providing segues between parts of a service and entertaining the congregation. Although the choice of song and style of music differ across congregations, the definition and purpose of a music ministry are universal.

Sara Juveland has been writing articles and textbooks related to education since 2012. Based in Oregon, Juveland has five years of experience living, studying, and working in South Korea, Japan, and China. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese from Pacific University and an MA TESOL from Portland State University.