Caring and Sharing
At a recent conference I asked a colleague if he prayed with his choir and was involved with visiting choir members if they were hospitalized. I was surprised when he responded with “that isn’t my job.”
Is it not reasonable that the Minister of Music have certain responsibilities to the members they serve? In some churches they require ordination before the title of “minister” be used. Whichever title the individual church prefers; Director of Music or Minister of Music, should not you consider the position as one who cares and shares the joys and concerns of the persons in his/ her charge?
Surely we should consider the work we do more than preparing a choir for the three minute anthem presented on Sunday morning.
I found it heartwarming to see our choir become closer after hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Much time was given, in rehearsal, to hearing the needs of the choir members – from damaged homes from trees to the loss of appliances. We learned how to care for each other which in short time spread to our congregation with the choir in work teams for the church members and then to the community.
There was no question that the time of prayer would never be the same. We could see our blessings in the work we did. It is astounding that although people were moving out of the area in great numbers, after the storm, our choir grew.
Our purpose driven choir has continued to this day. Everyone knew what a ministry of music was because we all were a part of it.
It is not possible that we should consider our position as part of the mission of the church for which we serve. Our church mission is clear: “to make disciples.”
I realized, after my question was asked, that there are many involved in church positions that look to their position as a job for which we receive supplemental income rather than ministry. I would challenge those that look to their position as a “job” that they find a church you believe in and become a part of the ministry.
The amazing thing is that the music really does become better and the time we take in the rehearsal to share our prayers and concerns will not be looked at as something that takes away from the time of rehearsal but necessary in a ministry of music.
I do believe that if you take the challenge you will see lives that are changed, maybe your own like it did mine.
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