you are absolutely right; i was trying to start something, and i hope everyone read your remarks. by the way, i am a senior pastor serving in miami,florida. but for years i was a minister of music. i teach music in the national baptist congress, and have taught music in the university system. again, i was trying to spark some conversation, and it looked like my comments yielded some great results, even at 2am.
Good Evening Pastor Richardson,
My hat is off to you. All things considered; you're a gentleman and a scholar.
As a young musician, my early days would definately fall under evangelism.
Now, I'm comfortable saying that I am a pastoral musician.
There is something very simplistic and satisfying about going into a setting and teaching and organizing efforts. And then before we become too familiar or too common with each other; it's time to move on to the next episode, similar to what an evangelist would do after preaching for a revival.
Tell me from your stand point:
1. What can Pastors or Leadership do to encourage excellence and enlist expertise in their music ministry. My plumber might be saved, but that's not a requirement to work on my toilet.
2. What can I do, [Minister of music/Teacher/Mentor] or any other older musician do, to bridge the gap between the younger and older musicians or Pastors and congregants; based on appropriate music for worship.
Some of the younger pastors are now requesting the Boom-Boom music because it is attractive to the younger congregation and are forcing musicians to abandon hymns, anthems, spirituals, choral, traditional gospel and by doing so are not meeting the needs of the older congregation, in my opinion.
Speak a word, Doc. I'm all ears. I realize that each congregation is different and all pastors are different. How do I explain these points to my pastor? And Should I? How can I maintain my obedience when in my heart it feels wreckless and wrong?
i will, at a more opportune time, answer your inquiries. I am preparing now for the National Baptist Congress, which will be held next week in Detroit. I teach a course to Ministers of Music, called "Creative Problem Solving in Music Education." As soon as i have completed my work, i will get back to you. you raise some very important points which deserve comment. God bless!!
Thank you Pastor Richardson. I'll await your response and pray for that you'll have good sucess in the National Baptist Congress.
Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Brother Marshall, your comments are so in-tune with church musicianship. You really should consider writing a book or a manual so that churches worldwide can read and understand the time and effort those of us who LOVE playing for the Lord really spend in preparation for worship. I have been a musician for over 20 years and pray to God that our churches would come to know the value of a well-trained, well-versed, and well-rounded Godly minister of music.
Thank you Rev. Kevin D Moss.
Your remarks are generous and I am humbled by them. To God be the Glory.
I'm consistently reminded that there remaineth true Church musicians among us.
We may never be famous. Our names may never be in lights and yet we have been called and counseled, chosen and chastened; created and crafted to be church clinicians.
I love to write. I believe for right now; I should let the trainingwheels remain, but pray for me.
Let's also remember DR.Marietta Brown for posting such a timely topic about the committed or the uncommitted music ministers to local churches who are consistently and sometimes competively compensated in the music ministry. There is a widespread of voices and viewpoints; issues and insights; conceptions and conclusions. Thanks
God bless you and your families and your ministries.
Thank you. I've always been so geared to the music side of things. Let me pray on that.
I'm reminded of when Mary [the mother of Jesus] went to visit her cousin Elisabeth [John the Baptist Mother] to share her encounter with the angel Gabriel; the bible says that the baby leaped within Elisabeth's womb. [Luke 1:41]
No Sir, I don't have a womb. LOL But there is something going on in my spirit.
Keep me in prayer. I'll leave you with one of my favorite scriptures:
Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
LOL Minister Marshall...you are a funny man....lol
Mr. Richardson, I don't know if you are in ministry or not but just in case you're not.....you have to simply understand....and I by the way thank you for your response because it (to me atleast) opens the door for you and people who think like you about musicians to understand that what you see on sundays or anytime that you see musicians in service is not the full picture at all really....let me help you my Brother in Christ to realize that when you are in ministry you can't just turn on and off your calling, just like a police officer can't not be a police offficer when he is off duty, no matter where they are..they will continue to function like a police officer, so when you attemp to make a referrence to "hours worked" please understand that our hours worked go well beyond the time you see us at church.
"Passionate musicians" don't just do what is necessary to get by....we live, sleep, eat and drink music all of the time. We are always thinking of ways to be better, play better, teach better, it is our way of life see..when you are at home spending time with your loved ones, we are at home getting raked over the coals by our loved ones, because we are trying to put the finishing touches on a new arrangement of a song for choir rehearsal, or we might be trying to learn this difficult chord progression in this new worship song that needs to be ready by Sunday, all the while neglecting our duties at home so that we can weather the storm at church when people complain that they are tired of hearing the same ol songs every week or month. See when you are passionate about a thing it consumes you. We have to stay up on the current trends and worship styles and literature that is being introduced to the masses. We as musicians wish we could have more time to just relax and enjoy life like ordinary church membership, but the call on our lives is greater and to much is given much is required, and what we do outside of the church in our own personal time is greatly misunderstood as it relates to our assignment in ministry. I want to tell you and anyone else that is reading this blog......you should really appreciate your musicians especially if they are good, because I can tell you with great certainty they didn't just become great over night, it takes alot of sacrifice on our part and dedication to our craft. All musicians are not willing to do the things that will help them to acheive excellence....but I can tell you this,.. spending a few hours at church is not going to get it done.
I have heard that there are some musicians that are making a nice piece of change..but again as I stated before those musicians are the exception and not the norm...us regular musicians are fighting for every dime we can get ! these days my Brotha, so please do your research first before generalizing because you will come to find that what most people say about musicians is generally a false characterization or limited in their scope of inquiry. I wish more musicians would tell the truth on what's really going on in the music ministry....because we are getting a bad rap in so many repsects.
Dr. Marting Luther King Jr. said, "Let Freedom Ring."
Mr. Rodney King said, "Can't We All Just Get Along."
They are both profound statements. LOL
Everyone sees the glory of it all, but few understand the story behind it all. Let the church say, Amen.
When I teach a Sunday School Class, there is no test. My ability is not in question. Everyone's understanding of what they've just been taught is not put on public display. If there are questions from the class, I answer them and we move right along.
But in rehearsals that prepare singing saints for the worship service......It is a test. It is a challenge. It will be a public display of what they've been taught. If the music is not right.....Who's accountable?
Musicians, singers and all of those who are part of the altar are very visible. When they open their mouths they are very audible.
You may not remember who the usher is or what deacons or elders were sitting down from; but you will remember a tacky musicians and horrible singers. You will notice immediately dis-order and unorganization. Who's accountable. Who has just failed a weekly exam?
No one else in my humble opinion, [SMILE] meet as often, work as hard, deal with the number of people,[attitudes] receives the bad press, rip and run and is judged so severly as the music ministry.
Allow me to throw this in:
The music ministry is called to lead the worship and not to be the worship.
We are not suppose to be entertainers, unless we are selling ticket at the door. Don't play me.
Everyone has the right and responsiblity to praise the Lord. Nobody is so wonderful that they steal the praise. Open up your own mouth and praise the Lord. Amen.
Ok, Let me go. I have to get ready for rehearsal. Praise God.