Better Worship - 12 marks of an effective music ministry

Written by Ken Davis

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music ministry can be one talented and gifted person doing what they do in harmony with their church and surrounding community.

So here they are:

1. Music is valued as a gracious gift from God, given for our enjoyment, as well as being a strategic tool for strengthening believers and reaching unbelievers.

2. The ministry team should have a biblical understanding ofrepparttar nature of worship, music, church and Christian experience.

3. Music ministry takes place inrepparttar 135932 context of a church with a shared understanding of its purpose and mission.

4. The music team are servants with a clear understanding and a passionate commitment torepparttar 135933 part they play in that mission.

5. The music ministry is a team who: a. work together towards common goals. b. love and support one another. c. deal biblically and appropriately with conflict. d. have clear, mutually agreed, written standards explaining what is expected of members. e. receive regular training and teaching in theology, practical musicianship and teamwork.

6. Music takes place inrepparttar 135934 context of prayerfully and carefully planned services with an emphasis on cultural relevance, excellence, biblical content, personal authenticity and vulnerability.

7. Music team leaders are involved inrepparttar 135935 planning and programming of services and special events.

8. The repertoire is regularly and systematically reviewed to: a. assess its content, ease of singing and relevance. b. evaluate and recommend new songs before they enterrepparttar 135936 repertoire.

9. The music ministry has adequate financial support withinrepparttar 135937 church's existing resources.

10. Human resources are used effectively and supplemented by appropriate use of technology such as CD's, DVD's MIDI or backing tracks where required.

11. The church supports and encourages local and "lesser known" writers by using their material where possible and helping them to develop skills and access training opportunities.

12. The music ministry obeysrepparttar 135938 letter andrepparttar 135939 spirit ofrepparttar 135940 law regarding copyright and performance rights.

I've distilled these into a quick assessment you can use to see where you and your church are at in terms of ministry. You can download this assessment as a PDF document here. It will give you 60 quick ideas to improve your music ministry.

Ken Davis is a songwriter, guitarist and music producer who also sings badly. He has been involved in music ministry since 1977 and currently serves in the music ministry at Dapto Anglican Church in Australia. You can get plenty of Music Ministry resources at including free sheet music, MIDI files and training materials.

Christian Debt Consolidation – Feel Comfortable About Managing Your Debt

Written by Charles Essmeier

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are trying to repay their obligations in good faith. Creditors are more willing to extend favorable terms to such clients inrepparttar hope that they (the creditor) will avoidrepparttar 135794 significant expense of turningrepparttar 135795 account over to a collections firm or avoid an extended drawn out process ifrepparttar 135796 account holder goes throughrepparttar 135797 expense of declaring bankruptcy.

Experienced Christian Debt consolidation and credit counseling services know this, and they have experience working with creditors to easerepparttar 135798 burden of repayment. They can help you renegotiate loans, reshape payment schedules, reduce your interest rate or obtain a loan that consolidates your debt. Many of these firms are nonprofit; they are inrepparttar 135799 business strictly so that they can help fellow Christians to get back on their feet and free fromrepparttar 135800 burden of unusually heavy debt.

If this sounds like something that suits your personal needs, you should consider contacting a Christian debt consolidation or credit counseling agency.

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