10 Principles for Music Ministry Members

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This is a fantastic list of guidelines for those involved in a music ministry. Michael Adler, worship leader at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, compiled this list for his choir and orchestra. Many thanks to Michael for sharing it with us!

1. You are not Singing or Playing Because You are Good: You have been given this opportunity by God because He is good. His grace has allowed you to represent Him in spite of your imperfections. Eph. 2:4-10; Titus 3:5.

2. Being Seen or Recognized is not Your Ultimate Goal: God always sees you and recognizes you. Our ultimate goal is for Christ to be seen. John 3:30.

3. God is a God of Order, not Confusion: You will be expected to be punctual, professional, accountable, dependable, and flexible according to the needs of this ministry. Structure and order are essentials to giving our best to God. I Cor. 14:40; Rom. 12:11.

4. Your Music will not be What Determines Your Success: Millions of people can produce great music. God once made a donkey talk! Your success will be dependent only on your love for God, people, and each other. The Biblical definition of greatness is servant-hood: I John 3:23; John 13:1-17; Phil.1:9-11.

5. Participation in this Ministry is not a Substitute for Bible Study, Tithing, or Serving as God Leads in other Necessary Functions of the Church: Your personal spiritual growth depends on your relationship with a good church. Your ongoing fellowship, sacrificial giving and consistent Bible study will enable you to properly relate and contribute to the movement and ministry of this church. Hebrews 10:24-25.

6. Your Participation in this Ministry Makes You a Minister: People will look to you for advice and example. If you lead them astray by word or deed, you will be held responsible for their sin. If you lead them to Jesus, he will reward you. There is no in-between. Also, remain mindful that you are involved in spiritual warfare. I Cor. 15:33, 58; II Cor. 4: 1-6; I Cor 1:23; Ezekiel 33:6; Eph. 6:12; I Thess. 5:22.

7. You are not the Stars: The star of this ministry is Jesus Christ. When you lose sight of that fact, you become a liability to the group. II Cor. 4:5; Col. 1:18

8. God Deserves Our Best: God gave His best through Christ, and everything He does is perfect. We therefore show our appreciation by giving our best back to Him. Specifically, this means getting proper rest, rehearsing faithfully, dressing appropriately, speaking intelligently, and anything else that will represent Him properly. Genesis 4:4-5; Matt. 5:16.

9. Confess Your Faults: Nobody is perfect. No need to make lame excuses. If you choose to stay away from your commitment because of something other than a legitimate reason, ask God to give you the inner strength to follow through, even when it’s hard; OR come back when you can stick with it. Let someone know when you have a real problem, and let’s all pray about it. We are all in this together. James 5:16.

9. Support the leaders of this ministry under our Pastor. Many of you are leaders in other avenues of life. Good leaders have learned to be good followers. God has given them talent and vision. You are responsible for constructively supporting them. If you feel that this is no longer possible, please be Christian and mature enough to let them know directly. Also, when you have a concern, criticism, or complaint, please extend the same courtesy of direct honest communication. I Tim. 2:1-3.

Adapted by Michael Adler for SMBC Music & Worship from a memo written by evangelist Buster Soaries to the members of the BeBe and CeCe Winans touring group.

You may contact Michael Adler via emai: madler@shades.org or visit his website at www.adlerworshipministries.com.

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  • Y. Hunter

    Thank you for this entry. I have been newly appointed as Minister of Music at my church. In trying to reorganize our ministry, I have chosen to focus on the hearts of the people and their spiritual growth. I want to ensure that their motives for participating in this ministry are centered on glorifying God, and Him alone. This entry has been very instrumental in helping me apply scriptural support to our guidelines for membership.

    Continue to do the work of the Lord, and you will be richly blessed!


  • Connie Roaring

    Thank you for sharing this principles of Music ministry..

  • Jo nwakanma

    Calvary greetings Brother,
    I am blessed to have learnt from your 10 principles of music ministry.
    As a worship Leader, I would be more delighted to be Interacting with you as regards our calling in worship through music.
    Please keep me updated all the times.
    Evang.Jo Nwakanma.VGS/WL
    Visionary Gospel Singer/Worship Leader.


    Wow, am blessed. Thank God He led me to your site and l believe He has alot in store for me. l only request you to keep reaching out to us through your inspiring teachings in worship.
    God bless.

  • Jennifer Lozada

    I want to join the group and learn more things about worship leading as well as my spiritual growth. Thank u in advance and God bless us all.

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