Musical Ministers

by APC on October 28, 2015

In the month of October, we continue to honor and recognize the ministry. The last few weeks focused on the five-fold ministry: pastors, apostles, prophets, evangelists, and teachers. This week, we will honor another ministry God has blessed us with, and that is of the office of a music minister.

And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after that the ark had rest (I Chronicles 6:31, KJV).

King David felt this was such a critical ministry, he appointed people to it. And, like pastors, apostles, prophets, evangelists, and teachers, the music ministers edify the body of Christ!

Our music ministers have an incredible responsibility to help ready the hearts of God’s people to invite God’s into their hearts, hear his Word, and respond to His presence! We are commanded in Scripture to praise (Hebrews 13:15) and worship (John 4:23–24) the Lord. Music ministers aid the church in their praise and worship through music and song.

Above all, music ministers strive to achieve unity in the praise and worship of the church—with every voice and every instrument. Much like in the Old Testament, when the musicians and singers were as one, making one sound thanking the Lord, the Lord’s presence filled the house (II Chronicles 5:12–14). Our music ministers spend innumerable segments of time practicing to ensure unity among their voices and instruments when accompanying the church’s praise and worship. When music ministers play and sing together, they desire not being a distraction to the church body so the Saints can focus on God!

In the book Worship Leaders: We are Not Rock Stars, Steven Miller mentions music ministers wear many hats in their ministerial role. Of note, music ministers are theologians, storytellers, and evangelists.

Music ministers spend countless hours searching for (and/or writing) and learning songs to include within our church praise and worship services. They are charged to ensure songs are doctrinally sound. Like the five-fold ministry, music ministers are held accountable if the songs they bring before the church body are not in alignment with Scripture.

Music ministers try to select songs that help bring forth the attributes and characteristics of God that are noteworthy—elements that the church takes for granted—with the goal of reminding the church the God who they serve! Music ministers also try to select songs to help the Saints make the action of praise and worship personal to them.

Our music ministers are no stranger to prayer and fasting. They seek God continually for His direction in song to select for the next church service that will: emulate the message God wants to convey, coincide with the preacher’s message, and speak to the trials the Saints are experiencing on a weekly basis. During the service when God’s presence moves in a mighty way, music ministers continue to play their instrument and/or sing to maintain the praise and worship atmosphere for the church body.

If we’ve ever participated in a church service, enjoyed special music, children’s and youth choirs, special events, etc. we’ve been blessed by a music minister. In our personal encounters with God at the altar after service, it is our music minsters who are seeking to help us make that connection with the Lord. We are blessed in so many ways by the ministry of our music ministers. Let’s take the time this month to appreciate the music ministers who’ve blessed us with song and music!