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Major in Music Ministry
Article by Rachelle Wiggins
“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.” ~Martin Luther
If you have been gifted musically, you understand the idea of a song “coming alive” and somehow breathing life into your very soul. And if you understand the concept of worship, then you know that music, at its best, is able to open a door at the very core of our being and connect us to our Creator in a personal, powerful way. Whether your “thing” is writing songs, conducting choirs, arranging musical performances or playing in a worship band on a Sunday morning, if your heart’s desire is to offer your musical talent as an offering to the Lord and His people, not just as a performance to an audience, then music ministry may be the right avenue for you.
A large number of students who set out on a music ministry path can already articulate a clear sense of “calling” on their lives. This sense of call is important as a ministry career is often full of challenge and change. Yet it can be indescribably rewarding for those committed to giving themselves in service to the Lord. In addition to a sense of calling, some personal traits and skills that may further reinforce your choice of this major include:
In a degree where who you are is every bit as important as what you know, music ministry demands a high level of integrity and a vibrant, active faith. The goal of your training is to prepare you philosophically, practically and spiritually to be a well-equipped leader within a church ministry setting. Music ministry programs may request auditions or some sort of performance for entry into the program or into specific campus ensembles or musical groups. Often a ministry internship is required before graduation. Some schools offer special concentrations in a particular instrument, vocal training or ethnomusicology, which is the study of world music. You may receive instruction on the production and technical aspects of worship. Other classes you may take include:
Most often a degree in music ministry leads to a career in traditional church ministry. Worship pastor, church music program administrator and church choir director are the most common choices. But some graduates find their way into other music ministry roles like IT director/producer, writing/composing or Christian broadcasting. If you desire a career that focuses on bringing glory to God through creative artistry and worship then welcome to a major in music ministry!