Passion Wins You Favor With God, And With People: A Case Study

So I have this friend. We grew up together attending the same church. We both sang in the choir practically all our lives. For most of those years I directed and taught.

She sat under my teaching for all those years. She’s an amazing singer who is passionate about music ministry. So when I would teach concepts and new things she would always be the first to embrace them. She loved God, loved singing for Him and loved anything that had to do with learning more about how to serve Him better.

Fast-forward 30 years. We’re both adults now, still working together in the choir. I’m still teaching, she’s still in the soprano section, killin’ it. Practically knowing her part before I teach it now because she has soaked up everything I taught for so many years.

Then suddenly we hear that her husband has been re-located to another state and she’d be leaving us. We were devastated of course. She was a tremendous asset.

Shortly after she got established there they found a new church. Of course she went straight to the music department. To make a long story short, she passed every evaluation and audition task they asked of her with flying colors. They were amazed by how much she already knew.

2 or 3 years later her husband’s assignment ended and it was time to move back to Texas. As they began looking for a new church home in Texas people she worked under in her old church began to send out word about her to people they knew in Texas.

One of those churches was looking for someone to head up their music department. My friend had never done anything like this before. Had no experience running a music ministry.

But guess what she did have? She had favor. Her passion, dedication, enthusiasm for learning and serving God in excellence went ahead of her and opened a door for her to step into something she never dreamed she would be doing.

My friend is now running the music department at a church here in Dallas. Now, here’s where the story comes full circle. My friend knew a lot about harmony, how to hear it and how to put it together, but she wasn’t yet where she wanted to be. She had also taken on many more duties at her church and basically didn’t have as much time to devote to it any more.

So she went to the board and ask them if she could hire someone to come in and teach songs on rehearsal nights. And whom do you suppose she recommended first? I’m going there tonight to conduct a rehearsal; with a strong possibility that I could land the job permanently. See how that works?

You don’t have to seek the spotlight. God will shine it on you. You don’t have to kick down doors. God will open them for you. You don’t have to complain about being denied opportunities. God will give you favor over people you KNOW are more qualified. All you have to do is serve God in this ministry with all your heart and give Him your best. Do it because you love it, and because you love HIM. There is a saying that goes “Your actions speak so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” Here’s a really good full-circle example of how that can work.

Be encouraged.
Ron

3 Ways To Use Social Media To Manage And Grow Your Music Ministry

I’m very excited today to introduce my first guest blogger to the family! When a relatively new blog starts to attract people who want to write articles for your site it’s a pretty good sign that your reach is growing.

Today’s post was written by ‘Clare Evans, a copywriter and avid music fan who works for Djembe Drum Shop. They sell a range of traditional African instruments that can help add a unique touch to your music ministry. To find out more and see what products they have available, click the link at the bottom of today’s blog post to visit their website.’
Take it away Claire!
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Boosting engagement and encouraging involvement in your music ministry is hard enough in this economic climate. Throw in the challenge of attracting a younger audience that would rather be surfing the net, and you might think traditional music groups are a thing of the past.

In reality though, this younger audience have one of the most powerful promotional tools at their finger tips. A tool, that you should be using to encourage involvement and make your music group as thriving and lively as it once was.

Social media isn’t just about connecting with friends to plan your next day out. On the contrary, a promotional campaign run via social media can help you attract some new faces to your group – as well as encourage increased involvement from your current members.

Here, we’re going to share with you some top tips for using social media to bring your music ministry to life:

1. Attract new members

If you’re looking to introduce some new musicians, singers, and instruments into your music group, social media is a great way to spread the word. Whether you have a Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace account, you can tap into your follower base and ask them to introduce new members.

Your follower base will consist of existing members, their friends, and people interesting in music. By making the right noise, in the right places, you will be able to attract the right kind of people to join your ministry.

You could also use specialist forums on relevant websites to advertise for new musicians. As long as they have a thread for your area and type of music, you will be able to reach out to a whole new audience; an audience that might be able to bring an exciting new sound and flavour to your group.

2. Promote rehearsals and performances

Encouraging involvement in your music ministry starts with making sure enough people attend your group rehearsals. After all, you can have recruited the best batch of musicians, but if they never practice playing together you’ll never create the kind of music you should be.

Using Twitter for example, you can ask your followers to ReTweet (share on their own Twitter profiles) your notices about the class, rehearsals, and any changes to the class timetables. Likewise you could post notices on Facebook.

If everyone is struggling to make rehearsals, you could get together remotely and via a Google+ Hangout. This is a real-time video connection where a whole host of people in a Google+ circle (group) chat face-to-face via the Internet.

3. Share your music with the wider community

You can also use social media to encourage engagement from the wider community, too. Sites like MySpace, Sound Cloud, AAMP, and YouTube are all great places to get your music out there. Whether you think you fit into the mainstream or not, you can use these sites to bring your music to the masses.

Simply sign up for an account, upload a track, and away you go!

Some sites such as YouTube will allow other users to comment and leave feedback, helping you see just how well your music is being received. The benefit of this increased exposure is that it will boost your profile, encouraging existing members to work harder, and attracting new ones.

So there you have it, three simple ways to use social media to encourage involvement in your music ministry. Try them out, and let us know how you get on!

Djembe Drum Shop sells a range of traditional African instruments that can help add a unique touch to your music ministry. To find out more and see what products they have available, visit their website.