In addition, Music Ministers play a role in the greater congregation’s spiritual life. The task of preparing a group of people, mostly volunteers, to sing or play in order to create an atmosphere of worship requires intentionality. Without focused intention, the mechanical components of music (the right notes at the right moment) may become the sole focus of rehearsal and the choir is ill prepared to lead in the spiritual aspects of worship. Music Ministers must ask themselves, “As the congregation participates in the worship service, are they led towards God by the worship cues and attitudes of the choir or praise team? Or are the faces in the choir simply portraying musicianship and not connectedness to the meaning of the song?”
According to Karen Marrolli’s article, “Effective Worship in the Choral Rehearsal” in Choral Journal, the effective Music Minister “connect(s) the singers to the text and connect(s) the text to the music” (Marrolli, 2016). When the singers are connected to the meaning of the song, they are apt to portray worship during the service. If choirs are to portray worship during the service, they also need to worship during the rehearsal. To accomplish this, Karen suggests five ways to connect worship to musicianship during rehearsal. If employed effectively, the entire congregation might worship more as well.
- 3. Make it Personal: By asking the choir how the text of the music connects to their own lives, “you are giving them the gift of a piece of music that can feed them spiritually the next time they experience a need for God in the darkness.”
5. Boil the Text Down to One Word: “Words like ‘struggle,’ ‘repentance,’ ‘prayer,’ and ‘enduring,’ can clarify the underlying idea of the text and influence the way that the choir sings those words” (Ibid.)
- Marrolli, K. (2016). Effective worship in the choral rehearsal. Choral Journal, 57(5), 63-67.