WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CHRIST

R. Kevin Boesiger
R. Kevin Boesiger received a Bachelor of Music Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Masters of Music in Music Composition from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He is the Creative Arts Pastor at Christ Community Church in Beatrice where he has served since 1990. Boesiger was previously the Choral conductor for Southeast Community College in Beatrice where he directed the choir and served as the musical director for their stage productions for 12 years. He has studied with Mark Hayes, Dr. Randall Snyder, Tyler White and Boyd Bacon. Kevin performs and conducts on a regular basis for many community events, adjudicates and is a guest clinician for composer events. He is also the conductor for the Beatrice Regional Orchestra, and enjoys his time as a husband and father of four. He has been married to Tami since 1986. Boesiger is published with the Lorenz Corporation, Hope Publishing Company, Pavane Publishing, Lillenas Publishing, Fred Bock Music, Shawnee Press & Easy Choir Music.com. He also has new releases coming out with Choristers Guild and Hinshaw Music. Kevin has also spent time overseas in India teaching at the Asian Christian College of Music in Kerala.All of life is a journey. Isn’t the purpose of the Christian life to glorify God? So it stands to reason that our entire existence is a journey that points to Christ. In essence our life should resonate with alleluias and praise. Since many of us serve as musicians in worship, how do we portrait this journey to the people whom we lead. Our role is to help lead people in the footsteps of Christ. To bring him glory and praise as we worship together. I don’t know about you but it seems like a daunting task to me. Thankfully God does not leave us to do this on our own. Not only do we have the Holy Spirit who indwells us but we have our fellow Christians to work alongside.

All of life is a journey. Isn’t the purpose of the Christian life to glorify God? So it stands to reason that our entire existence is a journey that points to Christ. In essence, our life should resonate with alleluias and praise. Since many of us serve as musicians in worship, how do we portray this journey to the people whom we lead. Our role is to help lead people in the footsteps of Christ…to bring him glory and praise as we worship together. I don’t know about you but it seems like a daunting task to me. Thankfully, God does not leave us to do this on our own. Not only do we have the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, but we have our fellow Christians to work alongside.

The choir can have a significant role when it comes to helping the congregation move forward in their journey to alleluia. I see my choir as worship leaders. They are the most proficient singers in the congregation. Even if they are not on stage for a Sunday, they still have an important role as they sing alongside their friends and family in the congregation. I expect them to lead out when they are mixed in with the congregation during corporate worship. When they are on stage, every part of their being should be involved in communicating the message and glory of God. Challenge your choirs and musicians to really connect with the music on a deeper level for Sunday morning. It is too easy for our worship to become rote and routine. It takes work and focus to make that journey to alleluia each and every week. If we want to impact our people and community with God’s message it must come from the depths of who we are!

PRACTICAL TIPS:

  • During a rehearsal, let a couple of choir members share how a hymn or song has impacted them. Show your singers how music can speak to you in a very profound way.
  • Consider letting someone share a personal testimony regarding a how a hymn spoke to them and then have the congregation sing it.

Sing on, friend!

Kevin Boesiger

 

Pathway to Home

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For Choir and Congregation 1

For Choir and Congregation 2

For Choir and Congregation 3

 

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