You Might Be a Music Minister If…..

I travel to churches of differing denominations frequently, and I’m hosted by some of the best people around! In each church, the music leadership have various titles: music director, worship arts pastor, choir director, worship minister, etc. From time to time, I even still hear people refer to “the music guy” as “the song leader.” Thankfully, I think that terminology has just about run its course!

I really don’t have a preference on which title is used, mainly because, in most cases, the title was established several generations back and may/may not be a reflection of what the actual responsibilities are anymore (or the heartbeat of the ministry, for that matter). But in my travels, I have found that music ministries (regardless of title) usually operate in one of two ways: those with a Music Director and those with a Music Minister.

A Music Director directs music; a Music Minister ministers to his or her flock. While these two roles do not need to be mutually exclusive, one will usually take precedent, while the other takes the back seat. I would say that in most cases, churches want a Music Minister, rather than just a Music Director. I also think that most church music leaders DO want to be a Music Minister. We just get bogged down in logistics sometimes. So here’s a little “look in the mirror” quiz:

You might be a Music Minister if….

• You know what’s going on in the lives of your volunteer members.
• You make a point to regularly interact with your choir members outside of rehearsals (coffee, lunch, etc.).
• You follow up on prayer requests throughout the week, not just in rehearsals.
• You create an atmosphere that encourages spiritual growth and relationship building among the members.
• You continually reach out to the people on the fringes of your group, showing them that they are valuable and wanted.
• You lead through humility.
• You are present in the lives of your members.

You might NOT be a Music Minister if….

• Most of the phone calls you make to your choir is to ask them to help you do something.
• Your idea of investing in their personal lives is an annual birthday card (that your secretary puts on your desk, who then also makes sure it gets in the mail).
• Your only interaction with your group is weekly rehearsals and scheduled programs.
• You have a once a year fellowship with the whole group, but never reach out during the rest of the year.
• Ok, you occasionally reach out to the most talented members in your group – the ones you consider to be a big asset. If you lost them, your ministry would take a hit!
• People perceive your motto to be “My way or the highway!”

How’d you do? Were there a few “ouch” moments in there? We all get sidetracked every now and then, but it’s never too late to become a minister! May God bless you as you pour into the lives of your people!







Heather Sorenson entered the church music industry in her twenties, and her name quickly became a welcomed fixture in the publishing world. Heather is hired by the largest and most respected publishers in the world, and her pieces remain at the top of Bestsellers lists and Editor’s Choice selections. Initially recognized for her skill as a pianist, Heather is now known for her compositions in choral anthems, solo piano collections, and orchestrations. Her works are performed regularly at competitions, concerts, recitals, and churches worldwide. Although her career is sometimes on a big stage, Heather’s heart is leading the Church in worship, and she feels that her greatest calling is using her music to connect people with God. In addition to being a full-time composer, Heather regularly is a guest speaker and conductor at churches across America, and leads scores of sessions each year at various worship conferences, schools, and universities.

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