As we contemplate the legacy we’ve been given, consider these ideas for passing on the song in music ministry:

1. Sing Robustly – You can influence congregational singing for the future by singing with great enthusiasm during congregational worship. Family and friends will remember your example and will often follow suit.

2. Scholarships & Endowments – Dollars invested today can pay dividends for years to come. Endow an internship or a fine arts scholarship in your church’s music ministry.

3. Bless those who bless you – take opportunities throughout the year to bless the church musicians who are blessing you. A nice meal, an encouraging note, or a Christmas bonus go a long way toward ‘paying it forward.’

4. Commission an anthem – paying for a commissioned work on a special occasion is a great way to bless your local music ministry for years to come.

5. Donate a piano – perhaps when you’re downsizing, you might consider donating a piano to the church. These instruments might be used for decades to come to teach little hands or lead others in meaningful worship.

6. Stay in the Choir – Singing in the choir is a great way to pass on the legacy of leading in worship through music. Finding a new singer to join up would be an even better way to pass along the faith.



A native of Louisiana, John Parker holds the BM in Vocal Performance from Louisiana College and the MM in Choral Conducting from Northwestern State University. Composing primarily for church and school choirs, John’s 600+ choral works are published by numerous state-side companies. Active as a choral clinician and lecturer, Mr. Parker is author of How to Start a Fine Arts Academy in Your Church and numerous drama collections.
John and his family make their home in Austin, TX where John has served as Associate Pastor of Worship & Music at Austin Baptist Church since 2014.

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