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Lucie Eddie Campbell: A Mother of Gospel Music
James Abbington was inspired to insert an old gospel song before the eulogy at the funeral for baseball star Henry “Hank” Aaron. The reaction prompted him to honor the heritage of Lucie E. Campbell, an influential Black gospel musician whom many people have forgotten.
Feature Story | May 11, 2021
Marcelo Villanueva on Authentic Worship in Argentina
More people are training to lead music and worship in Protestant churches in Argentina. As in churches elsewhere, they must balance using popular songs from other cultures with creating music that helps worshipers live out their faith in the real world.
Conversation | March 23, 2017
Wendell Kimbrough on Singing Creation Psalms
A regular discipline of writing psalm refrains helped one musician notice psalms in which creation and God’s people call each other to worship the Creator.
Conversation | February 21, 2017
Christiane Bräutigam on Why Bach Still Matters
Christiane Bräutigam leads music in a church founded in 1702 by refugees in a city famous for its Bach heritage. She explains why J.S. Bach’s music and example are relevant for churches today.
Conversation | February 02, 2017
James Falzone on Saturday Jazz and Sunday Worship Synergy
James Falzone explains why being both a professional musician and church music director makes him better at each.
Conversation | August 23, 2016
Worship Leader as Pastoral Musician
Musicians who lead worship are not merely performers, directors, coordinators, or music industry peddlers. We are primarily pastoral people—priestly leaders who shape the prayers and acclamations of God’s people.
Video | April 13, 2016
Becoming Instruments of God: Singing and Worship
How can we, as musicians and lay and ordained ministers, cultivate our bodies as active instruments of God?
Audio | February 23, 2015
Raymond Wise's Advice for Aspiring Church Musicians
Raymond Wise encourages young, aspiring church musicians to remember the four Ds: Discover, Develop, Display, and Draw.
Video | November 07, 2014
Tom Jennings on Reaching Out to Professional Musicians
Tom Jennings, music director at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, talks about involving professional musicians in worship as an outreach.
Conversation | December 16, 2013
A Difficult Assignment: Suggestions for Leading in the Sanctuary
This lecture offers some concrete suggestions as to how clergy and musicians can better work together to inspire a worship life that helps others to unwrap the gift of grace.
Academic Article | July 11, 2012
Mentoring Musicians and Worship Artists
How can we change our leadership paradigm from directing people to helping them grow?
Audio | January 01, 2009
Praise the Lord with Strings and Flute
Whether you know it or not, your church likely has the potential for creating an orchestra or instrumental ensemble among your own congregation. Why should you consider doing so?
Article | September 01, 2007
Making Music to the Lord: Commissioning of Worship/Music Ministry Staff - Psalm 27
This service plan focuses on the importance of the music ministry in the life of the church and the proper commissioning of those who serve in these ministries.
Worship Service | June 01, 2005