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How to Build a Music Ministry

From Ken Langer, director of music and arts, Eno River Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship, Durham, NC, writing in the Spring 2004 issue of UU Musicians Network Notes newsletter.

  • Choose good music and do it well.
  • Treat the choir as another small group whose members care for each other.
  • Do more than sing––talk about the music with the congregation, making a connection between the music and the theme of the service.
  • Provide music opportunities for people at all levels and skills, including children.
  • Consistently spread the message to others, including the congregation and the music committee, that music is a ministry.
  • Music in Our Congregations: Handbook for Staffing a Music Program in UU Congregations can be obtained for $5 (free to UUMN members). More information on the UUMN website.

About the Author

  • Donald E. Skinner was the founding editor of the InterConnections newsletter for congregational leaders and a senior editor of UU World from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. He is a member of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Lenexa, Kansas.

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