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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

Donald E. Skinner

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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