The late Roger Deschner, minister, teacher, author, musician, academic administrator, mentor, and friend to countless choir members, students, and workshop participants, drew deeply from his own well of experience as music minister in Your Ministry of Singing in the Church Choir. He discusses the biblical foundation of worship and music as well as practical aspects of singing in the church choir. He shows that singing in the choir is an opportunity for real ministry to the congregation, as well as nurture and spiritual growth for the singer. He draws from early Wesleyan hymnbooks for fresh insights into congregational and choral singing.
Your Ministry of Singing in the Church Choir was first published in 1990. There have been substantial changes in worship and music style since then. In the first decade of the 21st century, an overwhelming majority of evangelical and mainline churches offer some form of contemporary or alternative worship that incorporates a variety of musical styles. In some churches, praise bands have replaced the pipe organ and praise teams have taken over the role of the traditional choir; while in others, all of these serve together. The author’s words speak with eloquence and practicality in all settings. They will benefit the praise team and the choir singer, the song leader and the music minister, even the organist and the guitarist. Your Ministry of Singing in the Church Choir will encourage all who sing the Lord’s song, regardless of background or ability.
-- Dean McIntyre, Director of Music Resources, Discipleship Ministries
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