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4 Major Steps Toward Building an Awesome Music Ministry
by John Pape
12/01/04
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The inspiration for this article comes from an Old Testament
story. In this story there is a special building project
undertaken by Solomon. The four stages explained in this
article are the exact same steps illustrated in this story.
You will find that these four concepts will dramatically
help you in your music ministry. You need to take this
information and start creating an overwhelming positive
worship experience in your church's worship service.

This is where we begin - One day as I was reading the
Bible I came across and amazing scripture. Solomon's
temple was completed and the priests were ministering
and then God's glory filled the temple. The awe and
reverence caused everyone to stop and let God inhabit
the worship.

Looking back I realized that there was a lot of hard work
and preparation that needed to happen. The nation Israel
needed to come together and build the temple. It all started
with a vision from David. He desired to build a temple that
was worthy for God. But, he could not because he shed too
much blood in his lifetime. The torch was past on to his son
Solomon.

Then I noticed that there was a distinct pattern regarding
the various stages of the project. And the pattern fits no
matter what kind of building project you start. I want to
show you how it applies to your music ministry.

The metaphor of building a house is appropriate in the fact
that it gives you a visual model to help understand how to
build your music ministry. And you can apply this basic principle
to make vast improvements in the way you minister to the people
you serve.

With all this in mind let us look at the four major steps toward
building an awesome music ministry.

There are basically four major milestones whenever a building
project is undertaken. These four milestones insure the success
of the project. You can take these proven principles and apply
them to your ministry.

Here are the four major areas..

1) Have a Blueprint to guide your course.

You need to know and understand the final outcome. You need to
determine the real purpose and goal for doing what you do. A
blueprint will help guide and direct your path. The benefit of
doing this is you will be able to predict the outcome with a
great deal of accuracy. You will have a roadmap and compass that
will guide you though the process. You will be able to make
adjustments to the way you are doing things now.

2) Build on a Solid Foundation

Obviously, a solid foundation is perhaps the most important
aspect of a building. As a Christian you must stand on a good
foundation. You need a relationship with God that is built on
truth. And you need to nurture that relationship. A Solid
Foundation insures that you get off to a positive start. A weak
foundation can only end up in ruin.

3) Build the house using the right tools

Whenever a carpenter, mason, contractor builds a house the
success of that project depend on having the right tools to
build the house. As someone who uses music to minister to the
people you serve, it is important that you have the right
tools also. There are several factors that will help improve
you presentation and delivery of the message you are responsible
to give. You need to be skillful in the things you do. Remember
it is God who is working through you. God is not mediocre and
neither should you. After all you need to realize that Christ
dwell in you. With the right tools you can dramatically improve
your ministry.

4) Moving into the house.

When Solomon's temple was completed and the people began to
worship and amazing event took place that is nothing short of
phenomenal. God's glory filled the temple. I truly believe that
when God is in the midst of our worship it is nothing short of
amazing. I think you will agree with me that when everyone is in
the right frame of mind and heading in the same direction, with
the blessing of the Lord, nothing is impossible. Include having
the Creator inhabit the praises of His people.

What makes this process better is that it is based on solid Biblical
principles. These principles have proven to be the best way to start
and fulfill the commission. It is illustrated by the awesome task
undertaken by Solomon to build the Temple. Scripture further reinforces
it. Furthermore, what makes it better is that is simple. Have you ever
noticed that the most profound things in life are often rooted is
simple easy to understand ideas. I feel that I was blessed to share
this information to help build the body of Christ. My vision is to
see as many people as possible experience the moment when God's
Glory fills the temple. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

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This article gets it inspiration from the new book by John Pape, Jr
titled "Building a House of Worship" For more information on how you
can get your copy of this book go to...
http://www.mediatunes.com/bhow/bhow.php
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