Music ministers, as the name implies, are ministers and not entertainers. An entertainer is one that gives amusing performances, or who holds the attention and thoughts of people pleasurably. The music minister on the other hand is an oracle of God. He makes known God’s word through his songs, to lead men to Christ, bring about healing, words of comfort and help to mankind. He doesn’t depend on the applause of men; he seeks God’s commendation- heavenly applause. Although the visit of God is sometimes accompanied by the excitement of the senses, his primary goal is to reach the inner man with the message of hope, to incite the spiritual senses. When he achieves this and has been able to create a hunger for God and bring strength and comfort in the face of adversity, then we can say that he has fulfilled his ministry, for that season. The music minister is not just a pleasant voice, he is a prophetic voice. (Ezekiel 33:32)
They are not fill-ins:
The music ministers start the service.
They welcome the visitors with music.
They are there to sing when it’s time for offering.
They are called up to sing some more.
It has become a mechanical exercise. Most times they are not expected to lift up the people spiritually just stimulate them. They are just one of the items on the programme. There should be an expectation when they minister, an expectation that will satisfy our spiritual hunger. They are to go before God with a sweet smelling incense of praise on behalf of the people and themselves. It is a ministry that carries great responsibility. They are to operate in such a way that the people’s hearts are provoked and stirred to praise and rejoice in God’s presence.
(2 Chronicles 5:13, 14; 6: 2 – 4)
They are not there to hold the fort for the ‘main act’.
I have noticed on many occasions, in my more than two decades as a Christian, that each time a speaker is late in arriving at a meeting, the music minister is sent to keep the people occupied, amused until the speaker, the ‘main act’ arrives. He is never sent out there to bless the people, that thought never crosses the mind of such pastors, am sure a lot of them would agree with me. Better to exploit and take undue advantage of these gifts than to offend or lose their congregation. They have become a tool in keeping the people happy. Does that sound like you? This ministry is so abused that the people that occupy it have lost sight of what their duties are, or what they are there for. The pastor says, “Go out there and just sing for five minutes”. When the five minutes is over and the speaker has not yet arrived, he says, “Sing some more”. And when finally the speaker arrives, the music minister is unceremoniously ushered away. The disciples of Christ never held the fort for Him. When He went up to pray with three of His disciples, He expected the ones He left behind to be able to deal with any situation that might arise. That was why He was disappointed when they could not cast out the demon from the epileptic Matthew 17:14-18. He expected results. Do we expect life changing and lasting results when we send them out, or do we just use them until the main act arrives?