At TBC we do not insist that all the music performed be the best. We do encourage all musicians to offer his or her best. The difference is that we realize that folks who are not professional musicians often don’t have access to funds or practice time to make a “professional quality” performance. However, one can be prepared and have received coaching so that he or she presents the music in a way that does not distract from the message of the gospel and that accurately reflects our God.
There are many ways that we seek to adhere to the philosophy and to affect the purpose of our music ministry but the most salient ones are congregational singing , the choir , the orchestra , specials and offertories , and seasonal programs .
- We begin most services at TBC with congregational singing. What a blessing it is to hear hundreds of people expressing their own praise to God through corporate singing! Everyone in the congregation is encouraged to participate in making a “joyful noise unto the Lord.” We usually have a “chorus of the month”. That is a song that is unfamiliar to the congregation. We sing it every service for a month to learn it and to allow it to become part of our congregational singing vocabulary. Our hymnal is Majestic Hymns, published by Majesty Music.
- The church choir is made up of members of TBC and meets for one hour each week to practice. They sing at almost every service and special events. Reading music is not a requirement, but usually members demonstrate an aptitude for singing. More important than musical ability, though, is a dedication to the cause of Christ. Faithfulness to services and rehearsals is fundamental and rehearsals are often fast-paced and just plain hard work! What a blessing to be able to offer our “sacrifice of praise” to the Lord in this way!
- The church orchestra is made up of members of TBC who play any of the standard band or orchestral instruments. The orchestra plays with the congregational singing and for seasonal events as well as playing for special musical numbers and offertories.
- Most services at TBC include instrumental music. Proficient instrumentalists may be asked to play a solo or in ensembles. Also, “specials” are always appreciated by our church family. Vocal numbers may be large ensembles, small ensembles or even solos and duets.
- TBC celebrates seasonal events (Christmas, Easter, etc.) often with more music than usual. Drama is sometimes included in these special programs as well.
It is always a fear that one will develop an opinion about the music ministry at TBC after only one service. This may not be accurate because of the variety of music that we do. All within the boundaries of music acceptable to carry the gospel there is music that can be slow, fast, exciting, peaceful, loud, soft, meditative, exhilarating, bold, sweet, old, new, etc. We try to maintain a healthy musical diet while putting emphasis on the “spiritual food” that is good for us and avoiding those “spiritual foods” that would harm the body of Christ.
A final thought about our Music Ministry
Tri-City Baptist Ministries is made up of several entities: Tri-City Baptist Church, International Baptist College, International Baptist Missions, Time for Tots Pre-School, Tri-City Christian Academy, and The Chandler School of Fine Arts.
Because of the unique ministry of our church, one of those entities will occasionally host various programs and concerts that feature “secular” music, or even are mainly “secular” in nature. We believe and practice that “all truth is God’s truth.” And even in these events we strive to uphold Biblical principles in all music that is represented by this ministry.