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In this study Dr. Mapson questions whether theology is shaping music in the traditional sense or whether music now is shaping theology. There is an increasing trend in the church to separate music from theological and historical foundations.
Mapson's objective is to help today's pastor take leadership in improving the worship experience through the use of music that meets the biblical norm and serves theology as a legitimate response to God. In addition to evaluating the quality and relevancy of music to the worship service, the guidelines suggest ways for improving the relationship between pastor, music director, choir, and congregation. Specific helps are also provided for:
• Organizing a music committee• Setting qualifications for choir director and musicians• Developing a music education program for the choir and for young untrained musicians.
J. Wendell Mapson Jr., MDiv, DMin, DDiv, is Pastor of the historic Monumental Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has earned degrees from Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as considerable musical training. In 1994 he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.
Mapson's The Ministry of Music in the Black Church was named by the Black Church Music Ministry Project as one "Four Books You Must Have in Your Library." Read the comments on the project's blog from August 21, 2009.
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