Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Make a Joyful Noise

  • Jim Townsley
  • Jan 6, 2017
In Psalm one hundred verse one the writer admonishes believers to, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Christians can heed this advice through playing instruments or through singing, especially in the church services. Music is an important part of any church, especially a new church. In a new church there will be many challenges to establishing a well-balanced music program. Music reveals a lot about the church’s belief system. A church that is fundamental and evangelist will reflect its theology through its music. The music will be conservative, fundamental and evangelistic. A church that uses contemporary worldly music is also reflecting its belief system by following the trends of the world. Music is a means to worship God, but it also may be a means of worshiping Satan. Music can be fleshly or it can be spiritual, but never can it be both simultaneously. It requires knowledge, persistence and time to develop a strong God honoring music program in the church.
Since music is such an important part of a church program it is necessary for a new church planter to understand how to guide and develop the music program. The first step is to develop a biblical philosophy of music. Some of the numerous resources to instruct the preacher include books, videos and seminars. It is the responsibility of every preacher to be informed about the right kind of music even if music is not his strong point.
Usually the musical talent in a new church is lacking in quantity and quality. However if the church’s philosophy is right the talent can be developed. If the talent is present but the philosophy is wrong it can be disastrous. Where should a church planter start? One of the first steps to a good music program is to have a written policy of expectations and qualifications. Getting off to a good start is more likely if the church policies are written down. Anyone participating in special music should be given a list of guidelines for special music. The pastor or his wife could meet with them to review the church policy prior to their singing.
Providing resources of good music is essential. If members are left to randomly find their own music  the results will be disappointing. Music is expensive but it is an important investment. For preachers that lack the expertise necessary to find good music it would be wise to contact a church that has used the music you want and ask for their advice and a list of their resources. 
Allowing members to utilize background music often leads to problems and it may be wise to simply not allow its use. Certain songs and certain writers can be approved or disapproved to help give guidelines to the people. The pastor can choose songs he would like to be sung and ask someone to sing them. 
A few suggestions I would like to make, although requiring time, will eventually result in a growing and balanced program. Take people to music seminars. These are held in many regions of the country. Get an additional key board or piano and ask people to take turns playing it. Often there are members of the church, both children and adults, that can play the piano but do not feel they are accomplished enough to play at church. If they are the second piano they don’t have to worry about their ability, but when they begin playing they also begin practicing and improving. Encourage young people to take lessons in both voice and instruments. Use the people God has given you. You have to start somewhere and the people you have are the only ones that can fill this important role. Once they begin serving many of them will improve.
Some people are easily offended when it comes to music so be kind and cautious when setting guidelines for the music program. Someone stated that when Satan was cast out of Heaven he fell into the choir loft. The reason for music is to draw people closer to God not the devil. Be courageous and lead your church in this wonderful ministry.