A Statement of a Conservative Church Music Philosophy

I did not write our church’s music philosophy statement, but I think that it says a good number of things well.  I’ve included here the section of the statement under the heading “Music at Bible Baptist Church”:

At Bible Baptist Church we aim to have a hymn-centered music ministry. This means that in corporate worship, we primarily emphasize doctrinally rich and theologically sound songs of praise to God. The corresponding tune should reinforce and enhance the text. We then supplement hymnody with other music that fits within our church’s philosophy. However, we do not employ the methods and 3 manner of the contemporary praise-and-worship movement. A hymn-centered music ministry is not dull and stodgy! From the youngest to the oldest, we sing enthusiastically as we seek to grow in our knowledge of the Lord. Further, we strive to be intentional in our planning, from the order of the service to the songs we sing. We intend for the whole worship service to have a unity and focus that directs our attention to God and not ourselves. Though our music fits within the categories of “traditional” or “conservative,” we do not hold to our practice simply for the sake of adhering to a certain tradition. Rather, we believe that such music most accurately reflects our understanding of God and His character.

Our musical moorings span centuries, not just decades. We are not bound only to the oldest of hymns; however, neither are we slaves to music written in only the past few decades. We desire to instill a love for musically vibrant and theologically rich historic and contemporary hymnody in ourselves and our children. Because music ought to teach accurate and noble truths about God, we cultivate depth by singing theologically accurate and meaningful hymns. While we do not reject contemporary music out of hand, we find that this depth of music and text is not typical of most of Contemporary Christian Music. Further, because music ought to stir up holy affections rather than worldly ones, we sing music that is not a by-product of popular culture. Instead we choose music which flows from hymn writers who understood the important connection between sound theology and acceptable worship.

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