Excerpts from David Jordan’s Top Ten article.
1. CREATE the MIPs and the future music program for your church.
You can create a formidable community of not only music supporters, but participants who understand and back what you are striving to accomplish in your music ministry –MIPs who will enhance your worship and uplift your people. Start with the youngest and provide music opportunities for all ages. The church has been and will still be around for a long time. Let’s make sure great music is a part of it!
2. Stage a Hymn-a-thon Fundraising Event
Ou Hymn-a-thon consisted of 12 hours of singing – the time it took to sing every hymn in our hymnal. People in the church who were not in the choir, but were MIPs, joined us by donating money, asking for pledges, bringing food, counting money, and encouraging, and supporting our efforts and our fundraising goal. Those MIPs got behind what we were doing and felt great about their participation.
3. HOST a Concert with a Cause
These are concerts that could consist of any combination of musicians and are presented to raise funds for a cause outside your own choir room – Habitat for Humanity, hurricane relief, homeless shelters, food banks, etc. The way this works is to bring in a concert artist and have a patron or patrons sponsor them. Then you and your MIPs host the concert and charge, okay, ask for a donation for “x” cause. People then feel like they are helping in a broader community sense and have also become involved in your music ministry with the possibility of becoming future MIPs as well.
4. COLLABORATE with other musical organizations
The work and financial responsibility as well as the excitement of hosting a major event is shared with a wider group of MIPs in the community.
5. INVITE local university or high school choirs to present a concert and/or participate in worship Every group of MIPs includes someone who went to college and quite often they are proud and supportive of that school. What about bringing that school’s choir or band to your church for a concert and/or participation in your worship service?
6. PROVIDE scholarships for organ study or voice lessons
If we make it known that our musicians want to study and need the financial resources to do so, wouldn’t it be a wonderful way to include more MIPs in our ministry?
7. SPONSOR an anthem contest for university composition students
Why not involve your MIPs in planning, implementing, and funding an anthem contest where the winning anthem would be sung by your choir?
8. SHARE your space
Wouldn’t it benefit your music ministry and increase your MIP base in the community if you were to share your music room with the local AGO chapter, MTNA group or Community Arts Organization?
9. SUPPORT other events in your community
Being a visible part of the music and art world outside your sanctuary or choir room will bring MIPs to your ministry. Mutual support – always important
10. INTERACT with the community
Let the community know who you are and what you do
Do you describe the contributions of your MIPs on social media? Do you contribute to your church newsletter? Is the music page of your church website up-to-date? Have you written an article or presented a radio interview to let the community know about the MIPs of your church?
ASK and make your needs known
let’s see, how does that one go?
Hmm… it should work for what we do.
Sometimes a person or organization either within the church or in the community only needs to be asked, and in fact may be waiting to be asked, to participate – to become an MIP in your music ministry!