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Leading Men to Participate in Music Ministry – Music MRI Session [VIDEO – Jason Jett]

With male leadership and involvement lacking in the music ministry of many churches, Bro. Jason Jett was asked to give his perspective on how God is using the men at Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to encourage churches across the nation in this area. This session was from the music track of the 2017 Ministry Refresher Institute.

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Holiness in Church Music [ARTICLE – Adam Ferguson]

“Man Gets Lost on Way Down Aisle to Receive Christ Due to Fog Machine.” That’s the title of an article from The Babylon Bee, a satirical Christian news site. The article describes this poor guy’s attempt to go to the front of the sanctuary so he can learn how to be saved. He gets confused, and ends up wandering around aimlessly; eventually, the service is over. “Oh, well,” he says to himself, “there’s always next week.” This is an obviously fictional (but funny) story, but it’s supposed to illustrate an important point: many churches have gone so far in implementing contemporary methods into their worship services that it is often a detriment, rather than a help. In the last 50 years or so, Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) has drastically changed the landscape of church music. Churches have shifted to a more seeker-sensitive model of worship that purposefully imitates the secular music

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Working With Special Groups [VIDEO – Music Ministry Refresher Institute]

Session by Aaron Mast, HBBC Music Chairman This session was given in 2016 at the Music Ministry Refresher Institute by Bro Aaron Mast, the Music Chairman at Heartland Baptist Bible College and Music Minister at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. In this session he discusses starting special groups, forming guidelines, and some administration aspects. Click the link below to download the accompanying notes from this session: Working with Special Groups [PDF]    

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2014 Christmas Cantata – HBBC Choir [VIDEO]

Enjoy this video of the 2014 Heartland Choir Christmas Cantata at Southwest Baptist Church: Glory, I Have Seen the Light.  

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2004 GloryBound Quartet Reunion Sings Two Favorites [VIDEO – Alumni Days 2016]

Watch as the 2004 GloryBound Quartet reunites at the Fall 2016 Alumni Days to sing “He Lifted My Burdens” and “I’ll Say Thanks.” The 2004 quartet included Josh Knouf (tenor), Tyler Prater (lead), Jon Yates (baritone), Nathan Heckle (bass), Aaron Mast (piano) and Rick Williams (sound).

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The King’s Trio – Featuring a Solo By Floyd Schexnayder [VIDEO]

Enjoy this video of the King’s Trio singing at Southwest Baptist Church. This video features a solo by Bro. Floyd Schexnayder, former Music Chairman at Heartland and Music Director at Southwest Baptist Church. The Floyd Schexnayder music building at Heartland stands as a memorial to Bro. Floyd’s passion for music as the main avenue of heartfelt worship in church services.   The King’s Trio – “Show Me the Cross”   Duet – “When He Reached Down His Hand”  

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Where Am I Taking These People? [ARTICLE – Jason Jett]

The Importance of Leadership in Music Ministry By Jason Jett As Moses led those “wandering whiners” through the desert, I imagine he stopped a few times to ask the Lord, “Where are we taking these people?” He knew his responsibility—following the cloud by day and the pillar by night. Easy! Right? Unfortunately, he also understood his reality—putting up with a couple of million people who didn’t appreciate one thing he did right and blamed him for everything that went wrong. On top of that, add walking in the same circle for forty years, and it’s easy to see why he might begin asking questions about direction. Like Moses, there is a point when a person in ministry leadership must stop and ask, “Where am I taking these people?” Establish Direction Congregational singing is no exception. The music director must establish a direction. When Paul wrote to the Colossians in chapter

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Choir Music Review: Christmas Edition [ARTICLE – Aaron Mast]

Choir Music Review: Christmas Edition [ARTICLE - Aaron Mast]

  Songs reviewed by Aaron Mast It is that time of year once again! While there is definitely a place for a complete Christmas program, sometimes you need to piece your own program together or even use pieces that can stand on their own. This review will cover some of those stand-alone arrangements that we have used in a variety of ways. May these be a help and blessing to your music ministry as well. Morning Star with Emmanuel Arranged by David Clydesdale Published by Word Music This is a faster piece with a Middle Eastern feel to the arrangement. It begins with a solo that could be given to a child if you would choose. The accompaniment can be handled by a single piano or two instruments if available. The theme introduced in the introduction as an optional line above the primary piano part comes back several times throughout

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The Forgotten Audience [Videos]

The Forgotten Audience [Videos]

(see videos below) By Aaron Mast Video teaching by Pastor Wayne Hardy “Stand, please. Take your hymnals and turn to hymn number 34. Join us as we sing together on this first verse…” These instructions are commonly heard week by week as we prepare to sing praise to the Lord. The very familiarity we have with this portion of our church services, though, should come with a sense of inherent dangers. Let us strive to avoid simply “going through the motions” with little regard to the One who is our audience. The videos below are excerpts from a session taught by Pastor Wayne Hardy at the 2015 Music Ministry Refresher Institute held at Heartland Baptist Bible College. Whether you lead in weekly song services, or participate in the song services, I believe you will find his exhortation to be both thought-provoking and encouraging. Video 1 – Unto the Lord   Video 2 – The Two Audiences Video 3 – Where Are All

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