6 Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Using Music in Your Ministry

6 Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Using Music in Your Ministry
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Yep, those are CD’s in my picture.

Now before you think I’ve gone all “old school” on you today, let me explain.

Many churches don’t have the equipment to hook up an IPod, IPhone, laptop, or other electronic device  to play music. Even if they have the technology, it is often limited to one or two particular spaces in the church, which you may or may not be using for your event.

Having a stack of great Christian music CD’s at my fingertips means I am always ready to go. CD players are fairly inexpensive and can be kept in your ministry supply closet with or without a stack of CD’s.

So what exactly do I do with my stack of CD’s?

Here’s a list of 6 Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Using Music in Your Ministry:

  1. Entrance music – Set the mood for an event. Want women pumped up and excited? Crank up the jams! Looking for something more peaceful and worshipful, select some music that helps women calm down and forget the noise of the outside world. Whether it’s a dinner, speaker, or fellowship night, walking into a silent room can be awkward!
  2. Exit music – Music can really set the tone for the Holy Spirit to continue working as your women leave the room/space/transition.
  3. Prayer room music – Instrumental hymns and gentle worship music invite women into the space and calm their thoughts, making it easier to listen to the Holy Spirit.
  4. Background music – As your women work on a mission project or other activity have some music playing in the background.
  5. Subtle evangelism – We always played music in the background during our scrapbooking events. Those events always attracted many unchurched women. We were careful to keep the music low enough that women could talk easily. Sometimes whispers minister more effectively than shouting. 😉
  6. Focus your team – Is there a specific song that will be the theme for your event or retreat? Make sure your planning team hears it repeatedly. Have it playing on repeat before the meeting begins.

Need some help finding some music to play at your next event?

Well, I’ve got a music recommendation for you today!

I had the opportunity to listen to Hillsong UNITED‘s newest album: EMPIRES over the last week and let me tell you, you are going to want to add this album to your collection – whether you purchase the CD or download it!

photo of Hillsong UNITED

Hillsong UNITED are committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connect with churches, individuals and ultimately connect people everywhere with God.

I’ve found the songs on EMPIRES to be worshipful and filled with Truth and emotion.

My two favorite songs (so far) are: Empires and Captain.

I love these words from “Captain”:

Lost in the shallows amidst fear and fog
Your truth is the compass that points me back north
My Captain
My soul’s trusted Lord
All my allegiance is rightfully Yours

Isn’t that beautiful?!

Whether you are looking for a new CD to add play in your prayer room, set the stage for your next event, or just want some new music to download to enjoy by the pool this summer, I encourage you to check out Hillsong United’s new album EMPIRES.

And….I am super-excited to give-away 1 copy of this album to one luck reader!

Yep! One lucky reader will get to add EMPIRES to their CD collection!

Comment to win Hillsong CD

To enter to win you must leave a comment sharing your favorite way to listen to music by 10 AM EST, Friday June 5, 2015. The winner will be contacted via email. Winners must reside in either the U.S. or Canada.

Good luck!

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  1. Kathleen – Oh, my! I love the idea of playing the blowing of the trumpet! That is so unique and really sets the tone for what you all are doing! Thank you for your sweet words and for ministering to the women in your church and community. I know you are a blessing to them!

  2. kathleen wood says:

    I use a Cd sounding of the Trumpet before our Bible Study, then at the end of them, I play a song that relates to the message. We’ve been studying the Women of the Bible, on one i used “The Alabaster Box song” as we were studying “Mary of Bethany” as she was the woman who gave the oil from the box to our Lord. After quite time to ponder, we had prayer in a circle, then before everyone leaves, I plan the blowing of the trumpet again, this time, with a Blessing in Hebrew, then again in English. God so Honors the invite of his Holy Spirit to join us from beginning to end of each lesson. I Love him so, and The music he gives us to sing and listen too as ministry. Thru this Bible Study, our ladies have a desire to be ministers in music to our church from time to time. God is so Blessing. I totally agree to use music, and do even as i’m setting up for each lesson before ladies come in, as the Holy Spirit Loves to Be The unseen Guess , With Suprise with his Presence. God continue to Bless you and your ministry. I love the games and skits you use, and have used two of them so far, to get ladies comfortable, and acquainted. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Cindy – what a GREAT response! 🙂

  4. Doris – So thankful that God uses music to minister to you!

  5. It depends on what I’m doing. I often listen to cds when I’m sewing and doing crafts for my Women’s ministry that I have. Walking is another way or in the car by myself. I just love music. I’ve had colon cancer and a lot of health problems the last couple of years and listening to gospel cd’s just reminds me that God is always there for me and will see me thru anything.

  6. Cindy Ellis says:

    My favorite way totally depends on what I’m doing. I have CDs in my car and in my office; and an I-Pod for walking (which generally also has music I’ve added from my CD collection). I also like the car radio when I’m in my car. For exercising at home, I like to have musicals like Joyful Noise on, or the Christian music channel on my TV. And of course live music is always good when it’s available. It’s hard to pick a favorite medium because each way has a purpose. So my favorite way to listen to music would have to be “actively”.

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