For years people have asked me “What is a good book to give musicians at church?”. I always replied by saying there is no good book that I know of that is gospel centred and that talks about the character of a great church musician. Usually people have replied by saying “Why don’t you write one then!”

Then the other day I got this email:

I was approached by one of the youth leaders at my church with some concerns about some the muso kids in the youth group who are being a bit showy off on camps and so on (music wise) and said leader had some concerns about how to approach them about being humble in how they operate with the whole music stuff. They are very talented bunch of youth guys who will probably head into the music industry to some degree. I was wondering if you guys had any thoughts about how as Christians to best handle being humble as a musician in both Christian music but also more mainstream?

This email finally gave me the incentive to write this book!

I am thinking of calling the book The Core Five: Five Things Every Church Musician Must Be.

Each chapter will be a readable exposition, aimed at young musicians, of a passage that will deal with each of the core 5 attributes. Here are the core five attributes and the passages I am thinking about basing them on:

  1. CORE 1: CHURCH MUSICIANS ARE CHRISTIANS (Ephesians 2:1-10)
  2. CORE 2: CHURCH MUSICIANS ARE LEADERS (Mark 10:35-45)
  3. CORE 3: CHURCH MUSICIANS ARE HUMBLE (Philippians 2:1-18)
  4. CORE 4: CHURCH MUSICIANS LOVE THEIR Bible (2 Tim 3:10-17)
  5. CORE 5: CHURCH MUSICIANS KNOW WHY WE SING (Psalm 96)

This is where you guys come in. What do you think of the proposal? Would you choose different attributes or different passages? Would you tackle it in another way?

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