Input requested for future planning for church music program
Date: January 7, 2011
I'm helping our church think through its vision for music ministries. Our eventual goal is to have music activities or ensembles (either choir, chimes or handbells or combinations thereof) for all ages of children in our congregation, plus an adult choir and at least one adult handbell ensemble. Our goals are to bring glory to God through beautiful music, encourage the congregation in their Christian walk, and to inspire and educate future church musicians
Many of the above-mentioned programs exist in fledgling stages in our church already. The question concerning the future is how to staff such a program. I'm wondering if all you church musicians could respond to this question: what are reasonable expectations for volunteer, part-time, and full-time church musicians in such a scenario? Or, to ask the question slightly differently, how many ensembles/groups should a volunteer be responsible for, versus a part-time employee or a full-time employee of a church?
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