East Mount Zion Baptist Church

Music

EMZ Music Committee

Deacon Jesse RuffinFacilitator,
Deacon Harold Partee,
Todd C. Thompson ~Director of Music,
Karen Geter-King ~Recording Secretary,
Deacon Ronald Pitts,
*Reverend A. Charles Bowie,
*Deacon Bobby McDowellChairman of Deacons,
*Paul W. KingChairman of Trustees Ex-Officio.

By Laws

The establishment, purpose and function of this committee are pursuant to the East Mt. Zion Baptist Church Bylaws Article 13, (Standing Committees), Section 3. a, b, c, and d. Section 3. Music Committee. (a) The Music Committee shall consist of the Director of Music and two Deacons appointed by the chairman of Deacons, and two members in good standing appointed by the church. (b) The purpose of this Committee is to assist in the planning, coordination and presentation of a musical program that is in line with the vision of the Pastor. (c) To assist the Pastor in planning all services of worship, and to arrange appropriate music for weddings, funerals and other church functions. (d) This Committee serves as liaison with the Board of trustees, to insure musical equipment is maintained in proper working order, and make suggestions on new equipment needs.

I Corinthians 14:26, 33, 40. 26: “How is it brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” 33: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the Saints.” 40: “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

EMZ Music Ministry Facets:

Children’s Choir
Youth Choir
EMZ Praise Team
Women of Majestic Praise
Men’s Chorus
EMZ Sanctuary Choir
EMZ Liturgictal Dance Troupe
EMZ Recording Studio /Rehearsal Hall
Multi Media Ministry

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Philosophy of EMZ Music Ministry:

The definitive criteria for selection of music are the messages that it communicates. If it is instrumental music, we assess it’s music quality, timbre, harmony, amplitude, rhythm, and the propriety of its use in worship. If the music has word associated with it, we value the text being Christ Centric and Trinitarian. We see worship as our response to God’s initiative with us. Praise is not about what we want, need, desire or prefer. Only for the glory of God.

Musicians, soloist, choir, congregation and music appointed by God for worship are not for our entertainment alone or self-glorification.

All text sung must be consistent with scripture and doctrinally sound.

The ministry of music is seen as a great opportunity for evangelism. It is open to both members and friends of our congregation of like faith, not just members of our church. However, since we see ministry as being done for the body of Christ by the Body of Christ, we desire to maximize our own participation before supplementing our efforts with those outside our local fellowship.

The EMZ Music Ministries shall not at anytime minister some place else and neglect home and the church family.

(EMZ Music Ministry Method of Operations pg. 6)