Music Team Mission Statement

I have been taking this class about leadership. One of the concepts that the class has stress has been the need to provide your team with a vision or mission statement. So, this afternoon, I spent some time working on a rough draft.
This is my first attempt:
The Music Team is a specially gifted segment of the Body that is called to serve, inviting all to worship the triune God in spirit and in truth by facilitating culturally appropriate worship music with integrity and vitality that proceeds from our grace relationship with God through Jesus Christ, is focused on celebrating the character of the triune God, and compels us to love God and our neighbor by doing the work of God’s kingdom.
I thought it was too long, and it lacked focus. A mission statement is supposed to be a compass for the team to know who they are, where they are going and how they will get there.
Here’s my next attempt:
In response to the call of Scripture to worship by offering skillful songs of praise to the Father anointed and cleansed by the Spirit and through faith in the finished work of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, the Music Team is musically gifted servants of Christ who encourage and facilitate the active participation of our brothers and sisters in worship by preparing and rendering culturally appropriate worship music with integrity and vitality.
This one got a little closer to what I wanted to express, but it was still too long. I also realized that it is more like definition than a mission statement. It does more to classify what the team is instead of providing a preview of what it will become.
Here’s my last attempt for today:
The Music Team’s mission is to skillfully prepare and render culturally appropriate songs of praise with integrity and vitality in order to foster and facilitate worship of the triune God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As you can see, it is much shorter and more focused. But after cutting a lot of stuff out, I am kind of scared that it has lost something. I also spent a lot of time thinking about specific words in the sentence. I used the word “render” instead of “perform” because of the associations of that word with entertainment and with “performance-driven” religion.
Please share your thoughts on how I could improve on it or (you NCF folks) does it jive with our core values and broader church vision?

  1. #1 by Aimee on September 30, 2005 - 6:08 pm

    Here we go…
    I minored in business in college, and there learned about the importance of a vision/mission statement. I like the idea of having a focal point with defined objectives. I would like for our focal point and objectives to arise directly from the truth of the scripture. I also think that the more concise, the better. (One sentence! You rock!) Sometimes at New City we use too many words and too little meaning.
    I like your statement. I find it interesting that you preserve the phrase/idea of “integrity and vitality” in all three versions. Is this a reverberation of “in spirit and in truth?” If so, why the change?
    There are two notable elements you have trimmed out to arrive at your final version. The first is the “specially gifted” thing. I think you’ve got that area covered with the word “skillful” which I love because it’s from Psalms 33 and 47. The second element is the “grace relationship with” or “finished work of Christ.” I keep going back and forth on that part; do we need that back? is it okay without it? I can’t decide.
    Lastly, kudos to you on the phrase, “skillfully prepare and render culturally appropriate songs of praise with integrity and vitality”. Every word in that phrase packs a punch and says exactly what (I think) you mean.
    I’d like to write more but this is too much as it is. I leave you with what follows.
    For all: compare Kirk’s statement to our old vision statement, which is posted in some form on our website. Kirk, I will send you the full version of this via e-mail as it may be of interest to you.
    Vision Statement:
    Worship proceeds from our Grace relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is centered in its direction on God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and it compels us to go out from worship to serve God in Love for him and our neighbor. Worship is energized by the Holy Spirit and engages the whole person; soul/spirit and body. Worship celebrates God’s character and his deeds, bringing joy to him and spiritual health to us, changing us into the image of Christ. The music team desires to draw the ethnic groups that comprise the church into this worship using whatever style of music necessary, so that it will be refreshed and strengthened to do deeds of mercy and justice, extending God’s kingdom.

  2. #2 by kirk on October 3, 2005 - 6:48 pm

    Here’s a response to one of Aimee’s questions:
    “I find it interesting that you preserve the phrase/idea of “integrity and vitality” in all three versions. Is this a reverberation of “in spirit and in truth?” If so, why the change?”
    No, but I never thought about how similar they are. Actually “integrity” was put in there because of something I read from Tim Keller where he stated that styles have integrity. In other words, if we are going to play African American music we have to recognize that this style of music has integrity and should be treated with respect. We should never be just a characatur(sp?) of a different culture. So, as a team I want us to always strive to show honor and respect to the styles of music that we are rendering whether it’s a spiritual or a hymn or a African chorus. The call for integrity in the music, I believe, also reflects our desire to honor traditions and the history of the church without using such a loaded word as “traditional.”
    “Vitality” is the other side of the coin. Even when we are playing traditional music it must be rendered in a contemporary context. We can never go back to the Scottish Presbyterian way of worshiping even if we tried. We are a living church and we have to worship in existential ways (how’s that for a loaded word?) So, sometimes that means we change the accompanyment to an old tune, sometimes it means we liberate ourselves from the tyrany of “how it goes on the CD.” I am trying to express a synthesis by combining the phrases integrity and vitality.
    more later . . .(elipsis)

  3. #3 by Neil on October 3, 2005 - 8:00 pm

    I like the parts of the various statements in which you acknowledge the giftings of the team members “musically gifted servants” or “specially gifted segment of the Body.” This shouldn’t be included just to make people feel special, but nonetheless may contribute to illustrating how this is a calling for them either a temporary one or potentially a long term one.
    Aside, from this I like the last, short statement the best. Some of the theological assertions in the previous ones I am sure are covered by the church’s statement of faith, mission statement. Your mission statement would be kind of nested within that one as I see it.

  4. #4 by Darwin on October 13, 2005 - 3:09 pm

    Actually, in my opinion, each of the versions jibes with the NCF (Stl.) core values and over-arching vision. And, understanding that even the third version isn’t the final one, but, of the three, I like it best. Mostly, because I’m from the Miles Davis school of written presentation – “less is more”. Much thought and HOPEfully, additional discussion should go into this. Lord, THANK YOU for sending us such a gifted Music Director. But, as a final product, the more succinct, the better. Why? Again, my opinion…because we can stay in our heads and produce endless truths that are Biblically based about who we are, what we are attempting to do, and why we are doing it. All VERY good AND essential (Yep….we really do have to have a vision statement. The Lord Himself started this approach with His own ministry. so who the heck are we to be contrary, ya know???).I just get LOTS more excited about the actual musically praising Him part with all of you guys. So…….. Elder “D” additionally sez: Do take seriously and PLEASE give feedback to Kirk in this very important process. It takes a while to really formulate a statement such that we all can pretty much say: “Yes, yes….that would be us and what we do”. VERY helpful (and it keeps us mindful) for those of us here and for those that are yet to come. Once formulated, it, in turn, makes the “Joyful Noise” part MUCH “mo’ better”. So, please help the young brotha out (errr…that would be Kirk not me). It continues to be an honor to serve and praise Him with you all Darwin

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