Music is a real blessing and encouragement to many people. It can be used as an evangelism opportunity as well as for a time of fellowship. In this post I will be sharing six ways that music can be used for ministry opportunities.
Ways to Have a Music Ministry
- Play Music In Church
- Play Music in Nursing Homes or Retirement Centers
- Play Music for Elderly Friends in Their Homes
- Play Music Over the Phone
- Play Music With Friends
- Play Music in Family Devotions
1. Play Music in Church
Most churches have special songs that are played and sang by various members of the congregation. This is one way you can use music in church. At my church, my sister and I and the other young ladies have formed an ensemble and will play and sing together from time to time for the special music.
Another way is by playing with the congregational singing. If your instrument is one that can accompany singing, you might have the opportunity to play in your church services. You could be an extra pianist for when the main pianist is not able to be present.
You would need to ask the church leaders ahead of time, but most churches are glad for music volunteers. And I know that the elderly members love hearing young people play and sing. Which leads into my next way we can have a music ministry.
2. Play Music in Nursing Homes or Retirement Centers
The elderly people in these facilities are often lonely; they don’t get many visitors, and they are glad when people come to visit them. They also enjoy listening to music. One of my sister’s former piano teachers held her students’ recitals at a nursing home. This gave the students practice playing in front of someone other than their parents, and it was a blessing to the residents at the nursing home.
We had a dear friend in a retirement center in another state that we would visit from time to time. When we went, my sister and I often sang and played for her on the piano, which was in the main area where the residents would gather. Often others would stop to listen, some of them being those who were not open to the Gospel. You never know who will be listening to your music and be drawn to the Lord by it.
3. Play Music for Elderly Friends in Their Homes
Not all elderly people live in nursing homes or retirement centers; some still live alone in their homes or with family members. This provides another opportunity for ministering through music. For several years, my family did the yard work for an elderly lady we were good friends with. My sister and I would often take our instruments along with us, so we could play and sing for her. If we didn’t, she would always remind us to bring them the next time we came.
4. Play Music Over the Phone
When we are not able to get together with someone, be it because of sickness, distance, or some other reason, we can still reach them through the phone or on the internet. With the use of speaker-phone, you can play music over the phone. You might have relatives who live a long ways off, but with the phone you can share your music with them. Other friends, especially elderly friends, would appreciate a phone call like this as well.
5. Play Music With Friends
A wonderful way to fellowship with friends is by getting together to play music. Some of my favorite memories with friends are those when we have been playing and singing together. If you and your friends have an opportunity to minister to others through music, getting together to practice can be a real blessing to you and your friends. Or if you just want to play together for no reason in particular, that can be an encouragement as well.
6. Play Music in Family Devotions
We can minister through music to our immediate family as well. When we have family devotions or a family church service, music adds a lot to it. Our singing and playing should not just be something we share with others; we should share it with our family as well. When we gather to worship the Lord as a family, we should use our music talents to worship Him.
Do you have any other suggestions how we can use music as a ministry? I would love to hear them in the comments!
Aw, great suggestions! Thank you for this! It truly is such a blessing to be able to share God’s gift of music with one another.
You’re welcome, Vanessa! And yes, sharing music with others is a tremendous blessing!