Our objective as the Music Ministry of New Hope Baptist Church is to be led by the Holy Spirit, bringing Glory to the Lord Jesus in Worship, growing in our relationship to God, and experiencing His reviving presence, as we supernaturally impact our Community, Nation, and World. The Choral, Instrumental, Dramatic, and Tech groups provide numerous opportunities to minister through music and the arts.
Our Music Ministry is a ministry that believes in the Power of the Blood, Name, and Word of Jesus Christ. Below you'll find more information about our ministry and goals as Worship Leaders in His Service. Looking forward to worshipping with you!
John Conrad | Associate Pastor of Worship
770.460.4837 ext. 812
Clark Dailey | Technical Director
770.461.4337 ext. 808
Linda Entrekin | Adminstrative Assistant
Music Ministry Newsletter
Living Christmas Tree
Members of New Hope's Choir, Orchestra, Praise Team, and Praise Band are our church's "Worship Leaders." We believe that God has a specific purpose for each person's life and the gifts that he has given you. Ephesians, chapter 4, says that God has redeemed us and gifted us to serve within the Body of Christ. What could be more fun and rewarding than fulfilling the purpose that God has set you apart to do?
In the Old Testament, God would "set-apart" musicians to lead in the temple worship. God is still "setting apart" people today and gifting them to serve in His church. We have been "set apart" for just that purpose.
Passion for Worship
The most important part of the Music Ministry at New Hope is our passion for worship. Our heart's desire is to draw nearer to God and to lead others to do this. Music has such a huge impact in the overall worship experience. It is a very expressive, transparent, heartfelt way to express exactly what our hearts want to say to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is our audience of One!
A Servant's Heart
We can never know the full joy of Jesus Christ until we give ourselves away serving others, just as Christ gave himself on the cross for you and me. We serve others through the Music Ministry. Jesus said whoever desires to be first must become last!
We help people improve their relationship with God and each other by freely expressing our hearts to God and committing ourselves to leading our church into celebrative and intimate worship through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. When we worship, the glory of God is brought forth in us, and there is great power in our worship. Three amazing things take place when we worship together.
1. God is honored. Blessed, pleased, and adored.
2. There is a mightier spirit in our worship that is a great weapon in spiritual warfare.
3. The lost world will witness our joy and triumph and will be drawn to Jesus Christ.
This is why we worship, and this is why we must worship together.
We strive to be a thoroughly biblical worship ministry that passionately seeks God's manifested presence and leadership. Our goal is to provide the means through music to draw our congregration and ourselves closer to the Lord. God has created each of us to worship and bring glory to Him. We each have been created, commanded, and called to worship God. It is the very core of our life and our reason for existence!
...Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. I Corinthians 15:58 (NIV) We want to be a ministry that is faithful to the Lord and consistent in everything we do. In our Christian lives, in our attendance, in the quality of our presentations, and most importantly in the worship times we lead.
Our ministry is to encourage one another and build each other up in the Lord. I Thessalonians 5:11-15 (NIV) We can encourage each other in many ways. As we lead worship together, sometimes we need encouragement just to make it through the day. The Bible says that we are to encourage one another in "growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ." Encouragement involves praying for and building each other up" as it says in 1 Thessalonians. We believe that every "living sacrifice" offered by the believer is an act of worship, and every time any group of believers sings and plays about God in spirit and in truth it is an act of worship and praise. Our Aim is to set our hearts, minds, and spirits fully and passionately on Jesus Christ our Lord. Our desire then is that the congregation is drawn with us into an encounter with the living God.
The Music Ministry at New Hope is not about performance; it is about worship. It's about passion and family. It's about eternal significance, a heart for God, and servant-hood.
Talent is not as important as spiritual attitude, character, and faithfulness. Our choir and orchestra stands before the congregation as a well prepared, unified group of believers, coming together both humbly and boldly into God's presence, realizing that every word that enthrones Jesus as Lord defeats our enemy Satan. When we sing and play, it's not to impress, but to inspire. Our audience is not the congregation. The joint audience of the choir, orchestra, and congregation is the Lord Himself.
One of the goals of our Music Ministry is growth in personal worship through our prayer and praise time on Wednesday nights during choir and orchestra rehearsals. We believe that personal worship precedes corporate worship. We spend time each week at rehearsal in personal worship. We encourage a daily time of reading God's word, praising Him for all He is and thanking Him for what he's done, praying for your needs and the needs of other choir and orchestra members. This is a very important part of your walk with the Lord and your Role as a spirit filled worship leader.
Commitment to Excellence
The definition of excellence is "utilizing our God given talents to glorify the Lord." This is what we are committed to do. While we are not after perfection, we are to be totally committed to glorifying the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. Why would we want to bring anything less before God than the very best we can do? This commitment will affect the way we rehearse, lead, serve, love and live! As members of the Music Ministry we are committed to Holy Spirit led excellence in praise and worship!
If you have God given talents and abilities in this area, we'd love for you to take this opportunity to allow the Lord to use you and your gift for His glory to bring His message of Salvation by joining New Hope's Choir or Orchestra. We guarantee you'll love using your time, energies, and talents in the Lord's work in New Hope's Music Ministry! Contact the Music Ministry at 770-460-4837 for more information or join us Wednesday night for Choir or Orchestra Rehearsal.
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16