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Minister of Music is an office which only entered the Mennonite churches of America in the mid-20th century, and was then still unknown in Europe and elsewhere, although in some of the larger Protestant denominations it had been the practice for some time to make a professionally trained person responsible for the music program of a congregation. With the traditional Mennonite interest in music and with the growing multiple responsibilities of the pastor of a congregation, whose first responsibility it was to preach the Gospel, and to counsel and visit the members of the church, it became desirable to make one person responsible for the musical work of the congregation. At times this office also included the leadership of the young people's activities. As a rule such an individual has had some theological as well as musical training. Congregations (only [[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite]]) which in 1957 employed full- or part-time ministers of music were [[Bethel Mennonite Church (Mountain Lake, Minnesota, USA)|Bethel Mennonite Church]], [[Mountain Lake (Minnesota, USA)|Mountain Lake]], MN; [[Bethel College Mennonite Church (North Newton, Kansas, USA)|Bethel College Mennonite Church]], [[North Newton (Kansas, USA)|North Newton]], KS; Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, NE; [[First Mennonite Church (Berne, Indiana, USA)|First Mennonite Church]], [[Berne (Indiana, USA)|Berne, IN]]; [[First Mennonite Church (Newton, Kansas, USA)|First Mennonite Church,]] Newton, KS; First Mennonite Church, Reedley, CA. In some churches which have had such an office it was vacant in 1957, and others were planning to create it.  
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Minister of Music is an office which only entered the Mennonite churches of America in the mid-20th century, and was then still unknown in Europe and elsewhere, although in some of the larger Protestant denominations it had been the practice for some time to make a professionally trained person responsible for the music program of a congregation. With the traditional Mennonite interest in music and with the growing multiple responsibilities of the pastor of a congregation, whose first responsibility it was to preach the Gospel, and to counsel and visit the members of the church, it became desirable to make one person responsible for the musical work of the congregation. At times this office also included the leadership of the young people's activities. As a rule such an individual has had some theological as well as musical training. Congregations (only [[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite]]) which in 1957 employed full- or part-time ministers of music were [[Bethel Mennonite Church (Mountain Lake, Minnesota, USA)|Bethel Mennonite Church]], [[Mountain Lake (Minnesota, USA)|Mountain Lake]], MN; [[Bethel College Mennonite Church (North Newton, Kansas, USA)|Bethel College Mennonite Church]], [[North Newton (Kansas, USA)|North Newton]], KS; Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, NE; [[First Mennonite Church (Berne, Indiana, USA)|First Mennonite Church]], [[Berne (Indiana, USA)|Berne, IN]]; [[First Mennonite Church (Newton, Kansas, USA)|First Mennonite Church,]] Newton, KS; First Mennonite Church, Reedley, CA. In some churches which have had such an office it was vacant in 1957, and others were planning to create it.
 
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Minister of Music is an office which only entered the Mennonite churches of America in the mid-20th century, and was then still unknown in Europe and elsewhere, although in some of the larger Protestant denominations it had been the practice for some time to make a professionally trained person responsible for the music program of a congregation. With the traditional Mennonite interest in music and with the growing multiple responsibilities of the pastor of a congregation, whose first responsibility it was to preach the Gospel, and to counsel and visit the members of the church, it became desirable to make one person responsible for the musical work of the congregation. At times this office also included the leadership of the young people's activities. As a rule such an individual has had some theological as well as musical training. Congregations (only General Conference Mennonite) which in 1957 employed full- or part-time ministers of music were Bethel Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake, MN; Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, KS; Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, NE; First Mennonite Church, Berne, IN; First Mennonite Church, Newton, KS; First Mennonite Church, Reedley, CA. In some churches which have had such an office it was vacant in 1957, and others were planning to create it.


Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1957


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Krahn, Cornelius. "Minister of Music." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 18 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Minister_of_Music&oldid=90014.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1957). Minister of Music. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Minister_of_Music&oldid=90014.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 695-696. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.


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