The Southwestern Seminary School of Church Music was recently blessed to have Stephen T. Carrell, Associate Pastor of Worship and Music at Park Cities Baptist Church, make a presentation to its Doctoral Colloquium on November 28, 2012. The presentation was one that Rev. Carrell had previously made to the Texas Choral Directors Association, where his words were met with much critical acclaim. Speaking to a large group consisting of Southwestern faculty, doctoral students, and masters students, Rev. Carrell made an impassioned plea to not let church music education programming fall by the wayside in the 21st century church.
Rev. Carrell touched on a number of issues in his presentation, which presented and expanded upon his paper entitled “Influences Upon Church Music Education Within the 21st Century Church Landscape.” He described necessary qualities of Christian music leaders and musicians, addressed what he calls the “entrepreneurial” mentality present in many churches and its effect on church music education programming, and made a powerful case for the need for such education, to list but a few of his points. The colloquium ended with a question-and-answer session and a chance for the students to meet and talk with Rev. Carrell; copies of his paper were provided for those interested.
The presentation was strong and met with enthusiasm by the students, many of whom are worship leaders and music ministers in churches themselves. The School of Church Music again thanks Rev. Carrell for taking the time to come and speak on this important topic.
You can read the full paper here.