The characteristics of quality worship music and church size, a qualitative phenomenological study
Exploring the characteristics of quality music programs in small churches supports the understanding that music is an important factor in choosing where to attend church. The general problem is that in small churches the quality of music programs is declining (Allen, 2009). The specific problem is while there are known characteristics contributing to quality music in worship, these lend themselves to the medium to large size church and seldom address the unique needs of music ministry in the small church (Seibold, 1999). The purpose of this qualitative study with a phenomenological design was to examine the lived experiences of church leaders and musicians from small churches with quality music programs concerning the characteristics of a quality music ministry and the impact upon the wellbeing of the small church. Thirteen emerging themes identified during the analysis process emphasized the importance of practice, the influence of the style of music, a high comfort level, and passion. The findings from this current study add to the body of literature on the characteristics of a quality music ministry in the small church as described from the lived experiences of 24 musicians and church leaders in Georgia Baptist churches with less than 150 in worship attendance. Providing results and analysis for church leaders and musicians may aid in understanding the impact of a quality music ministry in the small church. The research suggests opportunities for future research in training, children’s choirs and the relationship between age and the perception of a quality music ministry.
0522: Music education
0703: Organizational behavior