The music program of the church can be an effective tool to help meet people's needs.
Music, like its Creator, transcends age, sex, and status. The choir, especially, is about the only ministry where teens, seniors, singles, widows, and the married join in a united effort. As opposed to other church functions that tend to be segmented: youth ministry, singles ministry, married couples fellowship, etc.
With none of these barriers to entry, us music minsters should welcome those with interest to participate.
The music department is also the only place where newcomers can contribute immediately.
Taking the come-all nature of music, it is critical that we ministers of music serve with compassion.
We must welcome the hurting, the sick, the confused.
Leading with compassion must be our intent.