Being a musician of the church has never been more challenging. With an ever growing body of knowledge, skills, and materials, a diverse body of believers to whom to minister, and a complex cultural context, ministers who serve through music need to do, be, know, and understand more than ever before.
At Baylor, our students have given David Music, Terry York, and me, the designations of “Dr. What,” “Dr. Why,” and “Dr. How.” With our new church music colleague, Monique Ingalls, coming on board soon, there’s already been speculation of where her distinctive skills and abilities will fit into this morphing quadrilateral configuration. Speculation is that she might be dubbed “Dr. Who?” These designations by our students, however much in jest they might be intended, have caused me to think about what students should be equipped to know, be able to do, challenged to believe, and empowered to be.