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Music and Mission


Dr. James Krabill
Mennonite Mission Network

Seminar Description

Music has always been important to the life of the church. Sometimes it has assisted the church in her witness; other times it has been a hindrance. This seminar will examine case studies from the Bible, mission history, and faith communities in the Global South to draw lessons for the church today. Music recordings, video clips, story-telling, and ample opportunity for participants to share experiences from their own church life and ministries will figure prominently in seminar sessions.

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Schedule

Tues., March 13
9:00 a.m. Worship led by Dr. James R. Krabill
9:30 BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS: Music in the Old Testament
11:30 Lunch break
2:00 p.m. BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS: Music in the New Testament
4:00 Seminar concludes for the day
7:00 PUBLIC LECTURE: “Teach Us the Songs of Heaven:” Reflections from the Remarkable Ministry of William Wade Harris
Wed., March 14
9:00 a.m. HISTORY: Six Stages of Music Development in Churches of the Global South
11:30 Lunch break
2:00 p.m. CULTURE: Learning to Worship with the Global Church: The Nairobi Statement
4:00 Seminar concludes for the day
Thu., March 15
9:00 a.m. Worship
9:30 FUNCTION: The Seven “Ps” of Musical Practice
MEANING: Analyzing Themes in “The Canaan Hymns” (China)
11:30 Lunch break
2:00 p.m. CONTEXT (1): Exploring case studies from Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Tibet, Congo, Argentina, Germany (9th century), Ethiopia, Cambodia, or others (student reports and discussion)
Fri., March 16
9:00 a.m. CONTEXT (2) Exploring case studies from Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Tibet, Congo, Argentina, Germany (9th century), Ethiopia, Cambodia, or others (student reports and discussion)
CLOSING REFLECTIONS
11:00 a.m. Seminar concludes

Resource Person

James R. Krabill is Senior Executive for Global Ministries at Mennonite Mission Network in Elkhart, Indiana. For fourteen years he served in West Africa, primarily the Ivory Coast, as a Bible and Church History teacher among African Initiated Churches (AICs) in various village settings, Bible institutes, and theological faculties. For eight of those years Krabill lived and worked with members of the Harrist Church among Ivory Coast’s Dida people, collecting, recording, transcribing, and publishing over 500 original Harrist hymns for use in literacy and music training. Many of these hymns appeared in Krabill’s published Ph.D. thesis, The Hymnody of the Harrist Church (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1995). Dr. Krabill is a frequent speaker in various church and academic settings across the United States and has lectured or taught courses in over a dozen countries. His recent publications include Is It Insensitive to Share Your Faith? (2005); Evangelical, Ecumenical and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation, with Walter Sawatsky and Charles van Engen (2006); Music in the Life of the African Church, with Roberta King (lead author), Jean Kidula, and Thomas Oduro (2008); Jesus Matters with David W. Shenk (2009); Mission from the Margins (2010); and Worship and Mission for the Global Church (2013).