Attitudes, opinions, and beliefs of musicians serving Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) congregations within the United States regarding continuing education in music and worship arts

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Dawson, Lisa
Koriath, Kirby Lawrence, 1941-
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The primary purpose of this research was to ascertain the attitudes and opinions of Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)* musicians regarding continuing education. The secondary purpose of the study was to determine the types of continuing education experiences that are needed by current church musicians who are employed by, or volunteer for Church of God congregations.An online survey was developed and made available to current musicians serving in Church of God congregations. One hundred and fourteen participants responded to the survey.The writer gathered data from participants regarding their personal information, details about their congregation, about their responsibilities with their congregations, their personal belief statements about their position with their congregation and their interest in and/or barriers to receiving further education.The initial hypotheses for this study were: 1) many who lead worship in Church of God congregations are not trained or educated in the skills and knowledge needed to serve effectively. 2) Many of these persons are not opposed to continued education in church music topics, but they do not know where to look for the training, and, in many cases, the type of educational resources they need do not exist.The results of the study indicated a great interest in receiving continuing education in the worship arts The study also indicated that time, money and family constraints prove to be significant obstacles in the pursuance of further education by music and worship leaders.The data gathered from the study indicated that the types of continuing educational experiences that musicians practicing in the Church, of God congregations need are many and varied. The writer concluded that those who would provide such experiences must take into consideration the constraints and barriers most of these leaders experience and provide practical and theological and philosophical elements.Data were presented in narrative form with the help of listings and figures when appropriate. Based on the data received, the writer gave recommendations for continuing educational opportunities.