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Title: Enabling ministers and musicians to develop music in parish worship : enabling the shortfall in ministerial support and training in the Church of England
Author: Thomas, Stuart
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 3082
Awarding Body: Prifysgol Bangor University
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2015
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Church ministers often lack confidence in making musical choices, negotiating with musicians, or knowing how to make best use of often limited musical resources. Building on my experience as a part-time liturgy tutor for a diocesan ministry course, as training incumbent, and leader of workshop and seminars, and on investigations into the current provision of ministerial training, available resources, and the responses of new and experienced ministers from the Church of England and from the Lutheran Church, the outcome is a Musical Toolkit intended to support ministers. There are three chapters, preceded by an introduction which highlights the roots of this investigation in the everyday practice of public ministry, leading up to a Toolkit which ultimately as a web-based resource will offer ordained and licensed ministers of the Church of England readily accessible help and advice, as and when they need it, with options to pursue certain avenues of enquiry further. The Introduction sets the scene and introduces the context of the research and the questions to be addressed. Chapter 1 then addresses the ecclesiastical and social context of the study, covering how music has developed and is currently practised in the Church of England, aiming to identify what are the perceived and actual needs. Chapter 2 moves from personal experience to the research itself with new and experienced Church of England clergy, leading to chapter 3 which investigates current provision for liturgical training for ministers in the Church of England, and current literature available. Chapter 4 summarises the conclusions and outcomes of the investigations leading to the final outcome: the Musical Toolkit, which is now being adapted for online use, where it will be of most use to clergy and other ministers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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