Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New Musicians Bring Joy to Church Community.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Patrick Dunn For the Journal

Pastor Welcomes Members' Help

Changes within a church worship team do not typically warrant a great deal of attention. The departure of long-time performers or a worship leader can be impacting. Otherwise, changes can be routine and common.

For Pastor Scott Hackler of Community of Joy Lutheran Church, recent changes in his music ministry have been very significant news. The pastor was the music minister, the singer, musician and then the pastor.

"It was pretty much me. I was ready to make changes but we really wanted to be patient and get the right people," he said. "We even looked at hiring someone, but it just didn't work out."

The right people came almost simultaneously, converging on the church from entirely different backgrounds. …

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