To gather, equip and care for musicians, artists and leaders so they can serve their churches and communities with excellence while they point people to Jesus Christ.
We will see musicians, artists and leaders across Canada leading their local communities of faith with skillful hands and a pure heart, bringing transformation through worship and creative arts.
01. Christ centred, not human centred
We prioritize intimacy and relationship with Jesus Christ and His leadership, in obedience to Biblical principals, God honouring and led by the Holy Spirit.
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
02. unity, not division -
In the spirit of Christian unity, we value generosity acted out in supporting the communities that we serve. We value collaborative teamwork and teaching. We believe our best events involve working and cooperating with other organizations and leaders with which we find common values.
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
1 Peter 3:8
03. inclusive, not exclusive
We value diversity in both the family of God and the art forms He has given us. Realizing that the body of Christ is profoundly diverse we will do our best to find the common ground within the family of God, while not compromising the core values of Christianity. Realizing that the arts are subjective to the eye of the beholder we will do our best to be inclusive and non-judgemental of any art form that can be seen as authentic, honouring to God and people, and is a means of telling His or our stories.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
04. proactive, not reactive
As much as possible we will operate organizationally and publicly in joyful and fun work environments, planning in advance for sustainable realities, yet at the same time with a get-it-done, extra-mile attitude.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
05. faith based, not fear based
We value decision-making based on good stewardship, careful planning, and prayerful risk. As much as possible we will make faith-based decisions, not fear-based decisions and we will create a culture in our organization and at our events where people are affirmed and encouraged to speak and not be silent. When faced with challenges we will seek God’s perspective, when we see problems we will look for possibilities and we will remind each other that every problem is an opportunity.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:6-7
06. god more than people
It is more important that God shows up than that people show up. We will plan for successful events, but we will not value material success more than God’s presence or His will. In fact, we believe God can and will give both the blessing of His face (presence) and the blessing of His hand (success) together when we seek first His Kingdom
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
07. people more than process
Realizing that processes and policies are important, we will honour and steward our resources and responsibilities wisely, but not without appropriately valuing the individual person. We will treat each other with dignity and use servant leadership as our guiding principal.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
08. sustainability more than success
We will serve out of good physical, spiritual and mental health, and aspire to operating with either balance or rhythm of seasons that are often in tension. That is, hard work and rest, celebration and sadness, joy and pain, brokenness and healing.
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
09. pure hearts and skilled hands
We value education in many various forms and equipping and training in balance, not at the expense of, spiritual formation and the condition of the heart. We will treat everyone with dignity according to Biblical morals and teach them to do the same with others.
With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.
10. word and spirit
We value God’s word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit through prayer and discernment, which also shows us how to minister to others in an insightful, powerful, dignified and spiritually safe way.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
11. creativity. period.
Since we are created in his image, we are creative by nature, called to create, and our art reflects our Creator.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
FOUNDER & director
Over the last 20 years Jon Buller has contributed an eclectic and growing catalogue of music to the artistic landscape of Canada. He is a Juno award nominee, an accredited pastor with the Canadian & Missionary Alliance, and a husband and father. Jon is passionate about discipling musicians and leaders, and is consistently raising up young artists through Hear the Music Ministries and the Levite Summit. Jon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy has worked with HTM for 15 years, overseeing events and programs. As a graduate of YWAM’s School of Biblical Studies, Amy is passionate about seeing worship leaders and artists be equipped and inspired to live in the fullness of their calling. Learn more about Amy at her blog speakbeloved.com or email email@example.com.
Board of Directors
wes mitchell, glen gaythorpe, ed buller sr, daren wride, gordie cochrane
HTM is led by a Board of Directors that brings leadership and support to the activities of the ministry. These members meet regularly and can be reached by
“When I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to me.”
Jesus | John 12:32
When the first Hear the Music Night event happened in January of 1999 we could not have imagined that the event would continue for more than a decade and grow into something that drew the city together. After 80 events in Winnipeg alone, many Canadian and international tours, CD and DVD recordings and worship conferences, Hear the Music Ministries made the move to its new home in Vernon, BC. HTM continues to grow and serve the greater church of Canada, through the Levite Summit, Hear the Music Nights, equipping and training events, and the Christy Maygard Memorial Scholarship.
As a registered non-profit, HTM relies on donations from supporters to carry out the mission and vision of the ministry. There is a small staff and overhead, and the cost of events is kept low so that they are accessible to all. Supporting HTM impacts the church across Canada, and equips artists and worship leaders to live in the fullness of their gifting and calling.
HTM is governed by a Board of Trustees, and continues to be directed by the founder Jon Buller, a Juno nominee and Christian recording artist.
HTM has mentored dozens of young and emerging music artists, many of whom have become prominent leaders in their music and ministry careers and received Juno awards and Grammy nominations. This group of artists includes Amanda Cook, Fresh.i.e, Starfield, Tim and the Glory Boys, Jon Neufeld, Alexa Dirks (Begonia), Love and the Outcome (Jodi and Chris Rademaker), Joey Landreth and Ryan Voth (Bros. Landreth), Jaylene Johnson, Richard & Krisjana Hale, and Raquel Cole.
We have a brand new brochure for 2019, celebrating 20 years of ministry!
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