If you walk into a random church you might see a pipe organ. At another it might be a drum set and bass guitar. Many churches put these music-makers front and center during Sunday Service.
But a Jackson faith community has reversed that idea entirely.
Singing voices belonging to people trained or not blend and boom against the walls in Parkview Church of Christ.
Church Leader Dannie White explains that just like listening to preaching or donating money, singing is something you have to do for yourself for it to make an impact.
"We're not in the entertaining business. We're in the teaching business and we trying to get God's word out in accordance to the New Testament," White said.
"We do not use mechanical instruments of music here in our worship style and we stick closely to the Bible," Ministering Evangelist Richard Wiggins said.
"Acapella music is the way that we ought to praise and worship god," Wiggins said.
Even during the Sermon of minister Wiggins, the delivery works on a rhythm. The style has increased membership at the Church but the message that God is "a relational God" is what's making a real impact, he said.
"It is evident that God had been communicating with Adam from the beginning. And our understanding of God is that, since he is a relational God, he seeks to have a relationship with us. He loved us so much that he was willing to give his only begotten son to save us from the detriments of sin," Wiggins said.
"And that's how we see God. That he wants a relationship with every person, regardless of race, color, creed, god wants a relationship with everyone. God loves us all and he loves us all the same," Wiggins said.
And although members say the number of youths has increased, the number of seniors remains a very large number. And that's why outreach has become such an important part of this ministry.
"We provide food assistance after we get our assistance from the Mississippi Food Network. We distribute it to the public every other week/twice a month is what we're doing," White said.
The church serves everyone in the 39209 area code - between 200 and 300 people each month, White said.
"Many of our seniors who are on fixed-incomes do not have enough assistance that would carry them through a complete month. So we're there to try to step in and be that assistance that they are in need of," White said.
"And if we extend a hand first our children will learn what love look like and it will start trying to pass that on as well," White said.
Minister Wiggins says it's the same idea behind why the music is so communal.
"To hear and to participate in worship. Not just allow a choir or some group to sing to God - God is the audience. So we believe that allows each person to participate in the service fully," Wiggins said.
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