"The people of God have always been a singing people whose experiences shaped their songs. This has been particularly true of the black church whose musical heritage can be traced from African slavery to the Afro-American culture. Dr. Mapson's concern is - what are the people of God singing in the contemporary black church and is the music relevant to their theology?
Mapson's objective is to help today's pastor take the leadership in improving the worship experience through the use of music that meets the biblical norm and serves the theology as a legitimate response to God. In addition to evaluating the quality and relevancy of music to the worship service, the guidelines suggest ways of improving the relationship between pastor, music director, choir and congregation. Specific helps are also provided for organizing a music committee, setting qualifications for a choir director and musicians, and developing a music education program for the choir and for young untrained musicians."