MBU’s Ministry Group Christmas Concert celebrates the basis of Christmas — the birth of Christ. 


Missouri Baptist University’s four ministry groups join together this year for the annual Ministry Group Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Pillsbury Chapel.

“Every year the Ministry Group concert is a celebration in which believers come together to joyously bring thanksgiving to God for the Incarnation through song,” said junior music ministry major Mary Kate Walton. “It’s a kick-off to the Christmas season that sobers and prepares our hearts for the weeks of Advent.”

The trees are lit with Christmas lights as the ministry groups prepare for the annual Christmas concert. Admission is free and open to the public.

Closer, Abide, SpiritWing and InCharactre will be performing the gospel of John.

“We will collectively be the mystery of incarnation from the gospel of John, Chapter 1, where the word became flesh,” said Associate Professor of Music and Worship Arts Director Jonathan Blackmon, who is in his second year directing the event.”The Ministry Groups will tell the story of the Incarnation through music, scripture, drama and art.”

All four groups will contribute to telling the overall story.

“All of the groups have a specific role in portraying the incarnation as the Gospel of John describes it. SpiritWing’s role in this concert is to depict the beholding of God’s glory,” said junior music major Jonnie Brown. “It’s really cool to see how drama, music and scripture blend together so harmoniously to tell the story of Christ’s birth.”

For more information on the music groups click here.

By Caitlyn Chase

Caitlyn Chase, a senior public relations major from Chicago, is a staff writer for MBU Timeline. Chase is on the MBU women's wrestling team. She is a two time All-American for the Spartans.