About

The mission of Box 7 Ministries is

to lead young adults
in the marching music arts
to know & follow Jesus Christ.


Who We Are:

  • We are composed of members, staff, volunteers, and supporters from over 20 corps in DCI.

  • We love God. We love the people of drum corps.  We are passionate about excellence in marching music.

  • Box 7 is an independent ministry organization, not affiliated with Drum Corps International.

 


Why Ministry for Drum Corps?

Drum corps is an amazing subculture of the performing arts, but also a community that can be full of brokenness. Thousands of young men and women immerse themselves in drum corps each year, challenged by an environment that is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. Their hearts long for purpose, acceptance, and love, but these longings cannot be fully satisfied in the fleeting experiences and people of drum corps.

We believe that God is the ultimate source of true love, joy, and life. Jesus Christ is God, He sacrificed Himself to cover our shortcomings and sins, and a personal relationship with Him brings real, lasting satisfaction. This message is the good news – the Gospel – that can deeply transform lives.

We have a great opportunity to intercept the people in the marching music community with the hope of the Gospel. Box 7 Ministries leads young adults to know & follow Jesus Christ through the close relationships in marching music.

Why Is Drum Corps a Strategic Mission Field?

  • Intense relational time: Each drum corps is a tight-knit community, together 24/7 for 3 months. No other activity for young adults has this potential for bonded friendships where the message of true freedom & love through Christ can be shared.
  • Gifted leaders: This subculture has unusual appetite and capacity for higher things like spirituality, design, and innovation. Drum corps alumni become some of the most dedicated and influential workers in education, business, arts, and government. We desire that more of these leaders come to follow Jesus Christ and redirect their talents for God’s Kingdom.

Why Call it Box 7?

Drum corps uses a judging rubric for performances where “Box 5” is the highest rating. Corps members and staff rate almost anything on the box system, such as food, people, and the schools where they sleep during tour.

Many people believe that Christianity is a stale, meaningless, rule-following way of life that brings no joy. However, the name Box 7 helps us share that Jesus is actually more fulfilling and more joy-giving than any “Box 5” experience the world can offer.

 


What We Do

Box 7 aims to:

  • CONNECT interested drum corps participants into God-centered relationships – during the season through Box 7 groups and in the off-season through local churches and ministries
  • EQUIP members, leaders, corps staff, and volunteers to pursue a relationship with God during DCI, engage the truth of the Gospel & the Bible on tour, and make disciples of Jesus through the friendships of the marching music arts
  • MENTOR individual corps alumni, staff, and Box 7 leaders through struggles of life transitions, conflict, sin, relationships, and crises, pointing them to the hope and grace of Jesus
  • MOBILIZE Box 7 alumni and corps staff members to live out the Great Commission as disciple-makers and leaders wherever they have influence in the marketplace, education, the arts, missions, and the local church

Over 20 drum corps organizations have members of Box 7 Ministries. In order to carry out this year-round vision, we will employ several staff members to multiply the efforts of followup, mentoring, discipleship, resources, and counseling for the people of the marching music community.

Four Box 7 staff members are currently raising financial support for this work. Please visit the Support Box 7 page for more information on how to partner with Box 7 Ministries.


 

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What We Believe

We are a Christian, interdenominational, evangelical ministry.  The following Statement of Faith is adopted from the World Evangelical Alliance:

…in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct…

One God , eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…

Our Lord Jesus Christ , God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory…

The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…

The Holy Spirit , by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…

The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…

The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.


Core Values of Box 7

  • Living life deeply with other people is a joy that God designed for those who believe in Him. Box 7 members should belong in the Christian community of a local church when they are home from drum corps.

  • Following Christ and becoming a disciple is intended for all believers. Jesus calls for authentic, living faith to multiply through disciples who make more disciples.

  • Gospel-centered community inside each drum corps is more important than Christian fellowship across DCI.