|Kees Hoeksma||The new Regulation for church musicians
Het ORGEL 99 (2003), nr. 5, 39-42 [summary]
On 1 April 2004, the three main protestant churches in The Netherlands will merge to form the United Protestant Church. A committee has drafted a Regulation for church musicians in the new church.
Many aspects of it resemble the old arrangements that were designed for the former Churches. The most important aspect is that three ranges of functions will still be distinguished. In the new situation, the salaries are defined with great care. The committee distinguishes between basic tasks and ‘variable’ tasks; furthermore, the way the maintenance of an organ is taken into account will depend on the number its reeds.
In the new situation, the local church council will be responsible for the church music and the church musicians; it determines, in consultation with other ecclesiastical authorities, which function level is appropriate. Based on this decision, a policy with respect to church music should be determined. The local church council can in certain conditions determine to consider the church musician a volunteer.
The new Regulation replaces the Regulation for Church Music in the Dutch Reformed Church (Nederlands Hervormde Kerk); the Regulations for Church Music and Church Musicians in the Reformed Churches in The Netherlands (Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland); and the Guidelines for Church Musicians in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. A transitional arrangement is provided for.