Music is a universal language.
For Brian Smith, bringing together vocalists from a variety of denominations was a way to be the Body of Christ and to minister to the community.
The past two springs, the Callaway County Christian Choir prepared a diverse concert, which it performed at many churches within the county lines.
With a heart to reach farther, Smith expanded to form the Mid-Missouri Christian Choir. The choir, which began rehearsals last week, will perform a Christmas repertoire this winter.
The choir will rehearse at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Union Hill Baptist Church in Holts Summit. New voices, especially men, are invited to join by Sept. 24.
This year, the choir also will be joined by a dance team, and Smith would like to collect a children's choir, too.
Weekly church choirs have experienced a decline, Smith said. For several of the new members, they have been waiting for a new outlet to sing, Smith said.
The choir will perform at least three concerts in December - one each at Columbia, Fulton and Jefferson City. And they have plans to organize a few flash mobs throughout the season, too.
Smith has found purpose in organizing other community events. But through this choir, he has been able to share his enthusiasm about faith and music and then watch others become infected with it, he said.
A minister for eight years at Lighthouse Church in Fulton, Smith said bringing together people from different churches in one mission clears away the minor differences and focuses on sharing the Gospel.
"Music is a very passionate thing for people," Smith said.