this article I will continue with the third of a four-part series
of thoughts on becoming "The Total Package". We
have already talked about familiarizing ourselves with every aspect
of the musicality of our music ministries. Now I want to
share with you about familiarizing yourself with the various "Ministry"
aspects of Music Ministry.
are a strange lot. We are typically very emotional people.
Many times we are more flamboyant dressers than most others.
And much of the time we are stereotyped as people who are
not very spiritual in comparison to other types of ministers such
as Children's Ministers, Youth Pastors, Associate Pastors, etc.
I believe that this is partially because we don't have as
much of a "preaching" or "teaching" type of
ministry as those others. But we are ministers nevertheless.
And we need to see ourselves as ministers and recognize the responsibilities
we have as such.
want to share with you two areas of ministry that you should be
familiar with in order to be "The Total Package".
Then, next week I will share two more. Please remember that
these areas are by no means comprehensive. I'm barely scratching
the surface of these subjects.
Ministering to the Congregation - We must remember that we are
in charge of setting the atmosphere so that it is conducive to
the moving of the Holy Spirit every time we gather together.
We can maximize our potential in this area by becoming:
Exhorter - You need to know how to motivate your congregation.
We should be excited about the God we serve! Present yourself
(and even your voice) in a manner or tone that is exciting, motivating,
and reverent. And always back up everything you say with
the Word of God.
Teacher - You should be able to take the pulpit from time to time
and teach your congregation about praise and worship. Isn't
it interesting that we spend sometimes as much as 50% of our service
time in praise and worship, but we spend very little time actually
teaching what praise and worship is all about? People
need to know why they do what they do. And who better
to teach them on the subject but their praise and worship leader?
with the Word - People in your congregation will have a hard time
responding to or receiving from someone who is not a very deep
or spiritual person. And whether you know it or not, if
you are a person who is immature in the things of God,
your congregation most likely knows it. They can see through
a lot more than you probably realize. Get in the Word of
God and devour it...for your own sake as well as your congregation's.
The Word, planted on the soil of your heart, will bring forth
fruit in your life.
Ministering to your Worship Team - If you are a Minister of Music,
chances are that you have a number of people under your authority.
These people have needs just like anyone else. Remember,
we are praisers, therefore we are leaders of warfare and are subject
to attack from the enemy. Become the Total Package by becoming:
Pastor - No, you are not "the" Pastor of the church
(and I hate the term "Music Pastor" or "Worship
Pastor"). But your Pastor has entrusted you with looking
after some of his flock, namely your Worship Team. Don't
take this responsibility lightly. Realize that you may from
time to time have to deal with issues in life that members of
your team are going through. The Bible instructs us to be
"instant in season". Be prepared to "Pastor"
your people through different situations of their life.
Don't leave all the burden on your Pastor. You are anointed
and appointed to minister to those under you.
a "Pastor" you will also need to learn how to combat
strife, irresponsibility, and the different attitudes and issues
that every Senior Pastor must face. Get in the Word and
learn how to handle these type of situations. Also, ask
your Pastor for his advice on handling different delicate situations.
Learn how to be loving, gentle, and firm...all at the same time.
Look at the qualifications for Bishops, Elders, and Deacons.
Then strive to match those qualities. I Timothy 3 is a good
place to start.
visionary - Get into your prayer closet, get into your Bible,
get into God's Presence and get some direction and vision for
your praise & worship team. Establish a purpose.
Set goals for yourself and your team...and don't make the goals
easy on yourself. Think BIG...I mean the GOD kind of BIG!
Don't be in the same place five years from now as you are right
now. In fact, don't be in the same place next month as you
are right now! Under God's direction, take your team to
the next level...then the next level...then the next...and so
on. Also, make sure your Pastor knows what your vision is.
Prayer Warrior - Know (or learn) how to get things accomplished
in the Spirit Realm. And teach your team the importance
of it as well. After all, we are at war!
Motivator - Your congregation will never go any further than your
Worship Team leads them. But your Worship Team will never
go any further than you lead them. Learn how to motivate
your team to be praise and worship leaders, not just singers or
remember that you are as much a minister as you are a musician.
Also remember that "minister" literally means "servant".
Stay humble, and let God mold you into the minister He wants you