article will conclude my four-part series on becoming "The
Total Package". It is my desire, as I also believe
it is God's, to see Ministers of Music fulfill their potential
in ministry, being all that they can be for God's Kingdom.
shared about the importance of familiarizing ourselves with all
aspects of music ministry. We've shared about the importance
of becoming competent in our abilities as a musician and as a
minister. I want to share two more areas of "ministry"
that we should recognize as important in our quest to become "The
Ministering to God - I talked about this in a recent "Thought
for the Week" entitled, "Sing Unto the Lord".
Since I've already shared about this I will keep this brief.
Just remember that you can never lead a congregation where you
have not been yourself. If you want your congregation to
be able to minister unto God, worshipping Him, praising Him, and
truly entering into His presence, then you must be doing that
yourself. Otherwise, you're not leading them anywhere.
You're just going through the motions and so are they. Yes,
some of them will enter in without you. But you must remember
that you are there to minister to God...not just to play good
Ministering to your Pastor - This is one area that may have taken
some of you by surprise. But I believe that Music Ministers
need to know how to minister to their Pastors as well as their
congregations and praise teams.
Pastors have few people that they feel they can share anything
with for fear of people not being able to receive from their ministry.
Because of this, many Pastors have a hard time dealing with various
issues in their lives (yes, even issues of sin) and find themselves
even dropping out of ministry.
need to be able to be there for our Pastors. After all,
he is the visionary for our church...the person that God has appointed
for us to be accountable to. We should cherish and nurture
that gifting by letting our Pastors know that we are for them,
not against them. Let your Pastor know that he can come
to you if he ever needs anything. Work together with him
through ministerial issues in the church, all the while knowing
that he is the one in charge, under God.
also need to recognize that our Pastor is the one who feeds us
from week to week. But who feeds him? Who encourages
him? Who lets him know that he's right smack in the middle
of where God wants him to be and to not doubt in God's provision?
Sure, Sister So-And-So comes into his office every Monday morning
to empty her baggage on him. But who does he empty
his baggage on to? Learn how to be a minister to
Pastor is a human being just like you are. He has morning
breath, stubs his toe once in a while (hopefully doesn't cuss
immediately after), and puts his pants on one leg at a time.
He has the same needs as you and I. Chances are that you
are a better person because of one or more things that he has
done for you. Let him know what a blessing he is to you.
Strive to be that same type of blessing.
have barely scratched the surface on the subject of becoming "The
Total Package". Strive to be "The Total Package"
by becoming the competent musician, performer, composer, conductor,
arranger, motivator, singer, preacher, teacher, leader, exhorter,
visionary, encourager, prayer warrior, Word devourer, praiser,
worshipper, minister, servant, man or woman of God that He has
called you to be when He called you to be a "Music Minister".