these the next four articles I will be sharing with you a message
that God gave me in 1999. This message is specifically for
ministers of music. The message is entitled "The Total
Package" and will be available in audio format sometime in
the near future.
have said before that there are many titles that people will use
in referring to music ministers. Some use the term worship
leader or praise and worship leader; some say Director of Music;
or some may say Director of Worship Arts. I'm not the type
of person that gets caught up in titles. I don't care what
you call me as long as it's respectable. But I prefer the
term "Music Minister" or "Minister of Music"
to most others, simply because I believe it most accurately describes
what our purpose is.
are many facets or aspects of music ministry. Therefore
there are many hats that a minister of music must wear.
For example, there is the instrumental aspect of music ministry;
the vocal aspect of music ministry; the leadership aspect; the
submissive aspect; the ministry aspect (of course) and many others.
The reason I have titled this message "The Total Package"
is that I believe that we should strive to be as familiar as possible
with the various aspects of music ministry in order to make us
more effective. In other words, we should strive to be "The
order to better understand our role, purpose and duty as music
ministers, let's look at several of these aspects. We will
start by examining the title "Music Minister".
first part of that title is "Music". We should
be a competent musician. Webster's defines musician as "one
who performs (vocally or instrumentally), composes, or conducts
music. I believe that in order to be a competent Music Minister,
we should be competent in Music as a performer, composer and conductor.
I don't really like it when people refer to "singers and
musicians". Singers are musicians. Their
instrument is their voice. In these cases, let's refer to
singers and instrumentalists and use "musician" to describe
all of us who perform, compose or conduct music.
of the best ways to relate to the people that are in your praise
and worship team is to be at least familiar with whatever
it is that they do. This does not mean that you have
to be able to do everything that they do, but at least
be familiar enough with what they do that you will not ask more
of them than they are capable of delivering.
lead worship from a keyboard. Keyboard is what I would consider
to be my main instrument. But I determined a few years ago
to become as versatile of a musician as possible. This has
helped me tremendously in developing a praise team that is almost
always operating at the peak of its potential. If my drummer
is struggling with something, I can sit down at the set and show
him what I want, or at least a reasonable facsimile. I have
put a demand upon myself so that I can place demands upon my drummer
that are not out of his grasp.
take a look at a few of the various aspects of musicianship that
we can familiarize ourselves with. This will make us more
versatile as ministers and help us in relating with those we work
with in music ministry.
- A good musician knows how to perform their music with excellence.
This means that they take time to cultivate and nurture their
gift so as to render it effectively to those they are ministering
to. Have you ever been embarrassed for someone else as they
struggle through a song that they were obviously not prepared
to minister? Nine times out of ten they provide no actual
"ministry" to anyone, because the people in the congregation
are too uncomfortable listening to it. Be "The Total
Package" by becoming a competent performer.
- We talked about this in an article I wrote entitled, "A
New Song". A good Minister of Music should be a competent
writer. This brings a freshness and uniqueness to your ministry
and also provides the opportunity to communicate your Pastor's
heart to the congregation by writing songs off of his sermons.
My praise and worship team only consists of about a dozen people.
But we have about five or six excellent writers other than myself.
Their ages range from teenager to forties. We've even had
some of their songs get published. Be "The Total Package"
by becoming a competent composer.
- If you are leading worship, you need to know how to communicate
both with your congregation and your team. Establish signals
and a leading style that will allow your team and your congregation
to follow you with relative ease. This eliminates the possibility
of people drifting in and out of worship due to confusion.
Be "The Total Package" by becoming a competent conductor.
the next article I will share a little more about the "Music"
aspect of "Music Minister", then I will spend a couple
of articles talking about the "Minister" aspect.
Becoming "The Total Package" will help you maximize