Worship Notes

"Excellence in Ministry"

This is a subject that I have addressed before, and will probably address again in the future.  But it is a subject that I believe is vital to the success of any ministry.  I believe that every ministry should function under a spirit of excellence.

When I was in high school I was very involved in music.  I played in our school's Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band and sang in the Symphonic Choir.  I took private lessons;  I gave private lessons.  I played in our church, and also traveled to other churches and played.  I played in a high school honors band and spent a summer touring with a Christian tour group.  I played secular jazz gigs, attended workshops, seminars and clinics.  Are you getting the picture?  Music consumed me.

At that time, I knew that I wanted to make music my career.  I told God, "I'll do anything you want me to, Lord.  But I won't go to Bible College, and I won't be a church music director."  As you've probably already guessed, I've done both.  But the reason I didn't want to, originally, was because with all of the musical things I had done, church music seemed to have the least amount of excellence.  And I wanted to do something great for God.  Later, God told me that it was because of this knowledge of excellence that I had that He wanted me to be a church music director.  He wanted me to bring that same excellence to His Body!

Having said all that, let me say that excellence in ministry is one of HJM's primary goals, both in ourselves and in the churches we minister to.  We want to communicate the importance of ministerial excellence as a tool for effective ministry.

I've heard people say, "It doesn't matter how talented or gifted a person is as long as they're anointed.  After all, it's the Anointing that destroys the yoke and lifts the burden, not someone's talent."  I agree that it is the Anointing that is going to set people free.  But I believe that excellence will help the Anointing get its job done.  Let me explain why.

Jesus was the most anointed person to walk the face of the Earth.  He walked in perfect unity with God, never straying from Him.  He said (paraphrased), "If you've seen me, you've seen the Father.  Because everything He tells me to do, I do."  Jesus walked in the Anointing without measure, all the while remaining sinless.  Yet even He could do no great thing in His home town of Nazareth because of the people's unbelief.  They did not see Him as the Son of God, but as a simple carpenter's son...a boy they watched grow up...perhaps a boy that some of them babysat...perhaps someone that fixed their roof once.  Whatever the case, they viewed Him as just another ordinary person.  It wasn't Jesus' fault, He was perfect!  It was just that the people couldn't receive from Him because of how they viewed Him.

It doesn't matter how much of an Anointing you walk in if people can't receive the Anointing that you have.  Even Jesus could do no great work in Nazareth.  Excellence is something that will enable the Anointing that you have to be received by others.  When people see that you care enough about what you do to do it to the very best of your ability, they will more readily receive from you.  I'll continue with this subject a little more in an article entitled, "Excellence and it's Relationship to the Anointing".  Until then, encourage your praise and worship team with this message.  Minister in a spirit of excellence and you'll see God move in your services in a powerful way!