Last month, our blog contributors shared with you about worship conferences. Check out the archives for the articles from our great crew of writers.
This month, in an effort to cater to the part-time, volunteer, lay-led, bi-vocational and/or dual role worship leaders, we want to share “one thing” to assist you as you lead and minister in your family, church and community.
The “one thing” we are sharing will be something on our hearts, possibly something we have learned (more than likely the hard way) along the ministry roads, or something we know every minister needs to be reminded of. This “one thing” series will also be reminders to us (the contributors) as we write with you in mind. We will be reminding ourselves of the importance, depth, and value of the ministries God has called us to lead.
Today, I would like to share a few brief thoughts about working with your pastor. One of the other gents may also write on this topic with a different perspective and that’s just fine…here are a few thoughts from me:
1) The Power of Prayer – Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
Pray for your pastor. Specifically, pray for his time with the Lord, his family, his balance of work and home, his ability to prepare his weekly sermon(s) and assist the ministry teams. Your prayers for your pastor helps you, too. The time you spend praying for the spiritual leader of your church allows you insight and compassion to his life, his ways, and his immense responsibility.
2) Teams Avoid Turmoil – Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
There is no “I” in team. Realize that as worship leader you are only part of an important team God has assembled at the church you are called to. You don’t need to have your hand in everything, but you do need to use your giftedness to do what you can to share the gospel. If that means you can facilitate a Bible study, do it. If you can start a greeter ministry, do it. Begin what you can and equip the people to lead in those ministries outside of your realm of emphasis.
Listen to your co-workers and congregation members. Value their opinions, but don’t let people’s opinions be valued over the authority and Biblical examples taught by God. As you work, think about the ministries you are working with. Think about their leaders. Do your best to communicate with them and answer any questions they may have BEFORE they have time to ask them.
3) Allow the Leader to Lead – Psalm 129:34 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
I am a fan of Superman and all things Man of Steel. I recall the 1970’s and 80’s television series about the Super Friends as I mention this point. Superman is the pastor on the team you are serving. No one trumps the Superman with the Super Friends. Let Superman, er…your pastor lead. He has his specific leadership traits and ways to lead his group. Your own “Justice League” will flow better if you follow the chain of command. Be a good “Batman” or “Wonder Woman”. Allow your pastor to lead you…that in itself will be a great example to the congregation as your pastor leads them.
Stay tuned this month for great articles about “one thing” we want to share with you as you minister to your congregations.