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And it was all yellow.
If your band faded, your ministry collapsed, and everything you’ve been working towards vocationally crashed would you still have it all because you have Him?
The role of the worship leader is very similar to the role of the pastor, according to Piper’s terminology in Brother’s, We Are Not Professionals.
A worship leader is most likely a worship pastor, and therefore deals heavily with shepherding the people, and interacting with the congregation quite a bit.
Long gone are the days when worship leaders were simply singers. Ministry has definitely shifted.
Today, worship leaders, like you and I, deal with plugging in XLR’s, checking on buying new guitars, and dealing with that one old lady that keeps coming up week after week just begging you to play the new “Casting Crowns” song she heard on the radio. Furthermore, we deal with leading our teams, caring for their hearts, and showing them how to lead.
Worship leaders should always be devoted to the Word. Are we foolish enough to believe that the Word is only the “senior” pastor’s job?
Our “life of ministry” often times gets in the way of our ministering to God and him ministering to our hearts as well.
Prayer is such a neglected, yet important function of every believer, especially pastors and elders.
But we already know this.
Often times, I trick myself into thinking it’s an issue of “time.”
Yet, God has given me 24 hours in every day. It’s typically a heart thing. Often, I do not see God as first, and honor him accordingly.
Worship leaders, I plead with you, as Piper did: Do not substitute your work for the Lord as your worship unto the Lord.
Let people say of you, “His ministry was the way he lived.” Not, “His life was all about his ministry.”
Grace & Peace,
It’s Christmas Time, with a banjo.
Ministry reality #1: A busy church does not equal a healthy church.
Ministry reality #2: Just because you do Bible study does not mean you are spiritually alright. It takes application of the truths found in the Bible.
Ministry reality #3: Fads in ministry and theology are just that: fads. Stick with incarnational ministry—live in the lives of the people God has entrusted to you.
Ministry reality #4: I don’t know everything. The more education you get, the more likely you are to forget the essentials. Knowledge puffs up so delight when God sends you humbling moments—he is transforming you to be a better pastor.
Ministry reality #5: Never forget that the enemy hates you and will stop at nothing to destroy you and your ministry. The moment you let your guard down, you can trust that you will find yourself fighting an uphill battle.
Ministry reality #6: A.W. Tozer once stated that the most important thing about you is how you think about God. So challenge yourself and those God has entrusted to you to think rightly about God. Bask in God’s glory. Soak up His joy. Study deeply His word. Training others to study God’s Word deeply.
Ministry reality #7: Youth are intelligent. The Holy Spirit is infinitely more so…and is He is the best applicator of God’s Word. So don’t water down God’s Word thinking that they need small doses. Give em the good stuff.
But that said…
These realities have been experienced firsthand by my dear friend Daniel Pandolph, the author of this article, who has served in ministry for four and half years and is currently pastoring @ Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bethlehem, NC.
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