Tonight is rehearsal at Sunridge Community Church. Our worship team is preparing, like any of the other 52 weeks of the year. The lift is up fixing lights, the tech crew is scrambling to make audio and projection work properly. Slides are being edited. The singers hum their harmonies off mic during a lull in the practice. The musicians are jabbing the worship leader as usual. Tonight is a bit different for me, however.
The difference is that I am observing this all tonight and not playing, singing or actually driving any of the activity tonight. Besides leading worship and being an artist, my favorite thing in ministry above all is seeing a diverse, unique group of individuals work as a team for a common purpose and goal. I love it! To me, this is where the rubber meets the road–even just to watch it all.
My role in this all? It is easy as a leader to think that you have to be out front all the time. Wrong. The hardest and most effective leadership happens in thinking, planning, praying and the small meetings with people. It is in seeing a plan developed and shaped and people encouraged as well as administrated. If I were to lose worship and music talent, what kind of leader of worship could I be? That is a question I ask myself often, keeping my values in check. People are what matter. Not programs. Not institutions. Keep investing in people and you are likely to see some returns that really mean something.