For a young hard working man, Erik Michael earned a steady, comfortable income in sales as well as achieving a platform in music and ministry many might envy. However, life has a way of peeling away what symbolizes our security. Soon, Erik met an empty refrigerator each night. The choice to pursue helping a church plant while supporting himself with contract work stripped away his independent streak. His pride was punctured. With the weight of life’s circumstances on his shoulders, “Why God?” became an honest prayer. This all came to a point when reversing circumstances in life plunged Erik from platforms of rising notoriety to the shadows of hiddenness and insecurity. Feeling the fire Where before he was surrounded by friends and colleges and seemed to be on track to be taking the Christian music world by storm, he had now found himself betrayed and left alone with nothing but his broken pride and empty expectations. Life is fair in that one day we all experience the heat of fire under us. It doesn’t matter whether we caused all of it, part of it, or none of it. If we are fortunate, we each face our fragility. We might whine, live in denial, or minimize such periods in life. Or, we may very well find peace in embracing the good that a refining heat has…
No matter the size of your church or worship team, you will have administrative tasks that require diligence. In my book, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader, I make the argument that the job of being a worship leader is beyond being in front of people as you lead them in music. You all know this. However, how do you deal with the details and still remain an artist? This where the hat of the administrator must either be worn, shared, or given away. It is the task who requires hidden work, yet visible results. Imagine if no one shows up for rehearsal. No one gets the calls or emails you make, but the consequences are obvious to all.
The biggest advice here is that administration is all about priorities. One does not get more organized by having a clean desk. We are successful when the right things are performed at the right time. Here are 5 tips to help you solve the dilemma of details for the worship leader.
I am excited to announce that my new e-book The Six Hats of the Worship Leader is published! On Amazon.com, the book is a Best Seller in Christian Leadership and is available for download. Any church leader who influences worship will gain insight and help in taking their weekend services to the next level. You can wear a hat, share a hat, or give a hat away. Here’s a short video trailer for the book:
The “new media” is no longer something church ministries are considering, it is a part of our new way of communicating. However, are most of us in ministry properly equipped to even ask the right questions in navigating this enormous and ever-changing method? Whether it’s an online church service, social media strategy or your online presence, Vince Marotte asks the right questions in his book Context and Voice. Those of you who listen to WorshipMythBusters.com podcast will remember Vince on our show about Tech and Innovation. Go get his book here!
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Recap: Sunday was our pastor’s last time officially with Sunridge. Greg Sidders spent 14 years as the senior pastor, touching the lives of many with his creative communications and teaching gifts. Here Greg gave a farewell message and we ended the time with baptisms. How fitting. We saw a couple dozen choose this chance to take that step. Set List: Greg requested songs about Jesus on his last day. This represents the focus and passion of his teaching and something that the culture of Sunridge will not lose. Hosanna – Brooke Fraser All Because of Jesus – Steve Fee Matchless – Aaron Shust Be The Centre – Michael Frye Give Me Jesus – Fernando Ortega Links: Planning Center production sheet Fred’s blog with set lists from all over Greg’s farewell message on video How was your worship weekend? Share your thoughts, ideas and inspirations.
Last time I did a list like this we had a good conversation, so I have been pondering other statements that make us fail as Christians. Here is a stab at an additional 10. I cannot possibly change for real. I do not need the church (or “Church”) to worship or live my life. Jesus did not mean all the hard stuff he said, it was just “figurative” right? Being “relevant” is the mission of the local church. Drinking alcohol is a sin since the Bible teaches that. If this feel so right then it can’t really be wrong–even if the Bible teaches otherwise. Walking in the Spirit means working on not sinning. I “go” to church. God really is always loving, so all that anger stuff in the Old Testament is “figurative” since God would never do a flood, wipe a race of people away or kill people out of anger. Our body is not that important in our spiritual life. Now, let me know if you agree with these or not and why. Can you see scriptures that refute these FAIL statements?
Here is a little list to think about. These ten statements are examples of where Christianity fails because of us. I am interested in how you see these statements. All I have to do is learn how to fit God into my life. Managing my sin is the key to living righteously. If I do enough good, it outweighs the bad. I need to learn more about God before I can obey God. Asking Jesus into my heart means I am a Christian. What I actually do does not matter to God if I said a sinners prayer. Baptism saves me. The Bible can be interpreted in my own way. Spiritual disciplines are about earning God’s favor. All I have to do is what Jesus did in the moment, no planning necessary. Do you agree with these as FAIL statements or do they challenge you? What others would you add or delete?