The Three “P’s” Worship Leaders Must Die To (Part One)
This past weekend I had the honor of standing up with one of my good friends as they stepped into the wonderful world of marriage. As I walked around the hot streets of our hometown in my rented tuxedo, I was thinking about the time of my life, just a few years ago, when I was stepping into my new life with my bride…when EVERYTHING changed.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being married. Seriously. But I never realized the change that was coming. I was older when I married; I was well established in my home, my car, my ways, my budget, my schedule. However, after I fell in love, I became established in our home, our cars, our ways, our budget and our schedule. I had to change. It wasn’t always easy, as my friend will soon find out, but it’s always “right”. It’s the way God ordained it: two people coming together, dying to themselves, and becoming one — for the benefit of everyone. I have to constantly realize that I’ve been called and equipped to “change” as I learn to serve my bride.
As a worship pastor, I must realize that I’m not only called and equipped to serve and understand my bride at home; I’m also called and equipped to serve and understand my other bride: the church. In the same ways I have learned to recognize the moods, the needs, and the desires of my bride — and to do all that I can to “lay down my life for her” — I must also recognize the moods, the needs and the desires of HIS bride — and to lay down my life again. And again. And again.
I believe that there are three main areas where we, as worship leaders especially, may have to lay down our lives in order to understand and serve our local congregation — the piece of the “bride” that God has shared with us.
First, let’s look at our PASTORS. I may not always understand, or even agree, with my Pastor. However, HE is the pastor. He’s the leader. He is the one who’s been given the mantle to take us where God wants us to be. Knowing this, I still see many worship leaders almost in competition with their pastors. It’s “their show verses his”. However, I want to encourage and challenge you to submit to the leadership and heartbeat of your pastor. What are his desires for the people? Where would he like to see the worship team? What kind of music does he enjoy? Where does he see you — a humble servant or an american idol rebel? I encourage you to ask him these questions…this week! I also encourage you to pray for him, serve him, take him out for lunch, or invite him and his family over for dinner. Do whatever you can to serve them, encourage them, and to help them lead your church. (And, of course, if your pastor isn’t a “he”, then do whatever you can to serve “she”). Just serve!
Learn the next two “P’s” in Part Two….
What are some of your best ideas that may help us with the Worship Leader / Pastor relationship?