Dear Church Musician …

The use of music in the Christian church has been a phenomenal tool, effective in creating an atmosphere of worship. Subsequently, there has always been, or at least as far as I can remember, a delicate balance between the minister and the musician. At 14 years old, my first ministry assignment was the music department; and by serving in every capacity from backup organist, to minister of music, to associate minister and now a pastor, I have seen the scope of this aspect of ministry. I’m not writing this, to put you down or anything, but there are a few things every church musician needs to know …

1.     Not EVERYONE is impressed with your musical abilities.

I have been in the place of practice 4 to 6 hours a day, trying to learn all the coolest chord progressions and even trying to invent a few myself. But the truth be told, the only people who really care about that stuff are other musicians. I have sat with my wife in services, making “stank faces” listening to some of the greatest and creative chord choices by so excellent masters of music, and my wife not even notice. I will concede to say that as a keyboardist, I am mediocre, at best, but my wife would say, “you sound just as good as them.” Most of the people in your congregation won’t even care about that run you practiced all last week to learn. All they really need is for you to play the songs that minister to them.

2.     You are not the centerpiece of the worship experience.

Live music is always better. Anyone who has been to a concert of your favorite artist or @Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Youth Jersey band, knows there is something kismetly special about musicians and sings performance in sync. But when live music can’t be had, a track can give you the same “basic” effect. If people will pay $50-100 to see Beyoncé, whether she’s lip syncing to a track or actually singing with a band, what makes you think that you are the centerpiece at church. I have been in services trying to figure out where the musicians are, only for the sound man to press play on the CD player; and the spirit of God moved. Worship happens when the worshipper taps into the presence of God, not when you mount the instrument. It is the Spirit of God that unites people in worship. There is one who is going through a bitter divorce, another who is struggling with drug addiction, and another who is stress with their business; and the need HIM … not you.

3.    Save “that” for the concert.

Everything you see and hear at the concert stage, won’t translate to the church stage. Hot songs don’t always minister to your congregation, so just because it was a hit at the midnight musical, it doesn’t @Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Kids Jersey mean it will do the same thing on Sunday morning. Make sure what you present is fitting for the people as well as the occasion. Because concerts are about presenting music, worship is about presenting ourselves.

4.     You need to be pastored too.

I absolutely hate looking around in the middle of the message, and the musician can’t be found. Sometime, they are still in the room, yet detached from what is going on. How are you going to usher me into God’s presence, then jump ship. You need the Word just like the rest of us. Can I take it a step further? Musicians can’t have a casual relationship with clergy. I am of the opinion, if you play for that church, you should be a member too. Offering your gift to the highest bidder won’t cut it anymore; but you ought to believe in that @Dan Marino Jersey leadership, the vision and the mission of that church, as well as willing to submit to it . Otherwise, you will impair, not only the effectiveness of that ministry, but also your own spiritual developement. This, my friend, is more than a gig.

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