Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Building a Balanced Worship Ministry

In the opening session of our Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) intensive this week at Liberty University, I taught a session asking the question, "What Does a Balanced Worship Ministry Look Like?" Many of our worship ministries are out of balance because we place too much emphasis on music and worship methodologies. The end result: music becomes a 'Golden Calf' replacing God as the object of our worship.

If your worship ministry is going to be balanced, it will require:

  1. Teamwork across Ministry Areas - "Silo" approaches to ministry no longer work. The worship ministry must intentionally integrate other ministry leaders to build balanced ministry approaches (i.e., students, children, missions, education, etc.). "For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." - Romans 12:4-5
  2. Protecting Your FamilyWe must set boundaries to protect our families in relation to time, energy and focus. You may be "successful" in your ministry, but is your family getting a Purple Heart? "Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." - I Timothy 5:8
  3. A Broad Musical Palette - We live in a culture that is defined by diversity. How diverse are you? In order to build unity, we must understand and appreciate musical diversity...and know how to use it! "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." - Ephesians 4:2-5
  4. Continually Recalibrating Your Ministry - Because our culture changes with such rapidity, we must continually evaluate and refocus our ministries. "To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some." - I Corinthians 9:22
  5. Viewing Your Role through the Lens of Your Calling. Why do you do what you do? If you are not driven by a God-centered calling from God you are in the wrong vocation. All aspects of our ministry must be driven by God's call and vision in our lives. "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." - Ephesians 4 :11-14
  6. An Intentional Commitment to Intergenerational Worship - As a family we need one another. The church must recommit to keeping the family together. "One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts." - Psalm 145:4
  7. A Healthy Tension between Your Roles as Minister and Performer - As musicians we must work hard to keep our skill sets current and defined by excellence. Even so, we are ministers first and performers second. When we exalt performance over ministry we commit spiritual malpractice. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." - Philippians 4:8
  8. A Focus on Your Personal Walk with the Lord -  You cannot take people to place you've never been. As worship leaders we must lead from the overflow. This can only happen if we are walking with the Lord on a daily basis. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6

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