Music ministers are leaders in the truest form that have the tendancy to command attention to get the job done.  Consequently, we sometimes become "self-centered" by skewed motivation.  Let me offer the extraordinary wisdom of Lao Tzo, of non-Christian persuasion, that will help keep us reminded of our true purpose - to serve:

 

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him....

But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say,

“We did it ourselves."

The ultimate goal of a music minister is to "invoke" participation (worship) so that GOD gets the glory.  Thus, due service is rendered.

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Comment by Graeme Harvey on June 14, 2011 at 7:43pm

Hi Myron

 

I agree with some of what you're saying about not being self-centred, and the fact that leadership is about serving the people that we're leading. However, I hope you don't mind me adding the following thoughts.

 

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him....

But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say,

“We did it ourselves."

 

As a leader, Jesus doesn't really fit into that category. In His time on earth, he took the lead, set the example, expected loyalty from his followers, encouraged, rebuked and was a focus point for them. He's still our focus point over 2000 years later. However, His focus was God the Father and His disciples knew that right from the outset. He was leading them towards God, and they definitely knew it.

 

As any part of a worship team, we first and foremost need to participate in genuine praise and worship, but we need to be aware that we're leading others to do the same. Before I took any part "on the platform" I always thought of the people on the platform as being much more spiritual, holy, close to God and generally better than me. I now, obviously, realise that this isn't the case, but I still used to look to them for a lead.

 

Because of today's obsession with celebrity and popular culture, worship teams and in particular worship leaders will be looked upon as having a "status" by certain members (like me!) of the congregation. There's very little we can do about this, other than lead worship from behind the congregation at the back of the building! Like it or not, we're going to be looked at and some people will think they're at a concert and not in Church. I feel that it's the way we communicate our heart at that time that indicates whether we are leading effectively or not. Jesus was a huge celebrity in His time on Earth, but he always showed people that his heart and mind were firmly fixed on God the Father.

 

In leading worship, we're leading the congregation to God, so our hearts and minds need to be focused on Him. We need to be careful to thank God for all the blessings we receive during our worship time and not to take our eyes off God if compliments or complaints come our way at the end. In my opinion (for what it's worth) it doesn't matter if the people know we're there or not - it's whether they're being led to worship God or man that's important.

Comment by Myron Gray Sr. on June 15, 2011 at 7:55pm

I could not agree with you more and appreciate your spiritual wisdom. 

 

The pitfall is when music ministers' (leaders, teams, musicians) mindsets become "self-centered", i.e., concerned solely or chiefly with one's own interests, welfare, etc.; engrossed in self; selfish; egotistical.  This hampers the true flow of God (anointing) that should guide the anticipated worship experience.  To be seen as well as emulated is the goal of every music minister; consequently the "spirit" of the music minister is also key and discerned by the congregation.  Self-centered worship puts the focus directly on the physical presence of those responsible which yields "performance" and emotional involvement from the audience or congregation.  God-centered worship causes the audience or congregation to see beyond the "physical you" and participate to link with the "God in you". 

 

Thus, ministry is achieved; true spiritual communication is implemented; yokes are broken; and ultimately, folk can say that THEY worshipped God.

Comment by Graeme Harvey on June 15, 2011 at 10:12pm

Absolutely. I agree.

 

:D

Comment by Donna R. Patrick on June 27, 2011 at 8:43pm
Yes.  Leadership is not about us at all - it is all about God.  Those whom we lead do not belong to US; they belong to God, and we must deal with them having the mind of a servant.  Being a leader doesn't mean we know everything; it just means someone trusted us with that responsibility.  God made it all possible.
Comment by AshleyM on August 29, 2011 at 10:55pm
We are to make sure that we are in the right place with the Holy Ghost in order for our sacrifices to be acceptable before the Lord. LEADERSHIP WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT; GOD ONLY. The best way to be an effective leader is lead by example. It is a dangerous for leaders in the music ministry to become self-centered beause of people motivation. The focus is for us to lead by the Holy Ghost, plus live a life of holiness that He will pleased with. Whether the leader are good best or worse is marked by the live they live and the example they set. The key is knowing your assignment and staying true to His purpose for your life; our aim should be to hear the Lord say, "Well Done Thou Good and Faithful Servant!

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