However, I have been thinking about how thankful I am for the people that serve in the worship ministry and how to better serve them well and help them flourish. I have written about the parable of the talents and how they can apply to talent management but I wanted to take a slightly different twist. The phrase “well done, good and faithful servant” in Matthew 25 has always been a motivating desire for me. I want to know that I have intentionally used the time, talent and resources that I have been given in a way that makes my Savior proud.
- sound guys for coming in before the rest of the team twice a week and getting the batteries, mics, in-ears, cables, and everything else out, checking and testing lines to make sure everything works. For being the front line face to those who both love or dislike whatever you’re doing behind the soundboard. For coming running when a mic malfunctions or a breaker blows. For making sure that the truth of the lyrics and the power of the music compliment each other with clarity.
- presentation operators, thanks for helping people sing by making sure that lyrics are displayed quickly and at the right time. For the great camera transitions that allow people watching the service from outside the facility to feel like they’re able to get a great experience even when they’re not able to be present. For keeping your cool when the worship leader makes up their own order or words and when the computer freezes or needs to be rebooted. For sitting behind a booth for hours and listening to the same songs and sermons over and over again and still smiling and encouraging those on the platform.
- media specialists for getting our sermons, website and social media updated, organized and easily accessible so that hundreds of people are able to hear the gospel, know how to get involved and become part of the Kingdom. For dealing with short timelines and numerous edits and still coming through with excellence. For spending hours creating sermon graphics, tracks, videos, testimonies, lighting cues and stage designs to help immerse people with the truth of who Jesus is and what He’s done for us.
- Band and Vocalists for putting in the extra hours to listen, take notes and then practice the music before ever setting foot on a platform. Showing up early and setting up keyboards, guitars and other equipment. For continually learning new music, styles and techniques to keep fresh and accessible for those who we are leading. For listening to each other and trying to compliment and give space for each instrument and voice. For putting on display what it looks like to worship holistically with mind, body and soul.
- Adminstrators for creating charts, scheduling team members, working on tech sheets, updating databases and copyright reporting. For turning in receipts and keeping track of important information. You are the unseen glue that helps keep things running smoothly and enable everyone to serve with ease.