Physical Health In Ministry

Tending or Trashing Our Temples

Physical Health In Ministry

Physical Health In Ministry

Imagine with me for a moment.

You are part of a leadership team of a church that is planning on constructing a brand new worship sanctuary. You have carefully interviewed and hired an architecture firm and worked thousands of hours by sitting in planning meetings, looking at revisions in plans, working out financial details and hiring out contractors to build your new building.

Then you spend the next 8 months to a year watching it all come together and doing walk throughs to make sure that the workmanship is well done and safe. After years of talking and dreaming about how to make this vision a reality it is finally finished.

The grand opening Sunday comes and as people enter the new sanctuary a wave of shock overcomes everybody.

It has been vandalized the night before!

The Power of Encouraging Your Ministry Teams

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Sarcasm is the prominent flavor of humor in this day and age. Jokes that basically make people feel and look stupid are the staple of almost every comedian, television show and conversation. In addition, we have the ability to post and tweet anything critical that comes to our mind about one-another I’ve often felt like there’s more emphasis the spiritual gift of “evaluation” than any of the other real spiritual gifts.

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. 

We should never underestimate the power of those words. If they can have eternal significance it’s important to understand the day in day out ramifications of saying the same thing to the people who work hard in service to Christ and His Church. 

Leadership Transitions: From Player to Coach

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I live close to St. Louis and in my house we are Cardinals fans. This has been a relatively recent development over the years and as baseball season has come and gone I have seen quite a few parallels that can be applied to leading a worship ministry.

It seems to me like there are 6 distinct phases that a player could possibly go through in their career:

Worship/Ministry’s Dirty Little Secret (Pride and Envy)

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I’m gonna tell you something that you probably already know but most people won’t actually say out loud: we say and do a lot of things under the disguise of ministry that are really motivated by PRIDE and ENVY.

Shocking I know! It’s hard to believe but if we peel back the self-righteousness, the pointing and accusing and even what seems to be an effort to just point out the truth is really either a reflection of our feeling of inadequacy or an inflated sense of self.

Have you heard these phrases?

Help Your Team Do Their Best (Worship Rehearsal Material) Part 2a

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People really want to do their best. They want to come in prepared, play well and leave having enjoyed the night and ready for the coming Sunday. However, it’s not all in their hands to come prepared for rehearsal.

If you are going to ask your teammates to take their own personal time to prepare for rehearsal by actively listening and then learning to play or sing the music then there are some essential worship rehearsal materials that you are responsible for.

Danger- Change in Worship Ahead (tips on changing worship style)

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So you’ve taken that new job and you’re trying to figure out how to make some much needed transitions without causing yourself or your church unnecessary “bloodshed”.

I’ve been talking to some worship minister friends of mine who are either in this phase of ministry or about to experience it. During these conversations I’ve found myself telling the story of my very first worship mentor and decided to share it with the hopes that it can be helpful even to those of us in established ministries dealing with constantly changing worship styles.

Winning the Worship Wars (before the fighting even begins)

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Guitar or no guitar? Drums or no drums? Acoustic or Electric? Old Music or New Music? Traditional, contemporary, modern or blended (whatever that means today)? The Worship Wars have gone on for years, long before the transition that started with “contemporary” worship in the 70’s. The argument hasn’t always been about music either. Some of the past worship wars were about the role of visual art or the correct language that worship services should be in.

There has always been a tension when that we must continually navigate between what I call TIMELY AND TIMELESS principals of worship.