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!
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:
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?
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.