Christianity Today recently published an article indicating that nearly one-fourth of all active ministers have been forced out at some point in their ministry. These termination statistics remind us that the choice to stay is not always ours to make.
But what if we are or aren’t doing some things that are contributing to an early ministry departure? Aren’t we called to do everything we can possibly do here instead of just hoping it will be different when we move there?
Relational instead of musical deficiencies seem to be at the root of many forced worship leader terminations. And yet, most worship leaders spend the majority of their time just trying to improve themselves musically. The reality is we can never learn and teach enough new songs to make up for relationship and leadership failures.
So it’s time to quit doing or not doing those things that might be contributing to your discontent or the discontent of those to whom you are accountable.
- Coming in late and leaving early.
- Blaming others when you drop the ball.
- Using artistry as an excuse for laziness.
- Depending on music alone to fix relationships.
- Assuming all problems began somewhere else.
- Trying to pastor from the platform alone.
- Looking for shortcuts or excuses and pay the rent.
- Coasting at the beginning of the week and scrambling at the end.
- Coming to rehearsals and meetings unprepared.
- Trying to make changes without seeking buy-in.
- Expecting others to change first.
- Viewing relationships as artistic interruptions.
- Holding volunteers to a bar you aren’t trying to reach.
This article was originally posted on March 6, 2017 on David W. Manner’s blog here
Dr. David Manner is the Associate Executive Director for the Kansas Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists. His convention responsibilities include worship consultation and leadership development. Before joining the convention staff in 2000, David served for 20 years in music/worship ministry with congregations in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. David writes for various online and print publications and can be followed on Twitter @DWManner or on his Worship Evaluation Blog: http://kncsb.org/blogs/dmanner.