Today, I share the fourth and final installment of “Worship Ministry Essentials.” To review the first three values, click here:
Here’s the fourth value:
- Aspiring with Purpose – Colossians 3:23
The range of musical ability will change from setting to setting. No one standard exists to measure an individual ministry artistically – however, in every setting, the leaders and musicians can create an environment where preparation and commitment to execution at the highest possible level are expected and achieved. Healthy worship ministries aspire to perform their ministry proficiently so that the central truth of God’s Word is unhindered without unnecessary distractions created by poorly prepared performances or technical difficulties.
It is unhealthy for any ministry to aspire to be just like Hillsong United or Vertical Church Band, even though those are great ministries that serve their churches well. The level of musical talent will vary from church to church and community to community — arbitrarily pursuing a standard of performance could be unwise and frustrating.
But one goal is achievable for every ministry – the goal of preparing for worship in a way that achieves the absolute best presentation possible each week.
The “Why?” of this value is of equal importance.
We don’t pursue excellence for the sake of accomplishment or artistic satisfaction. We pursue excellence for the purpose of clarity. That is, we want every aspect of our work to eliminate distractions from the Gospel message we are proclaiming in our church worship gatherings.
Healthy worship ministries aspire to present the worship moments in the best possible way for the purpose of presenting the Gospel with clarity and without distraction. That is why these ministries are particularly concerned with accuracy — musically, lyrically, technically, and more.
No matter the style, genre, or talent level, every worship ministry can pursue excellence with the goal of getting out of the way of the power of the Gospel.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.