My co-host, Brian, is now stealing my blog. Just kidding. In all seriousness, guest blogging for me today is WorshipLife Podcast’s co-host, Brian Brown. Brian serves LifeWay Worship in many ways, but co-hosting the WorshipLife Podcast has definitely become a highlight of his week. Listening, helping, and praying for our listeners, viewers, and customers is of utmost importance to both myself and Brian. Because of this, he’s learned a few things along the way that he wanted to share with each of you. Thank you for teaching us!
- People will be listening.
That might seem painfully obvious, but I’ve learned I will often forget that very basic fact when in the middle of a conversation. Sometimes it’s an advantage, because I’m able to speak freely and honestly without being constantly aware that what I’m saying will be judged by the listener. On the other hand, when I forget about the listener completely, I frequently find myself saying something silly or off-handed that I don’t really mean or isn’t of any real value – even entertainment value – and something that could cause the listener to miss the heart of the message Mike is trying to convey.
- People will hear things that aren’t said.
Sometimes that’s the work of the Holy Spirit, speaking to hearts as only He can saying exactly what He wants us to hear. We praise God for those moments. Other times it’s when we’ve said something unclear that leaves the listener confused. I’ve learned, particularly in an audio environment, clarity is king. We need to say what we mean and mean what we say.
- People can tell when you’re speaking beyond your experience or level of knowledge.
I’ve led worship music in churches for years, but I’m self-taught as opposed to formally trained. Also, I’ve spent almost all of my ministry in smaller churches. Whenever I try to pretend I know more than I do, it always comes across as transparently insecure. I’ve learned to be content with the perspective I can provide as a self-taught, small church musician.
- People are encouraging.
Mike and I have been blown away by the response to the podcast. No matter where we travel all across the country (and even outside the United States), we encounter listeners. To date, we’ve not received a single negative comment. Everywhere we go we find people who are excited about the podcast and grateful for it.
- People need encouragement.
Leading people is hard work. Leading music is hard work. Everyone will have an opinion and a preference and there will always be someone there to remind you when they think you’ve missed the mark. Relationships with pastors and other staff can be difficult and your family will often feel like they’re living in a fish bowl with everyone in the church watching every move you and your family make. Mike and I pray that the WorshipLife Podcast will be an encouragement to you and your family as you faithfully continue on the journey God has called you to.
Brian Brown is LifeWay Worship’s Manager of Operations. With LifeWay for more than 21 years, Brian has a passion for worship, numbers and history. He’s well-read. He’s quick-witted. He’s worth following on Twitter @TheBrianHBrown.