Churches that are searching for leadership in their music and worship ministry can feel a great deal of pressure to make a decision. After all, Sunday comes around every week.
Phones calls are made, references are checked, videos are shared and viewed, and church leaders feel a self-imposed urgency to fill the role.
Not so fast, my friend.
One pastor I served with told me something one day I’ve never forgotten though he denies ever saying this to me. “Brother Mike – it takes a mighty good Minister of Music to beat not having one.”
Now, why would I make something like that up?
He was joking with me I know – he is still one of my best friends – but I’ve come to believe he was right. There is something actually worse than not having someone in this position – and that’s having the wrong person in this position.
Music can be disruptive because of how subjective it can be. The wrong person leading this ministry can bring havoc to the health of a church. The right person is worth waiting on because the wrong person will cost you time and energy, not to mention the potential of unnecessary conflict in the church.
It doesn’t matter how awesome the talent of a potential leader may be, if they are not a good fit for the church, their talent will never overcome the problems their presence will bring.
To every church looking for a music leader right now – don’t rush. Don’t force a candidate into the culture, no matter how frustrated you may be with the status quo. Be patient with your interim solution and keep waiting on God to bring the right person to the process.
Sometimes status quo is the very best thing you can do.
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.