Alex Enfiedjian from Worship Ministry Training joins the podcast to talk about why we tend to focus on the wrong things in worship ministries and what our hierarchy should be. Kristina and Jason share their goals for the upcoming year.
On music being the tool, not the point
Many worship leaders nowadays have gotten their cues for a successful worship ministry is from social media, youtube, and other big churches. They think if they have a big stage, big band, cool lights, excellent stage presence, high-level production then we'll have a successful worship ministry. So we all aim for these levels.
I'm simply asking the question: "what if that's not the target Jesus asked us to shoot at in the first place?" What if Jesus is measuring a completely different metric? I believe His metric is "are you making disciples". Don't gauge your success based on if you look cool. Gauge it on if your people look more like Jesus this year than they did last year.
On our desires when creating big environments
Having all the big stuff isn't bad. There is a certain level of expectation when people come to a space like that. We just shouldn't focus on all of that as our primary target. All of it should be tools to make disciples. Running cables can be a lesson about diligence for little Timmy. Let's just not gauge the success of our ministry on this.
On a hierarchy of focus for a worship ministry
First, envision the team that you want to have. Tight-knit family, songwriting team; what does your ministry look like in five years? Determine your vision and values. Second, put rhythms and systems of what you do in a week. Build a system for the team that creates repetition. Infuse discipleship in all of it.
On taking over teams that are well established
This is one of the hardest things to do. You need to come in and love on people first. Then start teaching about things you want to change. Constantly communicate the same thing over and over. It takes long to turn a ship that's already moving, so just keep going and keep trying. When you're sick of saying it, they've just started to hear it.
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