The New Guy

I wrote a few things on someone else’s blog that I thought were worth posting here. A blogger is walking into another person’s already established worship ministry. The question is – what should he do going in. Here are the things I wrote:

Unfortunately, I don’t have experience in walking into anyone else’s program and taking over, but I’d like to think that I’d want someone to do the following if they were stepping into my program:

1. Love! Before we’re called to music, we’re called to love people. Let every person on the team know that you’re more interested in THEM, than what you can get FROM them – and mean it. People are not dumb! They’ll see right through you – fall in love with them since they’re the body of Christ. Meet their needs! Have them over for dinner! Learn their spouses name, their kids’ names – their passions, their fears, their dreams…

2. Listen! Get lunches set up with every worship team member and listen – tell them a little about yourself, establish your credibility – then SHUT UP! Listen to your team members and assess spiritual development, how solid the vision is that people have, and where strengths and weaknesses are. Listen to your pastor cover the vision until you know it backwards and forwards. People can handle a change in music style if the vision remains consistent.

3. Lead! Whatever you ask of people, give 50% more! Don’t tell people “how it’s gonna be,” lead them to where you want them to go. Fill your mouth with the Word, not your opinion. Let them see you practicing all of the time. Let them see you pray when you’re not on the stage. Let them hear you speaking the vision all of the time!

Music is important, and there are a ton of different ways of addressing the musical issues – but those can almost always be found in the pastor’s vision….



2 thoughts on “The New Guy

  1. Matthew,
    Right on, this is excellent advice.

    I love the concept of give 50% more than what you expect.
    I believe part of loving people means being organized and well rehearsed yourself. That way when they show up for practice you don’t waste their time fumbling through.

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