called to an everlasting preoccupation with God.
A. W. Tozer
I am sitting by my fireplace and TV thinking about the good
time I had last night and this morning with friends and fellow ministers that
are the worship choir at ClearView. This weekend of November for the past
several years has been designated as ‘choir retreat.’ Usually we take the whole
time to prepare for our Christmas presentation.
This year we got that accomplished and we also spent some time
evaluating the current state of our ministry. I was very pleased at the
openness with which the choir expressed their desire to see the choir continue
to be an important part of the worship at ClearView and to hear their ideas for
making it better. Over the next few weeks we will be putting into place a plan
to evaluate all the ideas and take steps toward putting into action the ones
that will help us be the best we can be for the God’s glory.
In a day when many churches have decided not to invest in a
choir ministry, ClearView has decided there is value in a choir’s ministry. The
ClearView choir is one of the ministry groups in the worship ministry. These
groups’ role is to forward the vision of ClearView. Just recently that vision has been described
with these words:
ClearView exist to make radical
focused on making God known
to the ends of the earth.
The vision of the worship ministry is:
Using the creative arts
to communicate the never-changing
message of God’s love,
encouraging persons to use gifts
and talents to glory His name,
and lead others to do the same.
The worship choir at ClearView is open anyone who loves to
sing and is passionate about serving God.
A few weeks ago I posted a blog that shares my beliefs on who should
sing in the choir. These three
statements were the basis:
Worship is more than Sunday
morning, it is about being a follower of Christ…it is about making everyday
decisions that reflect Christ.
Sometimes people join the choir
just because they love to sing, but it is our desire that through the
fellowship, prayer, worship and discipleship of the choir this becomes more
about worship than just about singing.
The choir is a ministry, and to be
involved and fulfilled in a ministry there must be a sense of calling. Choir is about giving people a place to use
their talents and desire to serve God by encouraging others to do the same.
I have been amazed at what God has done at ClearView in the
ten years that I have been a part of its ministry. I am looking forward to what
God has in store for us and I am excited about the future of the worship
choir. It is a real joy to be called
leader of this group.
People invested in me, God used people in my life to help lead me on the ministry path that I have been traveling. There are two specific: small home church and David Horton. In the small church that I grew up in, someone saw potential in the gifts God had given me and because of that they were willing to put me in a place to use those gifts. When I was in high school my home church asked me to lead a portion of each Sunday morning service. I’m sure I was not the best they had but they gave me a chance. Then as I was about to finish college a professor of mine asked me to fill in for him in a leadership position. In both of these situations people took the time to invest in me. These are just two examples of many that I have been fortunate to experience.
As I lead I have learned that the greatest asset available to me is the people that I work with, minister to and lead. In the book The Heart of the Executive by Richard D. Phillips the life of David is examined as an example for leadership. One of David’s early assignments was that of a shepherd, leading sheep through some dangerous places and times. David knew that “for the shepherd, the product is the follower.” The same should be said of any kind of leader. Guiding those individuals entrusted to him to safety in times of trouble; leading them to still waters to find basic nourishment and leading them to green pastures to find food that will help them to grow.
I believe you must get to know the people you lead so that you will understand what kind of food (training, encouragement, direction) they need. And it is very evident if you have ever had the opportunity to lead that everyone needs something different, responds to different rewards, needs different training and sometimes needs to be directed to a different position. This information will not be known until you take the time to know and then invest in those you lead. Gaining this type of information takes intentionality and spending time with those you lead. The more people that I have on my staff the more time I spend in meetings or lunches with these people, not for meetings sake or even for production sake but so that I can get to know those I lead.
If a leader models this kind of caring for those he works with then what will be produce will be capable followers who can produce an unbelievable product because they are a well functioning team.
“When the sheep grow strong, when they survive the hazards of the journey, when they return to the village transformed from lambs into strong rams, then the shepherd has faithfully and successfully discharged his duty….the shepherd is the servant of the sheep; it is their growth and nurture that define his task and set the agenda for his success.” The Heart of the Executive p. 7
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. I Timothy 4:12-13
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
Earlier today I was checking some blogs and came upon this quote about living a life of worship on Vicky Beeching's blog (http://vickybeeching.com/)
I like that…