Spiritual Health: Re-Set the Rudder That Steers the Ship
We want the people involved in leading the congregation to worship God through songs to deeply and clearly know that the true worship of God goes beyond our songs and our services.
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Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.
Absolutely! We want to nurture and encourage the spiritual health of our Church singers, instrumentalists and technicians. Surely, the most important goal of our pastoral care is that our so-called “worship team” or “worship band” members — those involved in “worship ministry” or any musical or technical aspect of our “worship services” — would be growing as worshippers.
Above all else, we want them to be a group of individuals who are swimming more deeply into the mystery of worshipping God in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24) and as “a living sacrifice — holy and acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1).
To put it a different way: We want the people involved in leading the congregation to worship God through songs to deeply and clearly know that the true worship of God goes beyond our songs and our services.
The opportunity to worship God is 24/7/365 and 366 on a leap year — in every moment of every day! We want team members who are growing spiritually — surrendering their whole lives as the ultimate expression of worship to Almighty God.
But what can we do to bring that about? We can train our technicians to be more competent with the software or hardware they use. We can teach instrumentalists the importance of practicing with a metronome. We can offer vocalists exercises that will improve their singing.
Can we really do anything — anything at all — that will improve the spiritual health, though, of our team members?
I am going to suggest that we cannot. Only God — through His Holy Spirit and His Word — can improve the spiritual health of an individual or a group of people.
But here’s the good news!
There are things we can do that can open people to the influence of the Great Spiritual Healer — God. There are practices that we as leaders should model that will have a significant impact on the trajectory of the spiritual health of the people we lead.
First, we ourselves must steer the ship of our lives into deeper, uncharted waters of whole-life worship!
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.