Growing Your Gifts From God
Updated: Oct 9, 2018
One thing we care about on our worship arts team is maintaining quality. We take great joy in bringing our absolute best when we serve. Not for the sake of excellence itself, but because we believe what we’re doing is worth us playing, singing, and creating to the best of our ability. Our purpose and our mission motivate us to be diligent with our gifts.
Accordingly, we encourage all our team to continually practice and prepare. They arrive knowing their parts and ready to contribute. It changes the atmosphere when members of the worship team come and honor the sacrifices each other has made and understand our worship team is part of something far bigger than we can fathom.
See, execution is hardly our issue. For the most part, our worship team know what is expected, practice their parts, and are ready to worship when it is time for service. Generally speaking, Sunday services operate smoothly.
This is good.
But we care about something that runs deeper than how well you may sing, play, or mix. What you design and draw is valuable, but who is it for?
For most of our worship team, we are NOT beyond the point of singing without being a little pitchy or dropping a note here and there while playing the guitar. We are respectful of the time others have sown, even if they make a mistake. Worshiping is more than just playing everything perfectly, it is important to step out in our faith to lift our application.
”Don’t just sing the song, worship. Don’t just play the right parts, lead people into the presence of God.”
To grow in your application, we must remember that the goal is to worship God.
Application matters. It’s where your dedication meets your passion. It's where your potential meets its purpose.
It’s hard to measure – but is best indicated by your mindset. How do you feel about what you bring to the team? Is your approach the same as it was 6 months ago? Is some complacency creeping in?
The key here – let your application to your creativity be fueled by a growing private devotion.
For me, that looks like spending time thinking about what we get to be a part of. Whenever I consider the size and scope of our cause and mission, I can’t help but be encouraged to bring more of myself to the table. One of the best feelings is to look out in the crowd and see everyone worshiping with you. It is a constant reminder of why we do this even if it is stressful at times.
Ultimately, don’t just engage your head when you serve – that will eventually grow stale.
Service is a matter of the heart. Be encouraged to focus not just on your execution – but your application.