Before I even get started, I want to make sure you know that I love what I do and am glad to move fully in what God has called me to do. That does not mean that it’s always easy. If you have the type of relationship with the worship guy or gal at your church, ask them what they think about this after you read it. Now that’s out of the way…
It is possible that being a worship pastor is one of the loneliest jobs in the church. That may sound a little dramatic, but hopefully, I can explain it. I have spent a few years doing this job now and, unless you take some real initiative to reach out to other people who also do this job, you aren’t going to find many people who think like you within your church office. There is one church that I ran across last year that has a whole pastoral staff filled with people who used to be in bands. I don’t know how they found each other, but they are so much an anomaly that they might not even count. We will call them Unicorn Community Church for the remainder of this post. Outside of Unicorn Community Church, it’s really hard to find such a large group of creatives gathered in your church staff. What that means is that I spend a significant amount of time alone in my planning, listening and creating patches and coming up with creative intros…all of those things…by myself. My social nature cringes throughout the work day because I spend most of my day alone, simply because what I do doesn’t always connect with what everyone else is doing.
Before this sounds like a cry fest, let me get to the point. It is so very easy for us to try and live this Christian life alone. Satan knows that the best way to slow down the progress of the Gospel is to get us alone. There is strength in numbers. I’ve found that when I’m not intentional about staying in community with people, even within my office, I start to wither. And when I start to wither the worship within our church starts to suffer. I begin to just lead songs because it’s what I’m supposed to do. We sing, but there isn’t much worship happening. It takes work, even within a church office, to stay connected to people within the body.
So, how are you staying connected to the body? Small groups? Prayer teams? A part of a church ministry? How are you fighting off the dark side of the Christian life? Have you noticed that you have been in a funk lately? Are you blaming everyone else for the things happening around you? Have you built up walls that are keeping people at arms’ length? What can you do to be intentional about staying connected? Satan knows that he ultimately can’t win, but he’s going to do everything that he can to delay the process. Are you helping him?