TO THE GOSPEL MUSIC MINISTERS I WRITE..
Stop going online begging pastors to host you in their church..
Go on your knees, once you find God your generation will look for you
Music is a spirit, so any gospel singer who want to make a difference must be ready to pay the full price of separation and consecration
If every night you sleep and snore on your bed, you are still joking..
Being gifted with a nice and sweet voice is different from being anointed..
If anointing comes on your cracked voice, your generation will look for you
Today you sing like Frank Edward, tomorrow you sing like Sinachi and Samsung..
You are not Chris Morgan, you are not Yinka Ayefele..
You are yourself, go and find your self and until you have found your missing self don’t come out!
Sir, ma, go and find your own SOUND, go and ask God for the template of your Vision and calling.
There can’t be revival until sound is released..
Have you paid the price of being the agent of sounds?
Besides every singing gift lies the spirit of PRIDE..
And until you have conquered PRIDE God would not have anything to do with you
Sir, ma, humble yourself..
5 ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF WORSHIP MUSICIANS
Let’s take a closer look at each characteristic.
John Piper tells a story (31 min into this video) about offering communion to the orchestra at his church. When person after person refused the elements, Piper turned to the worship leader and said “What’s up with this?” The worship leader said, “Well, we brought them in from outside. They’re probably not believers.” Piper looked at the music minister and said, “Don’t ever do that again.” Hebrews 10:19 says we “enter the Most Holy place by the blood of Jesus.” If a musician is not covered by the blood of Christ, they are not fit to lead others into the Most Holy place. Let’s invite non-Christian musicians into our community. Let’s share the Gospel with them and pray for their salvation. But let’s not make them leaders of the Church.
2 Peter 1:5-7 says “supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”
If you’ve been in a band, you know that a group of musicians will fall apart without brotherly love, and the bible says that brotherly love stems from virtue. So we must have standards for virtue in our bands. A good place to start is 1 Peter 5:5 “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” If we want God to give grace to our bands, we must choose musicians who are willing to receive instruction. And as we give instruction, we must remember that 1 Peter 5:5 applies to worship leaders as well.
3. Culture (or Community)
In college, I attended UBC Waco, where David Crowder was worship pastor. During my time there, I became friends with a gifted guitarist, who moved to Waco to be in David Crowder*Band. This guitarist is a Christian with character, who is skilled at his craft and leads with his countenance, but he was only in DC*B for six months. Why? He didn’t feel comfortable at UBC, and Waco didn’t feel like home. In other words, he didn’t fit the culture. When he left DC*B (on good terms), Crowder replaced him with a guitarist, who had been living in Waco and attending UBC for several years before joining the band. Even after DC*B split up, the latter guitarist stayed in Waco and remained part of the UBC community.
Romans 15:6 commands us to glorify God with “one mind and one voice.” When a church fulfills Romans 15:6, a culture is created, and our bands should fit that culture.
In 1 Samuel 16, King Saul is tormented by a harmful Spirit. Upon seeing his condition, one of Saul’s servants says “seek out a man who is skillful in playing the lyre, and when the harmful spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will be well (v. 16).” In response to this idea, another servant says “I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing…and the Lord is with him (v. 18).”
David entered the king’s court because he was both a skillful musician and a man of God. If he was only a man of God, he would not have been the right man for the job. He had to be “skillful in playing” (v. 16 & 18). If king Saul required skill from the musicians in his court, how much more does King Jesus deserve our skill?
5. Countenance (or Posture)
The word “countenance” refers to a person’s face or facial expression. Because we have to keep our hands on our instruments for most of the service, countenance is an important aspect of how we lead from stage. Our faces should display the fullness of joy that is found in God’s presence (Ps 16:11). But I will also include the word “posture” in this characteristic to encompass the many ways the bible calls us to physically express ourselves in worship.
We’re called to bow (Ps 95:6), stand in awe (Isaiah 29:23), dance (Ps 149:3), clap (Ps 47:1), lift our hands (Lam 2:19), sing and shout (Zeph 3:14). If our band mates are unwilling to express themselves in any of these ways, or if they are distracting in how they express themselves, then we have an opportunity to show them the scriptures and help them grow in this area.
I’m far from a perfect leader, and no one in my band – including myself – is a perfect band member. But I can confidently say that my band mates are Christians with character, who fit our church’s culture, are skilled at their craft, and lead with their countenance. My prayer is that you and your band would join us in our effort to grow in all five of these areas, “knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor 15:58).
Discovering Your Call to Music Ministry
Music ministry is one of the most vital ministries in the local church and should be viewed as a sacred office. Discovering your call begins with a DESIRE to be used by God to impact the local church and the world around you.
There are two words that will help you understand the call and vision God has for your music ministry.
Call: A divine appointment to ministry or service.
Vision: A supernatural revelation that conveys the plan and purpose of God.
Webster’s New World Dictionary defines “vision” as “a mental image, the ability to perceive something not actually visible, as through mental acuteness or keen foresight.”
The following outline is designed to help you discern where you are and to navigate where you need to be.
12 Steps to Discovering Your Call:
2. Seek the Lord for a vision (Proverbs 3:6). Know the nature of music ministry the Lord has called you to (church choir, worship-team, prison, studio, etc.).
3. Entrust your vision to God (Proverbs 16:3). The Amplified Bible states, “He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to his will.”
B. Minister of Music
5. Surround yourself with people that share your vision (1 Corinthians 3:9). You should not be working for God ALONE, find someone to help you launch and develop your ministry.
6. Stay in an atmosphere of teaching and training (Ephesians 4:11-12). Keep yourself exposed to sound biblical teaching. Sound: that which is suitable for practical Christian living.
7. Seek to glorify God (Colossians 3:17). This is an ATTITUDE. Your motive must be pure. The phrase “in the name of” means, to express the thoughts, or speak with the authority of the named individual. To glorify God literally means to DEMONSTRATE HIS ATTRIBUTES.
8. Be ministry minded (Matthew 20:28). Be sensitive to the NEEDS of the people. Your sensitivity to people is solely based on your sensitivity to God.
9. Depend on the Spirit of God to empower you (1 Samuel 16:11-23). The anointing of God is essential to you functioning in Music Ministry. When you’re anointed by God, other people can VERIFY it (vs. 18). You will be identified as one whom God is with (vs. 18).
11. Don’t neglect your gift (1 Timothy 4:14). The gift that God has given you is to be GIVEN AWAY! The body of Christ is depending on your contribution to the kingdom of God.
12. Keep your family BEFORE your ministry. Maintain balance between family and ministry. Be careful not to do ministry at the expense of your family. There’s a difference between serving God and serving God so much that you are neglecting your family. The Lord never intended for us to serve Him and let our families suffer in the process. You will know when your priorities are out of order when your wife and children begin to complain about your excessive absence. Your family is your FIRST ministry!
The Four Voices:
As you begin to sense the direction you should be going in, understanding the Four Voices will help provide a level of guidance.
1) The Voice of the Spirit (inward impression)
You always know when God is speaking to you because His prompting will burn within you.
2) The Voice of Reason (common sense)
Often times we don’t use common sense when making decisions. For example, common sense would involve looking at your skills relative to the area of ministry you’re interested in.
3) The Voice of Friends (trusted friends)
4) The Voice of Opportunity (circumstances)
Be aware of the doors the Lord will open for you. He specializes in orchestrating circumstances around you so that you can see His provision (1 Corinthians 16:9; Colossians 4:3). The word “doors” in Scripture are symbolic of opportunities. Remember, vision precedes provision!
Being a music minister is not an easy task. A music minister’s responsibilities are numerous; they are answerable to God, the church, and the public (the society at large). Leading people into that inner place of deep worship and praise to GOD and also having a responsible lifestyle worth emulating is no joke.
It takes a lot for a music minister.. to hear from God, birth songs and do all it takes to give it the best output from music compilation to a finished product, the delivery (ministration) also takes alot of sacrifice to be in tune with the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes a music minister could be ministering to you on the pulpit with alot of challenges in his heart but will hardly let it show so as to encourage an audience. It only takes the special grace of God to stand firm and be focused for long in this ministry.
️But on the other hand when God gives you a responsibility, He gives GRACE to accomplish and finish strong.
With all this and more that I’ve not mentioned,
I have this to say to all Gospel Ministers “HEY GREAT MINISTER, I RESPECT AND CELEBRATE THE GRACE OF GOD ON YOUR LIFE”
The truth is that all music ministers both upcoming and in quote “popular or established ones” need your LOVE and PRAYERS.