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The Curse Of The Daily Grind

The Curse Of The Daily Grind

By Dustin Smith on October 09, 2018

I am going to do something that I rarely do.  I'm going to give you a practical tip for building a worship team.  One of the reasons that I tend to lean away from giving practical tips is because there are so many great worship sites out there who already lean on the practical stuff, that it can just get lost in the sea of information. But what I am about to tell you is something that you will very rarely hear anyone say.  The reason you won't hear it is because it does not have an immediate payoff and unfortunately we live in a microwave culture. If you can't heat it up and have it ready for consumption immediately, then we don't want it. The problem is that we have focused on our immediate needs so long that we have forgotten to build for the future.

If you have a large church or you are building a church from the ground up, here is my advice.  Work for today, but build for tomorrow.  I know that sounds simple and you think you are already doing it, but I'm not talking about working for Sunday and building for Monday. I'm talking about working on the immediate but building for the future.  Instead of just considering what your service will look like this week, consider what it will look like in ten years if you continue to do things the same way you always have.

I find that most leaders are so consumed with their weekly commitments that to think beyond next week is overwhelming.  I believe this is one of the reasons that the average lifespan of a worship leader at one church is about a year and a half.  We have focused on the short term so much that we have forgotten to make an investment in our future. When you are dealing with your finances you don't start over each day.  You take into account what you have and then you use it each day accordingly. But you also think ahead to future purchases, trips, family growth, etc. Most people are not choosing to invest in their ministry.  They are just running their ministry. Or their ministry is running them.

Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.  These are just ideas. They are not exhaustive by any means, they are simply to stir the pot.  They will get you to think outside of your week, outside of your setlist, outside of yourself.

#1 Instead of spending so much time on your team's musicianship, spend some time on their character.  Patience, excellence, good attitude, and peace will all help you have better musicians. If you focus on developing the music, then you will get better music.  If you focus on developing the people, then you will get better people, playing better music.

#2 While working with your current team, pour into a younger generation.  I am ok with hearing worship leaders frustrated that they don't have a bass player at their church.  What I am not ok with is hearing that same frustration five years later from that same person. What did you do during that five year period to train someone up to play the bass?  Get a bass, hand it to a 12-year-old and get that kid lessons. Then get your youth teaching the younger kids. Create a culture of music so you never have that problem again.

#3 When you hear about a problem, handle it right away.  I don't let problems carry into our future. Some people let things drag on too long because they are only concerned about how they feel right at that moment.  The pain of dealing with the problem seems greater than the pain of allowing it to continue, but that is never the case. Never let situations be in control. As a leader you need to be in control  I have seen too many situations control leaders and their responses. This means that situations are dictating your future because you have allowed it to be the loudest voice.

If you have ever seen a cathedral it is because someone thought beyond a day.  They looked into the future and saw you. They wanted you to know that there were some before you that believed in the glory of God and they wanted to create a place on the earth that testified to His greatness!  May we do the same!

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Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith

Dustin leads a collective called Here Be Lions.  He is an artist, songwriter and worship leader, who has a desire to see the nations ignited with a passion for worship. With an unyielding love for God and His people, Dustin has been able to cross denominational lines with his music. He has an attitude that gives God all the glory, and that attitude transcends age, race, color and creed.