Summertime and the livin’ is easy. NOT! At least not for most of the music ministry leaders I know about. For some Summer means VBS, Choir Tour, Music Camps, Independence Day picnics or music. The age old question arises for some, “How long should I make a Summer break for the choir?” That is if you give your choir any time away from loft duties. Even when there are changes in the weekly schedule, worship music responsibilities continue in one form or another. Whew! It could wear a leader slap out.
What if you made Summer a time for some refreshment. No, I do not mean homemade ice cream on the back porch, a glass of lemonade at the pool, or choir party hot dogs and hamburgers – those are a given. I mean you need some refreshment for mind and spirit. I hope and pray you are planning some time away with family apart from the stresses of church responsibilities. Important for you and your family! Just do it! You will have a better shot at returning refreshed if you do.
How about recharging of your spiritual and ministerial batteries? Lifeway Worship Week at Ridgecrest, Baylor’s Alleluia Conference, and more opportunities area available to you. Do you have time planned to read a book or two, attend a conference, and/or study that resource you have considered using for your worship band or choir? Never have there been so many resources available to worship music leaders in the form of books on worship, ministry, music-writing and performing, leadership, communication, and technology, to name a few categories. Careful! Information can be overwhelming. I suggest being reflective, and selecting an area in which you feel you really need to be refreshed, and going for it. For some that might mean tackling a DVD Worship Band leadership kit, and for others it may mean a choral conducting online seminar. This kind of investment is not selfish if it truly benefits your church and corporate worship.
If you plan to be away and need fill-in for a Sunday or two, let us help. Consider using one of our worship ministers who is currently without a church position. Give our office a call if you need names and contact information. This could be ministry for the fill-in as well as for you and your people. And don’t forget the value of nurturing an uprising high school or college student who could benefit from exposure to leading the congregation. I have a couple of Sundays available myself if the calendar coincides with your need for a substitute. Just take the time away that you need to refresh the spirit.
Don’t forget that toward the end of the Summer we are having Regional Music Ministry Leadership Conferences as training to help prepare your folks for next Fall. Because of Italy preparations and other limitations we will be holding four of these regional events, rather than six this year. Choose an event closest to you, or one that fits your schedule and enlist your folks for a Saturday morning of getting geared up for Fall. Check the website for updates to faculty and class lists. www.tnworshipandmusic.org
Worship Renewal is often predicated by spiritual renewal in the leaders themselves.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! –2 Cor 5:17