It’s strange. Two people can be doing the exact same task and one person will have great motivations while the other is in it for all the wrong reasons.
You don’t have to flip through the New Testament for very long to realize that motivations are big deal to Jesus. If you read further, you see Jesus values a servants heart. When it comes to participating in worship ministry, our primary motivation should be to serve.
Since motivations are such a big deal, it’s important that we take some time to reflect on why are involved in our worship ministry.
What is your primary motivation for being on your worship team? Are you serving the ministry or using the ministry?
Let’s go on an introspective journey together. Here are four questions we can ask ourselves to reveal our motives.
1. Do You Actively Resist Change?
Some of us really like change. Change is like a rush. For others of us, change is a threat to our happiness.
In a world where living things grow and everything is changing, why would we actively resist change in our worship ministry?
Where some of us really like change, others of us really like peace and quiet. We value the predictable, the steady and the serene. It can be challenging to adapt to good change.
There is a difference between having a hard time dealing and actively resisting change. If you are having trouble adapting to something new, it’s probably natural. If you are actively resisting change…that’s another story.
If we are resisting change then we need to check ourselves and make sure we don’t have an entitlement mentality.
To be entitled means we feel we deserve something. We have a right to receive. We deserve to sing the special song or we deserve to have the solo guitar solo. If this is the attitude we have then we aren’t serving our worship ministries, our worship ministries are serving us.
When change happens in a worship ministry, the entitled person will feel cheated, slighted and offended because their perceived rights have been violated. The servant is in a much better mood and looks for ways to make the change a success.
Do you actively resist change? If so, you may feel you have rights you don’t actually have.
2. Are You Actively Trying To Get Better?
It’s great this time of year. You get a couple friends together, you throw discs around a nice park with a slight breeze and a clear sky. You talk smack, talk smart, laugh, through a disc into a tree that’s fifteen feet away from you, laugh again. It’s great fun.
I try to get friends to go disc golfing with me a lot, but do you know why I don’t do? Practice.
You will not see me on the course early in the morning practicing drives or putts. You will not find me watching Youtube videos on becoming a more accurate thrower. You will not find me commenting on disc golf forums inquiring about the latest gear. Do you know why you won’t see me do any of these things? Because to me, disc golf is a hobby and a pass time. It’s an excuse to hang out with friends, outside in nice weather, nothing more.
Do you strive for excellence in your worship ministry? Are you looking for ways to improve? Or is your relationship with worship ministry like my relationship with disc golf? Allow me to suggest that if we are not looking to improve, we may see worship ministry as more of a hobby than service?
For most of us, we can’t afford to take the worship ministry as seriously as our jobs. We have a lot of obligations and responsibilities and worship ministry is often our escape. If you are not a paid staff at your church, please don’t practice your guitar for 40 hours a week. Pay your bills.
Even though worship ministry may not be your job, look at it more seriously than a hobby. A hobby is purely for your own enjoyment. The worship ministry at your church is so much more meaningful than your own enjoyment.
While volunteering on a worship team can be really fun and allow us to clear our head of other responsibilities, we should view it more seriously than a hobby. Your church is the local expression of the Bride of Christ. Think about how Jesus has served her. Because of what Jesus has done, she deserves your our too. No matter what your role is with your worship ministry or what instrument you play, set yourself on a trajectory to do it better.
3. Are You Okay With Being Off The Stage?
Do you show up to church when your not on the schedule? If you do, do you engage in worship?
If the answer is no, then let me ask another question: why not? Why not listen and benefit from a teaching on the bible. Why not be around other believers? Why not worship God corporately.
I realize there are many people who have been hurt by churches before and find it hard to regularly attend a Sunday morning service, but I’m guessing if you are an active participant on your worship team, that’s probably not you.
It is possible to use a platform of worship as a vehicle for our own agendas and egos. If we don’t like not being the person upfront and on stage, then we need to take an honest inventory of our motivations. If you don’t feel it’s worth showing up to church when you’re not scheduled to be on the stage then you may be on the team for the wrong reasons.
4. Do You Support Your Leaders When They Aren’t In The Room?
Talking bad about someone behind their back is so easy. And why not? It’s almost a cultural norm.
I mean, if I had a coffee bean for every time I said something unflattering about Nicolas Cage when he wasn’t in the room, Starbucks would be giving me money.
But seriously, our true feelings can come out when the people we are talking about aren’t around to hear them. If we are talking poorly of the leaders in our worship ministries, then we are undermining them and what they are tying to accomplish.
If this is us, then we are not be serving the worship ministry; we may be looking for our opportunity to take it over.
Okay. Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but we may be looking for someone to acknowledged that we are smarter than someone else or more capable or have nicer teeth, etc. Whatever the reason, we can’t have the heart of a servant if we are undermining the people we are supposed to be serving.
Take An Honest Look
If we don’t spend time to honestly reflect on our motivations, our motivations will get the better of us. The wrong motivations can act like a poison keeping us from experiencing real life in the church and our worship ministries. If our motivations are pure, it will make us more effective and change who we are underneath.
It’s worth it to be honest with yourself. Take time out of your busy schedule and ask yourself if you are in this for the right reasons.