200 Words (or less) About Being a Worship Musician: Key Elements #1--Talented
By Jon Nicol
You'd think this element would go without saying, but we've all been to (or attend) that church that has a less than talented musician helping lead music. A few things about talent:
It's relative. A church of 5000 will likely require a different level of talent than a church of 50. Each ministry needs to determine what is needed. As a team grows and changes, so does the demand for better talent.
It's developable. Whatever hard-wired ability you have, it has to be cultivated through practice, hard-work and experience. And if you're using this talent for ministry, you're obligated to develop it.
It's not a spiritual gift. Musical talent is a tool used in conjunction with the spiritual gifts. My chief reason for making this point is not to argue a gray area, but to keep people from elevating their talent to a place of entitlement: e.g. "It's my spiritual gift, so I need to be on this team, or sing this solo, etc...
It's not enough. John Maxwell wrote an entire book on this subject. We start here with talent, because it IS necessary. But it can't be the only element that matters for a worship musician.Next installment: Surrendered
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July 20, 2009Tweet