200 Words [or Less] About Being a Worship Musician: Key Elements >>Available
200 Words [or Less] About Being a Worship Musician:
Key Elements >> Available
Read previous Key Elements articles: Intro; Talent; Surrendered Part 1; Surrendered Part 2; Passionate; Teachable Part 1, Teachable Part 2)
Available. As leaders in churches, we like to spiritually dress up a basic requirement like this by calling it â€ścommittedâ€ť or â€śfaithful.â€ť But before someone can be faithful or committed, they just plain need to be there when they need to be there. Sounds like that only-partially joking phrase we leaders use: â€śas long as they have a pulseâ€¦â€ť Most of us have been there (or are there still): he can keep a beat and will show up Sunday. VoilĂ , weâ€™ve got a new drummer.
If weâ€™re in a â€śneeds-basedâ€ť situation [lacking musicians to fill the holes] versus a wants-based [weâ€™d like a killer bass player, but the three we have in rotation get the job done], availability creates a two-fold problem: 1) Availability tends to be the predominant characteristic we use to validate someoneâ€™s involvement on the team. 2) We allow people to be unavailable for rehearsals, yet still play or sing on Sunday because we are â€śneedâ€ť them. Healthy? No. Necessary at times? Unfortunately.
Like all these â€śmust havesâ€ť, availability doesnâ€™t stand alone. Availability needs to intermingle with calling, passion, talent, etc. Then you get faithful and committed people on your team. Who actually show up.
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