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Ministry Considerations

"I'm a worship musician, and sometimes struggle with walking the line between worship ministry and being a working player in the music business. Any thoughts or suggestions?"


For me, I've actually tried to minimize the distinction between the two.

Several years ago, I was honored to interview one of my heroes, John Patitucci, for Christian Musician magazine (you can check it out by going to "Articles" under the Ponderings tab). John's perspective on this issue is that whether he's playing for a worship service, leading his own band, doing a session or being a sideman for any of his long list of jazz "who's who" associations, it's ALL worship to him...meaning that whenever he plays, he's offering his talents back to God and seeking to bring glory to Him. That really resonated with me.

I do a lot of playing in the worship environment, but still a fair amount in "secular" environments as well. Regardless of the situation, I just try to be faithful in whatever scenarios the Lord brings along, whether that means pouring my heart out in a church service or simply being light & salt (e.g., trying to play with excellence, being friendly & professional, and generally seeking to love on people like Christ did).

In terms of the whole area of trying to "make it big" and gain higher-profile gigs, my suggestion is definitely to be faithful with whatever God brings along, especially the "small" stuff, and let Him open any other doors. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't knock on doors of opportunity if you're seeking to make a living as a musician - by all means, prayerfully (yes, with prayer...vs. "hey, that looks fun & lucrative") pursue anything that you think God might be bringing along your path - but striving and stressing should be deliberately and intentionally put aside. If you can't trust God with it, then that in itself could be why things might not be coming together. The fact of the matter is that you don't want to be anywhere that God hasn't led the way.

Blessings- Norm

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