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I LOVE THIS. This is why I decided to go to Hillsong for two years for character development rather than just go on staff at some church somewhere. Wow, I can really identify with this, as I know we all can who read this.
This Pastor is looking for someone to join his team and he gives his side quite plainly on what he’s looking for. It’s so good to see the other side as young worship leaders about to go into the field.
-MattSong Leaders That’s what we were called back in the day. Yes, I too got my spurs standing up before congregations with a firm grip on my Shure 58 and a voice that landed somewhere in the middle of Justin Beiber and Lady Gaga.For one year, we have been in search of that position at Colonial. My eyes have crossed reading through resumes… and I only get the top ones that have filtered through the team.It was never this complicated. It was a “given” that when you took a position of full time ministry, you knew that more than one hat would be required. So many today are looking for the “best gig.” I get that. My concern is the long-term effect of the absence of a developmental culture in the local church that would encourage music leaders to stay connected on a longer-term basis as they develop their craft and learn the value of mentoring.Money always complicates things, but that hasn’t always been the case. Churches haven’t always demanded technology like video, smart lighting and multi-campus broadcast. The size of church is almost irrelevant as all feel the pressure to keep up. What used to be done by one song leader now requires a number of skilled and at least part-time paid people. The need for skilled tech and production staff reduces the amount of money available to hire music leaders. Today, the mantra is whatever you use to hire them with is what you keep them with. If your model is to invest, shepherd and develop people, that’s how you keep them. If you take the position of whoever writes the biggest check wins, then you have to keep writing checks. But as soon as somebody can trump your dollars– game over. There is no way to keep up with the never-ending demands of money in an aggressive ministry. Leadership has to trump dollars.We hire very slow, and here’s why the process is arduous.
- We are more interested in bringing a leader on the team versus an artist.
- I am looking for more Drive than I am Dream.
- What do you need to tell me that you don’t want me to hear from someone else?
So, no matter what church I’m called too back home, they’re going to have some MyMixes… those things make any rehearsal a breeze without having to worry about having to have production support! What a win across the board for everyone!
I need to remember that things aren’t what they seem. There’s always another side to consider.
I want to be a leader that releases those in his care into their God given call and dream with purpose and skill. I want to raise up a generation of worship leaders that extends over the whole earth.
City2Surf, a 14k race from the heart of Sydney to Bondi is taking place Sunday August 14th, and I’ll definitely be missing AM service at Hillsong to run it. I’m so excited! Training starts June 6th all the way up until Race Day. I might be using this blog to post my updates, so please bear with me!
Wish me luck