Dear Worship Leader, Stop Trying to Prove Yourself | David Santistevan

I’ve been chewing on these thoughts for a week now… I think all people– worship leaders, or not… need to hear this afresh today!

>>”If you move God’s heart in secret, you’ll have a greater authority when you lead in public. Spiritual authority doesn’t come from personality, talent, or hard work. It comes from someone who has known and continues to know the goodness of God.”<<

Source: Dear Worship Leader, Stop Trying to Prove Yourself | David Santistevan

Way Beyond Me

Sunday during the worship set at the contemporary service two minor things happened that really scared me. I bet the congregation hardly noticed- but my immediate response (after panic) was peace and real worship.

I think God does stuff like this all the time to keep us humble and dependent on Him. To remind us we’re not the ones in control anyway.

I was listening to the words of this Toby Mac song today and they really resonated with what God is walking me through:

“Call it a reason to retreat…

I got some dreams that are bigger than me-

I might be outmatched, outsized, the underdog in the fight of my life

Is it so crazy to believe…

That You gave me the stars, put them out of my reach,

Called me to waters a little too deep?

Oh, I’ve never been so aware of my need

You keep on making me see:

It’s way beyond me.”

It’s counter-cultural to talk or write a song about how weak and vulnerable we are without a higher power.

This country is all about making it, working up the ladder. Every fiction book and movie is about a main character who defies the mold, unique, special.

It’s not fun to relish in the fact that without the Holy Spirit we are powerless.

But in that admitting our desperation for God to help us comes a peace no others can know. With the supernatural power of God residing in us- we can move and breathe and create and think and work like never before. There are no limits to what God can do in us, if we just let go of our pride.

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Getting Better at your instrument

Sometimes as a worship leader, it’s easy to get so busy with the job that you don’t have time to work on your instrument.

We don’t want that!

A lot of people don’t know this…(probably people who don’t play guitar- because people who play can TELL:))! but: I only learned guitar a few years ago, out of necessity. I have a degree in music/voice, and play classical piano, but I just picked up the guitar a little under 2 years ago.
I took a job in a predominantly older generation church in 2013, so they all played woodwinds, brass, piano, strings, etc. No electric or bass, one drummer.

So I learned fast how to make it sound good .. but I made up a lot of new open chords or just capo-ed all the time.

I never spent the time to get good at picking lead lines, scales, or understanding fretboard theory. Although it started out as a need, guitar turned into a want for me. I fell in love with the instrument!

I’ve been looking for a good tutorial on chord inversions, barres, getting up the neck to the 12th fret. I finally found one!

Paul Baloche does it again! I purchased his worship team workshop last year… it was so much fun. It focused a small slice of time on band, but really focused on vocals.

Now I’ve been looking into some of his newer band workshops, and ran across this beauty.

I may not have a ton of time today, but I carved out some to really work on my knowledge of the instrument I play.

If you’re like me… and you’re a pianist/ singer who found yourself “getting by” on guitar, these resources are for you!
Check the link Paul mentions at the beginning of the video for a free pdf “booklet” to get you started.

Thanks all, God bless!

Thought for Today

This little nugget… a pearl of wisdom, is this:

Before you place a complaint…. be informed.

Chances are if you wait to be informed before you voice a negative… you may not ever need to place that complaint. Tweet

That goes hand-in-hand with assuming the best in people… doesn’t it? (Click to re-read an old post about assumptions we make!) 

Beautiful Hardships

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 11.14.29 AMToday as I sit trying to get a good picture of our year as a church… I begin to take inventory of some of our music. August to August… I start marking the recent service dates by the hardship that was occurring when we chose these songs together.

Sadness filled me as I thought, “Oh this song was picked through many tears…”, “This one happened when, _______…”.

But these times of hardship as church- marked in the annals of our software- have taught me something about God’s love.

He was there then… and we got through it. One foot in front of the other, as a church. He is here now as I write and reflect.

As I gaze over these dates, songs, prayers, lighting and audio notes… I realize that back then, something amazing happened. People on differing sides of arguments agreed to disagree. We ALL held hands during “the Lord’s Prayer”… and even hugged and cried together.

We all bowed the knee at the altar together.

Why can’t our software depict these moments?

As I make my list…. I just had to stop and remember this major monument to God’s grace and goodness in our lives. FBC… I treasure this year with you. I treasure the things God has done, the times we hit the ground in prayer together, shaken by hardships. These are beautiful hardships… because God is found there.

God never said we would always agree. He never said the entire Bible is black and white… our theology may sometimes not line up, leaving frustrations and questions. Relationships were never easy in Bible times, and they’re not now.

But we know in our future, we never have to go it alone…. God will be there in the future just like He is now.

The only difference will be that our FAITH will be bigger next time around.

We can smile and have joy, through tears, knowing God never changes.