Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Finding Patterns.

At a recent Thursday night rehearsal, one of our musicians shared a brief devotional about healthy patterns in our lives.  It was a powerful reminder that God is a God of pattern and order and because we are made in His image, we also develop patterns and rhythms in our lives. But because we are so dramatically impacted by sin, our patterns are often unhealthy and destructive.  Paul writes in Romans 12:2, "Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." As worship leaders in our churches, which technical leaders are, we need to be conscious of the patterns we are developing.  We must constantly be renewing our minds in the truth of Scripture so that we create healthy patterns of worship and service.

We need to be aware of patterns that develop in our work habits as technical leaders.  You are always developing some sort of habit.  The question is what kind of habits and patterns are you developing?  Lazy, complacent, short tempered, abrupt, dismissive patterns are all too easy to slip into.  Remember that the technical arts are inherently a service ministry.  Is our pattern one of consistent, reliable service?  Consistent, reliable service will win us the trust and the ear of leadership.  Is our pattern one of cheerful, self-sacrificing service?  Cheerful self-sacrifice will win us the love and respect of our volunteers and coworkers.  Is our pattern one of tactful honesty and edifying feedback?  Honesty will develop those around you and create opportunities for others to speak honestly into your life and work.  Is our pattern one of excellence and dedication?  Excellence and dedication will ignite passion in your team and attract other dedicated team members.

Just like any other area in life, anything that is worth doing takes hard work.  Cultivating healthy patterns in your ministry takes intentionality, persistence, and continual self-evaluation.  But the fruit that it yields has the potential to bless you, your team, and your entire congregation.

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