So you’re planning to dedicate yourself into the Music Ministry? That’s a very wise decision indeed. Actually putting time and effort into any of the ministries in your church is a wise decision whatever your age or vocation. Since you’re dedicating yourself none other than to God, you want to do your very best. To make your ministry a successful one there are some things that you have to consider.
The Word of God
This is central to your ministry. That’s why if you thought music was the center of your ministry, that’s where you’re mistaken. Yes, listen, play, compose, practice music; but never forget the Word of God. Listen to your pastors and ministers; share with your band mates or fellow choir members; or meditate on God’s Words during your personal quiet time. The more you listen and meditate on His Words, the more you become attuned to His will.
This actually goes with The Word of God. When you have both the Word of God and Prayer in abundance, you’re practically laying down the foundations of the success of you and your brothers and sisters’ music ministry. Pray. Pray a lot. This was what the early apostles did, and this is what you should do as well, if you want your music ministry to blossom.
“But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word,” – Acts 6:4
Dedication is another thing which you should have. There are many things that can take your attention away from the ministry. There’s your work; your family and loved ones, perhaps; illness; boredom; or personal problems. These are just a few of the things which can put a damper on the buzz that you feel right now when you think about the music ministry. Remember that a ministry will take your time, strength and attention. Always be prepared to make sacrifices for your ministry.
Of course, you need to practice. Even if you spent half the day praying and meditating on the Words of God, you still need to do your part. Remember, the miracle isn’t when you learn and get better when you practice – it’s when you learn more and get much, much better because God helps you during your practice.
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” – Amos 3:3
Two people will have a hard time working together if they disagree. Now imagine a whole band which doesn’t agree on anything. Think how bad a choir would sound if they kept doing their own thing? Chances are you aren’t going to do your music ministry on your lonesome (unless, of course, you are your church’s very own one-man band). That being the case, you and your fellow musicians and singers should be of “one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:27)
Okay, right now maybe you’re wondering why skill is all the way down here at the bottom of the list. Because it’s the very last thing you need to have a successful ministry. Now a lot of people would argue (and they have a right to), but when you really think about it and let your faith decide: it’s not by might, not by power, but by the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).
The Bible tells of many examples of unlearned men doing mighty things for God. Now, skilled or not, can’t God use you for the music ministry? Can’t He give you the particular musical gift, instrument, or knowledge that you need for your ministry if you ask Him in prayer? Of course, He can. He’s willing to give gifts. He just needs the right persons with the dedication and unity to give the gifts and talents to.