Worship Management vs. Worship Leadership

As a self-admitted “all-things-Apple” fan boy, I’m a sucker for just about any quote by Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and CEO. In John Maxwell’s new book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, he offers an interesting quote from Steve Jobs. Quoting Jobs, he says:

Management is about persuading people to do things that they don’t want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.”

I’ve been thinking about how this applies to those of us who lead worship on a regular basis, whether we are a worship pastor, worship leader, choir member, band member, praise team member, or whatever our role, I think there are some interesting parallels here.

How many of us often feel like we’re “raising the dead” when we approach corporate worship (am I the only one that feels this way sometimes?). Maybe you feel like you’re just keeping the ship afloat…managing schedules, charts, bands, budgets, and divas. Or, how many of us feel more like cheer leaders rather than coaches–jumping up and down and making a lot of noise, but having very little influence on the outcome of the game? Before we enter into one of those “those people” rants, maybe we should look inside first and ask ourselves a few questions. (These have not been easy for me).

Am I “just getting by” in my approach to planning, leading, and more importantly–my relationship with God?  Am I being dominated by the tyranny of the urgent? Do I have some good things that I need to say “no” to in order to make room for the best?

People will follow an inspired leader who knows where they’re going and has been where they (the people) want to be. There is no greater place that we can be than in the presence of God. Whatever your methods, whether you plan meticulously months ahead of time, or “go with the flow”, whatever you do–get in the presence of God and the people will follow. (Jude 21-25)

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About jasoncrosslive.com
A former pastor reflecting on matters of faith, culture and the arts in the context of real life.

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