The Worship Minister…..Performing or Ministering?

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires: and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.  But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”  2 Timothy 4:3-5 (NAS)

For the one who calls himself a worship minister, the conflict between “performing or ministering” has been a topic of discussion and possibly a source of conflict for many years.  During my years of ministry, I too struggled with this conflict.  What I have compiled here are my thoughts about the “performing or ministering” conflict.  Additionally, I’ve included statements by others who have given clear and concise thoughts on the subject.  Very little comment is given to the statements; I think they stand on their own.  My desire is that those of you who may be struggling with this conflict will receive some clarity and help you make the jump from performer to minister.  Or, if you really want to be a performer, not a minister, then maybe these statements will help you decide that ministry is not for you.

A performer’s first thought is that it is all about the music; a minister’s first thought is that it is all about the message.

A performer rehearses and worries about the results; a minister rehearses and prays that God will bring the results.

A performer’s desire is to draw an audience; a minister’s desire is to draw souls.
A performer’s first thought is to impress his audience; a minister’s first thought is to reach his audience.

A performer showcases his gift, a minister showcases the Giver.
A performer makes certain he is adequately compensated; a minister, while compensation may happen, realizes that the ultimate compensation is eternal.

A performer seeks to establish worldly connections; a minister seeks to establish Heavenly connections.
A performer will make sacrifices for the good of his career; a minister will make sacrifices for the good of the ministry.

A performer’s motto is “The show must go on!” A minister’s motto is “God’s truth must get through!”

A performer will love performing because it puts him in the limelight; a minister will love performing because he can direct the limelight to the Savior.

A performer’s greatest reward comes from men; a minister’s greatest reward comes from God.

A performer will give up everyone to gain what he wants; a minister will give up what he wants to reach everyone with the gospel message.

A performer’s mission is to showcase his music with perfection; a minister’s mission is to show his audience the perfect Savior.

For those of you who may be struggling with the “performing or ministering” conflict, consider these verses and allow them to guide you. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires: and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.  But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”  2 Timothy 4:3-5 (NAS)

Realizing the truth of all of the above, ask yourself the question I sometimes ask myself; “Why do secular performers so often seem more cooperative and willing to sacrifice, excited about their performance and its results, and eager to do whatever it takes to be successful that we who together have the greater calling to minister?”

Loved ones; aspire to ministry.  And once you’ve consciously made that decision, minister with your whole heart.

Be encouraged today friends!                                                                                                                                                                          Randy

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for these words of encouragement. This is something I struggle with in my Music Ministry. I want it to be totally pleasing to God, but am also human and Satan uses that against me at times. I pray that I can keep God foremost in my life as I do HIS work though the gift of music He has seen fit to bless me with.

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  2. Randy, I appreciate this wisdom friend! Love this post and will be sharing. It is truly a matter of the heart! This has helped me put this into perspective and is a great reminder of the privilege we have to worship.

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