I’ve mentioned before how owning your senior pastor’s vision is important. Not only is it important, it is essential. There is a tendency among us worship leader/creative types to walk to the beat of our own drum. The truth is, you won’t reach your full potential as a leader until you learn to serve someone else’s vision.
When I finished college and was hired as a worship pastor, I wasn’t prepared to serve someone else’s vision. Bible college doesn’t necessarily prepare you for that. I had dreams and ideals. It wasn’t until I really submitted myself to a great, visionary leader that I began to grow like I never had before.
If you are on staff at a local church, you need to own your senior pastor’s vision with all your might. And if you can’t, it might be time for you to leave. I know that’s a bold statement. I know it may seem a little harsh.
But I think it’s important and here’s why:
1. God has anointed your pastor as the leader of your church
Think about it. God calls pastors and leaders to specific communities for a specific purpose. They have a vision from God to carry out. It is not only your job to serve his vision but your spiritual responsibility. There’s a reason God didn’t appoint 7 leaders of equal influence over a church. Nothing would get done. It would be a battle of personalities. A lot of harm is done when a staff won’t carry out the senior pastor’s vision. As a worship leader make it your goal to serve it with all your might and only speak well of your pastor. God is honored by that.
2. Submitting to and serving someone else’s vision builds humility and maturity
When you’re young, you think you know it all. Submission is the furthest thing from your mind. You have dreams and you want to pursue them. I think God strategically places young leaders in positions where they learn to submit. It really does prepare you for what he wants you to do. When you submit and serve someone else’s vision you gain a more realistic view of yourself and your faults. You learn respect. You learn to make others look good rather than just stroking your own ego. Serving your pastor’s vision will prepare you for a future time where you may be that guy. But before that, serve humbly, and serve well.
3. Ministry is hindered without it
When you try and sidestep your pastor’s vision by doing your own thing, the ministry of the church is hindered through a lack of concentration. A good pastor will ask for your input on things but once the vision of the church is established, don’t supplant it by doing your own thing. You may think your way is better, but it’s not. A better option is to pour yourself wholeheartedly into the vision and lead your ministry to do the same.
God wants to use you in ways you can’t begin to see just yet. Serving well right now, wherever you are, is a good place to start.
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