Being a music minister can be draining. So many of our days are spent pouring ourselves out to others — with our time, our talents, and our focused attention. As choir directors and worship leaders, we must take time to nurture and care for our faith in Christ. Here are five ways we can equip ourselves to be effective in choir leadership and ministry.
- Start your day with prayer
Alone time with God is essential. Jesus needed this time alone, not only to talk to God, but to listen. Prayer is about speaking to and listening to God. Therefore, we must do all we can to remove distractions from our circumstances when we pray. Regardless of your circumstances, each of us must prioritize alone time with God.
- Reflect on the Scriptures
The Bible is the greatest tangible tool we have as believers to strengthen our faith and grow as leaders. Psalm 119:25 says that the Word of God gives life to the soul. Therefore, as ministers we must study and meditate on Scripture to invigorate our faith and prepare us for leading our choir and congregation in worship.
- Invest in Godly Relationships
God desires a relationship with us, but He also wants us to grow close to others who know Him. Seek out Godly relationships and regularly examine the relationships you invest in. Are those relationships God-honoring? Are they lifting you closer to God or away from Him? Godly relationships are a blessing and worthy of our attention, and as a choir director, these relationships are essential in leading an effective worship ministry.
- Flee from sin
As Paul teaches in 2 Timothy 2:22, we are to flee from evil to pursue righteousness. This means we must seek to honor God in everything we say and do. This is the most difficult part of the Christian life because it goes against our human nature. But we can be encouraged that our struggle with sin is only temporary. For we have salvation in Christ, who conquered death and sin, providing a way to reunite us with a holy God.
- Live a life of worship
Serving God through ministry is a wonderful gift. We get to celebrate the work God is doing in and through us where we live, work, and play. Worship is our response to all that God is doing in our lives. Therefore, we can confidently model an attitude of worship in every part of our day. Colossians 3:17 says that whatever we do, in word or deed, that we must do it all in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God. As you spend time with the Lord, with others, and leading your choir — do it with a heart of worship.