This is part 2 of a blog series from Rick Briscoe. If you haven’t read part one, you can find it here.
Communicate a clear VISION.
I love the way The Message translation puts it: Proverbs 29:18: “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.”
It’s our responsibility as choir leaders, to communicate a compelling vision! Introducing a new vocal chart during rehearsal is exciting but I believe communicating clear vision is what sustains a choir’s relevancy and is the glue that holds the group together. Vision for our choirs should be compelling! We should use our rehearsal repertoire to help communicate spiritual vision, using the song lyric as jet fuel to express a deeper purpose and clear vision. As leaders, you and I are not just “musical experts,” teaching only notes and rhythms (although important). We should see ourselves more as a pastors and motivators for helping our choirs value and deeply digest “the lyric” of the songs which creates clear spiritual vision.
Communicate authentic PASSION.
The heart behind Prestonwood’s Songs of the People worship project, released last fall, was to give encouragement to our church family for experiencing a renewed passion in the corporate worship atmosphere. I’m convinced this new vigor in service participation stems from the truth that each of the SOTP songs was created from personal experience and a personal “life story.” Each song is a passionate expression from the pavement of our own life’s journey. Honestly, in recent days, worshippers both in the choir loft and in the congregation have become one voice in corporate worship expression. A new song is rising from the pew in a fresh and passionate way!
As leaders of today’s worship choir, we must be passionate about telling His story, using the script of our lives as compelling evidence that He is worth living for. Honest confession of how God is moving in our hearts is motivating to those we lead. Recently, our worship team has been praying for an authentic, renewed sense of God’s presence when His people gather, and He’s answering our prayers! Our choir has been infused with renewed passion and I’m convinced it’s because God has created a new sense of space and flow in the blueprint of our “re-purposed” ministry mindset. Figuratively speaking, new windows have replaced old windows, giving us clearer vision for seeing the right things.
Are you ready to see your “fixer upper”?
Start by communicating the value of ministry PURPOSE. Secondly, find ways to communicate renewed and fresh VISION. Then, finally and most importantly, communicate with the choir your personal and authentic PASSION for Jesus! Our choir members, both young and old, are motivated and inspired by the story of our spiritual journey and discoveries! There is simply no substitute for this!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rick has served the local church for 32 years as worship pastor & church choir specialist. Since joining the Prestonwood Baptist Church ministry team in 1992, he’s led numerous student choirs on national and international music mission trips, served as platform soloist/worship leader as well as a campus worship pastor. Currently, Rick is associate worship pastor and gives pastoral and musical leadership to the renown, Prestonwood Adult Worship Choir. Rick and his wife, Barbi, live in Carrollton, TX and have two married children along with two beautiful grandchildren.