First things first…I’d like to extend a warm welcome to those who are joining us for the first time as a result of attending one of my sessions at the Alleluia conference last week. And…yes the headline paraphrases McCluhan’s famous quote…and it has perhaps never been truer in worship than it is today.
When you’ve been around as long as I have, you understand that “styles” come and go. But your own “style” really doesn’t change much…unless you are one of those “whatever direction the wind is blowing” kind of people. But have you stopped to think about what your ministry leadership style really communicates?
As one of my favorite bands’ (Doug and the Slugs…look them up…and yes, that goes out especially to you, WDO…) best songs says “That’s the question of the day…”
[The] word style, as it is used here, has nothing to do with musical content…[it] is shorthand for personality, perspective, point of view, and process. A pastor’s ministry style can be compatible with a musician’s in each of these areas, some, or none. A person’s ministry style can be compatible with a church’s in each of these areas, some, or none. Stylistic compatibility has a significant impact upon whether a pastor and musician work well together or not, and whether a church feels a clear direction or not.
The four styles discussed here are not hierarchical – there is no “best” or “worst” style. At the same time, in the best working relationships, ministry styles are complimentary, or inter-connected. Different ministry style is one of the areas that can be a battleground, while shared ministry style can lead to a long period of peace.
In the descriptions below, the choices are not black and white… Every person, ministry team, and church will find itself at a particular place on a continuum in each of these areas. Indeed, a small shift in one of these areas can have a big impact on…
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