Well, the reason I started blogging is that I think as a pastor, communication is vital. It’s a way to communicate my heart, my concerns, and to even *gasp* impact people’s life, maybe even for the positive.
And the reason I stopped is like millions and millions of bloggers out there, I can’t or don’t wish to discipline myself to make this a continual thing. Google “people quitting blogs” (or any other variations of that phrasing) and you’ll see that more people quit blogs than start them (yes, I’m being sarcastic, no I don’t charge for the sarcasm).
Well, anyways, I do feel ready to try again. And here’s why.
I am a worship pastor. That is my job title, my calling, my life – whatever the title can pertain to, I am, or try to be. It and all it entails defines my career choice, my calling, my surrender to God, my family, my finances, etc.
In the last few months, I’ve really felt a personal conviction about how calling one’s self a *worship pastor* is in all actuality a contradiction in terms when compared to the duties it comes with in an average (insert denomination) church. After all, a person is a worship pastor, then how come job security can be gained or lost based on a few hours on Sunday morning within a specific building?
Doesn’t worship happen outside of those hours? In fact, doesn’t most worship happen outside of those hours? And most worship happens outside of that building?
Shouldn’t I be called a “worship-between-10:30am-and-no-later-than-12:10-PM, 6-7pm-on-Sundays-at-FBC-MaryEsther-and-other-services-sometimes-too-pastor?”
Let me state my own beliefs clearly. If our sole interaction with God (or even the majority of it) is limited to a time slot on a day, then something is drastically wrong. Christianity isn’t a “side dish.” It isn’t something that accompanies life. It IS life. A simple acknowledgement of the existence of God will gain us no standing with God, no passage to God, and no security with God. The country singer may sing “I tip my hat to the guy upstairs,” but if he doesn’t have an intimate relationship with God as the Bible outlines, then all he has is a tipped hat. As Brother Joe loves to quote, “sitting in a church won’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage will make you a car.”
His mercies are new every morning. As Pastor Byron so accurately mentioned last night, it is concerning when people are living on spiritual insight or experiences that are old to the point of being a distant memory.
Lamentations 3:22-23 –
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
So, if I am truly a worship pastor, that means my title, and therefore my responsibility has to do with impacting/discipling/encouraging people in their worship. What then, is worship?
My favorite definition of worship comes from Mike Harland’s “7 words of worship:” “Worship is our response to God’s revelation of who He is and what He has done.”
If we truly seek to know God, who He is, and what He has done, then our worship will as a result be genuine. We will be overwhelmed by Him. And worship will go outside of a time slot, building, setting, music style, dress style, etc. It will happen in our homes and our schools. In our workplaces, cars, gyms, and grocery stores. In our vacations and our normal schedules. During the good and the bad times.
Too many Christians view worship as something that happens a specific way (music starts, I stand, I sing, I’m done). Worship is more. It is a lifestyle lived in response to God’s revelations. It is obedience to Him, faith in Him, and reliance upon Him. It is these things and more. It is a big subject! And it should infiltrate every aspect of our life.
So, a worship pastor, if living up to the title, should live to affect positively the lives of those he contacts.
And as I’ve been under this personal conviction, I know that I can’t go to everyone’s house every day and give out report cards every 9 weeks. But I can make every effort to communicate, disciple, engage, and love those whom God has put in my path. So, congratulations. You’re reading this!
As such, I’ve finally reached a point where blog-writing is shaping up to be more than a typical “on again, off again” hobby to me. It is a tool in which I can engage people where they are, maybe even serving up some encouragement and wisdom, as the Lord gives grace. If not, there’s always the bad jokes I am so well known for. I’ve prayed about this and studied, because I don’t want to start something up just to stop again. I’ll damage myself, damage my reputation, and maybe damage people who I am discipling.
So, after prayer and thought, I’ve decided I’d like to give this a go, and maybe this time, with God’s help, it’ll be more than a hobby.