Trusting the Gospel as a Music/Worship Pastor

Greg Strand – October 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Those who preach and teach the Word of God ought to acknowledge and live in such a way that apart from God they can do nothing (Jn. 15:5). They have nothing to say apart from the Word of God, and their words have no power and authority apart from the Spirit (cf. Zech. 4:6) who inspired that Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17) to empower and illuminate that Word (1 Cor. 2; Heb. 4:12). Although these truths ought to be affirmed and lived, they not always are. Please consider this a reminder of these truths, and realign your life and ministry to reflect them.

The same is true for music/worship pastors. Jamie Brown addresses a similar truth, although he does so from a different perspective. Brown addresses this through the issue of confidence, which appears to be contrary to humility, since confidence often means self-confidence and arrogance. That is always sinful. Brown, however, addresses this through the confidence one has “in the power of God’s call on you, the power of the Spirit within you, and the power of the gospel no thanks to you.” If one does not trust that the gospel is the power of God for salvation, from beginning to end (Rom. 1:16), and because of this “the gospel will prevail in spite of you,” then one’s weaknesses will be revealed in unhealthy ways.

Brown lists a few of the unhealthy ways this weakness manifests:

  • Hunger for the spotlight
  • Resistance to sharing the spotlight
  • An insatiable appetite for praise
  • An overreaction to criticism
  • Impatience
  • People-pleasing

The gospel affects and determines our lives and ministries as preaching and teaching pastors and also as music/worship pastors, and all other pastors (and all other ministers and ministries as well).

  • With what do you struggle?
  • Where do you need to grow?

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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