Sing Unto the Lord

The three paradoxes of leading a music team
February 12, 2008, 10:15 am
Filed under: Thinking Music

Last night the guys who lead teams in Nitechurch got together to look at 1 Timothy and talk about what it means to be leaders in Nitechurch. It was a great time. One particular thing that stood out for me was from a book Rhett showed us called ‘Leading from the second chair‘. It pointed out three paradoxes of leading a team in a wider church:

1. The paradox of Sub-ordinate Leadership

We are called to leadership but we are also called to love and respect our leaders (Heb 13:17). At times I can fall into thinking of my team as my own personal castle. I have built up the team I have plans/goals/outcomes that I want to reach – but I forget the leadership who I represent. I am not the leader of the church or even the leader of this congregation. I have a role to play as a leader but under a leader. This means I need to show my leader the respect, submission and trust that I want those who I lead to show me.

2. The Paradox of the Deep Wide

It is important that I understand the area that I serve in. I will seek to read lots about the affections and magnification as well as spend heaps of time writing and planning. That’s the deep part. But I also need to understand to some extent whats going on church-wide. Our church encourages specialty but we need to continue to have a sense of generalist thinking so that we don’t blinker ourselves to other goals that we are working towards. This is the principle found in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12. We are one body made up of many parts. Each part has a role to play and should be good at fulfilling its role, but it never forget that it is one body. That is the deep-wide principle.

3. The paradox of contently dreaming

As leaders it is a good thing for us to dream. we want to be pushing the mold and never being satisfied with our efforts until Christ’s return. There is always more we can do, different avenues we can pursue, new technologies and patterns of leadership and instrumentation. We need to be dreamers who can have big plans. But we also need to learn contentment in our position. We never want to be politically pushing our ideas above others. We never want to be seen to be usurping the authority of those God has put above us. We may not be given the funding to complete the dream we have. We need to be content with that but never give up dreaming or we will become stale job-doers. This happens lots in Music ministry. People give up their big plans and just focus on getting music done Sunday by Sunday. You can read more about that here.

I hope this stuff is helpful for you as you lead your team. It has helped me think about how to be Godly and submissive. Particularly as a young man I find this hard because of my pride. Pray for me that I would have the attitude of Christ who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11)

(picture is of something called ‘the hydrostatic paradox’)


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