- On December 4, 2012
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I wonder sometimes how we fall off doing things we really enjoy. I am not talking about New Year’s resolutions where we pledge to drop X number of pounds by joining the local gym with all of that spare time we really don’t have. Of course, after a few months (or weeks, or days, sigh) our commitment drops off and even though we are seeing good results, well, we just can’t seem to find the time in our busy schedules. No, I am talking about something that really changes you, on the inside, and then somehow you find yourself back in an old pattern and something that you were really enjoying and was making a difference in your life is suddenly forgotten by the wayside.
Of course I am talking about this blog. There is a part of me that has been profoundly affected by the power of writing my thoughts for others to either take or leave. I had good results as well. Slowly building a following was/is a good plan and I like the process. Yet, it seems as if “life” has come up and swallowed me again. I looked this morning and realize that I have not blogged in sometime. It takes more than good intentions to generate content.
How does this happen? I think it is significant for us as worship leaders to explore this type of phenomenon because it happens in our congregations every day. We have church members/attendees who come for awhile, seem to make great progress, and then even though coming to church is making a difference in their lives, “their lives” seem to take them away from that which is making a difference. They don’t realize it until they wake up one Sunday morning and say to themselves, “Huh, I haven’t been in church for awhile. I will have to get back to that just as soon as I finish ________.”
So what can jar them out of this pattern? Well, what jarred me back to my blog was a comment by one my readers who sent me an email saying, “Get blogging again.” I actually had not even realized that blogging had slipped out of my routine. It was that fast and yet that insipid. I think many of our church folk have the same issue. What brings them back is someone saying to them, “Hey, we haven’t seen you in church for awhile. Hope everything is alright. Sure hope we see you this Sunday.” Maybe it works the first time, maybe it takes several tries, but I think we all need help from time to time to remember what is important and not let those things slip out of our lives.
As a worship leader (or whatever role you may play in church, even if it is just as pew sitter), are you doing anything to proactively help people remember to come to church? I am not talking about reminders from the platform. In old people language that is called “preaching to the choir.” No I am talking about rekindling relationships with church members you may not have seen in awhile. You think to yourself, “I haven’t seen ___________ in church.” Do you do something about it? Do you “pass it up the chain?” Or do you make a call yourself? You see, we may be worship leaders, but we are also church members and I think sometimes we need to be reminded that our duties extend beyond the platform. We are no less responsible for nurturing others in the church, especially the people who have fallen off, than anyone else in the congregation.
1. Go into your worship space, stand on the platform (or sit where you usually sit) and visualize the congregation? Who is missing? Who haven’t you seen in a while? Write down their names, go look up their contact info, and make contact! Don’t be afraid to offend. Most people are touched that you missed them.
2. Ask others to do this exercise with you. Get your whole band or choir to take up the cause and make a concerted effort to get those contacts reestablished. The church is the Body and we should take care of our parts.
3. Be bold. Pray and ask God to put someone on your heart who you could make a difference by contacting. Ask God to use you to care for His church. We know how to lead from the platform, now allow yourself to be a leader by phone, email, text, Facebook, Twitter, etc . . .