Better You, Better Worship (Pt. 2)

In my last blog, I laid out that there are seven things that we are doing as a worship team to make us not just better musicians/communicators/leaders, but better people. The thought is that if we’ll focus on our relationships with Christ and with each other, if we’ll enrich our lives with some practical disciplines, we’ll see a marked difference in the genuine presentation of our worship.

(Here’s a link to #1: Pray)

#2 Read

Let’s face it - musicians like loud music and flickering lights. We’d rather watch TV, go to the movies, turn up the music, hang out and have a party than pick up a book. Or is that just me? Anyway, after so many concerts my ears are not like the ears of a non-musician. Silence is deafening for me! So to pick up a book and turn everything else off in the world is a struggle. Even now as I write this I have the Commodores blasting on my speakers. “That’s why I’m eeeaasy....I’m easy like Sunday mornin’.”

But when I do decide to read, I unlock a part of my brain that has been deadened by all of the chaos. Musicians - we think we know it all, that we have an outlook on life that no one else has. People applaud for us, tell us how important we are, let us know how much we brighten their lives - aren’t we special? The fact is, if we’re not reading, we’re not growing. Reading a book on leadership, the Christian life, or even a novel reminds us just how “not good” we are as communicators. Here are a few things I’ve challenged our team with when it comes to reading...

Start with the Bible
If you don’t have a yearly Bible reading plan, GET ONE! There are dozens of them on the YouVersion app. It’s imperative that worship leaders know and understand the Word of God.

Find books by pastors and Christian leaders that you respect
Here are a few books I’m reading or have read that I’ve encouraged our team to pick up:

Creativity, Inc. - Ed Catmull
Jesus the King - Timothy Keller
Too Busy Not to Pray - Bill Hybels
Proverbs: Wisdom that Works - Raymond Ortlund, Jr.
Discover the Mystery of Faith - Glenn Packiam

Read biographies of inspirational figures
Am I being derogatory when I say that musicians tend to be a bit lazy? How about we read about men and women in history who would be classified as just the opposite:

Bonhoeffer - Eric Metaxas
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
Nikola Tesla - Sean Patrick

Read a chapter a day
Suggesting reading to the non-reader brings about fear akin to skydiving. “I can’t possibly read all those books at once!” Good news - you don’t have to! Read a chapter of something a day. Let’s say the average book has 15 chapters - that’s 2 books a month, 24 books a year! Congratulations!! You’re a reader.

So, are you reading? If so, what? I’d like a few suggestions for my own one-chapter-a-day habit.

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Andy Chrisman
Worship Pastor
Andy came to Church on the Move in 2005, having been in the music industry for over 25 years. He's dedicated to raising up the next generation of worship leaders, and even though he spent many years with the group 4him, he says he's "having more fun now than I ever did on the road."