Last weekend I had the privilege to attend a workshop on worship music and leading worship facilitated by Andy Park. Andy Park by his own admission has been involved in worship and music for the past 38+ years. In that time he has written many songs sung in countries around the world. I have listened to, and played many of his songs over the years. I want to share with you my takeaways from the weekend workshop.
1. People connect with what we model. We need to be authentic. I gained more from what was modeled during the singing and worship times than I did from the “teaching times”.
2. Longevity- the need to remain true, to walk in integrity in whatever you have been gifted to do. Eugene Peterson describes this as “a long obedience in the same direction”.
3. Creativity is not limited to one particular style/genre of music but can encompass a wide range of styles. Also, creativity can be expressed through the simple and the complex.
4. Having a heart, a passion for what you do is the difference maker. Skill is important but it’s heart that connects you to God the giver of every good gift and to the people whom you are leading.
5. Remember it’s not about you. If you want to be great learn to be a servant.
6. Learn from those who are more skilled in their gifting than you are. Be inspired by their example. Don’t imitate. Flow in your own style. You have a contribution to make that only you can make. In the words of the late Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited; don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
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