Leading Your Ministry Into Tomorrow

6 questions for aspiring leaders.

“Conductors cannot conduct their orchestra without turning their back on the crowd. It’s not always easy for leaders to turn their back on the crowd. It is, however the right thing to do.”

I would like for Tech Leaders, Worship Leaders or aspiring Worship Leaders or people who have just been in music ministry for a long time to ask yourselves these questions:

  1. When was the last time you attended a conference ( Tech, Leadership etc.) yourself? I’m not referring to the last time you were the keynote speaker or mixed. But when was the last time you went to learn and absorb for yourself?
  2. What was the last good book you read?
  3. When was the last time you read a book?
  4. When was the last time you asked yourself tough questions about change and growth?
  5. When was the last time you asked yourself, “What thinking do I need to change?”
  6. What is there about me that is hindering the growth of my ministry?

If leaders (read “true leaders”) ask themselves these questions, they can raise the ceiling. For some, the possibilities may be exciting, but for others, the risks seems too great. Therefore, the ceiling stays put. Leading change requires someone to stand at the front to challenge and cheer on others. Leaders are the risk takers, and they can make life within the ministry challenging and exciting. They lead in change when they themselves begin to grow. If Leaders refuse or neglect personal growth, what kind of example are they setting for people in the church?

In summary

change-readiness means that leaders must:

  • Prepare for change.
  • Promote change.
  • Lead change.

These are reasons for a lot of tech leaders or worship leaders who have never been able to grow their ministry effectively and efficiently. Most who have read this and are offended will immediately take a super-spiritual attitude and outlook on this. Of course! because they are not concerned with people…. isn’t that what ministry is all about? Servanthood…. people? Of course, but when we make it personal, it’s more about what I want, and I like, and what I need. Notice in that one sentence I used the word “I” 3 times wow. Makes me think…

Jermaine Rodriguez

For the past 16+ years, Jermaine Rodriguez has been impacting and influencing music ministries as an orchestra director, music pastor and ministry consultant. Working with some of the world’s most influential worship leaders, Jermaine is considered by his peers to be a “music pastor to music pastors.” With a unique approach to music ministry, Jermaine has inspired many churches with new processes that have propelled music ministries into success across the nation.