We musicians sometimes fall victim to destructive lines of thinking once we set foot in a church. Musicians are a passionate group, and I would hope that we all believe steadfastly in the value of worship music in church life. However, that belief sometimes leads us to assume that the music itself will keep everyone engaged. In other words, we assume that our worship music programs are indispensable by their very nature.
Worshippers and program volunteers engage with their church through their leaders, and we through them. The relationship is interdependent. It is incumbent on us as leaders to engage with our people and build positive relationships with them. We shape the course of our church’s development by taking responsibility (but not blame) for everything that happens on our watch. Being smart about the relationships we form is the key to making worship music indispensable.