Inadequate feelings are not rooted in humility. They are rooted in just as much pride as feelings of overconfidence. By emphasizing my inadequacy, I figured out a way to get people to affirm me, all the while thinking of myself more often than God or anyone else.
In our shepherding, we all default to one or the other; calling people to more service or celebrating their past victories, but we need to respond to the posture of our followers’ hearts.
We collaborate because we are collaborations. We are co-writers because we ourselves have been co-written. Both in our personalities and in the very way we human beings began, we are collaborations.
If you’re skeptical of support-based ministries or are nervously considering one, this is meant for you. I was often asked questions like, “Why isn’t the church paying you?” After raising my support, I have no question why.
Whether you play guitar, keys, french horn, or whatever, and you “pad” underneath certain segments of a service, you’ll relate to some of these. The best music for a prayer is never remembered, but always felt. Never distracting from the truth, but always bringing it into focus.
In most cases, we get plenty of peripheral motivation to be a help to our worship leaders. It could be a good career move for us, we may be reciprocating our worship leader’s kindness to us, etc. But the ultimate origin of all worship is the cross of Jesus. In this, he made himself more available than we could ever imagine a perfect God to be.