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The Highs and Lows of Leading an Arts & Worship Ministry Part 5

The Arts Roundtable:
Five ministry leaders get together to discuss the highs and lows of leading an arts ministry

Brian Petak, Fellowship Bible Church, Brentwood, Tennessee
Butch Whitmire, Granger Community Church, Granger, Indiana
Manuel Luz, Oak Hills Church, Folsom, California
Amy Anderson, Eagle Brook Church, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Stan Durham, Fellowship of the Woodlands, The Woodlands, Texas

If you were speaking to an arts leader who was just starting out in that role, what advice would you give him or her, specifically about building a team?

Brian: I would say the heart is more important than the talent, and that’s a challenge — especially when you’re starting out, when talent is hard to find. But the character and the integrity of the ministry is of utmost importance. As we’re developing our team, we need to have people who are team players, who are others-focused, who exhibit humility, and who seek to do everything they do to the glory of God. Humility is so important.

Amy: If you’re just starting to build a team, find people that you like who have a high “get it” factor. This is a lot of hard work, and the pace is fast, and you need to do this with people you enjoy spending time with.

Stan: Be very picky about everything from talent to heart. You know, it’s easy to marry, hard to divorce. Be very picky about it, because those people can make or break you and the ministry. Surround yourself with great people who buy into your vision. And don’t be afraid to really get to know your pastor and talk to your pastor. I think a lot of times we play mind games with ourselves thinking he won’t like this or he doesn’t think this. Just go talk to him and find out. Establish that relationship, and don’t be afraid to say how you feel at times.

Manuel: I’d say four things: 1) If you’re starting an arts ministry, really understand your mission and your vision. Not just the words that are on the church brochure, but really understand it to the degree that your elders and your senior pastor understand your mission and vision. Then, always seek to be in alignment with it. 2) Make sure you have a really good handle on your theology; your theology of worship and your theology of art. I think a lot of churches go off and start doing things based on what they like in terms of style, but style should be one of the secondary issues. I think your theology should be more of a primary issue that drives you. 3) Pay attention to the people who are in your church already, the people whom God has already gifted you with. And finally, always remember that what happens on stage is a byproduct of your ministry. The real product is the hearts of the people who are in your church, and the hearts of the artists you work with.

WILLOW Magazine, Issue 2, 2006

Helpful Resources:

An Hour on Sunday 
Defining Moments – An Hour on Sunday 
Defining Moments – Harnessing the Arts for Spiritual Impact