Sometimes in life we come across crossroads where we have to make decisions for the better. Marriage, children, careers, etc. In this case it’s ministry, specifically: worship.
As most of you know, ministry is a lot of work. It takes time, sacrifice, at times money and also at times, your sanity. From the get go, the thought of having to take a break from your worship team can be lit up with negativity. “They’re leaving the team, something must be wrong with them.” Trust me, I’ve been around some mouths that only spread negativity and I can honestly tell you, it’s not worth your time.
There are so many reasons we might have to remove ourselves from the platform. Maybe you are struggling with your walk. I applaud those who realize that they need to take a step back and reevaluate themselves. Those that proceed to act like they have it all together and continue to participate will eventually crack and I can tell you, it won’t be pretty.
Marriage or family can be a huge reason to take some time away. Your marriage or family should be your first ministry. When my wife and I had our premarital counseling, I had to travel from Fresno to Los Angeles. This meant missing worship practices and worship services. Now, this didn’t necessarily remove me from the team, but my time was also needed elsewhere and my pastors at the time were of course very understanding. Sometimes you might not get the luxury of that. Family or kids, make sure you spend some time with them as well. You might rock the stage or travel, but you’re no rockstar to them. You’re just dad, mom, son or daughter. Family keeps you humble.
Your schooling and career will at times take so much time where if you want to be successful, you might need to dedicate all your focus to it. My wife is a teacher, she brings her work home. College students, studying can go through the night. I’m sure your worship pastors understand what you have to go through. A good worship leader would understand.
Now that takes me to the final topic:
Poor leadership can really hinder your passion. Now I’m not saying you have to give up and quit. But, you can allow yourself some time away from leadership that you don’t agree with. From experience, I was beginning to feel angry and frustrated when it came to practices because I wasn’t agreeing with my leadership, actually nothing was really happening, no growth, it all just felt stagnant. Other issues arose that left me with the ultimate decision to step down and take a break. Spend time with the Lord in worship without a guitar in my hand or a mic in my face. Just His presence. I made the move to step down trusting in the Lord, I know this is what He wanted to do with me. Long story short, He opened a new door for not only myself but for my wife as well and we couldn’t be happier.
I’m sure there are other reasons where you might need to take a break. It’s okay. Be diligent in prayer and fast if you need to to be sure that you are hearing from the Lord. His say should be our final word and assist your decision with boldness and confidence.
I hope this has blessed you and I would love to hear stories here, on Instagram @anhonestsound or Facebook!