As I look back on the people who had the most influence on my life, it was because of their vulnerability.
They were willing to open up their life in a way that helped me see inside my own. Sure, they had a strong relationship with Jesus. But they didn’t just talk about it. They understood grace. They lived through eyes of compassion.
It’s one thing to be talented. It’s another to have a long list of skills. But it’s another level of influence to be emotionally healthy.
Emotionally healthy people know how to be vulnerable because they know who they are. They don’t look to people for affirmation or approval because they are secure in what God says about them.
This has a lot of implications for worship ministry. Because a successful worship pastor isn’t just talented and knowledgable. If you’re considering another level of influence, it might be time to open up your life a bit.
Because emotionally healthy worship pastors:
Give others a chance.
Focus their time on equipping, not just doing.
Love the voice of the church over their own.
Don’t talk about themselves.
Draw attention to the team.
Lead others who are better themselves.
Are more impressed with God than themselves.
But this can be so difficult, right? Self-absorption gets the best of us.
Think about Jesus. He wasn’t simply interested in doing ministry and showing off his God-man uniqueness. Though I wouldn’t have blamed him for it.
Who was his main ministry to? A group of rag-tag disciples. He hung with them, ate with them, laughed with them, taught them, did everything with them. He didn’t hold back what he knew. His goal, essentially, was to replace himself in them.
Consider John 14:12-14:
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
Greater works. I still can’t believe that. Jesus said those who believe in Him will do greater works than Him! Talk about discipleship.
So let me leave you with a challenging question:
Are you empowering people to be better and do greater things than you? Or are you holding people back in order to serve your agenda and be the center of attention?
This article originally appeared here.