Three Ways to Stand Out at Any Ministry Engagement...and Be Invited Back

November 13, 2018
It's easy to think that it's all about the music; that everything comes down to how tight our vocals, BGVs (background vocalists), and musicians are. Sure, we understand that everything we do is about our Heavenly Father, but let's be real, we want to sound good and receive a great response from those we are ministering to. A few years ago, I was invited to Sunday I celebrated #ilovemychurch month with Living Waters in Collingdale, PA. It was an honor and when the Pastor spoke to me after service, I was floored by one thing he said. 

​Here are three things I picked up from that engagement:

1. Be Prompt

It goes without saying that being on time should be of the utmost importance, but it is amazing that many people approach ministry engagements as, "gigs." They see these engagements as a reason to show up, "fashionably late." Not only is this unprofessional, but it is disrespectful to the inviting church, pastor, and God. In ministry, the red carpet is rolled out for the Lord...not us.

You only have one time to make a good impression and that begins with being timely. If possible, show up early so you and your team (musicians and BGVs) can get acquainted with the space and equipment. Should you find yourself running late...even if it is just a few minutes, communicate with your point person. This will help them know how to maneuver the service.

2. Be Active in Service

Now, there are some artists who sit in a back room until it is time for them to minister, I never do that. I'm not throwing any shade about it, but I do believe that people make a connection with you the moment they see you. If they see you only when you grab the microphone, many will be looking to be entertained. If your goal is to lead worship, this may not be what you want.

If the saints see you actively participating in service, they will begin to feel your heart. They will see you as a worshipper. It's so much easier to rock with someone you believe genuinely loves the Lord. Of course we all say we love God, but as the artist we are on display. People must see Him through us.

So, be active in service. Greet people warmly. Watch how different the response will be.

3. Stay Until The End

As a rule of thumb, I will stay until the end of a service unless I absolutely cannot do so. On Sunday, Pastor Heath gave me a hug and in addition to thanking me for coming he stressed, "Thank you for staying."

On the inside I was like, "Woooow."

I guess I was surprised because I didn't realize that this was noticed. I can't tell you the number of times I've been in a service and have seen artists minister, walk off the stage and out the door. Unfortunately, it's so common, I just didn't realize that staying still matters. If you are looking to standout, be someone who is willing to stay. People are watching you.