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All Caught Up — whatever

I know, I said I’d do a better job of posting new material. Well, obviously, I’m not very good at it. But, maybe I’ll get there.

I guess I need to set some goals… what do I hope to accomplish with this blog? Is there a purpose? or is it just to say “Yeah, I’ve got a blog.” I want people to learn something from me, that’s a definate. I would hope to help people understand who I am, why I have chosen this particular profession, what it is about music and worship that so captivates me, why Jesus is so important to me, and maybe even the ups and downs of music ministry in a church setting.

Most people don’t have a clue about any of these things. Like my mom for example, after 7 years of school and Bachelor and Master degrees in music, she finally asks, “What does a minister of music do all day – to make it a full-time job?” At that point in my life, I was still trying to figure that out as well…

But now, after being in full-time ministry for about 5 years… 40 hours a week is not ENOUGH time to get everything done that should be done. Here’s an example of all the things under my particular umbrella:
Adult Choir
Handbells
Orchestra
Praise team singers
Praise band
Sunday morning worship time
Sunday night worship time

Those are just regular basis things. RIght now I’ve also got a church directory responsibility and several committee responsibilities. Of those things listed above, I’ve got to find music (I go through about 5 songs to get 1 to use on average), I’ve got to plan how the music fits together, got to plan how to rehearse it in not enough time, actually do the directing of the music we’ve rehearsed in services, and also figure out how to bring all the elements together since they rehearse separately.

I know, it sounds simple. But I’d love to see my life on Discovery or TLC just to show the world how difficult it is.

Over and above what you see there, I also am the most technologically minded of anyone at the church. So I get to take care of all that too (projectors, computers, sound systems, tv’s, website, graphics, etc.) Don’t get me wrong, I love that… but as you know, as soon as you learn something in that world, it’s out of date and antiquated. Then you spend time learning the new way, and it becomes obsolete.

But… this is how God has chosen to gift me and call me. I will serve him faithfully until he calls me home. God is God and I am not.

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