Are You A “Lone Ranger”?

Jimi Williams —  January 15, 2014

Are You A Lone Ranger?

I had a very wise pastor tell me once to never do ministry alone. As worship leaders we need to understand that we can lead a band every week, be surrounded by a team of people, but still operate our ministry as a “lone ranger”. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to see if you are really building a team:

  • When something really cool happens in your life, who on your team do you call?
  • When something really bad happens in your life, who on your team do you call?
  • Do you ask others on your team what they sense God is doing in the church?
  • Do you pray together more than five minutes before the service starts?
  • Do you know what’s going on in their families?
  • Do you give others access to your platform?
  • Do you sit down every 4-6 weeks and let your team lead you in worship?
  • How often do you do a team social event (dinner, movie, etc.)?

Those on your team want to be more than a drummer or bass player. They want to feel like they are part of the ministry. If you look at Jesus’ life, it was rare that he ever did anything alone. By the end of Jesus’ life, the disciples were more than volunteers. They were family who were willing to give it all for the sake of the ministry. Isn’t that the team we all want?

Your ministry is not to do everything yourself. Your ministry is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.

Jimi Williams

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Jimi is VP of Worship Resources for Capitol CMG Publishing, overseeing all Worship Together initiatives and resources. He also leads worship at his home church and at various events and conferences.

2 responses to Are You A “Lone Ranger”?

  1. I am not a team leader. Still this was very helpful for mel.There are some good thoughts to reflect on. Thank you for sharing them.

  2. I thought you were talking about playing by your self,I didn’t read the article thoroughly the other Day and said that I am a lone ranger and I want to correct that.I really meant that I play and sing by myself to the Lord! I feel stupid for commenting before reading everything first! A new reading lesson!