Monthly Archives: March 2013

Worship with Joy: Should We Keep Up

Playing music since childhood I remember the first time I grabbed a pair of drum sticks and worked hard putting effort to become a drum musician. Looking through all these tapes and cassettes, I would play along-side them and be so very passionate about it. Not only was my mind set to play well but at the same time use it to worship. And I’ve acknowledged that God and music go hand and hand. How powerful it becomes and influential to people it gets. When we put our passion when we play music, it becomes more than just music. It becomes into a sensation people feel, stress is relieved, depression is no more, and we keep our focus onto God. Even with a single instrument when half the worship team may have missed that day of service, it can be tough, but I’ve seen how powerful that one instrument can get. However, some churches I’ve witnessed the way they worship is strict-ed. Why is that?

Visiting a pastor in Ohio, he invited me to his church on a Sunday. Coming early in, I’ve got the chance to meet their congregation and musicians. When church started I felt surprised. Their way of worshiping is through old hymns and not new contemporary music that attract youth and people all together. I asked why wouldn’t he have their worship team play new contemporary music, since there’s so many great songs out there. He answered it’s the way they play and best to worship God. They’re used to it and they rather not change the lifestyle their used to. But, of course we all eventually come to a change, not only for the youth, but also for new people that want to experience a different way to worship God.

I asked several musicians as well and they responded the same. Even though they were playing these hymns, it’d be much better if they put much effort into it. When they were worshipping, most looked like they were bored, not interested, lets see what time we get out of here, and with that way of attitude it not only affects them but the crowd as well. They won’t have a feel for the music and it’s all going to seem very boring. I know not every church enjoys screaming and shouting moving all over, but we have to recognize that when we play music, it’s a great deal in how we get our congregation motivated and starving for more. It’s what nourishes the mind if you can put it that way.

After witnessing their methods of worshipping music, I’m not against their ways, but I just wonder why won’t they change the way they play? Spectating many young people there, it’d be much better playing music that these young people are attracted to. Are they well informed about the music? Any knowledge in where they can start?

After I came back home from my trip to Ohio, I emailed their pastor some songs that would be pretty simple to learn yet have great tune to it. I wanted to get him up to date with the music.

So have you ever been part of a worship team that is strict in their music or have you been in that congregation? Knowing that perhaps you’d know a great deal of music to worship to, do you think not changing the way we worship would affect the youth ministry? Any experiences being part of it?

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Path to Victory

“What is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory- victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road my be; for without victory, there is no survival.” -Winston Churchill

I love this quote from Mr. Churchill. When we have that mentality to win, there should be no alternatives for it. No matter the circumstances we must keep focus on one thing and it’s our path to victory.

Pre-Plan: Mission Statement

During this pre-planning phase I understand building a great business plan and mission statement is important. How do we set this?  How long should mission statements be? I understand that two keys should be included in the mission statement and that is what are my skills/abilities, and lastly, what do I value.

Recently not so long ago I stepped into a local mechanic shop for a minor maintenance and this shop is very small. As you step in you’re in the front office, and as you see behind the front desk person is a door that leads directly into the work area. So as I setted up everything with the person taking my information I took a look at their small laminated paper that is their vision statement located on the far right corner of the office. It stated “To be the best of the best.”

So what’s wrong with this? I think it’s a little too broad. Best of the best in what and where and even in how? I commented on that and he told me that it was part of their goal. A goal? Maybe it’d be more helpful if we can narrow it down a bit and specifically state how they’re gonna get there. I gave him some helpful insights: Lets start out firstly being the best within these few blocks or this street. Once you become a great recommended shop from the area, it’s now a great time to start putting goals on becoming the best in town. From being the best in town, now we can focus on becoming best in state. Being best in state to best in country. Sounds like a hard way correct? I know it can be accomplished if we stay motivated to it.¬†That’s also what mission statements are; to look back and help us stay motivated and on task. When we are lost and overwhelmed on what we were suppose to be doing in the first place, we should look back at our mission statement because that’s what we do. Nothing more, nothing less. Next I think it should include what skills I bring into my services. What do I have to offer that customers will feel satisfied. Skills that aren’t part of the service shouldn’t be mentioned.

Getting back to what was first mentioned, what do you guys include in your vision statements? How long do you think it should be and should we put a lot of time into it? Are you motivated time to time looking back at it?

Sticking Together: Ways to Bond (cont.)

As we have learned in the previous post about the ways to have a better bond with your team-members. Today lets finish up on the last three keys of these seven key series I wanted to share with you.

  • Focus on Them: It’s important that you focus on them and not most of the time on yourself. As part of being a good leader, you want your team to be the best they can and you must pull your attention to them guiding them in the correct direction. When you focus on them, you are growing and becoming better together.
  • Believe: You must believe in them that any project or goals can get accomplished. When you believe in them they become motivated and influence in getting things done. Not only does the business improve but the culture as well. The atmosphere is better and everyone is staying positive.
  • Offer Direction: I believe this is one of the strong keys to having greater bond with your team. When you guide them on the correct path, you are building their trust in you and confidently in the end, they will also guide someone else. There can always be bumps and bruises, but the outcome of guiding someone is always remarkable. When spectating a father guiding his son for the first time to ride a bike, you see how the father feels proud and overjoyed. That’s the same feeling we have when we guide, with that little bit of direction we have drawn them the map of where to go.

That wraps up the seven keys of what I believe are vital to helping create a better bond with you and your team.

  • Knowing Yourself
  • Communicating with Openness
  • Sharing your Vision
  • Getting on their Level
  • Focusing on Them
  • Believing
  • Offering Direction

In what ways have any of these keys helped? Are there examples you know of that the outcome was great? Have in thought to remember to apply these when you’re in need of creating a better culture and make it part of your strategies of business making decisions. I hope to see improvement in your business or organization if it’s slacking in making great connections within one another.

Sticking Together: Ways to Bond

In business or in an organization we must all have great connection with one another, without it, a leader or employer creates a setting in which it becomes dark, not trustworthy and team members not communicating effectively with one another. We have to get on a more personal level with them. I would like to share with you seven keys that can help build this long lasting relationship between you and your team. I will explain the first four today, and the last keys for Thursday.

  • Knowing yourself: Take a minute to sit back and reflect on yourself. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What’s needed to be improved? Something I would recommend is to talk with your team one on one, and let them give you feedback on what they think they see in you is needed to be improved upon. Most employers/leaders I’ve seen have refused this. They won’t mention nor perhaps will they ever. Because of the title they hold, it signifies they know what they’re doing and every aspect of themselves is perfect. I disagree, if we get to know ourselves on a more better standard we can easily connect with other members. Thus creating a bond to an extent.
  • Communicate with Openness: I believe we have to be open and sincere at the way we speak with others. If there’s a project going on and you feel a disagreement of some sort, it’s best to say it because in the end the results could’ve turned out better, and due to not being open about it, you’ve decided to stick back. We also have to be sincere and not so shallow.
  • Share your Vision: Your team has to have the same understanding of what your vision is. Where are they going with this? Are they getting anywhere? When we stick to vision, goals are achieved quicker and our team becomes stronger connecting with one another.
  • Get on their Level: When you communicate with them, communicate in terms that they can understand clearly. For example, lets say the way we communicate on a one through ten scale is an eight. Their number would be a five, so we’d have to lower ourselves that same number so they can have a clear thorough understanding of what is trying to be said. If we communicate with them on terms that we’re still at an eight, they become lost and tasks become relatively complicated. I believe also that we have to get on a level that is more deeper to them. Interests they do is an excellent example. If you tell them if they’ve seen the new gear exclusively for hunting that just been released, some if not most wouldn’t know squat. They would just ride along the train and pretend they know what you’re talking about, waiting when you’re about to leave so they can carry on. Instead how about a football game. Talk about how bad the game was yesterday allows them to fully engage you on their terms and at the same time it creates a great bond.

Take a look back and apply it to yourself. Do you have a great bond with your team-members? Do you see someone else that may need improvement to bond with their team? The team may be bonded together, but may not so much with you. How can you tell? Hope these first four keys help if you are struggling to bond with people in your setting or are seeing someone else in this situation.

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Connecting

“The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will want to help the leader.”