Why Is Musical Quality Important in Worship Services? (Podcast)
Hello everyone welcome to the worship. QNA podcast. I'm doing more. We try to answer questions is that worship leaders are asking. Today we have a very special guest with US Tony Guerrero. In fact we're GONNA take snippet from an interview that I did with Tony On our coaching. Call this past week with our coaching. Students Worship Leader Coaching Program. He's going to be challenging us. An answering the question of why is excellence. Important in our worship services gonNA love what he has to say. I believe Tony knows what he's talking about. Tony was the music director at Saddleback Church in California for over eleven years. Tony knows his stuff he plays with the likes of Dick Van Dyke and John John Tash actress Jane Lynch. She's arranged for many well known artists. He's been on billboard's top ten with his music he's even performed at the grammys. Amy's so Tony Guerrero is a great guy to listen to and get to know and we are very excited that he join us for our coaching network session this past week. And we're going to run just a little bit of that conversation to you today before we do though. I want to encourage you to consider our coaching program. We're going to begin a new phase coaching in September. So you don't want to miss what we call the legacy phase of coaching. It will be ten weeks Meeting together learning how to grow our group but also develop those outside our group and prepare them to be in our group in the future is really developing the soil building into the soil around the plant if you will preparing for a great harvest in the future for our worship ministry as well as the church more importantly the Kingdom of God. I hope you can join us for that It sounds real big picture but I promise you it's very practical. We will again. 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Each week you had asked if quality is important and I have a lot. I think the Bible has a lot to say about that. One of my favorite verses on the subject is First Corinthians fourteen seven where it says even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds such as the pie for the harp. How will anyone one know what toon is being played unless there's a distinction in the notes again? If the trumpet does not sound a clear call who will get ready for battle so I think there is a a huge responsibility on us as musicians that we need to sound clear call and I. I know for a fact this coming Sunday. A large number of churches are not going to be sounding very clear call musically and there'll be people in that congregation desperately need to be in church and need to hear that message who heard better music at the bar last night. You don't want the music to be in a bad enough that it's distracting from the message. That's I think that's really obvious. Obviously Veasley for me. It's not about everybody needs to be as good of a guitar player. Say Fill Kagan or as good of a drummer as how you name who it is but that we each individually have a responsibility to be our best and challenges every week when you show up to church. Are you able to say that. Not only only this Sunday. Am I giving my best God. But during the week in the preparation and in the Improving of my skill. Did I give my best to God. And I think that's again where a lot of us if we really honestly look ourselves myself included. That's not something I can answer. Yes to every week and that's where a lot of that definition comes uh-huh for me. It's not the God expects you to be the best guitar player. He expects you to be Your Best Guitar Player for where you are at your life in that moment with all the opportunity opportunity he has given you the time. You've had All of that that you're that you have used that to improve that skill. Here's the here's the great and a horrible thing about playing an instrument and that is that you will never ever master your instrument. None of us ever will Yoyo. Ma Has not mastered the show and so for as long as we live until our very last breath. There is always room for improvement on our instrument. Our voice whatever it. It is always room for improvement so I always challenged people especially those who are on staff are in leadership to ask yourself this question and ask it often am. Am I better now as a musician than I was when I took the job when you start really looking at that question and here's another way to ask that too. Will the people on my team would would they answer that. I'm a better musician now. Even if I'm the best musician on my team would they have seen a marked improvement in me. From the time they met me till now all in in terms of my skill my musical ability. My style's whatever. It is reading music so I feel that all of us who are in Music Ministry in leadership especially we have a responsibility to continually learn and grow and improve on our instruments we should be setting the example and setting the pace for continuing to take private lessons continuing to learn new harmony. Things New music theory whatever it is to continue to grow like who who who wants to sit under a pastor who stopped growing twenty years ago when he left seminary. None of us want that it should. It's the same with us as musicians. We have a huge responsibility ability to continue to grow on our instruments. And if you're in leadership you'd better be setting the bar high for the rest of your team 'cause that's the example that they have to look at and that one of the things I like about that verse talks about a clear battle. Cry From the trumpet. Is I love the story about Jericho and the and the priests this market marching around Jericho. I actually talked about that a lot in different classes. And it's a long story I like to talk about in a nutshell. The fact that the priests with the trumpets were in in front of the the army and they were the ones they were the only ones allowed to make a sound like what what an awesome role we have as musicians that we're the ones that are sounding ending the battle cry for this spiritual war and that's what that verse is talking about when it's talking about the warfare. That's that's US okay. I'm going to backtrack and I'm going to tell a little bit of the story. I like to tell oh so In this country Panama United States was trying to overtake Manuel Noriega this general dictator from there and he holed himself up the Vatican embassy and so we couldn't just go in and take him although we had all the firepower all the all the personnel to do that so we camped around around what he did is. They camped around the Vatican and surrounded it and they put loudspeakers on top of the tanks and the Humvees and just started blasting rock music towards the Vatican embassy incessantly nonstop rocking the cavs. Bottom what music. They are playing but just loud rock and roll twenty four hours a day constantly and part part of that was to jam the The communications but can you imagine. Being Noriega no inside the Vatican The embassy knowing that this army me is around surrounding you. And you're not gonna you can't sneak out but not only that they're taunting you with this music. Can you imagine hour after hour how it must have rattled your nerves. I well when I look at that story of Jericho. How Jericho where he was told? Don't go in. Yeah I'm going to give you the city but don't go into the city. Don't just go take it. You're going to camp out for seven days and you're going to march around with all the only sound. I want to hear his those trumpets blowing. Can you imagine being in the walls of Jericho of knowing you're surrounded by an army and all you hear. Is this these vultures of trumpets circling. You like how it must have rattled the nerves of the people in Jericho and when I apply that to that verse about US Getting Ready for warfare and getting ready for battle when we do that when we sound when we you make a sound on our instrument and the name of the Lord we're rattling the nerves of the enemy. What an incredible responsibility has been given to us when we're thinking like like? Oh we're just playing this happy little tune we're actually. We have the power to rattle the nerves of the enemy and let him know. This city is ours. We get to take this. God's odds going to win this and this this is the battlecry for that so that's who we are as musicians and if we're not taking that responsibility seriously like you think doc. Those trumpet players marched around Jericho had never picked up a horn. Or haven't been third for that We have a I think that this whole conversation for me starts with recognizing nizing the role we have as musicians and not subjugating just to some side thing that adds sparkle to a worship service or to a church morning service or or or just welcomes people in just is something for them to finish their coffee to what we do is incredibly meaningful in the kingdom. God makes that very clear here in scripture in how he uses music and so we have to embrace that when we start to embrace that it becomes a little less easy for us to just show show up Sunday without having touched our horn a week. You know I do like to set the table with that because that for me. If I'm working with the worship team I want that got to be the starting point like none of this matters. If you don't recognize who you are right now in the kingdom I have mostly harsh words for leaders because I feel like we we. We often let ourselves go unchallenged. And I think a lot of the issues of the problems that worship teams face stem from leadership. So I I love addressing you leaders because I think that's where the change and so when you say to go in and part that role or that type that type of spiritual significance that is our job as leaders is a we we need to impart that onto our teams. We need to set the bar for improving on our instruments. We need to be the ones showing up on time. We need need to be the ones who are organized. We need to be that you know the top of the Mar on all of these areas if we are leadership and that's where I would challenge any leader. It's it's like those you've got to be questioning yourself on all of these things constantly. Well that was a powerful Clarion call from Tony Guerrero to us us as worship leaders. Those of us who lead others in worship each week we will have Tony back again next week in our podcast to challenge us again as leaders of worship chip. 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