A MAN NAMED JIMMY | A BAPTIST CHURCH | AN ELECTRIC GUITAR
These were the ingredients that started a life long passion for worship. I accepted Jesus when I was 10 years old. Shorty thereafter, a man named Jimmy, the leader of my Jr. High group, recruited & trained me on the electric guitar to lead worship. In my 16 years of leading worship, I've worked for 6 churches, 2 of which were church plants. My wife and I were instrumental in the discipleship, growth, and health of each of the plant churches. We grew and lead our scrappy little team from just a few people, to more than 3 teams, each of which were made up of 5-7 instrumentalist and vocalists. We managed this not with stellar strategy or precise programs, but by being highly relational and wildly vulnerable. What we learned from this was that ministry is only as potent as your willingness to create genuine, bone fide relationships. Significant growth of the church not only in members, but depth as well, is the natural byproduct of being relational. Michael Scott, Steven Carells character in the series The Office famously said, "I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." While I don't subscribe to the fear factor here, I do think he's onto something. For Tiffany and I, being relational leaders was scary at times; It's messy and sometimes infuriating, but the blessings far out weigh any pain we experienced along the way.