Featuring Bob Kauflin Posted on April 8, 2010

You might think your primary means of communicating to others is music.Maybe you get tongue-tied when you try quoting a Bible verse, or you loseyour train of thought trying to explain what a song means. So you end up defaulting to Christian phrases that sound “worshipful”—such as “Glory to God” or “Praise the Lord.” Or maybe you're happy to say nothing at all and just let God speak through the songs.

Like all skills, speaking to others clearly and persuasively involves thehard work of preparation. We like to think spontaneous ramblings are moregenuine than prepared thoughts, but that's hardly ever true.

When I arrived at Covenant Life, C. J. told me that if I wanted to grow in communicating effectively, I should write down what I wanted to say and keep it to a certain length. He assured me that the more I thought through mycomments in advance, the more substantive they would be and the easier it would eventually be to prepare them. He was right.

It's easy to be content with speaking honestly and passionately. We're transparent about our failings, struggles, and sinfulness and speak with real emotion. That may help people relate to us, but God wants to change them through eternal truth and an unchanging gospel. That takes clear, theologically informed communication. And that's a skill we can grow in, by God's grace and for his glory.


Technology can help us communicate God's truth more clearly, or it can be a major hindrance to that end. It can be a valuable asset or a terrible taskmaster. The difference is in how skillfully we use it.

That means being familiar with current methods of transferring and downloading music (legal ones, of course), notating charts, using MIDI, producing music, amplifying sound, and projecting lyrics and images, to name a few.

If you don't have time to invest any study in this area, you can probablyfind people in the church who do.

They don't have to be musicians. But they do need to understand they're more than techies. They're worshipers. They're using their gifts to help proclaim God's Word and celebrate the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Skill Matters

Other areas of worship ministry also require skill and sensitivity to the Spirit's leading (for example, administration and pastoral care). I'm sure you can think of more. The important thing to recognize is that leading the church to worship God requires more than a sincere heart and good intentions. It requires skill. And that involves work, time, and preparation.

My prayer is that guys like Joe will see the light and give themselves to the diligent practice and careful attention necessary for biblical leadership.

Even more importantly, I pray that each of us will never substitute talent, gifting, ability, or skill for what God is really after—genuine worship that affects our entire lives.

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