Part of the reason I like to do a guitar class (as opposed to individual lessons) is because it helps train students to play with a group. It trains them to really listen to one another as they play together.
When people play together, they lead.
Even bands who perform are leading – they persuade with their music. Very often, performers call on the audience to interact and participate. They are leading.
As Christians, leadership is particularly important. What do performing Christians persuade their hearers to do? What do they call their audience to think on and participate in? What is most important? Is their music quality directly proportional to how well their music persuades?
I want to help give you the motivation and the resources and skills to play well and to lead well. Playing well means nothing without being able to use your skills for others. In addition, you cannot lead music well without being able to play well. In music, especially as Christians, playing and leading are intertwined, for we must lead others toward our great God without distracting them from where their true focus must be (that’s another post for another day).
David was an excellent model of playing and leading together. He was described in 1 Samuel 16:18 as one who is “skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him.” Expounding this verse, I want to inspire and equip people towards the following six things:
- For their musicianship to be noticeable and loved
- To have great boldness and bravery in life
- To be able to think strategically, practically and logically in a music leadership setting
- To be articulate and wise in their speech as they lead others
- To be confident, at peace and alert
- To be humble and aware of the Lord’s presence and authority
What kind of musician you are matters.