Bloom Where You Are Planted – Why The Church Is God’s Idea
The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.
Have you noticed a stream of people coming to and then leaving out of your congregation? Do they seem unsettled and discontented? You and your church are not the only ones. Even the best churches on the planet are not going to retain 100% of it’s parishioners. That can be due to many factors, one of the main ones being people moving in and out of the area. However, what shouldn’t be a reason people leave a church is discontentment or “not being fed”. You may be thinking: “How does this concern worship teams and worship leading?”. Unfortunately, worship teams often have one or two people who are prone to the restlessness that is spoken of above.
As Christians, I believe that Jesus, Who is the head of the Church, plants the Church body where He wants them to be. It’s our job to then bloom where we are planted. Any desire to uproot and move church’s should be by the prodding of the Holy Spirit and He alone. In doing so, He knows the perfect timing for both the church you would be leaving and the church you would be entering. The shifting would be mutually beneficial. On the other hand, people who church hop, moving from congregation to congregation, year to year, are risking spiritual reprimand. That type of living is selfish and ultimately stands to tear down the Church, rather than lift it up.
The Church exists to be encouragement to the body of Christ. In practical terms, one day you may encourage me; another, I may encourage you. If I am only here to be edified, but I don’t plan to reciprocate then I’m truly not being the body of Christ. I am a taking person, self absorbed and fruitless. On the other hand, as I give as often as I receive then I’m well-rounded, fulfilled and fruitful.
The local church is God’s design. Local churches are good in the world. In Acts, God sets up several types of churches. Some relate to knowing culture and bringing Christ to the culture. Often, these churches were lead by one of two large personalities (i.e. a pastor). This is evident in the beginning of Acts as Peter lead the first church. He was soon followed up by James. Others types of churches were more denominational in structure. They were lead by groups of governing bodies who made decisions. Often missionary type ministries were sent out of these types of ministries because they could collect funds extremely efficiently. There are still other types of churches modeled in the book of Acts. In all cases though, Jesus set up the local church.
Today, with the advent of the internet-age and streaming, we can listen to sermons, music and even watch live stream worship services of major churches around the world any time of day or place. That, in itself, is not bad. Learning from other ministries is an iron-sharpens-iron mentality. Trouble enters when we begin to become discontented with our own church because we feel that they do not measure up to another church and we’re unwilling to help our own church grow and refine. Instead, we have a “grass is greener” thinking and follow after the latest “best thing”. That type of church hopping is detrimental. Searching after the best thing will always leave you wanting more because the best thing is always evolving or revolutionizing (which is a word that modern church world seems to like to use).
Rather than be in constant motion, looking for the next best place of worship, I believe it is better to bloom where you have been planted by the Lord. Give as much as you can give. Serve as much as you can serve. When you find something within the church that seems like it needs correcting, polishing or renovating do your best to present a solution to your church’s leadership. Don’t just bring the concern to light, but rather present a plausible solution or two. In most cases, your church knows about your concern but they do not have a proper solution to it. Or they have intentionally stayed the course. In the latter situation, you may want to learn why so and then submit to their authority.
Were you to feel called away from your congregation it ought to be just that: a calling. As noted above, the leaving of your congregation should be mutually beneficial in some fashion. Perhaps the church you are entering needs your specific strengths. Also, the church you are exiting may be receiving someone by God’s direction to help fill your talent-role. In this type of situation, you should spend significant time in prayer. If discontentment and indignation continues to come to your mind each time you think of your current church then your issue is most likely not with your church, rather it may be due to an unresolved conflict within your carnal nature. I believe that the only reason to leave an established church with good teaching is the Lord’s leading. As a caveat, I am speaking of established churches with leadership having years and years of experience. A start up church that shouldn’t have begun a worship service in the first place is not the same scenario.
Worship teams are extremely susceptible to having grass is greener fever because many of us are creative, emotive types of people. We like a good feeling. If you are sensing this type of discontentment from anyone on your team, you may want to have a one on one discussion with them and work through their concerns. It’s best to not let discontentment breed. Being open and honest with your teammates will let you to continue to remain approachable. Several lessons back we spoke of how important your role is as a pastor just as much as music leader.
It’s important to trust the Lord in where he is calling you to serve. He has a master plan that matches no other. Trust his leading as you pray for your team. Read Luke 14:10
How often are you hearing of unrest from your team? From your congregation? Are you doing anything about it or have you shrugged it off? I would love to hear how you work through the “grass is greener” fever. We love comments!