Maintenance Notice

I think most of my family and friends know that I am a Worship Director, but I am not sure they understand what I really do. In a nutshell, I spend my days prayerfully crafting the Cornerstone worship services and all of the creative media (video, print, staging) that goes along with them. It’s my job to make sure we are doing our best to encourage the spiritual life of our congregation. My goal? To illuminate the gospel through a creative and meaningful worship experience. My ultimate goal? To bring people closer to Christ.

It’s not really a job you can put down.

A colleague of mine once asked which was more stressful: working in the TV world – where agents scream and sixteen hour days are normal – or creating worship services. My answer? Without a doubt creating worship services. That may seem backwards, but the way I see it there is so much more at stake when it comes to the spiritual lives of our congregants and most importantly, those who have yet to walk through our doors. Those who need Jesus the most. There’s a sense of urgency there.

Besides, at the end of the day does it really matter how realistic the CSI: Miami alligator fight scene is? (Don’t ask, I actually had to troubleshoot that.)

We’ve been hard at work lately up at Cornerstone and Munger Place Church, which has meant some long nights and late lunches. And when you are hard at work in ministry you tend to put your own spiritual life on the back burner. Call it an occupational hazard.

Rushing to get somewhere yesterday,  I heard a strange beep from my dash accompanied by a lovely flashing green light.

Maintenance Notice.

Sigh. I don’t have time for that right now.

I looked a little closer. Just an oil change. (Whew.)

Sure it’s minimal maintenance – but my car should be fine without it, right? It should, at the very least, keep running.

That thought quickly got stuck in my ministry mind. I think most of us tend to think our spiritual lives are fine because they, at the very least, keep running. But what if those of us in ministry committed to better maintaining our spiritual lives, so that we can more effectively lead those around us? Even better, what if everyone – even those not in ministry – did the same? 

As I was lost in thought, a new favorite came on the radio: You Have Me by Gungor. If you haven’t heard it, download it. It’s that good: the kind of song that will make you stop whatever you are doing, and worship. Without even thinking, I pulled the car to the side of the road, put it into park and did just that. Right there on Abrams Road, this Worship Director worshiped.

No work. No planning. Just me and God.

Turns out I needed that maintenance notice. I think at times, we all do.

One Response to “Maintenance Notice”

  1. Immanuel Llorens

    Yes, we all need regular maintenance to cleanse our hearts and minds. It is what keeps us at ease and have ourselves together as we face new things. Like this engine oil that keeps a car in good shape, we also need a mover – maybe from others or just within ourselves – to achieve peace of mind and self-stability.