The Shoutout, Part 1: Here’s How I Feel About Our Worship Arts Volunteers (Using Someone Else’s Words)…

I just read (literally, just now) a quote from Gene Kranz, longtime NASA Flight Director, who was in charge of Mission Control for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. He describes to near perfection the feeling of complete belief in one’s team:

“I always find that when time came for a mission, when time came to do something…[y]ou just felt so comfortable. I’m trying to find the right word for this thing here, but basically it’s just peace… [W]hen you reach that total peace, you’re ready to go. It’s interesting. The adrenaline’s pumping, but you have this incredible confidence in your team…”

(as quoted by Craig Nelson in Rocket Men, pg 238)

That’s exactly how I feel about our Worship Arts volunteers every Sunday morning. When I step into the booth and we fire the countdown…regardless of how practice and dress rehearsal have gone, and, believe me, they can be crazy…I know that our volunteers are prepared to give their all. I’m at peace because these men and women are prayed up, practiced up, and ready to serve.

Our volunteers go about their job, whether it’s onstage or in the booth, with the right heart and the right mindset. They’re committed to serving with excellence, not for their own glory…or ECC’s glory…or the glory of the Worship Arts ministry, but for the glory of God and the building of His Kingdom. Our volunteers lead worship because they are worshippers themselves. Even after a stressful practice, I have very little worry (if any at all) that our volunteers will do anything less than their best.

Nearly every week (OK, so I forget sometimes), I send an email to the past Sunday’s team letting them know how grateful I am to them;  now I’m doing it publicly. To all the Worship Arts volunteers of Eastridge…and to all our other ministries’ volunteers…thank you from the bottom of my heart for serving, for sharing, for allowing God to use you for His glory.  Eastridge is a better church, and the body of Christ is a better family, because you do what you do.


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