This post is used with permission from Vaughn “V.Keys” Henry, who originally shared this on his personal feed. It was minimally edited and adapted for this blog. Vaughn is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has worked with some of gospel music’s finest artists, and currently serves at Upper Room Ministries in Miami, FL. His current project, #Clarity2016, is available on iTunes.
To all my gospel musicians, dancers and artists serving in ministries…
Please stop saying, “I don’t perform; I minister.”
I need you to know that every time you get on that stage, it is a performance and should be treated as such.
Usually people who say that can’t minister or perform! We use the “I’m a minister, not a performer” card as an excuse for our lack of preparation for the almighty sovereign God. Saying you are ministering does not give you an OK to sound or look bad while doing so. In fact, people get distracted by bad performances of a song that really does minister.
Some people in the church have given the term ‘perform’ a bad connotation. But performance is not a curse word. It is a sub category to the category of minister.
If you get on a stage and sing, you are performing. If you get up there and play, you are performing. If you get up there and dance, you are performing. In your performance, the content that you are singing, playing or dancing to is what ministers. The words and lyrics are what minister to the people. Our performance is the presentation, so we should always strive for excellence!
It isn’t the notes that give life to a broken situation.
It isn’t the dance moves that heals sin’s sickness.
What can penetrate the heart is the Word.
And so, as we perform our songs, we should present them in an excellent way that will allow the words to minister to someone.
Practice and perform well so that the spirit of God can use you to minister effectively.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Vaughn that performance and ministry can co-exist? Why or why not? Share your comments below.