Failing 7 out of 10 times

If you can hit a 90+ mile per hour baseball with a piece of wood just three times out of every ten tries, your grandchildren will experience wealth.

This is the reality (in the US) for Major League Baseball players. If you’re able to hit the ball three out of every ten at bats, you’ll be a millionaire.

I kinda wish it was like that with worship leaders.

Not the millionaire part, but the “winning” part. It’d sure take the pressure off, right?

What pressure do you feel when you’re leading?

I bet they are tied directly to your church’s values. Here's what I mean.

If you’re an attractional church, you might feel these pressures: look good, act competently, speak well, bring the energy, perform near flawlessly, and stick to your allotted 13 minute and 47 second slot…

If you’re at a charismatic church, you might feel these pressures: respond to the prophetic word, sing in the Spirit, reach a climax of high praise…

If you’re at a denominational church, you might feel these pressures: use enough hymns, don’t be too contemporary, don’t repeat too much, don’t be too charismatic…

If you’re at a mormon church, uh that’s not pressure, that’s the Holy Spirit telling you to run! LOL (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)

You may have your own set of pressures that don’t even come from your church, but from your own personhood, background, family, etc. Or you may have pressures that come from a church staff culture that doesn’t fit you.

But we all feel pressure.
 And I think that if we’d think a little more like professional baseball players, just aiming to get a hit three Sundays out of ten, we’d be more effective.

And here are some pressure-defeating truths I want you to walk away carrying:

For the LORD is the Spirit and wherever the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17) You carry this freedom now.

As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find hope in your word. (Psalm 119:143) 
This is where we turn when we feel “under it.”

You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. (1 Corinthians 7:23) 
Nobody but God “owns” you.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6) 
There is NOTHING we are trying to prove.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) 
It’s not on you to “make it happen.”

John answered, “A man can receive nothing, except it have been given him from heaven.” (John 3:27) 
Humility is a defense against pressure.

One of the expressions of my life purpose is “Leading leaders that are fear-free leaders.” I hope this helps you walk that way!

ps. Take a listen to the podcast for this Fertilizer. I think it might help you walk in freedom when you’re in a culture or environment that is full of pressure.