One morning last week, I was praying in our sanctuary. I was seated near our drum enclosure. This drum enclosure allows our drummers to play with freedom and passion, yet not overwhelm the room. We have the drum set running through our sound system where capable technicians help each voice and instrument meld together to produce a wonderful mixture in our worship experience.
As I sat there praying, I looked inside the drum enclosure. On the floor underneath the drums were broken drumsticks – several of them. I realized that in this last season our drummers have played with such passion and freedom they were actually breaking their drumsticks.
I loved what these broken drumsticks were saying to me. Here were talented drummers, and we have several, who were able to play with passion and excellence because someone made a place for them to express their gift without restriction. Our worship pastor and his team have created venues for expression that has released the passion and gifts of our worship team. This is a truth that could apply to every area of the church and to life itself.
More than ever, I realize one of the most critical assignments of a leader, in any field of endeavor, is to create a place where the passion of people can be fully expressed. It is from this place of released passion that the future direction of our lives and ministries will be discovered.