Our interview with Gideon Assefa last week was amazing and left us with quite a few things to thing about. One point the Gideon made has really stuck with us and that is his answer to the question “What do you feel are the three most important traits for a band director to have?” We think that these three most important things could be broadened to apply at any department in a church and you should definitely give it a listen no matter if you sing on the stage or work in the sound booth. The 3 Most Important Things For Those Working in Church:
Evan Grizzle: What do you feel are the three most important traits for a band director to have?
Gideon Assefa: Wow. OK, I’m so excited that you asked me this question. This is really something that I’ve been telling everybody any time I ever meet somebody and talk to them about music I always say these three things. This is not from me; Church of the Highlands it’s a church in Birmingham Alabama one of the faster growing churches in the United States right now. They have a conference called Grow, and for their music department I asked them “What’s your big motto? What do you tell everybody? What’s the thing that everybody talks about?” And they said these three things and when I looked about it I thought about it and said “man this is a really good idea.” #1 Heart. #2 Community. #3 Excellence.
So #1 make sure you’re right with God, you know make sure you’re right spiritually and make sure your personal walk with God is OK. They kind of rounded that out by saying heart. #2 Community: Make sure you’re good with your neighbors, your family, your Pastor, and other people. And then #3, now #3 is about the music #1 is not about music, #2 is not about music, #3 is about the music, it’s about excellence. So a lot of times we get it mixed up like “Oh hey #1 is excellence” but then if you’re at a practice and #1 is excellence, then that means that you really don’t.. not to say you don’t care. That means that Community things like how would that person feel if I were to say hey you don’t… I understand it’s not all about feeling but you know On Sunday mornings when you’re practicing you need to get the music right, but really like if they’re at a 7 if they can’t do the run at the end of we praise your name you just say hey just hold on to B flat and you’ll be OK? It’s not if you don’t do the run, it’s not going to mean that someone’s not going to worship.
So basically #1 is heart. So if you’re right with God that means that. If you have #2 community so it’s like I said it’s one on one. If we’re in a band together, if I have a personal relationship with you as a friend; you know before the music ever comes, if I have a personal relationship with you with the drummer with the bass player, the guitars, the singers, the worship leaders; outside of Worship that means that if I were to say “hey man I’d really love it if you come on time.” or something or “hey can you do that run again I think I heard a wrong note” They’re going to know that I love them, that we’re family. That I’m not attacking them I’m attacking the note. So at IBC Praise practice, if somebody did a wrong note we’d say “Man is that the Devil? Man I heard the Devil. Where’s the Devil at? Who brought that Devil?” and somebody would be like “I don’t know man.” It’s not about them it’s not about the person it’s about the music at that point, that’s because we were already friends before that and that’s because before even that that we had a relationship with God. So #1 in everywhere I go #1 is heart. #2 Community. #3 Excellence. In that order. The order is very important heart, community, and then after those two are accomplished then you worry about excellence.