I find it an exciting, but somewhat odd place to be in a “solo artist” position – hopefully not in some false humility sense, but in the sense that my worship platform has always been as part of a team.
It’s not an infrequent story, even in the secular music scene – think Beyonce, Rob Thomas, Gwen Stefani – lead singers building a career with a band before striking out to launch a solo career. Who can judge the motives? There are lots of potential motivations, ranging from good (wanting a fresh creative outlet) to bad (selfishly wanting more money and/or recognition, or failure to remain committed to good relationships).
Even as we’re challenging the leadership at my church to think “team,” I’m becoming more and more convinced that the concept of “team” is worth fighting for. There is something powerful about unity, there is something powerful about relationship, there’s something powerful about the covering that a team provides. Especially in the Church, it seems to me that when initiatives stay tightly connected not just to Christ (in spirit) but also to His Body (the Church), they thrive. More specifically, I’ve found that ministries connected to a specific local church find more sustained success than those with loose affiliations.
No matter what direction my music takes me, I’m going to stay connected to my church – not because it’s the best chance for individual success, but because the Church, quite simply, is where it’s at.