#Dear Music Minister/Choir member
I decided to go through some music minister’s wall on Facebook today and as I did wall after wall, minister after minister, I couldn't help but wonder if they were really in LOVE with the GOD they are ministering to.
I kept seeing different shades of "self -promotion rather than promoting the gospel, I kept seeing ministers beg for people to Download their songs, I saw ministers whose Facebook page needed repentance, I saw choir members in various churches whose Facebook page lacked the professing of their faith, and I also saw pages that loved to have their face /faces on every poster, handbill, flier, anything to just announce themselves and push self rather than Christ."
At some point I also have been guilty of some of these things but constant evaluation and check with the word of God has helped me to know what is given and what isn't.
If you really want to get result in ministry, then you must learn to spend time doing these three things:
1- Studying God's word
If you make knowing God more your natural state, people will naturally download your songs, people will tell other people about you, Kings shall come to your rising and it wouldn't matter to you whether your face is in a publicity material or not because your desire will be to see Jesus glorified in every corner of the world.
The reason why your light keeps getting covered is because you are trying to be popular, rather than trying to make Jesus glorified in the hearts of men. The more you seek fame, the more you go under, and the more you try to put your songs by yourself in the heart of men, the more you get weak results. Sir/ma, any announcement or promotion or publicity that the Lord does not give you will take you and lead you nowhere.
"Deep calleth unto the deep at thine water brooks"... Psalm 42:7.
I am not against using social media platforms to show forth your business at all, and i also love that Christians are using it to do so. I must also say that if you are amongst those who see gospel music as one way of business and entertainment, then you need some re-evaluation sir. You call it "GOSPEL Music isn't it? What is the gospel supposed to do? To preach Christ or to entertain and bring you profit? Now you go ahead and ask my friends and elder brothers in this ministry Panam Percy Paul, Solomon Lange, Kenny Kore, Chris Delvan, Nathaniel Bassey, Efe Nathan, Muyiwa Israel, Buchi , David Nkennor, Ernest Paul, Chris Morgan and others whose ministry is deep if entertainment and business is what brought them and kept them and is sustaining them in this ministry OR if it is the drive and passion to see GOD"s name exalted and glorified in all the earth. I don't support being too religious, but you and I know that the Muslim man doesn't care what the platform is; he will profess his faith in any given way. I'd love every Christian to advertise his/her business to reach out to the world, but first, we've got to establish what the "product" is that keeps the Christian brother/sister in business isn't it? If your business is doing gospel music, what then is the "CORE" of your message? Isn’t it supposed to be JESUS CHRIST? if then you agree with me that our brand, our product is JESUS, why then should we be ok to sing about it but not find it ok to announce it to the world through our posts and likes and shares on all social media platforms and our lifestyles? Or didn't Apostle Paul say in Romans chapter1:16 " For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek? If you who is supposed to be a Jew cannot be bold about it, how then do you expect the others to? Once you take praying, studying and rehearsing out of the equation, then you don't have "Gospel music" anymore, what you have is Christian music which is totally different from GOSPEL.
And in anyway, those three things "STUDYING-PRAYING-REHEARSING" are what makes you, not promo or posters or handbills or awards sir. Ever wondered how JESUS'S Fame reached places where he never went to? Ever wondered how He became what HE is today? Ever wondered why His name is above every other? It is because of that three... STUDYING-PRAYING and PRACTICING! There you have it.
Mathew 21:12 and 13 says "And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, "It is written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER'; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN."
I PRAY THAT THE EYES OF YOUR HEART BE ENLIGHTENED (AMEN)