Talent/Skill vs. Anointing; Does God Really Care If It Sounds Good Or Not?

Balanced debateI don’t expect that everyone who reads this article will be happy with it’s content. Because today I’m going to challenge one of those old sayings that people have heard recited and repeated for so many years that nobody ever questions it or even bothers to look for any biblical proof, one way or the other. But the bible is exactly where we’re going today to get some answers.

“God doesn’t care what it sounds like, as long as my heart is in the right place”. It may have been said slightly different one way or another when you heard it, but no doubt you’ve heard people make this statement many times.
But is that really true? How does God really feel about the quality of the music we offer up to Him? Does He care about skill or talent? Is it really even necessary to perfect it? Rehearse and polish our harmony and sound? Is it really worth it to train your voice and perfect your gift? Or is this all just vanity for the sake of our own egos?

Many don’t think He cares at all. In fact some believe as long as you’re singing for, to or about God pretty-much anything is ok. Often you see this argument come up when people are being pushed past what they can comfortably do with a minimal amount of effort and/or rehearsal.
For some reason people really resent any extra work, training, effort or rehearsing to perfect music done for God. Let’s set aside for a minute the curious change of attitude you find in the same people if they were, for example, rehearsing for a secular music performance. Perhaps we’ll discuss that in another blog.

Today though, let’s see if we can get some idea from the Word of God how He really feels about musicians and singers and what they offer in His service. We’re talking specifically about talent and skill, and what scripture has to say about it.

When you start to really study scripture relating to music ministry; in particular, musicians and singers; one of the first things you notice is that almost every time scripture speaks specifically about a singer or musician, it goes out of the way to point out that singer or musician’s high level of skill. Take a look at a few examples here:

Often when a musician is summoned, it is made very clear in the request that the musician be highly skilled:

I Samuel 16:17 “And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.”

Psalms 33:3 “Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.”

Only the most highly skilled were appointed as song leaders and instructors:

I Chronicles 15:22 “And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skillful.”

David had a choir of 288 voices, and all of them were skilled singers:

I Chronicles 25:7 “So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.”

I could go on here, but clearly when you really search the scriptures you see skill and cunning given high regard in music ministry. But you also see that skill alone is not enough. David was famous not only because of his high level of skill, but because of the anointing on his music.
In fact most of the time in scripture you see anointing mentioned in direct coloration to skill ( I Samuel 16:14-23, II Kings 3:15).

And yet even though we have scriptural proof that skilled playing and singing is clearly highly regarded in scripture, we’ve all seen that little choir singing in unison or that little mother stand up and sing a song and tear the church up- even though neither of them were necessarily “highly skilled” singers. The anointing definitely makes the difference, and breaks the yoke (I Samuel 16:18) .

That’s the quote you hear most often when people start making the argument that God doesn’t care if it sounds good. But let’s take a closer look at the real motivations behind this argument.

You see, often it’s not a passion or even a genuine concern for doing right by God that causes people to begin protesting against the work that goes into perfecting music ministry. It is the disdain for the work itself.
The truth is, to play or sing skillfully in music ministry does take a lot of work. Anointed Gospel choirs don’t just walk into the choir stand and automatically sing like that. Exceptionally gifted musicians don’t just wake up playing that way one Sunday morning. It takes work and hours of practice. It takes higher levels of training and study. It takes going over parts over and over. And quite honestly, there are many who would much rather phone it in every Sunday than to do that work.

Not everyone has the same level of natural ability, that’s true. But many people who don’t could certainly get there with some extra work. Or some training to hone their craft. But rather than do that work they would rather give themselves a pass by making the argument that “God doesn’t care about all that”, or it’s not about being perfect, it’s about what’s in your heart”. The problems often arise when these people want to be elevated to leadership positions often reserved for those with the highest levels of skill (I Chronicles 15:22) without having to put forth any extra effort to perhaps tweak or improve their offering.

Ironically that statement about how God really cares more about what’s in your heart couldn’t be more true. God doesn’t care if your gift is perfect. What He does care about though, is whether or not what you’re giving Him is your best. That explains why those singers and musicians and groups and choirs who train and practice and perfect their musical gifts and ministries are often bestowed higher levels of anointing.

It also explains why that little old lady singing off-key and that little choir singing in unison can also minister under the anointing. The anointing makes the difference but the anointing only comes when you’re giving God your best.
Sadly though, rather than give God their best, many people opt instead for Giving God their best excuse. (Gen. 4, 2-7).

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96 Responses to Talent/Skill vs. Anointing; Does God Really Care If It Sounds Good Or Not?

  1. Ngozika Vivian Obiazi says:

    This has been helpful. Thank you for reaching out to me through this article.

  2. Favour says:

    Absolutely true! God has given us different gifts to enrich His Kingdom. all we need to do is identify it and use it

  3. Favour says:

    I am so glad I came across your blog. it has detailed everything I was thinking about. I find it very annoying that people who are not gifted in singing and are unwilling to train in singing fight to be praise and worship leaders. they believe in themselves that they are good at it. To make matters worse, they sing so loudly, drowning every other voice! Some would stand in front and say “Do not pay attention to my voice, just go for the message” . I am tempted to tell them to just speak the message because we like it or not, we shall still pay attention to the voice. Some will laugh at the off-key singing…in the process the message gets distorted in our comprehending sphere. So, go for training or stay away from singing. Skill +anointing =excellence and God loves it. I they paid attention to what God has given them they can contribute immensely to the Body of Christ. They may discover that they are gifted in an area which the gifted singer struggles. We all have redemptive gifts. Let us stay in our lanes and be blessed.

  4. This is what I wrote before reading your article.
    I loved your explanation and hit the nail on the head.
    My answer is yes.
    This is a very interesting question.
    First of all I think God gives us the talent/ ability to play music. So we must ever be humble and thankful and not get on a ego trip because the honor and glory belongs to God, not to us. I always say God could raise up musicians all day long, that should keep us humbled, not being a show off or try to exalt your self but play for the king of kings.
    Second I think if you’re going to play praises unto God upon the string instruments, I think you should play to the best of your ability that God has given you.
    That ability to play praises unto God should come with us musicians putting in time and prayer and lots of practice. It’s not a competition or shouldn’t be, like the world does, in playing for God.
    I look at it this way. If you was going to play for the President of the United States wouldn’t you want to do your utmost best putting in time practicing. We are playing praises for the king of kings!
    Now music doesn’t over ride the word of God but is part of the word of God. Just take a look at psalms, it’s full of music and singing and David played on his harp for Saul when he was troubled cause he messed up.
    To sum it up, I think it’s a skill that God gives a person and talent combined.
    I don’t compete with no one except myself. I don’t care or strive to be the best piano player, I just strive to be the best I can be to praise God on the instruments.
    There’s nothing like feeling God’s anointing when you’re playing praises unto God.
    Just something I’ve thought about for quite sometime now.
    If I was going to teach a music class I would say pray, practice and play and always remember it’s God that gives the skill and talent but we still have to do our part in putting time and effort to advance our skills for the king of kings, Jesus Christ!

  5. PurePraise says:

    This was a good article. Recently God called me to the praise team. I was kind of taken back because I never viewed myslef with an anointed voice. Its a nice voice but I never saw myself on the praise team. I have sang in 2 chiors. One for my job and the other the 1st church I joined. It was a passion more then anything. But I guess God wants to hear my voice up front. I was also told, the minister of music will help ro bring out your gift. So I guess that helped me. But the most important thingbin my eyes is a pure heart. AND yes giving God our best of the gifts he’s blessed us with-

  6. hilda namara says:

    i glorify God for leading me to you Ron-this is the best article i can use to teach my lazy choir who claim to be ‘anointed’
    God bless you Ron

  7. Brenda Noble says:

    I enjoyed your article. I was searching for answers and understanding of what is happening today with Christian music. I enjoy listening to a variety of music most I love, music has always ministered to me but the music I have been hearing in the church the last several years bothers me. The words are good words, but there is something missing, I can’t really put my finger on it other than to say it is not anointed. The music doesn’t say I love you Jesus, it is or has no emotional love in the songs. When the music starts it is almost as though the Holy Spirit leaves the building. I don’t know if it is the beat or the key or what it is. The music I am referring to is the non traditional music that we hear in the churches with the musicians jumping around like rock stars and the lights flashing I just am not able to understand, can you shed some light on this.

  8. chapman says:

    Very powerful article.

  9. Ptr. Darwin Viado says:

    I really appreciate the article. Thats why practice is the best way to improve yourself. Helping the team i always helping yourself. Gods help in always present but to elevate our skills is a choice.
    I greatly struck to the last phrase of the article.
    It either you give God your best or Give God your best excuse!

  10. James P says:

    I came across this post because I’m encountering a struggle with my worship team. I do not practice as much as I know I should and can. Mainly because the person leading the entire team is great instrumentally but not so much vocally. When they teach parts and lead it’s often not that great a sound and makes practicing pointless. I have come to a rough point with this because I’m so discouraged. Personally I want to put in more but not if it’s not going to matter when we all get together.

    • Estarchord says:

      I got d skills, now Chase God.and its all gonna work

    • God’s child says:

      Hi I completely understand what you’re saying here. I feel the exact same way. We have a husband and wife the husband was in the sound booth, and the wife was “singing “ and lately he has invited himself up on stage with us and neither one of them can sing in key. We also need more leadership and direction and not have everyone singing every song from start to finish and not everyone’s mic needs to be the same level. Sometimes I can’t even hear the worship leader. I’m sorry, I’m complaining, I have just been holding it in for so long. I leave practice very frustrated every week. I was so blessed to find this article.

      • William Farlow says:

        Sorry to hear that I know what you’re talking about . I played in a quartet group for three years with bad singers and it is frustrating.

  11. Gx says:

    This article in its entirety is a great piece of work. Like a senior pastor in my church once said: “95% Rehearsals + 5% will move the spirit very very well.”

  12. Steve says:

    I have zero talent for singing and a great talent for hog calling,i am an instrumentalist and it takes years of work to master an instrument and you never stop learning so “master” is not my preferred term,its more like lifetime student.

  13. MEESAN says:

    wow….dis is awesome thank u sir for ur support…. u know dis has been one of my questions concerning my music ministry… I will always keep in touch for other articles

  14. Kathryn Barrow says:

    I hear all the time that famous singers say God has blessed them with a beautiful singing voice? What about me and other’s that cannot match these people with power house voice’s, why weren’t we blessed the same way? Does this mean God didn’t bless us? Make’s me feel like God overlooked me and I feel less than adequate in God’s eye’s…UGH

    • Ron Cross says:

      Well, to put it simply, God doesn’t bless Everton with the same gift because not everyone will be reached the same way.

      Even among those blessed with the gift of singing, not everyone has the same kind of singing voice.

      There are many many people all over the world who don’t like loud, power house singing voices. Those people are touched much more deeply by people who have been blessed with softer voices.

      But even if you weren’t blessed with the gift of singing at all God has blessed you with many other gifts that are needed in the kingdom.

      So to feel that you were completely overlooked and not blessed at all is something I think would make God sad to hear.

      Just like not everyone is reached by a certain kind of singing, there are many people who can’t be reached by singing at all.

      God has a purpose for every person He created, and we all have a special gift to be used for that purpose.

      • Favour says:

        Absolutely true! God has given us different gifts to enrich His Kingdom. all we need to do is identify it and use it

    • Luke says:

      God has given me the gift of music but it’s a gift. Nothing I’ve done. The same as someone that serves by doing a great job scrubbing toilets. It’s a gift. People exalt music and try to exalt the people. They should be exalting God for the gift not the user of the gift

    • Steve Horsley says:

      The best way i can explain that is that all of us will stand before God one day,those who are 6 feet tall as well as those who are 4 feet tall.The pretty and the not so pretty,God made both but no where in his word does it suggest he love’s one more than the other or that one is “blessed” and the other is cursed,one day we will have these answers but that’s the best i can do.

  15. Susan C. Ritchey says:

    I want to shout, “Amen!” when I found this site. As a church musician and music director, I experience some musicians who just want to sing or play “just for fun.” Yes, making music is fun, but in my opinion,church musicians should present their very best for the purpose of WORSHIPING God. Our musical skills should grow by practice. One analogy that comes to my mind, is inviting Jesus to dinner: order a Fast Food pizza or taking cooking lessons beforehand to learn to make the best pizza you are capable of making?” I know, this analogy is far too simple and perhaps almost insulting, but this is how I feel about music in church…..my own two cents worth….

  16. Frustrated Christian says:

    Awesome read! How do you deal with the fact that the praise and worship team has horrible singers, and I mean HORRIBLE! but they’re the pastors’ favorites?

    • David says:

      You sit down and tell the truth, and just maybe God has another calling for each bad singer. Sometimes vocal lessons can help. Auditions are a must.

  17. Taiwo Ifeoluwa says:

    This Is really good…..i wish my choir member here in Nigeria can read nd understand this.

  18. We need your brotherly love assistance in our anointing crisis in our group. We are all skilled and I think our best is always given each time we play and sing for God..

  19. Hi Ron,

    Kris here from Philippines. I’m wondering if daily prayer and reading the bible helps in the process of getting anointing from God. We had months of training for technical stuff from voice to playing instruments. But it seemed that talent and skill didn’t work at all because we still had dry Sunday worships.. What do we need to do

    • kay says:

      It does take more than practice. It takes repenting of your sins, excepting Jesus Christ in your heart and living according to the word of God. No matter how skilled a group, or person(s), or the amount of practicing for hours that is done, unless a person’s life has been changed thru the blood of Jesus Christ, the anointing of God will not be present. We must live the life that we sing about in the Gospel music field. Before I met Jesus I sang and led gospel songs all the time, but God did not even hear it, neither did it mean anything to God, because my heart and my life was not right with God. Truly there are a lot of good singers in the gospel field today, it sounds really good, but the anointing of God is not felt from it. Unless a person except his son Jesus Christ into their heart, he or she or they will never experience the presence of God’s anointing. Seek Jesus with all your heart, and if need be, find a church that is preaching repent of your sins, except Jesus Christ in your heart and being filled with his spirit which is called the Holy Ghost, which teaches you to love all mankind and that does not cater to sin, but follows God’s word as it is written.

      • Laquita says:

        Thank you someone finally said it. I find this whole article a tad bit mean and self centered. I think God only cares if you are singing to him at all I for one can’t sing but at times when I want to give up or I get a little lazy God puts a song in my heart I sing it and feel good inside I sing to him and feel his presenc his power because it isn’t about your voice at all when singing to himself and

        • Ron Cross says:

          Hi Laquita,

          I’m sorry you feel that way. Clearly, you’re not alone. The article was not meant to be mean or condescending in any way. I agree with the point you made about God caring about us singing to Him. In fact I said in the article that God wants ALL people to sing to Him as a part of our daily walk and our worship to Him. I also made the point that there is nothing anywhere in scripture that says you need to have any level of talent to sing to God.

          What I was trying to do with this piece is to simply provide scriptural proof that while God wants ALL of his children to sing regardless of their level of talent, scripture seems to suggest that He does require a bit more of people who work in Music Ministry. Based on what you’ve told me here, it’s a pretty safe assumption are you aren’t trying to be in the music department serving on the praise team or choir as a singer. But that’s ok, because it’s also a pretty safe assumption that you have other special gifts God wants to use in other areas.

          The bible says exactly that, in fact. Simply, that He gives different people different gifts to be used in different areas. So to be clear (and I think this is a point many people who get angry about this piece are missing) I strongly believe God wants ALL people to sing on a regular basis as a part of our daily walk and worship to Him, and I don’t think He cares one bit what it sounds like. I do believe (and again, I’ve listed several scriptures to support that position) that God expects a bit more of people who will serve in an official capacity of Music Ministry.

          If He wanted EVERYONE to serve in the music ministry department everyone would have been given musical gifts. But some were and some weren’t, and that’s needed so that the whole body is served by people best equipped for that service by HIM. Imagine me for example, someone who doesn’t have the greatest amount of patience with children, demanding that my church give me a position working on the church nursery. It wouldn’t make sense because God didn’t give me that gift. That’s really all the article is trying to point out. It’s not meant to suggest that only musically gifted people should sing.


  20. sogr says:

    I agree with you on this Sir. thank you for sharing.

  21. Quita says:

    Gooood Read! Have always wondered about this 🙂

  22. Daniel says:

    Oh this is GOOD! Well put and very well stated. Like others, i’ve heard entirely too many people say that it didn’t matter how they sound as long as God gets the glory.

    Thanks for this!

  23. Linda Shean says:

    Thank you for your insight. I enjoyed the article.

  24. Sam says:

    we need to combine skill and the Spirit for effective music ministration

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  26. Stephen says:

    I thank the Holy Spirit for brought this article to my focus as it serves and it is appropriate to me/my church situation in a time like this. God is good and He always comforts me like this. Praise be to Him.

    Ron, I agree with you 100% because of the following practical experience what God gave me in my church recently about worshiping the Lord!

    I strongly believe and accept the instruction to “Worship God in spirit and in truth” and I try my level best to offer Him my best according to Psalm 96:9.

    In the past I had desires to lead on worship but never attempted to insert my nose into other’s ongoing opportunity / God’s purpose (until my time comes) but the good God opened the way miraculously for me to lead in worship to a greater level.

    Praise the Lord I believe, he used me / moulded me to offer my best and it was continuing for last 6 months with no disturbance.

    Meanwhile God brought into our church a skilful musician to encourage and train us to improve the standard and quality of our worship and we formed as a team with the permission of our Pastor.

    People who truly come to seek the face of God really appreciated and encouraged us from the bottom of their hearts, whereas some less-skilled (but opportunity seekers / look for titles) believers who did not like the way God was moving among us to build the worship service, so they well-planned (politics) and kicked out that musician who was really committed to his work in the church. They tried to say all kinds of evil things against him even though he had greater plans for building our worship level considering every committed person (even though they are less-skilled).

    But due to “jealousy” the devil attacked him on his weakness and he had to leave the church with his family in anger…now this affects our worship and the church wanted to go back to his old Egypt school!!

    If the church authorities had found any wrong with that musician they should have advised / edified him in a helpful manner rather than playing a game so that he would quit with a hurtful heart!

    The people who preached “we shouldn’t judge others” have wilfully judged that musician and put him in an unhealthy situation where he won’t be able to actually offer his best to God. Now the church suffers / God worries, but those “people pleasers” are very happy and even trying to dilute the strength of the worship which was actually going on very well.

    Because of the changes happened, I cried unto the Lord and asked Him to confirm whether He really liked my worship, by sending new souls to church on our first healing service in the new year 2016 and God confirmed it by sending 3 new souls with their children! So I am happy and I now strongly believe this game has been played by the people (devil) who are in jealous / who don’t want to please God and obey His words rather want to always live in Egypt. May God deal with this situation according to his perfect will.

    Thank you for the article that really comforts and confirm many important things and I expect more from you based on the truth please. God Bless you!

  27. Lisa J says:

    I enjoyed reading this article! I am a seasoned, experienced singer, choir director and church musician. Our church is very small and I do most of the singing and all the playing. Pastor, (my beloved husband) feels that it should be a “whosoever will” rule. I strongly disagree because the “whosoever” we have are two tone-deaf people, and one person who cannot stay on part. Each of these people come to ALL the rehearsals and know all their words but they cannot sing well! It sounds terrible on Sunday! I believe God gifts people with abilities and talents in music so we can bring an “excellent sound” unto Him and also to uplift the worship service. I think there MUST be guidelines and some rules. Its ok to make a joyful noise unto the Lord but if you are LEADING others in song you should have good singing and/or playing skills with the ability to know and sing in parts and have an understanding of the move of the Holy Spirit as you play and sing. Its also about your personal worship as well. So for those that simply want to let people who are not necessarily skilled sing and play an instrument during the worship service, consider how it would sound if your Pastor preached his weekly sermon in monotone, used terribly bad english or maybe screamed the whole time. just sayin’..

  28. Michael Littleton says:

    Ron Thank You and God Bless. When I was younger I would sing an occasional special and I had a certain amount of natural ability without training. 3 years ago God brought me back in from a long life of running and rebellion. A year a half ago the opportunity became available to become a part of our on the stage singing praise team and God has really blessed. I had rne desire to hone my skills si as to give God my very best. I came upon your free lessons on line and did them and WOW the big difference nust that made. They helped me hit the same notes and melodys with a whole let less strain. The big bennifit was that I found out how much more range that I was capable of with my voice. Yes I believe just like my Pastor says that eveything we do for God as Leaders should be done with Excellence. Now the funds and time become available I’m going to seek even more training. Again Thank You for your annointed guidance.

  29. Sibusiso Cele says:

    Nice article indeed. Skills and anointing are the important elements if you are involved in P&W ministry

  30. Matthew Akanji says:

    Wow! great points… everyone participate in the worship singing to the Lord in your best. God accepts you just the way you are but, you wanna lead God’s own people into worship then you need more, like combining talent, skill and anointing… that is very important. I love that Ron! keep it up.

  31. Gerald Mukere says:

    Great article. A true heart of worship! Some times the effort you take to perfect your work in the music ministry shows where your heart is!
    Sometimes when we stand before men and fail to do well, it may be actually because we want to do it only before men and do not do it in our private time. Had we dwelt in it always delivery would have been better.
    If you really have a heart of worship you wouldn’t mind working on perfecting your skill in serving. I believe David worshiped a lot in his private time to become as skillful as he is! And that private worship experience was in a way practice! He would be having his heart on God such that when he would stand before men he would stand as skillful.

  32. Surprised to discover the same problem happens over there. Always thought only France was struggling with this. I could’nt agree more! A scripture says that “we serve God before men”. I think it’s because men are witnessing the quality of our ministry in truth: if what we bring doesn’t edify, then it isn’t serving. Because all we do should be done in Spirit and in Truth: that’s what defines true worshipers. Thank you for helping us stepping out of the wood.

  33. Dpraise says:

    Nice One Ron Pls I Need More Seminars On Dis

  34. Vovwe Caleb says:

    Lovely article. Having been in music from a young age and still striving to improve my skills, I agree with Ron. God deserves the best. The heart is very important in worship but so is the skill. In another context, when the temple was being built, God sought the best skilled craftsmen. Let’s not bring ‘half-baked’ worship to God and expect Him to accept it anyhow.

    The anointing is good and skill is good but a combination of both will give a refreshing worship experience.

  35. Judene Roach says:

    Anjetta. M. Potter. I’m in courage by your response. ” the anointing makes it sweeter” God bless you!

  36. Judene Roach says:

    Dear Ron, I accessed the net just to find some answers on how I could improve my ministry in music. I’ve been blessed with melody and talent and I feel the need for another level. U know extra practice and training if i must and your article has just spoken lively to me in other words, i was encouraged

  37. Jenny Strick says:

    I disagree. I think that anyone should be free to worship God, not just those with pretty voices. It counts as acceptable worship when a nice singer tries his/her best, so why not when everyone tries their best? Praises to god should not be limited to those who please men with their (God-given!) talents. Not only does this harm and discourage those who were blessed with different gifts, but it glorifies those with musical ability, which is entirely wrong, since they did nothing to deserve them. A young and inexperienced Christian can now be seen as more valuable than an eighty year old lady who has faithfully been studying and worshipping for years simply because she has lost her young voice. Is this the message we as Christians want to send to others? Certainly not! You say we are using the ” as long as my heart is in the right place” theory as an excuse to sing poorly and not try, but what if I truly can’t sing well? The object of singing in worship is to glorify God, not men. Just because you don’t thing that old woman sounds nice, does not mean God doesn’t. I mean, do you want poor singers to not even try because they will never be as good as the praise leaders of their church? No! If my best is worse than your worst, so be it. I can still be praising God without sounding like a professional.

    • Ron says:

      Hi Jenny,

      Such a passionate response! Thanks for taking the time to voice your opinion.

      I want to make two things clear. First, this article doesn’t apply to everyone. It really speaks to people who work in music ministry.

      Secondly, I whole-heartedly agree with you! God doesn’t expect everyone’s voice to be pretty, nor does He expect everyone to be talented.

      The scriptures I shared here relate specifically to people who had positions in music ministry.

      However there are many scriptures that teach us that God wants singing to be a part of our daily worship; all of us. And those scriptures don’t mention any skill or talent whatsoever. God wants all his children to sing as a part of our worship to Him, and I don’t believe He cares what it sounds like.

      I do believe though, that when someone begins to serve in a more official capacity of music ministry God does expect a different standard.

      Even then He doesn’t expect every single person to be “perfect” (whatever that is). But the scriptures I included do seem to make it clear that He honors training and skill.

      I wrote another article that talks more about how God wants us all to include music and singing as a part of our relationship and worship, and that article states more clearly my opinion that God does have a different standard of those who serve in music ministry vs. The lay person. I’ll try to Remer to I crude a link to that one here later, just for the sake of balanced conversation.

      Thanks again for taking the time.

    • Selina says:

      Why so offended? Check your heart for such a response. Everyone has different gifts! No one should judge wether one deserves it or not. In worship I believe that the music softens the people’s hearts to God’s voice. If you hear a really bad note or wrong chord played then that is distracting. Distracting people from God and focusing on the person who made the mistake. I would not go preach a sermon because That is not where my gift is. Everyone is welcome to offer worship to The Lord and He loves it all. But it doesn’t mean everyone can be out in front singing. Only the gifted and skillful as it says in The Bible.

      • WorshipTeamReject says:

        But people can be taught so do not kick em to the curb so fast…

        • Vanessa says:

          This is true, music is a SKILL that can be learned. Too many times those with blessed instruments are quick to just float along and occasionally act as though no one can teach them anything more. I just try to remember that NO ONE came out of their Momma’s womb doing more than making noise! EVERYONE has to be taught.

    • WorshipTeamReject says:


    • WorshipTeamReject says:

      Well said sister. Amen. Why do musicians think they have a higher annointing than the ushers or greeters or janitors? Forgive me if I am wrong, but where in the New Testament does it say anything about musicians being HIGHER or more annointed than others? I can;t find anything in the New Testament churches about that….
      It feels like we are making church all about ME and not about HIM

      • WorshipTeamReject says:

        This was in reference to Jenny Stricks article that was well stated

      • Vanessa says:

        It is the higher STANDARD that singers and Instrumentalists are held to that is really the issue. Anointing on the other hand is something God bestows upon you or not. Those who are in leadership positions in the church, or in worship particularly, have a greater millstone of responsibility and accountability to God like teachers, preachers and ministers. We are ALL called to give our BEST to God regardless of the task we perform, but if you screw up, some have greater consequences than others. No one should exalt one person’s task over the other and we also are not the one called to judge another, that’s Jesus’ job.

    • WorshipTeamReject says:

      Well said. My replies ended up below…

    • Laquita says:

      I totally agree with you

  38. Sheila Cassidy says:

    Brother Ron,

    Do you do workshops?

  39. Trent K says:

    Thank you, Ron.
    I couldn’t agree with you more. I currently play drums/bass and I’m in charge of all of our A/V equipment at our ministry. 3 out of the 5 musicians on our current team (including myself) are highly trained (can read music, etc…). The other two need more training and this is causing problems. There is so much tension and frustration when we are playing with these guys that I believe it is blocking the anointing. Even people in the congregation have been telling me that, “You guys sound good, but something is off.”
    I don’t believe that just because a person is a leader in the ministry and wants to play music, he/she should on the P&W team.

  40. dawnsnow says:

    Wow! This is an issue that I have been struggling with for well over a year..have been on pt for 7 years and all I came with was my heart..have taken lessons and worked on improving always wanting to give God the best..sad have seen extremely skilled musicians and heart/ attitude was no good.thanks for an awesome article

  41. Akowuah says:

    Very full of insight God richly bless

  42. collins says:

    God bless you for this…am a musician,and this is just the issue I had with a church last year that made me had to leave…now here’s some truth…shalom!!!

  43. Jean Dulaney says:

    The only “anointed” praise singer I know of is Terry MacAlmon ~ http://www.newglory.org

  44. Segun says:

    Wonderful article RON.most musicians give the excuse because they are simply lazy,GOD bless you Ron

    • Nora Pollet says:

      What? First of all, there is no way that you could have been able to take a sample of “most musicians,” and secondly, there is no way you could possibly know where there heart is. Why do you assume that if someone is not singing well, they are doing it intentionally? Please stop generalizing and making assumptions.

      • Ron Cross says:

        Hi Nora, unless you can quote a sentence or passage where I said I’d done such a thing I think maybe it’s you who are making assumptions or generalizations.

        I said in the first line that I didn’t expect everyone to agree with this post, so I don’t mind that you don’t. But please have a clear understanding of what it is you’re disagreeing with.

        Because there seems to be an assumption here that I’m speaking of all believers in this article when I’m speaking specifically of those who work in music ministry. As I explained in my reply to Jenny (who also completely misunderstood) I absolutely believe God wants all believers to sing as a part of our daily walk, and I don’t think He cares what it sounds like.

        I absolutely believe, however, that scripture suggests there is a different standard for those who work in music ministries. I also believe that many people don’t like to do the work involved with perfecting and making their presentation of the music ministry the best it can be (whatever that is for that particular ministry), and the phrase “God doesn’t care what it sounds like” is used as an excuse to avoid that work).

        So as I said, this article is not about the lay person. It’s about people who hold positions in music ministry.

      • Laquita says:

        I totally agree

  45. Dewanda says:

    I agree with you, Ron! I also believe that whatever you do for the Lord should be your best. No one wants to be tortured with bad
    P&W on Sunday mornings.

    • Vanessa says:

      Dewanda, I’m curious about what you mean when you say, “…no one wants to be ‘tortured’…”? Is the expression of music supposed to be FOR/TO the congregation, or directed to God? The P&W team or individual leader is to guide or bring along the worshipers through music and to prepare the atmosphere/house of worship to usher in or to receive the presence of the Holy Spirit, right? The P&W leader(s) isn’t there to ” entertain” the worshipers with “what suits THEIR ‘taste’, are they?

  46. L. Page says:

    scripture says that we should do all things with the spirit of excellence. Now, because I am a member of a praise team in a small country church – Excellence is truly subjective! If you are too polished people call you fake, if you too emotional — its the “hhhmm wonder what she done gone and got herself into?” I believe when GOD gives you a gift you should cultivate it – especially when it is your calling to lead others in P & W. One of my biggest complaints are people on the P&W team, who really don’t or want to sing. They are just “helping” out. These are the ones that pull out the joyful noise scripture while singing off key and complaining an hour a week to practice is too long. I am sharing this article with everyone I know . Thanks Ron

  47. Alyce says:

    What God cares about is our heart! Absolutely right! How much of our heart is in our worship. Is our heart completely turned to Him, with blinders on to all else in our worship and ministering? He knows! The gifts given to us are our starting point. Do we polish them, or let them languish? When He elects to anoint our heart felt efforts, watch out! 😉 Great post, Bro. Ron!

  48. Carl hale says:

    Thanks for sharing this article!! Awesome!!!

  49. As I read this, I’m reminded of the widow with the mite who gave what she had and how Jesus recognized her even in the midst of people who were giving abundantly. I think the difference between the skilled person and the little old sister has to do with relationship. The skilled person blesses the crowd with his/her gift and if they’ve been preparing through prayer and reading the word, the anointing makes it sweeter. The little old sister who may not be skilled but have a phenominal prayer life and spend time in the word and still wreck the place because the Lord recognizes that she is giving her best and her worship is real. The ideal worship service is when you worship out of the abundance of what you do privately.

  50. Pat Moon says:

    Ron, this is a great article. I cannot say how many times I have heard people who seem to be tone deaf say, “I just make a joyful noise to the Lord.” It has always bothered me to hear that, yet I don’t want to be unappreciative of their effort and attitude. You have opened my eyes to another side of their effort and attitude… maybe it’s an excuse for not being willing to put effort into being able to make a skillful joyful noise to the Lord? Very well written article about a sensitive subject in music ministry.

  51. I love where you said that God doesn’t care if your gift is perfect – but you do need to be giving him your best. Great point!

  52. Jenny Shain says:

    “Is this all just vanity for the sake of our own egos?” A question every person in ministry must ask themselves on a regular basis! Good point!

    Yes, let’s bring our passions SKILLFULLY to the Lord’s worship!

  53. Claudia Looi says:

    Ron, great post again. I believe in giving our best and working with excellence to the King of Kings. That could mean putting more effort and increasing our skills.

  54. A spirit of excellence is needed in whatever we do. As Christians we should be excited about our work, knowing that God is working through our hands, our voice, our hearts and minds.

    There was a man at church yesterday who shared with me a little of his story. He used to be very depressed and he hated his job. Then he decided to go to work with God. Same job, same place… but it changed his outlook. And he began to enjoy his job! Now he’s joyful every day and always smiling. He works with excellence.

    I wonder what it would be like if we all did as this man did…. if we allow God to truly live in us. If we truly offer ourselves as living sacrifices and put ourselves on the altar every day. Maybe the problem with all our excuses is that we don’t like being on the altar, giving our whole lives to Christ.

    But then we miss out on the joy…

    I used to play flute, and I remember my band teacher telling me that I had enough talent to play professionally in an orchestra. He told me that I would need to get private lessons and practice at least 8-hours every day.

    There is a price to pay, for excellence!

    I wish I would have gone for it… but back then, I didn’t have the same level of confidence in myself that my teacher did.

    Another great article, Ron… way to go! Thank you for the challenge to give our all… I’m taking it to heart!

  55. Penny says:

    very good article…I personally like the anoint worship, the one that comes from the heart and touches my heart than a polished performance, but do believe that a spirit of excellence is necessary to increase skill, as skill is increased through the heart, the anointing comes! thanks for the insite!

  56. Matthew Reed says:

    Talent and Skill and Anointing ALL come from God. He cares, because He gave the gift and the power!

  57. Olga Hermans says:

    I absolutely believe that when we sing from our hearts that God loves it and to be honest I love it, I love it when I sense that flow coming from the depth of my heart…. thanks for giving us the details!

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  59. Robi Rivers says:

    Outstanding Article…thanks

    • Ron says:

      You’re welcome Robi, thanks for the feedback!

      • Blossom says:

        Hi Mr Ron ,
        Actually I love this article but I have a question to ask.. it has been real on my mind … We see situations where when the ministers sing, miracles take place,chains are broken , the sick receive their healing … And a lot of other miraculous deeds,but it doesn’t occur when all ministers sing , my question is this.. does it mean this things only happens when some special kinda people sing or it just happens simultaneously. How can a minister grow to that level of being able to sing with the power of God accompanying?

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  61. rowliv says:

    its what I have been telling my musicians at Church….thanks for showing me scriptural proof to it!

    • Ron Cross says:

      Happy to do it! Thanks for the comment. I hope it helps change the collective mindest of your musicians. It’s hard to argue with scripture when it’s this clear. :O)

  62. Reggie Gee says:

    Right on time!!!

  63. Veronica Smitherman says:

    Enjoyed reading the article. Great information!

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