October greetings to you wherever you are. Your number is growing. There are now over 100 people reading this newsletter. Just imagine – one person, of no particular influence, writing about his experiences as a church musician in an effort to help others – and 100 people, from all corners of the earth, interested enough to sign up for a free newsletter! I call that amazing.

Maybe it’s due to the power of the internet. Maybe it’s due to people’s growing interest in worship. I’m not sure what it is – but I’m grateful for the opportunity to share what I’m learning.

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue.

3 Ways To Beat Fatigue

I don’t know about you, but October can be a tough month. People are back from summer vacations, and normal schedules and their sameness can dull even the most creative musicians in a very short time.

So, this month I thought it would be good to review a few ways to restore your creativity.

1. Take a nap – Don’t laugh. You might not think you need one, maybe you’re young and aren’t used to sitting still for any period of time, let alone intentionally resting for an hour or more each week. But I guarantee this is a great perspective adjuster when you feel your creative juices start to dry up. “Remember the Sabbath” is an all but forgotten notion in our dysfunctional culture, but God planned it for a reason. He knows we need a break – even a planned break weekly.

2. Read the Psalms. Or Isaiah. Or any Bible book that paints huge pictures of God. This helps us focus on Him, who He is, what He has done, and will do. Claim His promises. When we look to Him, growing our faith through His word with prayer, He strengthens us for the journey.

3. Join a small group. I’m a little fired up about this right now. My church is involved in 40 Days of Community, so it’s part of my life for the next 4 weeks or so. But, I’ve got to say, as creative types, you and I need other people. One of the greatest mistakes we make is to devote so much time to our craft that we forget to grow relationships with others. Don’t do it.

There it is. Not difficult, but these things can easily slip away as busyness increases. Don’t improve your art at the expense of losing your heart.


Pass It On

If you enjoy the Church Musician Newsletter, why not pass it on? Just forward this email to someone else who would enjoy it, too.

If you're reading this because someone sent it to you, why not subscribe and join others who are improving "their heart and their art"?

It's easy - just fill out the form. (If you don't see a form, just copy and paste this link into your browser.)





Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Church Musician Newsletter.


Until next month, may grace and peace be yours,
Jim Snedeker
church musician jobs