I found a great article on Swerve. It made me think a little bit about how we often understand “excellence” and “effectiveness” as a destination or product rather than a byproduct of how we’re doing what we do and how we measure ourselves by what we see around us.
For example, I have a friend who’s a drummer at another church. All of their worship leaders are not only worship leaders at the church but are also professional recording artists. When he auditioned (yes – auditioned) to be on their worship team, there were several other drummers who couldn’t keep up.
But here’s the deal – nearly anywhere besides Nashville, these other drummers would have been a shoe-in as a church drummer. Even at many other churches in Nashville. That’s a “relative baseline” that is very high.