Thursday, February 2, 2012
Should I Minister for Free?
The first thing you need to ask yourself is, "Am I out here to minister or am I a Christian artist seeking ways of being catapulted to that other stratosphere?" A minister's job is to model the teachings of the Bible and offer words of encouragement to any and everyone in need. The job of the artist is to deliver these teachings in the art form he or she has been blessed with to encourage and uplift. One's job is to be a Model and counselor and the other is to Deliver. What is the difference? The minister of a church has a system in place that takes care of his or her needs to a certain degree. There are different ministries within the church, with anniversary ceremonies designed to raise money, as well as the church's very own finance committee which evaluates the financial health of the church and makes adjustments when necessary to keep it healthy. The system in place is designed to help the minister focus on being that model figure. Now I come to my next question.What system do you have in place to make sure you are taken care of? I recently had an artist tell me she traveled in her car, using her gas, over 5 hours out of state with a group of artists who were invited by one main artist. When she got back she was expecting to receive enough money to cover her expenses and wasn't at all concerned about being paid for her time. However, what happened was, something was given, but the giver knew it wasn't enough to cover the traveling expense.
Do you have a manager or loved one as a part of your system? Have you set a monetary goal for the month to assist you with financing your career? Are non-paying appearances part of your goal in terms of the number of appearances you make within the month? (I personally am a firm believer in the power of giving without expecting anything in return. In fact, in retrospect, I can honestly say, these times can be presented as some of my most successful times in terms of being blessed.) A lot of the times family, a manager will straighten all of these things out for you. A manager represents you in situations where if you attempted to represent yourself, you wouldn't be taken seriously. Say for instance you were invited to appear as a guest on the same ticket as Canton Jones at a Megachurch, but the organizer instead of agreeing to pay you a fee, has offered you a meal which they've priced at $75. I don't know about you, but I can pack a brown bag and pocket the $75 to invest in myself. But the other side of this is the organizer who invited you out realizes there will be a huge turnout and just about any starvin' artist she knows would jump at the chance to come out. How hungry are you? You have checked their flyer and it's covered with corporate sponsors' logos. You already know a few people are really about to be BLESSED in a huge way! Well...you will have to decide on that one yourself. The event can open some doors for you, but don't allow people to take advantage of you either. Remember...they contacted you. One thing I know for sure is it is never wrong to speak up and let a person know what you would like to have.
In closing, let me leave you with this verse which was suggested to me by Minister Derell Eddings, published author and writer for the Freedom Thoughts blog. "Therefore, I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready as bounty and not as covetousness." II Corinthians 9:5 Because Minister Eddings stated the following so eloquently, I am excited to share his words with you, verbatim, "At the end of the day the servant must be understanding of the economical circumstance of the people, and the people must be understanding of the economical circumstance of the servant. If the servant is wealthy and the people are poor, then that servant should not take from that particular group of people. If the servant and the people are poor, then any offering or money raised must be split fairly between the people and the servant(s). There must always be fairness."
I know I have just presented a very touchy subject, so I need to hear back from you. Preferably, right here in the comment section. In the meantime, God Bless you until we meet again.
Arielle a.k.a. Determinator1