Me vs. Him
May 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm #23261
I am wondering your guys opinion on something. Okay to get your vision or name out there you have to promote yourselve. How do we as christians do that without making it about us or how great of a dj we are.(or how cool we look or whatever). I am having a hard time with this I know it may not be a problem for some. I feel like God has called me to do this for the time being and I don’t want to waste my gift or us it in the wrong way either. I want to glorify Him and Him alone. How do we promote ourselves without coming off like we are important or special in anyway.May 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm #37747
1. Whatever you do, do it out of a pure heart.
2. You must not have a wife because if you did, she wouldn’t let you get the big head.
2.a. Get a wife.
2.b. Surround yourself with trusted friends who will give you a “faithful wound” when you need it.
3. Constantly pray about your decisions and contemplate on why you do what you do. A fearless self inventory.
Funny story. The first year I was playing the Ichthus Music Festival I was driving our minivan. My wife was sitting in the passenger seat, my two boys in the middle (car seats), and two of our close friends in the back. We were driving through tent city to get to the DJ stage following a sucession of vehicles. There was an army Hummer in front of us. These kids that were sitting on the side of the road in lawn chairs were passing the time by giving each driver or group a name. To the guys in front of me they yelled, “Hey Army guys!” Then they came to me and yelled, “Hey Van Dad!” My wife and friends errupted with laughter. I simply said, “Thank you Lord for giving me a wife and friends to keep me humble.”May 12, 2011 at 2:23 am #37748
2. & 2.a are essential (:May 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm #37749
By the way Diadem. I contemplated using the DJ name “Diadem” many years ago. I liked the meaning of the word and the usage in the psalms. Cool name!May 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm #37750
I am actually married.( she does pop my bubble are the time thank God)
Look I want to start doing this again as a ministry(I am not interested in the club scene been there did that) like traveling around to different churches and worshipping God through it. But the only way to do that it seems is to get your name out there. To market yourself it’s sad to me that the church falls for the same propaganda tactics that unbeleivers have. A pastor is only a good pastor if He has a big church or writes a book.Our music industry is based off the same principles as the secular industry..push numbers, look cool,Etc. (largely due to that fact all the major Christian companys are owned by secular companys now)
How does this all fit in to the gospel of Christ that when the 12 was arguing about who was going to be the greatest in the Kingdom of God . Jesus gets up and starts washing their feet
basicly saying if you want to be great humble yourself and selve.
Thanks for all the impute so far.May 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm #37751
You are right to a certain extent. I have had the opportunity to play at some pretty big concerts and music festivals and have seen first hand how some musicians/bands are not much different than secular musicians/bands in attitude. It’s kind of like when Paul wasn’t really concerned about the things other “super apostles” where trying to pull. He was just glad that the gospel was being preached.
If you are wanting to do this as a ministry you are going to have to promote though. But maybe how you need to look at it is, in your promotion, see it as “connecting” with people. Really that is the best type of promotion. You may have to go to some other youth functions/concerts. Share your heart and vision with youth pastors/promoters. Now it would be good to have a business card, social network/website, mix CD, and EPK on a thumb drive.
I don’t really play in clubs. I think that there are christians that are called to be an influence in the scene and my hat goes off to them. But that isn’t my calling. I use EDM to express a message/worship in the church and I also use that as a chance to share my testimony. It sounds like that is the direction God is leading you too. To tell you the truth there are all kinds of opportunities opening up for christian DJ’s in the Christian music scene. Make a mix and see if one of the hosts on God DJ’s radio would give you a shot at a guest spot. Or come up with an idea for a show and get a spot going on God DJ’s radio yourself. There are lots of differnent opportunities out there for you to develop the gifts and talents that God has given you to give glory to the Lord.
Hope some of this helps man!May 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm #37752
Oh, one more thing. When I was first starting out I played everywhere I could. Coffee shops, youth groups, YMCA functions, N.A. functions, etc. Usually one event would lead to another. I never would have forseen the places where God has led me. This ministry really is an adventure!May 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm #37753
It is already given wise answers in this thread. But let me add some thoughts from my point of view when I ask myself the same question time after time:
If one, as a musician, want to be like Jesus – be like Him. Let you be filled of:
1. Passion – for God. Have fellowship with Him, by the word, by prayer, by worship and just spend time in His presence. I’m sure you already does that, so just continue. In these moments, se yourself act in the spirit – to be a musician is a spiritual thing using natural gadgets.
2. Compassion – for people. We can not say that we follow Jesus if we don’t want to share His heart for people that he was crying for, that occupied so much of His time, energy and resources. But one will be filled with such joy when serving God by music – when one have His heart for the people.
Don’t worry, from that everything else will take it’s place in God’s perfect way. Just by asking this question I’m sure God will use you for His glory, touching peoples heart when playing the the best electronic music you can imagine. When you, from a pure heart, have fun God have fun! Be blessed brother!
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