How do you prepare? Preparation, or a lack thereof, can often be the make or break of a great idea. What makes this difficult is when you add personalities to the discussion. I’ve always been a procrastinator, always waiting until things absolutely had to be done to do them. Why? I think because I like the rush of working under the gun. And trust me, I’m not in solo company here. On the other hand, there are people who feel hung out to dry if they don’t have more than a week of prep time for whatever they’re doing. They’ve got their social calendar planned out for at least the next year. There’s a medical term for this – lunatic.
I was in a church worship team once that did not practice. Music was given out the morning of, the order given, and maybe the beginning and ends of the songs run through. The reasoning was that we were going to “let the Spirit move.” Poppycock is more than a snack. The question I had as a trained classical musician who had to fill out practice sheets for my teachers was – why don’t we practice to make sure it’s good? The choir practices. The organist practices. Why not us? This gave me a weird taste in my mouth for the move of the Spirit in regards to preparation.
It would seem that the answer is somewhere in between for the leader. The ability to work under the gun & play in the clutch, but also to have the discipline to cast future vision and have the time to develop said vision. And for the record, I believe the Spirit also moves through preparation.