Posts Tagged ‘encourgement’

Daily Devotion – Your Everyday Ministry

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

By Edwin Joseph Sotomango Villagomez

How do you define a ministry? Is it about supporting every church activity and gathering? Or joining the music team? Or is it about being active in church evangelism programs? etc…

As I analyze the term “Ministry”, it seems that there will be 2 types:

  1. General Ministry – this is the type of ministry where most people get joined with. Just like what the term implies, this is intended for the general public who is interested. For example, music team, ushering team, pastor support team, evangelism team and many more.
  2. Personal Ministry – this is not about any other people, its all about you. We all have our own calling, own destiny to live in, own skill to use and develop, and own life to dedicate for God.

God has a very unique plan for all of us. Hard to imagine and think of but easy to know especially if we will truly seek God.

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
Romans 12:3-8

It clearly states that we all have our own spiritual gifts to nurture and use everyday. We may have different capabilities but what matters most is that we all use it to fulfill God’s plan in our lives.

Daily Devotion Conclusion:

God will judge us not based from all those things we did but on those things we obeyed. If you still don’t know yet your spiritual gift, try seeking God because it will be the only solution.

You may start by sharing His marvelous Word. Believe me, we are all called to share the Gospel. It is a fact that you should consider.

Edwin Joseph is a former self help and personal development writer which is now focused on writing christian devotionals which aims to share the Word of God online.

To read daily devotionals, visit http://www.InstantDevotion.com
Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/instantdevotion

Resources for Vocalist

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Here is a list of resources to help improve vocal performance.  If you have any others you would like to include please contribute a comment to this post.

Singers.com
Primarily A Cappella is the world’s oldest and largest company specializing in all styles of unaccompanied vocal harmony. We are involved in many aspects of the a cappella music scene – from recording the best of the new vocal bands, to making the music more accessible thru our mail order catalog, along with producing a cappella music festivals and events around the country. Our goal is to expand the growing world wide interest in this wonderful art form. By discovering new talent and developing larger audiences, we hope a cappella will find it’s rightful place as a significant contributor to the greater world of music.

I Lead Worship: Singers
FREE referrals provided to individuals, groups, churches, communities needing a worship leader, musician, singer, team or band to minister or perform for an upcoming event, venue or position.

Singing In Worship Part I and Part 3
Singing has a very definite place in worshipping God in spirit and in truth. We glorify God in our singing praises to His name. There are only nine scriptures in the New Testament which specify the kind of music in the worship of the church that God wishes in order for us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. This is an interactive Bible study on the role of singing in the believers life.

Singing Praises
Article by by Tom Gilbert

Singing The Psalms
Article by Dr. Richard Leonard.  Psalmody is the use of the biblical psalms in worship, as distinguished from hymnody, the creation and use of extrabiblical poetic and musical compositions in worship.

Prophetic Songs
WHAT IS A PROPHETIC SONG? This is a excert from the book, “Songs of the Spirit”

Sight Singing
The Mission of this Web Page is to provide help to those wishing information about the various aspects of the art/skill of sight singing. Whether you are looking for general information on the subject, classes to take, choirs or chamber ensembles to sing with, techniques to improve your sight singing skills, ear-training software or interesting websites about matters related to sight singing

Secrets of Singing on Pitch
Ebook reveals 11 innovative steps to help you sing accurately on pitch. If you’ve had tin ears or been called tone-deaf your whole life, this easy method is for you. Say goodbye to singing off key and singing flat.

Voice Training
The Ultimate Voice Training for Singers.  A complete voice training program on CD or high quility cassette by one of southern Califonia’s premier voice technique and performance teacher.

Choir and Organ
Choir & Organ, the classical music magazine for organists and musicians, directors of sacred and secular choirs, singers, organ builders, and everyone who loves choral and organ music. Choir & Organ provides insights into the careers of leading organists and choral conductors, examines important instruments and provides comprehensive news and reviews of new publications, recordings and events.

The Worship Leader is a Spiritual Leader

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

This article is for worship leaders. And as such, I believe it needs to focus on leadership skills. It is my intent to do this from a Biblical perspective. The only prerequisite for leadership is you must have somebody follow you. I can be just one person or thousands. The definition is still the same – A leader must have someone following them.

Understand That You are a Spiritual Leader

But there is more to leadership than having people follow you. In the Body of Christ you are a not just a leader. You are a Spiritual Leader. Your leadership skills must be in alignment with spiritual ideals. (more…)

Have Fun Learning Creativity

Monday, October 26th, 2009

by: Malkeet Singh

You have some great ideas. You toss them around in your mind. You tell friends about them. They go nowhere. Why? They go nowhere because of what your friends said or because you have the misconception that only a select few are able to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. And, you, of course, couldn’t be one of that select group. That is not true at all.

Anyone who has creative genius will tell you that creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be developed in order to perform at top efficiency. If you don’t learn how to develop creative thinking, this skill, like a muscle will become withered and useless to you when you most need it. On the other hand, keep working at it and this skill will soon be ready for action whenever you need it.

So how do you develop your own personal style of creative thinking?

Well, the first thing is to realize your brain has a greater capacity and speed than the world’s biggest and fastest super computer. That’s right! Even the world’s biggest and fastest super computer cannot store as much information or handle it faster than your brain. You are not limited like a super computer because your brain is not limited and that’s where creativity comes from – your brain. It doesn’t come from thin air, it comes from within you and you already have the tools needed to exercise it.

So, the first thing is to begin absorbing as much information as you can every day. Grab as much knowledge and learning as you can find. Read, watch, and listen to everything available — good and bad. Don’t judge anything at this point of development because it’s not the content that is important, only the process of absorption. Keep your mind open to the infinite possibilities that each piece of information presents. The more you know, the more you’ll want to know, and the more your brain will be exercised. Prepare to be amazed at little facts that add a bit of color to your conversations with people. They will begin to see you in a new light.

Next, focus on a creative activity every day. This is as simple as doodling. Doodling is a creative activity. Don’t let anything hinder you. Just doodle away, mindlessly. You will unleash a little bit of creative thinking and it will be encouraging to see something you created. In addition to doodling, practice drawing something specific for a couple of minutes each day. You might unleash the artist in you.

Or, grab a camera and start snapping photos of anything and everything. Don’t try to be “artsy,” just snap away! You might find you have a knack for photography.

Keep a journal and make a point to write in it at the end of each day. Describe your experiences using words that capture your five senses. What did it smell like, taste like, feel like – you get the idea? You may discover a writer lurking in your brain.

In a short time you’ll have built yourself a tiny portfolio or doodles, art, photographs and writings and you’ll be amazed at the growth of your creativity. You might actually enjoy those exercises so much that they will become a part of you and you’ll be addicted to them.

You’ve heard it said – Think out of the box. Well, not just yet. Be aware of constraints or blocks to your creative process. Constraints are actually a good thing. It’s your brain telling you it needs more knowledge about that which you are struggling. Constraints are the brain’s mechanisms to force discipline upon you. Discipline forces you to be more resourceful. Creative freedom is great, but limitations are too. There must be balance.

Oscar winner, Anthony Hopkins, would just get in his car and drive across country alone with no destination in particular. It helped him experience different people in different parts of the country, away from the unreality of Hollywood. These little trips helped him to become a better actor.

Try something new every day and let your experiences broaden your view of the world and people around you. Explore a new neighborhood in your town. Spend an afternoon in a museum to which you’ve never been before. Chat up someone in the checkout line at the store. You need to open up to the people around you. You need to step out of your comfort zone more and more each day. This will heighten your sense of adventure and your zest for life.

Think about it. When was the last time you did something out of your comfort zone? When you stay in your comfort zone, you miss out on a whole lot of experiences that could add to your growth – emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually.

I would love to try bungee jumping and skydiving but I’m a coward when it comes to risking life and limb. If you have the courage, go for it! At the very least, you will have plenty of exciting stories to share, enabling you to develop your storytelling skills, making you the life of any gathering. People will love to hear you tell about doing the things they only dream of doing.

This next thing will seem nutty. It is. You need to embrace insanity. I’m not talking about the kind that will land you in a rubber room. As John Russell once said, “Sanity calms, but madness (insanity) is more interesting.”

History shows that nearly every creative thinker was once deemed insane by “normal” people. Lucky for us, the critics couldn’t stop the creative geniuses from changing the world. Being “normal” confines’ people to think – normally, that is, to think within limits society has deemed to be normal. Creativity is essentially ignoring those limits, within the Law, of course. Your creativity may seem bizarre and downright strange to the “normals.” Ignore them and seek out others who also ignore the “normals” of this world. They will know how to help you to cultivate your new sense of creativity.

Now, a word of caution as you step out in your search for creativity. Don’t strive to develop a creative “personality.” There is a difference between a creative personality and creative thinking. Examples of wacky creative personalities would be George Washington, who often rode into battle naked, or James Joyce, who wrote “Dubliners” with beetle juice because he had an intense fear of ink, or Albert Einstein, who thought his cat was a spy sent by his rival. They were all great men, for sure, but a little wacky at times because they lost touch with reality.

It’s important that your creativity doesn’t blind you to the real world. Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds! (Look familiar?)

Starting today, begin thinking beyond your “limits.” Follow these steps and you’ll soon be living a life full of interesting and exciting adventures. Your new level creative thinking will bring about a new zest for living life.

Who knows, your idea might be the next great idea to change the world.

About The Author
My name is Malkeet Singh. I am 26 years old. I belong to Himachal Pradesh. I am living in Delhi. I working in BPO. I enjoy to listening to music and playing cricket & watching TV. I am a hardworker and honest person. The author invites you to visit: http://www.theglobalnetworld.com

Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out In The Real World

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
  1. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying    “Thank you”
  2. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the  orchestra, some are on stage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud. Know  who and where you are.
  3. When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.
  4. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiters  and doesn’t like dogs/cats.
  5. You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t  move and it should, use WD-40.  If it moves and shouldn’t,  use the tape.
  6. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship  “I apologize” and “You are right.”
  7. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  8. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier  to eat crow while it’s still warm.
  9. The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever  gave me was, “Go! You might meet somebody!”
  10. If he/she says that you are too good for him/her- * believe it.
  11. I’ve learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, ‘Will this  matter one year from now? How about one month? One week?   One day?’
  12. Never pass up an opportunity to pee.
  13. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have  another chance!
  14. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you.
  15. Knowing how to listen to music is as great a talent as knowing how to make it.
  16. Work is good but it’s not that important.
  17. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.
  18. And finally… Be really nice to your friends. You never  know when you are going to need them to empty your bed pan.

Worship Resources and Minstries

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Worship and Church Music
This web site is developed and maintained by the Rev. Larry D. Ellis, Organist and Director of Music of St. Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, USA. His goal is to primarily serve the music ministry needs of the liturgical church musician as well as be a resource for non-liturgical musicians who wish to expand their knowledge and breadth to include some of the historical liturgical expressions of worship in their churches.

Worship is a Way of Life
The purpose of this ministry is to encourage the world in worship as a way of life. It features worship leader’s resource for fresh, new praise and worship music.

Whole Hearted Worship
Worship resource for you and your group. WholeHearted Worship is built around the philosophy that it’s better to help people worship than to try to do worship for people.  Free songs, Worship school and more

Experiencing Worship
ExperiencingWorship.com is a complete worship resource for the worshiper and worship leader. Founded by Stephen M. Newman, author of “Experiencing Worship – A Study of Biblical Worship”, ExperiencingWorship.com is the Internet’s one stop shop for worship related information.  ExperiencingWorship.com provides content for worship leaders and lay people alike. We have a large selection of articles to suit just about everyone. Our message boards provide a place for people to discuss the various aspects of worship and our user opinions give our users a chance to voice their opinions about our articles.  This site include these resources: Worship Studies, Worship Music, Church Jobs, Women in Worship, Drama Resources. Sound & Video, Devotionals, Message Boards

Family Worship Resources
Family Worship Resources is a UK based, non-profit organisation providing songs and other resources to help all ages in the church worship together.  What else do we do? Although songs and albums are our primary business, we’re also involved with a whole range of other projects, both in the UK and overseas. Visit the Ministry page for our diary, and details of some of our other activities.

Creative Worship
CreativeWorship.com is a website for worship leaders. Here you can find great songs to lead your congregation in praise and worship. With hundreds of songs, varying from modern rock worship to traditional southern gospel and hymns, you will be able to find any style of song for your worship. Download either a simple, easy to play-along audio recording of the song or a lead sheet, which includes the melody line, lyrics and chords, to get started enjoying and learning new music immediately.

Worship Songs Translated Into Many Languages
The songs and translations on this page were written by many different people. Please see each individual song page for authors and copyright information. Everything here is provided for your free use in praise and worship

Heart of Worship
Welcome to heartofworship.com, our online resource for lead worshippers everywhere. Our vision through this website is to equip and encourage those involved in leading the people of God in worship through music. Heartofworship.com is all about ‘inside-out’ worship. A passion and reverence for God that burns on the inside, and cannot can’t help but express itself externally too. We’re into ‘excellence’ in worship leading, for sure. We’ve got video tutorials on playing various instruments in worship, a section on music theory, and a regular column for congregational song writers too. But ‘excellence’ in worship leading, although important, is not our starting point. The starting point for us here on heartofworship.com is ‘integrity’ in worship leading. We want to make sure that each of us lead worshippers are laying down some strong foundations in worship. We hope the mix of interviews, articles and bible-insights found on this website will go someway towards encouraging you in this. Edited by Matt Redman and Andrew Philip, heartofworship.com draws on the experience and insights of many seasoned church leaders and lead worshippers from around the world.

Passion For Your Name
Our little mission statement for this website is, “Resourcing the worship leader. Refreshing the worshipper.” We hope that this website can do both. Each month there will be a biblical insight into worship; unpacking the Scriptures on the subject. Alongside this there will be practical articles that hopefully will resource and challenge us as we all seek to grow in our gifting.  We are also keen to encourage songwriters. Each month there will be a new article on crafting and developing fresh songs. Additionally there will be a free song – a simple acoustic version, accompanied by sheet music.  Our heart at passionforyourname.com is for the local Church. Jesus said that he’d build his Church. We get to take part. Therefore in all that we do, we hope that it will be relevant to musicians, worship leaders and pastors who are ‘living it out’ in a local church.

Worship Network
The Worship Network is a distinctive television network with one mission and purpose… to help people experience God.In 1992 programming launched out of studios in Clearwater, Florida where viewers were introduced to what is now Worship’s signature programming. Born of a vision that foresaw an opportunity to redeem a television medium that has not been so faith-friendly, Worship flourished into a world-wide affluence that serves to inspire, comfort, guide and encourage people of all ages and races.

Soul Survivor
Soul Survivor, a faith-based non-profit ministry, exists to gather and mobilize young people to change the world, one community at a time.

Audible Faith
Audible Faith is committed to helping artists from all over the world find their voice and get their music heard. By providing distribution, discussion forums, song writing workshops, networks to other artists, and many more resources, we hope to catalyze an outpouring of new songs that enable all of us to reach for a higher standard, reshaping and binding us together. Whether it’s music that preserves and celebrates the rich cultures of our world, sacred songs of worship that inspire and renew, powerful songs of justice that provoke and challenge, or fun songs about everyday life that teach us how to love, laugh and live, our dream is to become the premiere destination for artists who have something to say and for people looking for Music with Meaning™.

Black Gospel Music Clef
Dedicated to providing resources and information for supporters and participants in the ministry of Black Gospel Music.

Choral Net
ChoralNet provides a central portal to online resources and communications for the global choral music community.

Song Discovery
Song DISCovery exists as a resource to bring you some of the best new music for worship. Our mission is to equip Worship Leaders with a broad and diverse selection of worship songs and resources that they can quickly integrate and use in their worship settings – the following Sunday and for years to come.

Hymn Writers of the Church
Biographies of many Hymn writers.

Praise Song.net
The goal of Wigtune Company is to facilitate a lifestyle of worship amongst the body of Christ unto the True and Living God of the Bible .

Various Article on Worship

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Worship Devotionals
Daily Devotionals – These daily devotionals are brought to you by Experiencing Worship Contributor Terri Pettyjohn

Articles on Worship
Worshiplinks.com collection of articles on worship and the arts.

Articles on Worship
A collection of articles by Ron Man on worship

Women in Worship
Articles for Women In Worship with Debbi Barnett on Experiencing Worship website

10 Ways To Worship Without Music
Article by Tobin Perry on Pastors.com shares ten habits that will build worship into your life on a daily basis

Worship and Rebuilding
Article by by William Mikler

Worship Intercession
Worship and intercession preceded Jesus on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. So too, they will be important ingredients preparing the way for His return. article by Don Potter

Worship Styles
Article by Gregory C. Cochran examines the question: “Which way do you like to worship, spicy or mild?”

The Role of the Band in Worship
Article Daniel Fermaint looks a the role of the band in worship

Worship Leader Articles
A collection of article by Sally Morgenthaler on Sacramentis.com (“Re-imagining Worship for a New Millennium)” Morgenthaler’s vision is to move worship beyond presentation (information, performed music and preaching) to an interactive, sacred experience involving all the arts.

Acappella Worship Leader Articles 3 Song Stories
3 Song Stories by various from songs4worship.com  Here are the stories behind three popular worship songs: Don Moen’s Worthy, You Are Worthy, Darrell Evans’s Trading My Sorrows and Mercy Me’s Word of God Speak

Song Stories
What inspired the songwriter? The stories behind many contemporary worship classics

Songs of David Articles
Collection of article dedicated to the worship ministry

Worship Articles
Colin Owen has been involved in Christian music since 1988. He has an itinerant ministry, leading, and teaching on praise and worship, and preaching God’s Word. Here are some of his articles

A Servant’s Call To Worship
Donna Renay Patrick is a worship leader, musician, praise and worship conference instructor and the founder of WORDshop Ministries, a Christian, Word-based ministry focused on teaching your congregation the true meanings of praise and worship, and their significance to our lives as believers.

Genuine Worship: Articles
A web magazine centered around the topic of worship. Collection of articles on worship

Hebrew Words for Praise
A bible study that looks at 10 different Hebrew words for praise by Paul Vickers at eattheword.com

Love Song
The Song of Songs is a series of love poems, for the most part in the form of songs addressed by a man to a woman, and by the woman to the man. These songs have often been interpreted as a picture of the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Praise and Worship
Bible study outline at hisloveministries.org examines the Biblical basis of worship.  Include Hebrew word study.

Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth
Bible study outline on the topic of worship

The Practice of the Presence of God
Classic transcript written by Father Lawrence.  In communion with Rome, a lay brother among the Carmelites, for several years a soldier, in an irreligious age, amid a sceptical people, yet in him the practice of the presence of GOD was as much a reality as the “watch” of the early Friends, and the “holy seed” in him and others was the “stock” (Isa. vi. 16) from which grew the household and evangelistic piety of the eighteenth century, of Epworth and of Moorfields.

Heart of Worship
By Rick Warren – Surrendering to God is not passive resignation, fatalism, or an excuse for laziness. It is not accepting the status quo. It may mean the exact opposite: sacrificing your life in resistance to evil and injustice, or suffering in order to change what needs to be changed.

Worship is More Than a List
Article by Jack D. Kinneer.  The author, an OP minister, is the founder and scholar in residence at Echo Hills Christian Study Center.

Worship God’s Glory
True worship is God-centered worship. People tend to get caught up in where they should worship, what music they should sing in worship, and how the worship looks to other people. Focusing on these things completely misses the point. Jesus tells us that true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in
truth (John 4:24). This means we worship from a pure heart!

Worship God in Dance
Article by Lucinda Coleman, a high school teacher, has been a dance co-ordinator at Gateway Baptist Church in Brisbane and now lives in Port Hedland, Western Australia. This article is adapted from her research on ‘Dance in the Church’, written as part of her studies at the Queensland University of
Technology. It briefly traces the history of dance in worship.

Beyond Self-Centered Worship
Written by Geoff Bullock who served as music pastor at Hills Christian Life Centre, Sydney.

Healing Through Worship
By Pastor Robert Colman the worship director at Blackburn Baptist Church, Melbourne. The work of Christ in redemption has one great end – it is to save humanity and restore us to the joy of knowing true worship.

A Heart for Worship
Author: Dr. Wayne Poplin of Carmel Baptist Church.  Worship involves seeing what God is worth and then giving Him what’s He’s worth.

Worship: Intimacy with God
by John and Carol Wimber Pastor John Wimber and his wife Carol are founding leaders of the Vineyard Christian Fellowships around the world.  We learned that what happens when we are alone with the Lord determines how intimate and deep the worship will be when we come together

The Spiritual Song
by Bob Johnson. Biblical Foundation and Practical Application.  One of the signs of renewal evidenced in congregational worship is the occurrence of some type of extemporaneous congregational song.

Prophetic Worship
This article is a sample chapter from Pastor Loren Sandford’s book, Prophetic Worship.

First Love-Prophetic Worship
We are prepared and called to minister the Word with regard to Davidical worship as well as the Christian walk. We have and are continuing to study the Word extensively in the area of Davidical worship and can impart to your worship team in this area as well as help to give vision and understanding to your congregation of the role they can play in prophetic worship and the song of the Lord.

Prophetic Worship
by John Paul Jackson.  Worship, by its very nature, is prophetic. Worship engages an omnipresent God who spans the dimension of time. Inherent in worship is a prophetic declaration of what has happened, what is happening now, and what is to come.

Developing the Prophetic in Worship
These are notes taken from a worship leaders conference meeting where Matt Redman was teaching.

Worship in the Spirit
by Andrew Murray

The Secret Place
by Smith Wigglesworth

The Moving Breath of the Spirit
by Smith Wigglesworth

The Secret Place
Find that cozy refuge for yourself, His comfort and healing presence. A commentary by Constance Vanides

The Secret Place of Prayer
Sermon Outline based on Matthew 6:1-8

Dwelling
in the Secret Place

Sermon by Pastor Donald Sheley

Into the Holy of Holies
Are you looking for a place to rest? Longing for peace in the midst of a hectic life? You can find both in the same place — the Holy of Holies.

The Holy Place and the Holy of Holies
The World Wide Ramifications Of The Tabernacle

Weeping Between the Porch and the Altar
Taken from a message of Leonard Ravenhill

The Worshiping Bride
Author: David Orton of Life Messenger.  Worship is how we are intimate with God. And to the degree our worship, whether in song, on instruments, or even in silence, issues from a pure heart of passion for God to that degree it will ascend as a sweet smelling aroma to him