I've been a part of C3 Music for 19 years and through many different situations of highs, lows, struggles, disappointments, stretching, triumph and so on, that we all go through in this thing called life.
Over the years I have found myself in the midst of teams, as well as leading them. Here are some of my thoughts around qualities that make a great worship team member.
We have a Lord who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords – and yet is Emmanuel, God with us.
Living with honour points back to who God is, so that we can see who we are. It brings perspective. We won’t be a generation that only talks, without authenticity or character. Let’s outdo each other in our actions.
Forget about who you are writing with... You are simply trying to get the best song that the people in that room can, on that day.
Our expression of worship within the church today, can take many forms. the two-sided nature of worship (and christianity for that matter), it that it is all about God and people. So whilst our worship is all about glorifying Jesus, we also need to meet people where they are at, and we willing to adapt ourselves to their context.
Servanthood starts with an understanding of who Jesus is. When we look at his life we see his heart to serve others. Servanthood is really about love. Loving God and loving others. When we get a heart for people created by God, we get a heart to serve no matter what context.
God wants each of us to hold what we do with strength, power, and sensitivity to the spirit, like we are holding a powerful weapon. He wants us to step out, and step into the calling He has upon us as keys players. He wants us to take what he has put in our hands, and with renewed confidence, use it to build the Church, bless the people, and help bring people closer to Christ every time we play.
“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it."
Who would true valour see,
let him come hither.
One here will constant be,
come wind come weather.
I had the basic idea for this song for a long time, years even. I had already written the first two lines to the bridge, but that’s as far as I got. Songwriting can be so frustrating, and turning a song from just an idea, into something that people can sing, is no simple feat!
Ok… let’s chat vocals. Specifically backing vocals. As a young singer on the music team, I used to question my importance as a support singer in a service. “Can anyone even hear me out the front?”, “Does it really matter if I don’t know the words that well?”, “I’ll just sing the melody, since the focus is on the worship leader anyway, right?”.
At our church, we have what we call a ‘band-leader’ rostered on each service. This person will have a microphone that can be heard by the whole band on stage, via their in-ear monitors. It’s the responsibility of the band leader to musically direct the service in support of the worship leader. Here are some of my thoughts in my own approach to band-leading here at C3 Oxford Falls...
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This month we took the team on the road to Asia to launch our new album ABIDE. One of the greatest privileges we have is to lead people in worship and I love that we get to do this as a team, not a worship band, but a team.
There’s no denying that creation inspires awe and wonder. For those who believe, it’s a wonder of who God is and what He did with only His will and His voice.
I have read this psalm a hundred times. It’s one I’ve quoted more than others. We can learn a lot from David. He held keys in his hand that set him up for life. A person who is intimate with God and authentic is always bound to become our teacher.
Psalm 23. It articulates the plan that God has for each of our lives and breaks it down into three unique stages...
Is it birthed of the flesh or of the Spirit?
A worship song doesn’t come from you, it comes through you.
Don’t let your striving to write a worship song get in the way of what God is wanting to say.
Pray! Read the bible! Be guided by the Holy Spirit.
So you’ve just finished the set list in the service – you’re home free right? Far from it; now you kick into the next gear to keep building the service. A lot of times we plan and practice for the worship set thinking that’s our part, but forget that our role is not just musical, it’s a ministry platform.