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Spiritual Retreats and Worship Workshops.

Since returning to Cape Town it has been awesome being invited to teach and facilitate at various church retreats and Worship Workshops and Conferences. Whilst the retreats have only been predominantly for Men's Groups or Ministries within the ambit of Christian Spiritual Formation and male spirituality, I do also enjoy taking couples. Regarding the Worship Workshops, this can either be for the ministry itself, or a worship-leader specific in-depth practical and spiritual workshop. I look forward to hearing from you to discuss the possibilities of us getting this together for your church!

Spiritual Retreats: These range from single-day retreats to, what tends to happen mostly, those that are given over a weekend. I am able to travel should you wish me to do so.

Worship Workshops: Those that tend to work the best are given over the course of a day. Most churches tend toward that being a Saturday. What we deal with is basically discovering our highest calling and how we best serve God within that given our talents, gifting, and leadership abilities for those who have been called to lead. "The power to bless the world around you is a direct result of your ministry to the Lord" (Gerrit Gustafson). In these workshops we speak into what worship is, our calling within it, the anointing, worshipping in "Spirit and in Truth", and, among other areas, worship and the Presence of God. This normally takes until lunch-time. After lunch we get stuck into the practical side of church worship. This moves from instrumentation, vocal, harmonies, utilization of 'light and shade' in what we do, planning worship sets, best key options, and a host of other areas. I always summarise what we have learnt and mail that through in PDF format to each participant. Should you wish me to attend practices after that, I will gladly do so. I look forward to hearing from you in this regard!

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Written by Grant Nuss   
Friday, 28 August 2015 14:57

1 Timothy 4:16; “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

Tyler Cowen once said about pop psychology books that; “The more of these books you read, you’re learning about some of your biases, but you’re making some of your other biases essentially worse. So the books themselves are part of your cognitive bias." To illustrate what Cowen is saying here, I was waiting for the girls at Tygervalley Centre last evening as we were going to have supper together, and chanced to spend that time in Exclusive Books. So I walked through the Psychology section and immediately picked up a few consistent titles such as; “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”; “How to Stop Worrying and start Living”; “Stop Thinking start Living”; “How to get from where you are to where you want to be”, and; “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it”. Then I moved on to the Religion Section next to it and picked up a number of similarities such as; “Good health, Good life”; “The Approval Fix”; “Your best life Now”; “Get your hopes up”; and “Building Your Self-Image”. I don’t know about you but there is no difference between the shelves. Pop Psychology has invaded our television shows and advice columns, is thriving in the self-help industry, and, it seems to be alive and kicking in the pulpit as well where you have series such as “Seven Steps to a Healthy Marriage”; Three Steps to Obedient Pets”; and “Five Ways on having Contagious Success”. Now, when you look into the latter, this brand of writing and preaching which is intended to be appealing to the culture at large is devoid of the Gospel and its true message. But here’s the deal, the culture around us see right through it. The truth is this, relevance at the expense of the Gospel, can only result in one thing, and that is distancing many even further from the church. So the question is, do we follow the winds of today’s evangelical church culture, or do we consider Paul’s timeless strategy for evangelism (Acts 17: 26 – 28) that doesn't overreact, under-react ,counteract, distort, dilute, manipulate and, thereby negate the proclamation of a biblically faithful, never-changing gospel, that it is always being contextually appropriate ?