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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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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions Grace to the humble.
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:21

James 4:10; “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful” (John Wooden). Humility. I spent some time with a great friend of mine at his office this afternoon (he makes a profound cappuccino) and we touched on the topic of pride both in ministry and the church. So, as I was reading Wooden’s quote here, Paul’s statement in Philippians 2:3 was laid on my heart that; “In humility consider others better than yourselves.” In other words, that a follower of Christ is to live for the interest and well-being of others. Do you see that happening around you currently? Imagine if the church today was known for this? Think about this with me for a minute. If this were the case in your church, would there ever be any conflict? Well, there shouldn’t be, because your members would be all sacrificing for others. Would there be any unmet needs within your church? No. Would there be any grudges or politics in your church? No, everyone would be looking out for each other. You are likely saying; “Yes, Grant, that’s such a Utopian view, but will never happen!” Well, I hate to break it to you, this is not only a possibility that your church can actually function this way, but it’s both biblical, and, as followers of Christ desiring to become more like Him, it is what we strive for. If Jesus could have such humility and a sense of sacrifice and love, then we are mistaken if we somehow believe that God would not ask us to make sacrifices too. So here’s a question for you and your church community: how does your attitude measure up to Jesus? I think A.W. Tozer gets this right by stating that; “Because Jesus Christ came into the world clothed in humility, He will always be found among those who are clothed in humility”. My prayer is that this, if it isn’t a deep-seated part of your ethos already, becomes that. How? It’s simple really. All it needs is for a few of your members to abandon themselves in service to others, and then watch the resultant effect. So may you and your church determine to be those people Paul speaks of today, and, let me tell you, you will see God use their lives in astounding ways?

 

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