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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Friday, 13 January 2017 06:29

For those who are in the worship ministry this might be worth reading. I am spending time with a few worship-leaders I have mentored over the years electronically as they are as far-afield as Tanzania and we have all chosen to read Robert Webber’s book “The Divine Embrace” again. You can read an excerpt of that book by clicking the link below here. As our discussion, has progressed it has become clear that in churches today we are sold on playing the latest ‘Top 40’ covers irrespective of whether our congregations know the songs or not and tend to be “situated in the culture and not in the story of God” (Webber). Of course, when that happens, it “becomes focused on the self” and “becomes narcissistic” (Webber). Much of our worship “has shifted from a focus on God and God's story to a focus on me and my story” (Webber).

Our discussion has of course included re-looking at the role of the worship-leader and team. What is their role? To facilitate and lead the congregation they serve into a place of intimacy with Jesus. This means being able to step-aside and allow Him to minister, taking the focus of 'self', and placing it fully on Christ, and not trying to ‘sing over everything’.

We have chatted too about song choice. If our ministry involves leading people into worship (which it does) why do we persist in choosing songs which at least three-quarters of the audience do not know? The result is that folk spend the 30 minutes or so trying to read and follow what is often like ‘sermon notes’ on a screen thereby not being able to focus on Jesus which is the reason they are there. For most, they end up being so ever thankful that they got through it relatively ‘unscathed’ and literally breathe a sigh of relief.

So, here’s the question; Have you ever stood out in a congregation ready to sing your heart out to God and worship Him, and, find that it is rather difficult to do that? So why is it so difficult? Well, besides being faced with songs you have never heard, you encounter renditions that have been so re-modeled that it takes you getting to the chorus (perhaps) to get into the song.

We have discussed too that, secondly, most often it is me-oriented where it seems to be a talent show with members of the team seemingly trying to prove to the audience that they have the X Factor. This is obviously a result of the culturally driven contemporary worship band-wagon that most aspiring worship-leaders are trying to get onto.

As a worship-leader and mentor I toy with this reality so, again, we have chosen to read Robert Webber’s “The Divine Embrace” again an excerpt of which featured in Christianity Today in 2007 which, if you click on the link below here, you will find interesting reading.