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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Saturday, 14 January 2017 06:56

Psalm 34:8; “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

I was asked to speak to a group of budding worship-leaders once. As I looked around at this group of people mostly in their 20’s and, sadly, mostly male, my initial question was “are you ‘prepared and ready’? A young man holding an acoustic guitar in his lap caught my eye so I posed the question again, this time directly to him; “Are you prepared and ready”? Immediately the group responded; “He’s the best guitarist and vocalist among us, knows all the songs, so he is cut-out to be a worship-leader!”

Of course the response isn’t what makes a worship-leader although many, if not most leaders in churches continue to make this mistake time and time again. Psalm 34:8. Think of David’s life of worship. It “was rooted in his experience of God and because of those experiences he was able to lead the people of Israel into a greater understanding of who God is. In the same way, we as worship leaders must come to know God intimately if we are to lead other people into experiences of deep, meaningful worship where they too can come to a greater understanding of God’ s presence in their lives. Again, we can’ t lead people into this experience with God unless we go there ourselves” (Peter Engle).

So as we progress here it takes far more than just being able to play an instrument and sing well to be in worship-leadership. In fact, if we be honest, if that’s all you bring the result will be entertainment and a performance and very little else. For us to be in worship-leadership will require an intimate relationship with Jesus, and God working His character into our hearts. Character and character-development is an integral part of leading God’s people into a place of intimacy with Him. As with people like David and many others who God called to leadership, with this principle of character development and intimate relationship with Him, were able to minister out of the deep working of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. We will deal with the Spiritual Formation of the worship-leader on Monday!