As I was going through some old posts, I came across what I wrote below which I am re-posting today. It was just over six years ago when I first joined Faith Community Church’s worship team. Today, our church celebrated its inaugural service in our new 1400-seater facility. The photo is of today’s team resting in the backstage area just before the start of the service. It has been an incredible six year journey so far, and I’m incredibly grateful to work with such a dedicated and talented team of worshippers, singers, musicians and techies. After the relief of moving into our new home, and reflecting on the day that was, the fact that we have such a facility is a great gift from God – a truly remarkable grace. And when I think about the magnitude of that grace, it’s a challenge for us as a team to respond accordingly; to give back to God all that He truly deserves. This will inform how we do ministry in the next chapter ahead – to be a truly innovative, ground-breaking, passionate, world-class worship team that brings glory to God, and to connect the lost in the act of encounter. I’m excited about what God will do in the next phase of Faith Community Worship.
Photo credit: Dennis Tng
I was really thrilled yesterday to get an email yesterday as follows:
Congratulations! You have been successful in the FCC worship audition. Welcome to the team!
It was a good thing my wife ordered me some in-ear earphones from Catch of the Day!
My joining the Faith Community Church worship team is significant to me for at least three reasons.
First, I believe that the church family is not only intended to be a source of support, encouragement and spiritual growth, but it should also play an important role in releasing you into your spiritual destiny.
Second, being part of a church ministry helps you get plugged into the life of the church and to tap into the heartbeat of the church. Since we’ve joined FCC, we’ve tried to get involved in as many different activities within the church as possible. But it’s ad hoc and different to actually being part of something ongoing where you can see see sustained growth, face challenges and share triumphs with a group of people with the same heart amd goal within a ministry.
Third, the skills and anointing of a worship leader can only be properly honed in the context of a local church. This is where worship is at its most raw and honest. There is no hype of a conference, or bright lights or inflated faith. Just real people going through the challenges of life and seeking to encounter God through joys, disappointments, triumphs and defeats.
By that same token, I’ll be rostered soon on backing vocals. I actually don’t believe I should be leading worship in the short term because to successfully lead worship in a local church, you have to get to know your congregation before you can pastor them into God’s presence. You need to know what makes them tick, what season they are going through and their corporate sentiments.
I’m looking forward to knowing FCC a lot better. For now, I’m really grateful to be part of a worship team again. Time to dust off those vocal chords!