Today I had the privilege of attending the first day of the IBSA Worship Leader’s Retreat in Decatur, Illinois. I wasn’t able to attend the conference last year due to scheduling conflicts but made the commitment to attend this year. I am extremely happy that I chose to attend. God has really used fellow Worship Pastors, Senior Pastors and other Worship Leaders to inspire me and affirm the direction I have been sensing God leading me for over a year.
I have always felt God’s guidance into relational environments within my ministry. Even in my current position as Worship Pastor at Heartland Baptist Church I have stressed building intentional relationships. Mentoring is key in the life of every believer and God used many leaders today to affirm His working in my life. I am so grateful for the way God assures us of our calling and our vision of ministry. There were many other topics and ideas that God has affirmed for me this weekend too. I will be blogging about them more in the coming days/week. Some of those ideas surround the idea that as believers we are a royal priesthood. This means we are all priests and it is our job to help others get to the throne room, the foot of the cross, heaven. Not only are we priests but kings too. Jennie Lee Riddle helped me give me the words to explain what I’ve been trying to share with the worship team/choir at Heartland for the last three years. Our priestly responsibilities are how we relate vertically (man to God) and our kingly duties are how we relate horizontally (man to man).
Jennie also shared the thought process behind writing worship songs for today’s church. For too long we have been writing songs that are void of Biblical truths. Actually, many of the songs we sing in corporate worship today are songs that do have elements of truth in them but fail to the deeper level that the Bride of Christ (the church) needs to have on their lips and in the hearts. This will be another blog topic for me.
Lynette and I have felt and watched God make an amazing connection with Jennie and look forward to the many things that we will learn from her in the future. I have been so inspired and encouraged this weekend and we still have a few more conference sessions to attend on Saturday morning. I look forward to sharing more about this with you in future posts. God bless you all as you continue to follow His lead.
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