At an early age I began serving in the local church. I remember planning and leading worship in our local church when I was a sophomore in high school. I often would lead worship from the piano and also worked with the adult choir. With that beginning I knew that I would always be serving in the local church but longed for something more. It’s not about a bigger church or a bigger check it’s about sharing what God has done in my life with those whom He places in my path.
I surrendered to full-time ministry when I was still in high school but didn’t realize how that would play out until my freshman year of college. At that point I knew God had called me into the worship ministry. He had gifted me with certain talents and skills as well as certain characteristics needed for the stresses and requirements of such a calling. While at university I met the lady who would be my help mate and my partner in ministry, the lovely and fabulous Lynette Jackson. She has been so wonderful in supporting my calling and realizing that it isn’t only my calling but it is “our calling.”
Lynette and I always knew that we would be active in a church and are open to going anywhere God might lead. We naturally assumed it would always be within the confines of a specific local church. However, these past 18 months or so we have been very restless. I’ve often thought, “God what exactly is it that you are doing and what am I to do with these dreams and desires that you have given me?”
As God continues to develop my gifts He is also showing me that I have His testimony to share for His glory. I quickly figured out that while I had surrendered to full-time ministry, I had limited God by thinking that it would always be within the confines of the local church walls. However, as He has brought me to my knees, once again, I have discovered that God has a larger plan for our ministry. Lynette has been trying to share this with me for several years, but I just didn’t get it. I was so focused on local ministry that I was missing out on what larger blessings God has waiting for us.
What exactly does all of this mean? Well, to be honest we are still walking that path. We know that it involves making my very first CD. I have been in contact with some folks within the music industry and have been very encouraged to continue moving forward. The next step is to meet with an artist and composer/musician who will help me try to focus on what it is that the Lord wants me to share with this first project. Then after that we will continue to follow God’s leading, one step at a time.
We are not looking to leave our current church as we believe that He has us here for a reason and plan to be here until He moves us along. We know that the things God is teaching us comes directly from our ministry with folks at Heartland. We are learning that God has us where we are for certain reasons and that He is the one who expands our boundaries of ministry. Please continue to pray for us as we follow His leading. Pray that as we pursue this CD project, He will be glorified. It’s not about us, but it is about His continued sovereignty, provision and grace.
Until next time…