welcome to c3 church san diego's blog. we're stoked you're here! 'in other words' is the eventful mixture of stories, videos and photographs of whats happening in and around church. stay posted every week for new stuff! you can also follow us on twitter for even more c3 fun!
we just had our first ever C3MA awards where we honored and celebrated all the amazing and hard-working volunteers that make our church happen week in and week out. more pictures to come soon, but for now check out the video we did to honor all those fine people!
paul taylor serves on the lights + media team at church and was our april volunteer of the month. he' s been on that team for a few years now and really has a heart to make sure the atmosphere and environment on a sunday is top notch! we are stoked to have paul as part of the volunteer force that sets up and tears down every sunday so that people can come and experience God week in and week out.
to find out more about volunteering and to get involved, check out our volunteer page
what was your favorite childhood television program? magnum pi, miami vice, a-team, knight rider
who would win in a thumb wrestling competition and why? batman or thor? thor, when he grabbed the thumb-end of batman's clove. it was over before it started.
which is cooler and why? a tom selleck mustache, or a billy ray cyrus mullet? definitely tom selleck's mustache. he was a true lady's man.
what 3 things do you love about san diego? close to ocean & mountains, climate, and the people.
if hollywood made a movie about your life, what celebrity would play you? that's a tough one. i'd go with justin timberlake... but was he athletic in any way, before music?
"on the couch" is a new blog segment where we sit down with leaders and volunteers in our church who are stepping up and carrying the vision of c3. this week we profile jesse sullivan who is a leader for our youth ministry detonate.
recently, one of the brilliant, up and coming worship leaders in our church wrote to me and asked me what specifically i look for in worship leaders in our church.what a great question! below is the ‘meat’, if you like of the reply i gave her. just a few things that i feel are important for a worship leader. hope this is of interest to you!
what they bring in their spirit.
as a worship leader, you should always come with a vision for where you can see the service going. come with a word, a revelation, something from heaven that’s stirring in your spirit from your time in prayer that week that you’re ready to deliver to the congregation on sunday. this requires a consistency that few people walk in....especially creative types.
how they lead the congregation.
the worship leader is not there to sing, but to lead worship. when you have number 1. happening, you really have a destination in mind that you’re ‘leading’ the congregation toward. it really lifts the atmosphere of the meeting when the worship leader speaks words of life that are revelation to them into the meeting. and then its important ‘how’ you say it. not frantically, or yelling at the people, but confident, joyful, ‘up’, but still ‘you’ and not trying to be someone else. the tone of your voice should be fitting for what kind of response you’re aiming for. giving vocal cues into the next section of the song can be a powerful tool too. when you have number 1. down, this one is much more effective and easier to hone and improve on.
its important that the worship leader is constantly working on their voice. a great voice allows people to “enjoy” your worship leading rather than “endure” it. the congregation will follow your lead and you’ll get them to where you need to get them. its also fitting for the king that we’re singing for. he is happy with any voice that’s in love with him and worshipping passionately, but people associate the quality of the medium with the importance of the message: “if this Jesus is so magnificent and gave his life to save the world, couldn’t we at least get someone who can sing?...” there’s something about a honed, sharpened gift that has an authority about it. it’s impacting and commands your attention.
leadership and lifestyle.
the worship leader is a key part of a service penetrating heaven and seeing God manifested in it. so the lifestyle and example of that person is so key. i want to see the worship leader in church worshiping whether they’re rostered on to lead or sing or not; someone who is encouraging of others in the worship team, and is completely devoted to building the mission and vision of the house they’re in. the first person to fall to sin was God’s worship leader – lucifer. if the worship leader of heaven can get full of their own agenda, so can we here on earth. that’s why, for the privilege of leading God’s people in the worship of Jesus, we must “keep our heart with all diligence”, welcome words of correction, and submit ourselves to the authority of our local church.
“the emotionally healthy church should really be titled “the emotionally healthy christian”. out of the 30 plus books that i have read this year this one is definitely in the top few. why you may ask? because it helps you to identify how past relationships and family upbringing has shaped you, and how it may be affecting you right now.
every person brings “invisible” things into every current relationship and situation. these invisible things are unresolved hurts and conflicts we have with others, fears of abandonment or rejection, or how our family upbringing effected us. (let’s face it, many people grow up in dysfunctional family environments). we have to ask ourselves is there any emotional baggage from our past that is affecting us today.
if you really find you struggle with stuff in your personal life or relationships i think this book will help. it forces you to take a good look at yourself and how you respond to and handle things. the catch phrase for the book is "a strategy for discipleship that actually changes lives" and i could not agree more, spot on!
a definite must read for anyone who wants to further their walk with god by dealing with all the baggage of the past! my rating is a 10/10.