Women In Worship Leadership Group

  • In trying to determine “where I’m going”, I’ve been spending some time recalling where God has brought me from. Life hasn’t always been easy, but God has always been faithful.

    May God help us remember His faithfulness!

  • Thought I’d check in and vent a bit…

    It’s been weeks since I was contacted regarding a contemporary service our church wants to begin… I had no idea how long something could bounce around from committee to committee… But there’s another meeting set for July something-or-another that I will be attending and would really appreciate some…[Read more]

  • Hi my name is Emily-I am new to this site. I’m from a great church in CT-Calvary Life Family Worship Center- and I just became the worship director here. It has been my home church for about 7 years (of which I’ve been the assistant to the worship director) and I am currently 25. I would love some feedback from some seasoned women of God.
    Our…[Read more]

    • I don’t know about whether I’m “seasoned” or not, but I’ve been involved in church music (on a volunteer basis) for a long, long time! I look forward to getting to know you!

    • Linda-nice to meet you! Thanks for getting back to me.
      We really have a great team but I wish I could get a little more commitment from people to practice, and go over their music at home. I also don’t want to overwhelm the members on the team because (like you,) we are all volunteer and they are used to the previous leader, who didn’t require…[Read more]

  • “Be not lax in celebrating. Be not lazy in the festive service of God. Be ablaze with enthusiasm. Let us be an alive, burning offering before the altar of God!”

    ~ Hildegard of Bengen

  • I’ve been processing the passing away of my mother, just three weeks ago and find my thoughts have been swirling with recollections of fond memories spent with her. I am trying hard to remember them and experience them again as I fear the memories may be forgotten over time.

    My mother is gone from us but her legacy and imprint on the lives of…[Read more]

    • Hello Robyn! I’m new here and thought I’d look around a bit.

      Your post touched me as I’ve experienced a lot of loss in my life — and the Lord has been with me and encouraged me greatly during those times.

      At any rate, I know that grief is hard work. I will be praying for you!

      Linda

      • Dear Linda,
        Your timing and thoughtful words have blessed me. Your compassion and empathy towards me, someone you do not know, is heartfelt.
        Thank you friend.

        Robyn

        • I’ve been where you are…. and I believe Christ uses our trials to help one another…

          I can’t tell your age from your picture, but I’m wondering if you were living at home when she passed… and if she had been ill. I’d love to hear more about her and your relationship if you’d like to share.

          Linda

  • Hi everybody! I just wanted to introduce myself to my fellow Women in Worship Leadership.

    I’m the Director of Academic Development at Visible School – Music and Worship Arts College in Memphis, TN, and I’ve been a worship leader for a little under 20 years. I was raised not thinking too much about gender or about its limitations in ministry and…[Read more]

    • What a heart you have Shannon! Thanks for making yourself available. I think we are of the same group of artists whom the Lord called to join Him in this kingdom work of His – I belong to late 80s (1989). That’s when I started. New to the church from a non-evangelical one, I got involve in the worship ministry and year after that I headed the…[Read more]

      • Betsy, so nice to meet you! Where are you from? I travel a bit and I’m just wondering if I’ve been to your country.

        Are you still with the church where you went in 2006? Do they disciple women for teaching the women and children? I am glad you are not hindered in teaching and leading outside the church. I pray that God will give you even more…[Read more]

        • Hi Shannon. I am from the southern part of the Philippine islands (Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao).
          Yes, I am still with the same church. There are lots of discipleship trainings offered but specifically for women teaching women and children – there were seminars we attended.
          I did organized an interdenominational Christian artists’ group and we…[Read more]

  • “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7. This are Jesus’ words Himself. All through the years of my ‘service’ for the Lord (since 1990), there had been ups and downs. And the up moments are those I am fully doing worship ministry works – planning, leading, facilitating,…[Read more]

    • Betsy, I’ve felt the way you feel a million times…. in fact, the whole roller coaster may be beginning again for me…

      I’d love to share back-and-forth if you’re still part of this group.

      Linda

      • Hi Linda, yes, I’m still part of the group. I love to hear your stories and testimonies for they truly encourage me. Real thanks.

  • Today i read My Utmost… and this message of O.C just hit the nail on me. He said, ‘Stubbornness and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set on our own ambitions, we are hurting Jesus. Every time we stand on our own rights and insist that this is…[Read more]

  • Hello, is it ok if i join this group? I am just so blessed and encouraged reading your post. I am a worship leader for almost two decades but since transferring to a church which doesn’t allow women leaders, I felt so constrained. As for now, while I am still in this church (4 years already), I am still digesting what God is teaching me and…[Read more]

    • I know exactly how you feel; I, too, am at a church where women are not allowed to lead worship; I’ve been at this church for 5 years now, and I know that God called me there to leade Women’s Ministry. However, I’m also part of the worship team, and know that I’ll never be called upon to lead in that are as long as I am there. There are also…[Read more]

    • Hi Libby & Betsy. I grew up in a church in the South that didn’t allow women in ministry. It was so very difficult because I had been feeling a call to worship ministry since I was a little girl. I didn’t know what to call it then…now I do. After stumbling into worship leading through a Christ-centered woman’s small group I began sharing some…[Read more]

      • Hi Wally, I feel so blessed reading your posts. I shall be glad to read more. Thank you.

        • We all really need one another, don’t we? Isolation is a dangerous place. I’m happy to be part of this conversation. Thanks, Betsy!

    • Betsy…I guess I am just too radical, but I would find it very difficult to sit on my hands for that long. I suppossed I am more blessed than I realized. I am the worship leader at my church…didn’t really come with any qualifications other than I wanted to worship and I can carry a tune. We have and are still going through our own struggles,…[Read more]

      • That was heartwarming Peggy. Thanks much. Yes, I’m hanging on… for awhile. I know, God has something for me at the end.

  • Last night I was reminded again of how we as women particularly, hide away our pain and suffer, most often in silence. We often place our needs at the bottom of the list, checking off those priority duties that call us to nurture, care and provide for those we most closely live with. We are used to sacrificing. We are used to expending our last…[Read more]

  • Is this a place to be completely frank and honest?

    I’ve never been eloquent with words, and it seems each day I find new faults or different areas which I feel are lacking. Though, I understand that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, designed by God precisely for the the job He’s given me, so I can’t complain too much! It’s just that so often…[Read more]

    • Hi Jennifer

      A friend directed me to this entry as he was pretty sure I’d be interested in engaging with this discussion, and he was right! I’m sorry that now one responded sooner. I imagine the immediacy that led to the post has passed, although I imagine you will wrestle with this again.

      Let me start by saying that I so empathize with this…[Read more]

    • Oh yeah…and in case I missed the point and didn’t make it clear in all that verbage above, I HAVE DEFINITELY struggled with this! At times I have found myself shocked and amazed that God doesn’t strike me down for wanting to be praised in how I bring him glory (!!) and yet instead of judgement I’d find grace and understanding.

    • Hey Jennifer

      Not sure what else I can add to this other than cheering you on. Monique has given many great pearly pearls of wisdom . . . . she’s good at that!!

      I can identify with what you are expressing however often see these kinds of circumstances that you are expressing as matters of inequality and injustice. As women we have been often…[Read more]

    • Thank you very much ladies, I appreciate the encouragement and wisdom more than you know! It’s been a while since reading your comments, I’ve been battling a lot of these thoughts and feelings within. I have to say that I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with a Senior Minister who values me and is on my side. He’s also pretty wise for his…[Read more]

    • Hello again

      Jennifer, please don’t apologize for your honesty. If you can’t “work it out” here among friends, where else?

      Naomi and I are from a denomination with less traditional definitions of “pastor” or “minister” so the question that your pastor asked seems a bit like semantics to me, although I’m sure it’s not. How is Worship Director…[Read more]

  • In the last day I have been particularly processing my “story” – the part I am to play in the bigger and vast narrative of the universe. I question my role, my part and in all honesty am quite confused as to how it will all unfold. However, I know it’s written with my personality, my giftings, my abilities in mind. The author after all, is my…[Read more]

    • Graeme, you are too kind…. bless you friend, and your dear Debbie. Thinking and praying for all to go so well in the next few weeks.

  • This morning I read from Psalm 5 (NIV). An appropriate reading for me. A petition to the God of the Universe to come and listen to my words, my sighing, my plea for direction and help; a request to protect and surround me with His favor as a shield, so I may love and rejoice in His name.

  • Robyn English posted an update in the group Group logo of Women In Worship Leadership GroupWomen In Worship Leadership: 9 years ago

    I had an opportunity in the last few days while I was attending my uncles funeral, to speak with greater intention into the lives of some of my family members. Sitting around, relaxing, processing, grieving, at two different times, God seemed to make a way for me to share some parts of my spiritual journey that were significant to them and…[Read more]

  • I find that my worship venue is always evolving. By this I mean where and when and how I worship changes with my environment, circumstances, and people I am around.
    At the moment I am with my daughters five hours away from home. One of them just had her second baby; the other struggles from time to time with her vision impairment.

    As I offer…[Read more]

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights in being women and leaders. I believe the next step for me is to learn ‘how’ to inspire other team members to take the next step and share actual leading. Most of the folks on my team are timid and don’t want to step out and share […]

  • I am always humbled by the lavish amount of grace extended to me by my Heavenly Father when I repeat the same mistakes over and over again. You would think that I could move beyond some things and get on to the next “step”… whatever that might be. However, it is apparent that there is more to learn and a deeper understanding to be had before…[Read more]

  • Thank you Monique this was a very touching article to me. I am praying for other women who are worship leaders. I know what a huge resposibility it is leading as a Women knowing other Women and younger girls will be stepping into that role as God leads them. Make us examples of the Bride […]

  • Wow, great thoughts everybody. I enjoyed reading them. It is a high calling, a love relationship with the King of all Creation. As worship leaders, though, we can bring that passion to the worship that many people can join in and fall in love with Jesus all over again. Sometimes we drift away from that […]

  • I subscribe to a few online devotionals and todays reading from “Inward/Outward” was specifically meaningful to me at this particular season of my life. It spoke of faithfulness as a fully consecrated intentional act. Kind of like “the same old, same old…” but done with surrender and sacrifice, contentment and commitment no matter how…[Read more]

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