Downturn Seasons...

Written by Terry Dashner

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Now how does this story of Abraham relate to us and our downturn seasons? The people of God must learn that there are be seasons of rejoicing inrepparttar Lord, and there are seasons of sheer boredom. As a minister ofrepparttar 135948 church of Jesus Christ, it is important that I advise you of this. Why? So you won’t come into a season of “downturn” and think that you are out of fellowship with God. Even in an intimate relationship with another human being, there are times of miscommunication, silence, rebuildingrepparttar 135949 relationship, disagreements, duties, responsibilities, and etc. Not every experience inrepparttar 135950 intimacy is intimate. The bedroom experience is notrepparttar 135951 norm, butrepparttar 135952 highlight.

So what doesrepparttar 135953 child of God do duringrepparttar 135954 downturn of seasons? He or she does not allow discouragement to wreck his or her relationship with God. One must maintain, continue, and persevere. It sounds mundane, but it is true. There are seasons of downturn in one’s relationship with God through Jesus Christ His Son. Remember this. God does not forsake you throughrepparttar 135955 downturn seasons. In fact, He allowsrepparttar 135956 downturn.

The downturn does several things. For one, it denotes a changing of one season torepparttar 135957 next. Inrepparttar 135958 downturn stay steadfast before God, and rejoice in faith that a new season is onrepparttar 135959 horizon. Secondly, it tests your faith. Can you trust God—pray to Him, serve Him, attend church or mass—even duringrepparttar 135960 difficult days? Or doesrepparttar 135961 downturn show you something displeasing about yourself—you serve Him only when you are happy? Thirdly,repparttar 135962 downturn gives yourepparttar 135963 opportunity to reconnect with your humanity. Even Jesus needed time alone fromrepparttar 135964 crowds. Even Jesus needed rest and proper nutrition. No matterrepparttar 135965 experience of spirituality in this life, downturns are inevitable and necessary. Do not fight againstrepparttar 135966 downturns of life. Recognize them for what they are and go withrepparttar 135967 flow. Pastor T.dash


Better Worship - 12 marks of an effective music ministry

Written by Ken Davis

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music ministry can be one talented and gifted person doing what they do in harmony with their church and surrounding community.

So here they are:

1. Music is valued as a gracious gift from God, given for our enjoyment, as well as being a strategic tool for strengthening believers and reaching unbelievers.

2. The ministry team should have a biblical understanding ofrepparttar nature of worship, music, church and Christian experience.

3. Music ministry takes place inrepparttar 135932 context of a church with a shared understanding of its purpose and mission.

4. The music team are servants with a clear understanding and a passionate commitment torepparttar 135933 part they play in that mission.

5. The music ministry is a team who: a. work together towards common goals. b. love and support one another. c. deal biblically and appropriately with conflict. d. have clear, mutually agreed, written standards explaining what is expected of members. e. receive regular training and teaching in theology, practical musicianship and teamwork.

6. Music takes place inrepparttar 135934 context of prayerfully and carefully planned services with an emphasis on cultural relevance, excellence, biblical content, personal authenticity and vulnerability.

7. Music team leaders are involved inrepparttar 135935 planning and programming of services and special events.

8. The repertoire is regularly and systematically reviewed to: a. assess its content, ease of singing and relevance. b. evaluate and recommend new songs before they enterrepparttar 135936 repertoire.

9. The music ministry has adequate financial support withinrepparttar 135937 church's existing resources.

10. Human resources are used effectively and supplemented by appropriate use of technology such as CD's, DVD's MIDI or backing tracks where required.

11. The church supports and encourages local and "lesser known" writers by using their material where possible and helping them to develop skills and access training opportunities.

12. The music ministry obeysrepparttar 135938 letter andrepparttar 135939 spirit ofrepparttar 135940 law regarding copyright and performance rights.

I've distilled these into a quick assessment you can use to see where you and your church are at in terms of ministry. You can download this assessment as a PDF document here. It will give you 60 quick ideas to improve your music ministry.

Ken Davis is a songwriter, guitarist and music producer who also sings badly. He has been involved in music ministry since 1977 and currently serves in the music ministry at Dapto Anglican Church in Australia. You can get plenty of Music Ministry resources at including free sheet music, MIDI files and training materials.

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