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Planning a Worship Set – How do YOU do it?

By | July 8th, 2015|Worship Ministry|

In a decade of leading Worship, there is no task quite as daunting as planning a Worship set you believe will help God’s people go on a journey with Him.  I say daunting because at times it becomes so tempting to “engineer” good worship, and this is a dangerous place to be.  People will notice when you are not authentic in your Worship, so it’s crucial that you remain connected to God and allow Him to lead you as you undertake whichever process works for you.  Below I’ve detailed one possible way of doing it, but I know there are so many different ways to do this, so I invite comments and would love to hear from you guys as to what it is you do, or comments / suggestions for a new Worship leader?  This might be basic for some, or a reminder for others, take from it what you can, and remember to comment below! […]

Joni and Friends – International Disability Centre

By | May 15th, 2015|Children's Ministry|

Disability Ministry within Children’s Ministry and ‘normal’ congregational life has always been something of a difficult topic for me because of one simple truth, I have not easily come across teaching tools, easily accessible information or been challenged by anyone about my knowledge of this area. In South Africa I have come across too few [...]

What to look for in a HEALTHY Church – Part 3 (Humble leaders & Living what we believe)

By | May 15th, 2015|General Ministry|

Welcome back to our discussion on “What to look for in a HEALTHY Church.  In Part 1 we looked at the importance of finding a Church which values the Word of God and has doctrine with Scriptural Integrity.  In Part 2 we looked at finding a Church that preaches the Gospel and prioritizes reaching out to non-Christians with it.  Today we’re discussing the importance of being in a Church run by humble leaders, who lead with integrity and finding a Church where people live out the Word they have received! As I explained in a previous post, we’re making use of Joshua Harris’ book, “Why Church Matters” and looking at factors he believes are integral to finding a healthy Church.  As comments roll in we hope to expand on these and do a couple of posts on some of the non-negotiables you guys are sharing in the comments. Humble Leaders with Integrity Perhaps one of the hardest things to ascertain, but the most important thing to consider is the Leadership of the Church which you join.  There is such a fine line between judging others and using discernment when selecting the Church God has called you to. “No pastor is perfect, but when it comes to evaluating a Church’s leaders, you want to find men you can trust and who’s example you can follow.” – Joshua Harris [Click to Tweet This!] […]

What to look for in a HEALTHY Church – Part 2 (The Gospel & Non-Christians)

By | May 6th, 2015|General Ministry|

Welcome back to our discussion on “What to look for in a HEALTHY Church.  In Part 1 we looked at the importance of finding a Church which values the Word of God and has doctrine with Scriptural Integrity.  Today we’ll be discussing the importance of finding a Church that values the Gospel and is committed to reaching out to non-believers with it! As I explained in a previous post, we’re making use of Joshua Harris’ book, “Why Church Matters” and looking at factors he believes are integral to finding a healthy Church.  As comments roll in we hope to expand on these and do a couple of posts on some of the non-negotiables you guys are sharing in the comments. Is the Gospel proclaimed? This may sound like a no-brainer because when we think Christian Church, surely that should be synonymous with the Gospel?  But in a postmodern culture we often find Churches tailoring their messages to whatever Self-Help situation society may find themselves in at that moment and “saving” Gospel messages for special occassions.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for relevant, contextual and practical preaching, but like I said in the previous post, our message should be formed around Scripture and not the other way around.  If a Church is not sharing the truth of the Gospel, being that we are all in need of a Saviour, that grace is what saves us, and not our works and that works are merely a natural response to the love and grace shown to us and not the means of our salvation, then I would recommend finding a Church that teaches this, preaches this, and resonates with this message.  Charles Spurgeon put it as follows: “Do not go where it is all fine music and grand talk and beautiful architecture; those things will neither fill anybody’s stomach, nor feed his soul.  Go where the Gospel is preached, the Gospel that really feeds your soul, and go often.”  [Click to Tweet This!] […]

Resource Review – Musicademy Advanced Vocals Work-Out CD / MP3 Download

By | April 24th, 2015|Resources, Worship Ministry|

Are you a Vocalist looking to extend your range and improve your singing ability, range and control?  Well then, this resource will help you do just that!  Read my review below and head on over to Musicademy and get your hands on this amazing resource! You’ll be surprised at the improvement you see in your vocals. So what is it? This CD / MP3 Download contains breathing exercies, exercises for diaphragm development, diction, ear training, intervals, major and minor chromatic scales, singing licks, improvisation and more. What’s more, these exercises can be used anywhere (my favourite place was generally in my car on the way to Worship Practice.) And why is it so great? The great thing about this resource is that it can be used by anyone wanting to get grow in their vocal ability and works great with the Musicademy Vocals Work-Out Resource which I have reviewed HERE.  I used this resource with my worship teams and all those who used it regularly agreed that they could feel and hear a great improvement in their vocal ability.  It truly is worth the price and is retailing at  £12.99 for the CD and £8.99 for the MP3 Downloads. […]

What to look for in a HEALTHY Church – Part 1 (Word & Doctrine)

By | April 24th, 2015|General Ministry|

Well, as many of you would have read in the anchor post for this article, over the next few weeks we’re talking about what to look for in a healthy Church, so whether you are looking for a healthy Church, or if you’re a Church looking for ways to become healthier, then this is the series for you!  In today’s post we’re looking at the first two “non-negotiables” in Joshua Harris’ Book “Why Church Matters”, God’s Word and Sound Doctrine. What do you go to Church for? When asking people what they look for in a Church, often Word and Doctrine are some of the secondary things mentioned that people look for, but truly, these reveal more about a Church than you could imagine.  If a Church has no reverence for God’s Word and has totally abandoned Doctrine warning bells should be sounding. Is God’s Word faithfully taught? First of all, you need to be asking if the Church is a place where God’s word is faithfully taught.  Is the scripture which is read used in context and does the sermon build on that scripture.  So often I’ve been to sermons which mention scripture in passing and then proceed to be an endless string of anecdotes and at other times scripture has been shared entirely out of context, sometimes to the detriment of the core teaching of that Scripture.  A Church which is faithful to the Word of God and shares it honestly and meaningfully is one in which God’s presence can be found.  The question you need to answer is whether God’s word is the highlight of the sermon, or whether the preacher is highlighting themselves and their great ability to write.  A great sermon simply shares God’s word and tries to unpack what that word is trying to say to His people. A great sermon simply shares God’s word and tries to unpack what that word is trying to say to His people.[Tweet This!] […]

Resource Review – The Musicademy Essential Vocals Warm-up CD / Download

By | April 19th, 2015|Resources, Worship Ministry|

Warmups.  In all my time leading worship, these are the most neglected team practices, but also the most crucially important ones.  Are you looking for a really great resource which can aid your worship teams in warming up? Well read the review below and head on over to Musicademy and get your hands on this amazing resource! You’ll be surprised at the improvement you see in your team vocals. So what is it? This CD / MP3 Download contains 26 exercises to increase the tone, range and power of your voice.  It really is a comprehensive vocal work out and warm up which can be used anywhere (my favourite place was generally in my car on the way to Worship Practice.) One of the things I found most amazing about this resource is that it comes with recommended warm-ups designed for the time you have available, ranging from a 15 minute, down to a 5 minute warm-up for when you’re in a rush.  The exercises on this CD range from breathing exercises to diaphragm or vocalisation exercises. […]

What do you look for in a HEALTHY Church – The Search

By | April 19th, 2015|General Ministry|

So, you’ve made a decision to find a healthy Church. Whether you’re finding a Church for the first time, or you’re moving to another Church, it’s a difficult decision to make. Joshua Harris in his book, “Why Church Matters” tackles exactly that subject and says it so well. It’s similar to finding a husband or a wife. You should have a list of nice to haves and a list of non negotiables, and I couldn’t agree more. But more than anything, you should let the Spirit lead, because lets face it, we are not always the best judges of what we need. Whether you are someone looking for a healthy Church or you’re a Church looking to become healthier, my hope is that in the next few weeks we can journey together and discover what a healthy Church looks like together. The Search My wife and I have recently started looking for a new Church community to be a part of, and it has not been easy, but it has been such a blessing to see so many communities in which people are finding Christ and fellowship with one another. One of the things we said we would be looking for is a deep seated and genuine love for God, but also for one another. So, my question to you, once again is this, what do you look for? […]

Who am I? My Story…

By | March 1st, 2015|Ministry Musings|

Who am I?  Well isn’t that just the existential question that has plagued so many of us? 😉 Well, as I had to sit down to write this post I had to think a little about what has brought me here to this place and to this blog… Where did it all begin? As some of you have read from my first post I started out my career in IT, lecturing in Computer Systems after getting my Masters Degree in Informatics, and while I loved to teach, my heart and my calling was always to be ministering in a Church either as a volunteer or a Pastor.  I was working 40 hours a week at Varsity and an extra 20 hours a week in my local Church.  As providence would have it I was approached by a Church looking for someone to Pastor their young people and after much prayer I accepted, and  haven’t looked back since. What have I done?!? In my years as a Pastor I’ve ministered to Children, Youth, Students, Adults in capacities as a Children’s, Youth and Student Pastor and as a Worship Pastor and Preacher, but the one thing that has stayed with me throughout my career is a love for equipping and teaching people.  I have seen people blossom with the right teaching and equipping and I pray that the rest of my life will be dedicated to helping Christ-followers be the best that they can be, and to do it all to the Glory of God.  And did I mention all the fun?  I have been so blessed to work with awesome, crazy volunteers and have spent endless hours serving God alongside them. […]

Boost Your Ministry – Ministry Chatter, Training, Resources and more…

By | February 28th, 2015|Ministry Musings|

Bill Hybels is known for coining the phrase: “The Local Church is the Hope of the World”, and I believe there is so much truth in that statement.  Sadly, most Church’s don’t have the resources, the training or the knowledge to be that hope, and many of them find themselves hobbling along.  My hope is that this blog will become a place people can connect with each other, can find resources and can start to think more deeply about the Ministry they do or would like to do. Hi all, my name is Taiki (weird , I know – it’s Greek). I’m a 33 year old Pastor from Pretoria, South Africa who lives to empower the Local Church.  I love what I do and I am so blessed to be doing it! Why am I blessed? I have had the honor of serving in ministry, being equipped and helping to equip the Church.  I have a beautiful wife, a loving family, awesome friends, and a heart for God. My (Short) Story I started out my career in IT, lecturing in Computer Systems after getting my Masters Degree in Informatics, and while I loved to teach, my heart was always to be ministering in a Church either as a volunteer or a Pastor.  I was working 40 hours a week at Varsity and an extra 20 hours a week in my local Church.  As providence would have it I was approached by a Church looking for someone to Pastor their young people and after much prayer I accepted, and  haven’t looked back since. (I’ll share more with you guys in my next post!) […]

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