I am sitting by my fireplace and TV thinking about the good
time I had last night and this morning with friends and fellow ministers that
are the worship choir at ClearView. This weekend of November for the past
several years has been designated as ‘choir retreat.’ Usually we take the whole
time to prepare for our Christmas presentation.
This year we got that accomplished and we also spent some time
evaluating the current state of our ministry. I was very pleased at the
openness with which the choir expressed their desire to see the choir continue
to be an important part of the worship at ClearView and to hear their ideas for
making it better. Over the next few weeks we will be putting into place a plan
to evaluate all the ideas and take steps toward putting into action the ones
that will help us be the best we can be for the God’s glory.
In a day when many churches have decided not to invest in a
choir ministry, ClearView has decided there is value in a choir’s ministry. The
ClearView choir is one of the ministry groups in the worship ministry. These
groups’ role is to forward the vision of ClearView. Just recently that vision has been described
with these words:
ClearView exist to make radical
focused on making God known
to the ends of the earth.
The vision of the worship ministry is:
Using the creative arts
to communicate the never-changing
message of God’s love,
encouraging persons to use gifts
and talents to glory His name,
and lead others to do the same.
The worship choir at ClearView is open anyone who loves to
sing and is passionate about serving God.
A few weeks ago I posted a blog that shares my beliefs on who should
sing in the choir. These three
statements were the basis:
- People who are passionate about God
and live a life of worship
Worship is more than Sunday
morning, it is about being a follower of Christ…it is about making everyday
decisions that reflect Christ.
Sometimes people join the choir
just because they love to sing, but it is our desire that through the
fellowship, prayer, worship and discipleship of the choir this becomes more
about worship than just about singing.
- People who feel called to lead others
to be passionate worshippers
The choir is a ministry, and to be
involved and fulfilled in a ministry there must be a sense of calling. Choir is about giving people a place to use
their talents and desire to serve God by encouraging others to do the same.
I have been amazed at what God has done at ClearView in the
ten years that I have been a part of its ministry. I am looking forward to what
God has in store for us and I am excited about the future of the worship
choir. It is a real joy to be called
leader of this group.