Last summer, we had four interns serve with our ministry. Today's post is a reflection on what Claudia, one of our interns, learned during her time leading worship and working with us!
Coming to a new church and a new culture of worship, it was only 10 months ago that I placed in-ear monitors in my ear to hear the click hit back and forth like a ping-pong match. I’ve never heard of multi tracks (loops), or “click”. or the idea that a big giant monitor wasn’t going to be on the floor in front of me. All of this was new to me. Growing up in a church where the majority of our services were unplugged was what was familiar to me. But through this new experience, I came to realize the purpose of it all. This was an example of Colossians 3:23-24:
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
It didn’t take me long to see how excellence is something Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale strives for as a community. After I completed my first year at Ocean’s Edge School of Worship, I got the opportunity to intern for the worship ministry. I have had the opportunity to join the worship team and see how God uses different and unique leaders to further His Kingdom.
This ministry works hard by using their gifts and working wholeheartedly. For this community, ministry is a lifestyle–a lifestyle devoted to God and committed to the obedience He calls for us to continue in (James 1:25). Not only has God showed me this through the internship, but He is also showing me that when a leader leads their team in diligent practice, it leaves room for more freedom in their worship.
It was through my experience leading at Calvary Chapel Boynton’s Night of Worship, that I got to partake in one of the most freeing worship nights of my life! I walked into the evening a nervous wreck. Thankfully, the Campus Worship Leader, Zach, told us that tonight was about freely worshiping our God. As I put my in-ears in, there was no click or loops. I realized that because the team had spent time practicing and leading together, we could go off click, and we could trust each other. If we felt led to sing another chorus or speak words for the church, we could!
I learned that the balance of both structure and freedom is essential to ministry. Through hard work and devotion to God, there is freedom in knowing that the Spirit leads. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
TAKEAWAYS: Challenge yourself by practicing and working hard, but know that these things are done not for men, but for the Lord! Trust in him, and place trust in your team, so that you can let the spirit lead and you can experience freedom in your worship.
Claudia Isacc is now a second year student at Ocean's Edge School of Worship and continues to serve with the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale worship community.