We have some INCREDIBLE STORIES to share with you from this past week of training and evangelism in Zambia. Local pastors described it as a time that brought “spiritual awakening and strengthening” to their church leadership. A BIG THANKS to our financial and prayer partners and to our awesome missions team. These results could not have happened without YOUR support and help.
Below is a quick look at the amazing ministry that took place in Zambia this last week.
First time to bring pastors & their worship leaders together for an entire week of bonding & learning
First time to bring Pentecostals, Baptists & other denominational leaders TOGETHER for fellowship & unity
150 church leaders graduated after training them in leadership, theology & practical skills
We gave copies of my WORSHIPLIFE Journal to all the pastors who attended. We also taught them how to utilize the 5-week study to teach their congregations about true and whole-life worship
EIGHT NATIONS represented
VILLAGE EVANGELISM with close to 400 kids per day, teaching them about true worship & the Gospel
Many children were SAVED through our Worship Bible Schools
Invested nearly 2 hours praying together for the needs of Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Congo, Uganda, USA, Ethiopia & Botswana
Some leaders traveled many hours & through difficult conditions just to attend our Intensive School. (They all said it was “worth it!”)
Our host pastor said this week has the potential to impact over THREE THOUSAND church members in many cities as the pastors & worship leaders take back what they learned & experienced
All praise be to the Lord on High!! What an incredible first week we have had. Thank you for continuing to support us through prayer as we continue our ministry across Africa.
This week Dwayne Moore sits down with Kenny Lamm, Worship Ministries Strategist for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, to discuss life and ministry. They discuss his Worship Leader Boot Camp curriculum, and also his article “Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship and What to Do About It”.
Administrative Assistant and Database Manager for Next Level Worship International Ladies Worship Leader in Nairobi, Kenya Physical Therapist in Nairobi, Kenya
By Savannah Cone
Lilian serves Ridgeways Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya as the worship leader for the ladies ministry. Because of her lay-leadership position, she was invited to attend a regional conference led by NLWI. It was at this conference where she was introduced to the life-changing worship Dwayne Moore and Donald Kutala taught on. Lilian’s inward, upward, and outward worship lifestyle has been transformed ever since.
Lilian has participated in NLWI’s coaching program, sponsorship program and helped to organize NLWI Kenyian Intensive Schools over the last 4 years. This year, Lilian joined the NLWI staff as the Administrative Assistant and Database Manager. While Lilian’s day-to-day responsibilities consist of managing data, handling logistics and overseeing the sponsorship program, she most enjoys being a part of others’ journeys with the Lord. “I enjoy making new connections around the world and helping people achieve their goals.”
“I enjoy making new connections around the world and helping people achieve their goals.”
From physical therapy to leading worship, Lilian does it all. In addition to NLWI, Lilian works as a physical therapist, a freelance administrative assistant, and a freelance driver. As part of her ladies ministry, she has the opportunity to lead 20 plus women in their walk with the Lord through Bible Study. In her freetime she enjoys spending time with her 13 year old daughter, relaxing to watch a good TV show, and listening to worship music.
Lilian is the Administrative Assistant and Database Manager for Next Level Worship International. She serves Ridgeways Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya as the worship leader for the ladies ministry. Additionally, she is a full-time physical therapist, a part time freelance administrative assistant and freelance driver.
In this week’s episode, Dwayne Moore sits down with Josh Miller, who is the Worship Development Pastor at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. They discuss his role at Saddleback, and the importance of developing worship leaders both on and off the stage. Josh Miller is the Worship Development Pastor at Saddleback Church. Serving Saddleback campuses on four continents, Josh finds it an immense honor to use his passion, skill, and shape to make Jesus known to all. He also has the privilege to lead the songwriting community as new melodies are being crafted in Saddleback Church.
Tip #2 Be generous with your smile and… your time.
Smiles are the doorway to our hearts—they invite people in to know us better—they make us more approachable. As servants of the Most High God, what can we do to take down the walls that keep others from knowing our Father in heaven in a more intimate way? Could we smile more? When you focus on having the peace and love of Jesus Christ in your heart, does it make you smile? With relief? With joy, confidence, thankfulness, love . . . generosity?
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit” Proverbs 15:13 (NIV). Jesus Christ was approachable. Children flocked to Him. The oppressed, the poor, the sick, the rich . . . were drawn to Jesus Christ. Will smiling make you more approachable?
Being approachable includes being generous with your time.
Being approachable includes being generous with your time. And believe me, I know that’s hard. There was an experiment and study done at Princeton University years ago with students who were studying to be priests and were assigned to give a short speech about the story of the Good Samaritan. On the way to the building where they were to give the speech, they had to literally walk over a man who was in great pain and in obvious need of help. Some of the students were told they were on-time, some were told they had extra time, and some were told they were very late. Of the group that were told they were very late, 90% walked over the wounded man in order to speak about the story of the Good Samaritan.
We need to be careful we don’t step over the wounded man to walk on to the platform and preach/sing. “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds” (Proverbs 27:23 NIV). Pain is everywhere. Sometimes on the outside—sometimes only on the inside. The Good Samaritan noticed and then acted. We do not know what burdens each person brings to the Sunday morning service, but if we’re not having a conversation like the following on a fairly regular basis, we are probably missing the point of being a worship pastor. It’s a simple conversation that reaches for a supernatural result.
“Are you okay?”
“No, I’m not.”
“Do you want to pray?’
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds” (Proverbs 27:23 NIV).
Prayer: Dear Jesus, there are many demands on my time—more than I can manage. Please help me obey the Holy Spirit that I may know well the condition of my flock and pastor them. Father God, help me to see the wounded man and act according to Your good and perfect will. All gifts come from You. Musical gifts are wonderful but Lord, Your love is what I want to share with others more than anything. Help me to be approachable and guide me with discernment and wisdom to do Your will now and every moment of my day. Amen.
Suzanne Provagna is a public speaker and the author of Better Stronger Wiser: a collection of inspirational stories and Scripture-based coloring pages that apply the wisdom of Proverbs to the woman looking to become Better, Stronger, and Wiser.