What a Pastor learnt from a Pop Idol.

One thing that we value at Gracepoint, is making sure that the music Worship (everything we do is actually worship, but that’s for another day), is on another level. Our worship teams often take us as the worshippers to another level. It’s simply beautiful. There are a number of reasons that make this so. One of them is that we chose to collaborate with full – time Christian artists and give them an opportunity to lead at a local level. One of the musicians is Connell Cruise, one of the hottest music talents in South Africa right now. He has in fact just signed a great music deal in the USA and sadly (for us), will be spending the next six months in New York, writing and recording. Connell has a great stage presence, is a real performer and lover of Jesus. When he first started leading worship at Gracepoint, many people were taken aback by his moves on the stage. I could almost hear some of the congregation saying, this is unacceptable, it’s a ‘performance’. Well, before long, Connell worked his way into our hearts and became part of the Gracepoint family.
The Gracepoint family started a satellite ministry over three years ago. Gracepoint Melrose was planted, followed by Gracepoint Phelang, Gracepoint Waterfall, Gracepoint Leeuwkop and more recently, Gracepoint Monte. The idea of the satellites was to create smaller campuses where there would be a campus pastor that would pastor the community and would lead the services on Sundays. It would incorporate live worship and then have the sermon sent via satellite from our Glenferness Campus. This has seriously stretched our Worship teams, but under the fantastic leadership of our Worship Director, Greg Jorden, authentic, God-honoring worship is held at each of the campuses every week. This is where it gets interesting.
I had the privilege of watching Connell lead worship at the campuses, in front of the between 70 or 120 people. Well, you could easily imagine that he thinks there are 7000 or 12000 people. It is the most humbling and at the same time exhilarating thing to experience. The reason? He gets that no matter how many people there are, we only play to an audience of One. I have seen too many Pastors/Leaders play to the people in their audience and especially the size of their audience. Pastors have too often delivered half-baked sermons (me included) and leaders have lead with a tempered fire when confronted by what they consider ‘lack’. Lack of size, vibe, environment etc. Connell is never intimidated by the size of the congregation, or the lack thereof. It’s not about the size or the mood, or even the facilities, but rather, it’s about the greatness of our God.
Thank you Greg Jorden, Caryn Irving, Audrey Mbuyazi, Connell Cruise and every worship leader that reminds us that it’s all about the audience of ONE.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. George says:

    Well said and thx for the update with Connell!

    1. Gary Rivas says:

      Thanks George. Blessimgs

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