who are we? amy h.

Well, so, I am introducing myself!

My name is Amy, I happened upon this blog through Facebook, and I am so glad I did! I just think it’s so great that women, involved and passionate about worshipping, can come together and share/support each other, so I wanted to be involved.

I’ve been involved in worship (@ church singing, on teams) for about 4 years. I didn’t even realize the contemporary worship music existed until that time ~ I was not raised in a church background (I accepted Christ when I was 17, I am 29 now) so alot of the church stuff was weird, and I have grown ALOT in my faith and my understanding of what worshipping God actually means. My husband and I made a BIG move almost 1 year ago to San Diego from Edmonton, Canada (I know, COLD!).
We’ve moved here to pursue music and our dreams and calling. It’s been hard and amazing all at the same time. A little about me: I am a graphic artist by day (which explains why I am attached to the computer, most of the time). I like to write songs, sing, frump on guitar and do pottery when I can. I live 365 steps away from the Pacific Ocean and as often as I can, I go there and just sit and look out across the water ~ I always feel like I can see glimpses of God there.

I wanted to share the story of how I came to find this blog. When we first got here, I was able to be involved in a church on the worship team, where I served for about 7 months. I was asked to be in leadership/leading a team of musicians in the church body (which was on the smaller side) and through the experience (which was challenging to say the least) we ended up moving and leaving, but the reason’s for leaving, were not just moving (does that make sense?).

I love God ~ I mean LOVE Him, I long to serve Him with my whole heart. I believe that each of us has a gift that He’s given, and we’re called to serve His body, and the world with our talents. What I experienced in the last half a year frustrated me, challenged me and made me, NOT want to be involved. I was even MORE impassioned to worship Him, and yet, I felt like people were NOT getting it, that it was a struggle for People to engage, (which, I know could be a number of things) Working with the staff was frustrating too, communication was really fragmented and sometimes non-existent. At the end of the 7 months, I felt very frustrated, and drained emotionally, however, spiritually, I felt more deeply seeking than ever before. I was burdened for the church in prayer and worship and yet I was being pulled away.

Worship is NOT supposed to be complicated, it’s not supposed to be a show ~ it’s supposed to be simple, beautiful, praise to God, right? But how do you (for lack of a better phrase) “teach people to worship God?”

So, trying to keep this short, as I was looking for answers, for what was going on in my life, and how to grow from my experience and learn from it, as opposed to becoming a victim of it. I found this community of women, who are the position of leading worship and are sharing their journeys ~ Praise the Lord!

I want to learn so much from those who are more experienced than me. I want to grow in my walk with God, and worship Him more, every day, in every way, not just music, (altho, I do feel like that’s my love language with Him) but through life.

And that’s me =)

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who are we? mandy

i’ve been a part of leading worship for ten years in a variety of venues – everything from traditional southern baptist to non-denominational to large youth rallies! in the past few years i’ve had a number of amazing mentors in the area of leading worship, and one was a tried and true female leader. her knowledge, insight, and experience pushed me forward in SO many ways. through her, i was also exposed to a number of other influential male leaders in our community who were powerful worship leaders.

i am currently leading worship in a small baptist church in New England. i am growing to respect and value Robert Webber’s approach, which he coined “Blended Worship.” i think the Church, the Bride of Christ, can truly find her voice in a method of worship that does not retire the old hymns of our heritage, nor dismiss the new and innovative praise and worship songs of this generation.

i like the beach, and i love music… i pass the time by writing and recording original music. my songs are sort of like my diary… if you wanna know what’s been on my mind lately, ask me what i’m writing!

my favorite book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

favorite website: icanhascheezburger.com

favorite musician: nichole nordeman

you can find me blogging @ just a girl and blendingworship

who are we? a.

We here at Women in Worship thought it would be good to introduce ourselves to other members, readers & the like. I thought I’d go ahead & start!

I have been a Christian of nearly a year now, & I’m involved in my church’s music ministry in various ways. We hold both traditional & contemporary worship services. I currently lead our traditional service & choir. In the contemporary service (praise team & band), I bounce between singing, flute & piano/keys depending on what is needed.

God has put a desire in my heart to serve in worship ministry, especially as I grow in my relationship with Him. With my training in music, the skills I’ve honed as a musician are immensely important, & now I feel that God is teaching me what it means to be a musician in the Kingdom as I serve & worship Him in all aspects of my life!

I am extremely passionate for God — I can’t get enough of Him, & want to serve Him in any way I can. I’m still learning, but I want to live for the Almighty Redeemer who saved my life!

I love to read, write, do photography, & of course, play & write music. I’m currently starting to write songs & compose music more than I used to, whenever the opportunity allows.

A book on my list of favorites: Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller and Darlene Zschech’s Extravagant Worship

In addition to co-maintaining & writing here at WIW, you can find me blogging here: Be Thou My Vision