More from Worship Leader Laura Story

In the following video, Laura Story and her husband share their testimony of God’s faithfulness through difficulty:

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Worship Leader/Songwriter Laura Story

Once an aspiring symphony orchestra conductor, Story didn’t even know she could sing – much less write songs – until she was in her early twenties.

The start of Laura Story‘s life in music & God’s call on her life reminds me of my own story, at least thus far, as a flutist being turned into a worship leader & wondering how God will glorify Himself next…

Laura Story wrote the worship song Indescribable (also recorded by Chris Tomlin), and can currently be heard singing Mighty To Save (Hillsong) on Christian radio.

Next week she’ll be leading in worship at the choral festival I’m attending & I look forward to it. I love hearing what God is doing & has done in His children’s lives!

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 =)

from Jan’s blog: A Painful Joy

One of our fellow women in worship, Jan Owen has recently written an entry at her blog in response to her experience of being a part of the ordination of a fellow woman in ministry.

In it she also talks about some of her own experiences of being a woman in ministry & hearing God’s call for her life.

An excerpt:

This event affected me in a very deep way. I received my calling into ministry at the age of twelve and really didn’t know what I was called to exactly, just that God had something special for me to do. As I served in youth ministry I truly loved that and enjoyed our kids so much. But it was in worship ministry that I felt my truest sense of calling confirmed. When I lead worship I feel a great peace and joy that THIS is what God created me to do. As I direct others to focus on God I know that “yes, this is what I was made for”. But acceptance in that position as a woman has not always been a given for me.

Check it out for a thoughtful & uplifting read!

Can/Should a Woman Lead Worship?

One of our blog friends, Alex Mclean, has this VERY interesting discussion going on his blog.

Go check it out… I hope you’ll be encouraged.

Blessings,

mandy

Leading Worship – Vocally & Instrumentally

This is a post requiring responses from those women worship leaders out there! 🙂

When leading worship services, do you lead in vocals only (with others covering the instruments), by playing guitar, piano, a combination of any of these, or something else entirely?

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

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