Just today, CCF concluded its Exalt Training for Vismin 2015. The training started on Friday night (5:30-9pm) and went on till Saturday (8am – 4pm). This was attended by all CCF churches (Hubs, satellite and community churches) in the Visayas and Mindanao area namely – Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay, Manolo Fortich, Cebu, Ozamis and Dipolog. The trainers came all the way from CCF Main in Manila just to share their knowledge on how to improve our Sunday worship experience.
Exalt is composed mainly of 3 teams:
- Music Team – singers, prompters, instrumentalists
- Tech Team (Production) – audio visuals, lights and sounds
- Host Team – ushers
Exalts main objectives are:
- To produce excellent worship experience
- To help CCF achieve its 2020 vision
- To support CCF satellites in their Exalt-related requirements
All three teams are tied together by one common goal – to Honor God. And so it is vital that these teams work together seamlessly, as one. We are after all, many parts of one body.
According to Pastor Glenn, worship begins in the parking lot. When we usher people in joyfully to church, that’s already a form of worship. When we play our instrument to glorify God, that’s worship. When we adjust the audios so that everything flows together smoothly, that’s worship. It doesn’t matter what you do. God wants your heart. If in your heart, you are worshipping God, then, that’s enough.
The first day consisted more of an overview of Exalt and what to expect the following day. On the second day, we were divided according to our tracks. All ushers, tech people, keyboardists, singers, rhythm guitarists, bassists and drummers were grouped together. Even though I was the only girl in guitar training, I still had fun and learned a lot. The training ended with a demo on what we had learned from the training.
The main thing I learned from our session is this: Heart and skill must go together.
It’s important to keep on improving your skill so you can give God your all because He is an excellent God and He deserves your best. At the same time, it’s also vital to constantly check your heart to make sure it’s in the right place. The entire congregation is part of the music team – they’re the choir. Our main goal as musicians is to lead people to worship. The bottom line is to give all honor and glory to the audience of One.
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
All in all, I was really blessed by the whole experience.
First, I got to meet people from other CCF churches and made new friends. I even got to meet two of my high school classmates who were also both serving in the music team.
Second, I learned a lot of new things from our amazing trainers. All of them were really excellent in their chosen ministry. As a musician, I was inspired and encouraged by their dedication to excellence. Even though they were already great musicians they continually reminded us the significance of practice, the value of teachability and the importance of having an open heart.
Third, I was encouraged and uplifted by the whole experience. Serving God is truly a privilege. Kudos to everyone who made this event possible – the trainers, organizers and participants. It has been such a blessing!
I have known no greater joy than serving God and pointing people to Jesus. I hope you can experience this joy as well.
Try Jesus. You wont regret it.
Go live a Truly Wealthy life.