WALKING WITH GOD’S MUSICIANS MINISTRIES . Standing alsongside Christian artists through prayer ! Marchant auprès des musiciens Chrétiens à travers la prière!

Standing alsongside Christian artists through prayer ! Marchant auprès des musiciens Chrétiens à travers la prière!

 

INTERVIEW WITH JANAE SHEPHERD : A CHURCH’S MUSIC DIRECTOR ASSOCIATE. 22 juin, 2013

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INTERVIEW WITH JANAE SHEPHERD  : A CHURCH’S  MUSIC DIRECTOR ASSOCIATE.

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Janae Shepherd  is my former  Church’s Music Director  at my Church when I lived in Missouri.She now works at another Church  still in Missouri. She nicely agreed to share a little bit of insight on her  job as a Music Director Associate through some questions.I’m sure you’ll enjoy her beautiful heart for God as much as I do!

 

Did you study Music or anything Worship Leading in College?

Yes, I studied church music at a Christian college. This degree has helped me a
lot as I learned specific things related to church music ministry. The program
was very similar to what general music, performance and music education
students were studying, as far as core classes. I had additional classes on
music leading, church music literature, church music history. I also had an
internship with a local minister of music that was most helpful to me. I still
maintain contact with this person and several of my professors and they’ve been
a big help to me with questions I have about situations that arise in my
ministry.

A lot of my colleagues have music degrees—maybe music performance or music
education. I would say in churches about 1000 members or less, they would
simply require that their music minister have a music degree. In a lot of
larger churches (more than 1000 members), the worship pastor or minister of
music will have an undergrad degree in music and a seminary degree of some
sort. I have a friend at a large church in the KC area and he has a master’s in
music, which is very unusual in the church world. (Like I said, most will have
a seminary degree). His master’s degree focused more on music training, as
opposed to theological training, which is what you get at a seminary.

In some scenarios, the worship leader may not have a music degree at all. I
imagine that would be in even smaller churches where the music minister and
pianist may be the only ones with any music skill. In a lot of contemporary
churches, who may just have a worship band, a degree may not be required, but
the worship leader or music minister will have some training in their
background—informal perhaps. But I think a lot of it depends on your situation
and the needs of your job. Churches with different needs look for individuals
with a specific skill-set and education needed for their scenario.

 

What is your job like as Music Director Associate at a Church?

 

If there is something the congregation will be singing that would be a good
“Instrumental Call to Worship” I’ll arrange it to make it an instrumental
piece. I have a computer program called “Finale” that I use to write music.
It’s just a computer version of staffEach scenario is different and even my job is kind of a “hybrid” position that
has been structured to fit my skills. My main responsibility is leading the
orchestra. I direct our weekly rehearsals, plan for these and recruit players.
So, each week I find out what my worship pastor has planned. I arrange for a
volunteer to come and pull the music and put together books for my players.
They all play different instruments, so they all have different parts. My
worship pastor plans months ahead what the choir will sing each week, so every
week in rehearsal we will rehearse the congregational music for the coming
week, along with several upcoming choir pieces. About every 4-6 weeks the
orchestra plays a special—either an instrumental “Call to Worship” or
“Offertory”. Every week we’ll have a couple of these pieces in our rehearsal
order so we can continually have something ready. paper and pencil. This is actually one of
my favorite things to do—changing a vocal piece to an instrumental piece.
That’s sort of my creative outlet!

Another part of my job is coordinating our age-graded choir program for kids.
This means I supply our preschool and kids choir leaders with materials they
need to lead their classes, and publicize the program within the church. I’ll
also seek out opportunities for my volunteers to get more training. They are
all volunteers so I think it’s important to help them learn more and become
better teachers. In 2012/13 we had three choirs—4 & 5 year olds, grades 1-2
and grades 3-5 (I taught the oldest group). This coming year (2013/14) we will
have four. We are adding a 3-year-old choir and I will be teaching it. Being
involved in the children’s and preschool choir program allows me to get to know
the kids in my church, which I love, because I have always loved kids!

 

What do you like the most about your job?

Good question—what I like most is the interaction with my people. I get so encouraged
by their dedication. Our total involvement in worship ministry is close to 150
people, but only 2 people out of all those are paid (me and my boss). Their
commitment to weekly rehearsals, at-home practice and being here on Sunday
morning is amazing!

I get to work with the best people. They dedicate themselves so much to this
ministry because they love Jesus! Working with my orchestra members is also
very uplifting for me. They are just great people to work with and I feel like
some of them are my family. We genuinely care for each other’s needs!

Another cool thing about this is being involved in people’s lives. We have some
orchestra members who started playing when they started high school (about age
14-15). It’s cool to see them grow up, develop as musicians and eventually go
onto college. It’s hard to see them go, but it’s a good feeling to know I was a
part of their growth. I’ve been at my church nearly 5 years, so I’m getting to
the point where kids I worked with in children’s choir are in high school. It’s
been cool to see how God has worked in their lives through all that life
change.

Also, getting to know the kids. A huge passion of mine is investing in them and
helping them grow in Christ. Plus, they are so funny! My boss even allows me to
invest in students and kids in non-musical ways. Last summer I got to go to
summer camp with our 3-6th graders and just hang loose with them. For me it was
such a great time to be with them and watch them grow closer to God. I get to
go this year again. I’m so excited!

I have some great coworkers. Obviously, a big part of my time at work is spent
in the office. My coworkers make is a lot more fun. We have about 15 people on
staff, working in the office and we just like being with each other. Each week
at staff meeting we laugh and have a good time (oh, and we actually do work).
About once a month, we’ll eat lunch together, whether for a birthday or other
special occasion.

 

 

In your opinion, what is the best way people can pray for those involved
in music in the Church or in the Christian music industry?

 

 

Pray that we stay strong. Just like people in the real world, we work
hard and can get so busy we don’t have time to spend with God. It can be a
trap. Working in a church, one may get fooled into thinking their spiritual
life is ok, even if they’re slipping. Doing ministry for God is NOT the same as
spending time WITH God, in personal worship, bible study and prayer. You hear
sometimes about a pastor or Christian leader who has committed a big sin. That
stuff doesn’t just happen. It’s a gradual thing.

 

Pray that we stay connected with other believers. Church leaders don’t
always feel free to share their struggles with other believers in their own
church because we’re supposed to be strong. It can be lonely. We need to be
transparent and share our needs with others so they can strengthen us.

 

One thing I caution people about is having compassion on your church
leaders (This is not really a way to pray for them, and I don’t even know if
“compassion” is the right word). Those of us in music ministry are, I think,
born with this need to be people-pleasers. It’s hard when people complain that
we don’t sing the songs you like or it’s too loud. Right or wrong, we want to
make people happy and we want people to be pleased with our music. Sometimes
people are hurtful when they don’t consider that there are lots of different
people with different musical needs. A big part of our job is to educate people
about worship and train them what it means to be a worshipper. We want to teach
you that it’s about your heart. You may not “connect” with every song, but
maybe there’s something you could learn from it. We sing a lot of different
songs in different styles because all those different things help the ENTIRE
church worship—not just one segment. We can learn to accept and embrace
different styles, instrumentation, words, expressions in worship.

 

Thank you so much Janae for
taking the time to answer these questions for us!

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New Year! New address! 31 décembre, 2012

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Happy New Year!

Many blessings for 2013 from God !

With the new year comes the new e-mail address for the ministry: wgmministries10@gmail.com

If, you have any questions or would like to help out in any way with the ministry please write to this address.Thank you!

 

 

 

Newsletters 13 octobre, 2012

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Newsletters are sent via e-mail every two months!They were posted afterwards on the blog but they won’t be anymore from now on. They won’t be translated in French anymore as well because of the lack of time.

If you don’t receive the newsletter please leave a comment with your e-mail address, if you don’t want to leave your e-mail address in a comment we will try to find another way!

A sepecific e-mail for the newsletter should be created soon.

 

Blessings;

Walking With God’s Musicians ministries

 

 

Interview with Meeke Addison former Christian radio Host!Interview avec Meeke Addison qui était animatrice d’une radio Chrétienne. 29 juin, 2012

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1) How did you start working at  Christian Radio ?

I started as a volunteer for AFR’s local station in my town of Lafayette, LA. I was a morning
co-host for 2-3 hours each weekday morning.

.2)How is it working at a Christian radio?

I love working in Christian radio. I don’t have to put my beliefs on a shelf in fact I get to
talk almost exclusively about my convictions and the goodness of God. Plus I
have the unique opportunity to be a part of people’s lives in a tangible way.
You can play the right song at just the right time and not even know the impact
you’re having on someone’s eternity! That’s better than great.

3)What do  you like the most about your job?

I like that I get to be me. I like using the gifts God has given me to advance His Kingdom. It’s like
giving them right back to Him! Love it!!

4) If you could choose a Christian artist  you haven’t interviewed , but would have loved to,who would it be?

I would love to interview LeCrae. He’s doing some really amazing things in the Christian HipHop arena and I’m really impressed with the amount of people he’s reaching these days. I want to pick his brain and hear about the mission God has given him.

5)How can  people pray for the Christian radios at the present time?

Pray for the effectiveness of Christian radio to remain. Pray that the Lord will continue to use it as a powerful medium to change lives.Radio can go into places people cannot. So it’s very important that what is on the airwaves brings glory to God and draws people closer to Him. Pray for God’s purposes to be revealed.

Thank you, Meeke for taking the time to answer these questions!

 

 

 

WGM Newsletter MAY/JUNE 2012 Lettre de Nouvelles MAI/JUIN 2012 13 mai, 2012

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ENGLISH:

WGM Newsletter MAY/JUNE 2012  Lettre de Nouvelles MAI/JUIN 2012 fetes_des_meres  Happy Mothers ‘Day to all the Moms!

Hello everyone,

as we are entering this beautiful season of sunshine , we have ( for Americans) or will (French) celebrate Mothers.

SO our prayer request these coming months is to pray for Christian female musicians or wives of Christian musicians that they might be Mothers that honor God, their husbands and bring their children closer to the Lord!

PRAISE REPORT :

- Tricia Brock , lead singer  of band Superchick gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Ava.

NEWS FLASH:

_ if you haven’t liked our facebook page , please do so ! Thank you!Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/prayerandmusic

 

 

-A great woman and writer Sarah Martin did a great guest post on TobyMac on our blog and Alisa Childers former member of ZOEgirl agreed to answer a few questions for us to understand more how to better pray for Christian musicians.Please do take the time to check out the blog and leave a comment! Thank you!http://wgmministries.unblog.fr/

FRANCAIS:

Bonjour tout le monde,

ces deux prochains nous prierons pour les musiciennes Christiennes qui sont mères et les épouses de musiciens; qu’elles soient des mères qui honorent Dieu , leur mari  et qu’elles amènent leurs enfants plus proches du Seigneur.

Be blessed / Soyez bénis ,

Rebecca

WGM ministries

Blog: http://wgmministries.unblog.fr/

facebook/ https://www.facebook.com/#!/prayerandmusic

Hello everyone,

as we are entering this beautiful season of sunshine , we have ( for Americans) or will (French) celebrate Mothers.

SO our prayer request these coming months is to pray for Christian female musicians or wives of Christian musicians that they might be Mothers that honor God, their husbands and bring their children closer to the Lord!

PRAISE REPORT :

- Tricia Brock , lead singer  of band Superchick gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Ava.

NEWS FLASH:

_ if you haven’t liked our facebook page , please do so ! Thank you!Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/prayerandmusic

 

 

-A great woman and writer Sarah Martin did a great guest post on TobyMac on our blog and Alisa Childers former member of ZOEgirl agreed to answer a few questions for us to understand more how to better pray for Christian musicians.Please do take the time to check out the blog and leave a comment! Thank you!http://wgmministries.unblog.fr/

FRANCAIS:

Bonjour tout le monde,

ces deux prochains nous prierons pour les musiciennes Christiennes qui sont mère et les épouses de musiciens; qu’elles soient des mères qui honorent Dieu , leur mari  et qu’elles amènent leurs enfants plus proches du Seigneur.

Be blessed / Soyez bénis ,

Rebecca

WGM ministries

Blog: http://wgmministries.unblog.fr/

facebook/ https://www.facebook.com/#!/prayerandmusic

 

 

Interview with Alisa Childers : former member of ZOEgirl 8 mai, 2012

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Here is a new interview I did with Alisa Childers a former member of the band ZOEgirl, she is now a solo artist. She nicely agreed to answer a few questions for us , in order to hopefully pray more effectively for Christian musicians and know what their needs are.
How did the band ZOEgirl start?

Zoegirl started in 1999 when our manager contacted me about starting an all-girl group
that would minister to young teens. He then introduced me to Kristin and we
began writing together. Through a mutual friend we met Chrissy and knew our
group was complete.

How would you describe your experience with the band?

Being in zoegirl was a wonderful experience where I got to travel all over the US and to many other parts of the
world. I got to sing about Jesus and see many young people become encouraged
and awakened in their walk with Him.

What made you decide to start a solo career?

I’ve been doing solo music since I was in High School. I never
thought of being in a group until our manager approached me with the idea. I
loved being in a group with Chrissy and Kristin, but when that was over,
continuing with my solo music was a natural progression.

From your point of you, what are the most important prayer requests for Christian musicians at the
present time?

 

I think the most important prayer request for Christian musicians
is that they would walk in the fullness of their calling, stay refreshed, and
stay on track spiritually.

What is the best spiritual lesson you’ve learned since you started touring with ZOEgirl and now
alone?

 

The best spiritual lesson I’ve learned is that everyone has
something important to contribute. You may not reach everyone, but you will
probably reach at least one person in a deep and meaningful way.

 

 

For more information on Alisa check out
her website: http://www.alisachilders.com/

 

Thank you Alisa for taking the time to
answer my questions !

Becca

zoegirl-room

 

 

GUEST POST:Music Review: Tonight by TobyMac (2010) 3 mai, 2012

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 GUEST POST:Music Review: Tonight by  TobyMac (2010) TobyMacTonight

 

The album Tonight by Toby Mac is a regular on my ipod and especially gets me through my workouts. Toby Mac never
disappoints with his blend of pop rock and funky beats. Speaking of funky, one
of my favorite songs on the album is Funky Jesus Music. This song reminds me
that it is ok to have fun with Jesus. I imagine our Lord bopping His head to
the sounds of Funky Jesus Music. Though some might call this song irreverent, I
see it as a way to praise the Lord and jam out at the same time.

The album as a whole is not worship music, per se, but it does help you stay in
a frame of mind in which you keep Jesus front and center of your thoughts. The
lyrics are catchy and I find myself playing the tunes in my head even when the
music is shut off. I think it sure doesn’t hurt to have meaningful and
Spirit-filled words in your brain through out the day!

I will also be sure to check out the newest album from Toby Mac: Dubbed &
Freq’d: A Remix Project that releases May 3.

here’s a video of the Funky Jesus Music song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPM9Z5_BQs4&ob=av2e

 

For more information on Tobymac visit his website : www.tobymac.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Sarah Martin is an author who loves doing life with her girlfriends. She has an obsession with
lipgloss and loves eating cereal for dinner. You can read more from Sarah in
her upcoming book Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties In A Decade Of
Drama. www.liveitoutblog.com

 

 

 

The Women behind the scenes… 17 avril, 2012

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Just wanted to present a few Christian musicians wifes that have been great supporters for their husbands minsitries and great ambassadors of Christ themselves:These women are a big part of why we can hear their husbands amazing music! Let’s remember to pray for them and let’s show them some appreciation.

 

Mary- Beth Chapman:

Mary- Beth is the wife of singer Steven Curtis Chapman and the mother of 5 kids and  to a dead adopted girl until 2007, she is also a very gifted writer and speaker if you haven’t  read her book Choosing to see yet I encourage you to do it , it »s a life changing book.Mary-Beth is also the director with her husband of the Christian adoption ministry SHOW HOPE they created after adopting three Chinese girls.

To learn more about Mary-Beth visit:http://marybethchapman.com/    http://showhope.org/

 

 

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ADIE CAMP:

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Adie is the wife of Christian singer Jeremy Camp, she is mother to 3 kids also a very gifted singer, she was in the Christian band The Benjamin Gates before going into a solo carrer. She currently has too beautiful albums out.Apart from that she is hosts the tv show Ask Adie on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

For more imformation on Adie Camp:

http://www.adiecampmusic.com/

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Beth Redman

Beth is married to well-know British Worship Leader Matt Redman. She is a gifted musician who co-wrote many songs with Matt like Blessed be your name. She also has books out  that shows what a brilliant writer she is .This awesome lady is also raising four children.

ANNA SMITH

 

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Anna Smith is married to Martin Smith ,British lead singer of now desolved band DELIROUS? and is taking care of six children. She also has a great funny and inspirational autobioraphical book out called Meet Mrs.Smith.

To learn more about Anna check out her website:http://meetmrssmith.com/

ANGIE SMITH

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Angie is a wonderful wife to Todd Smith (lead singer of the band Selah)and the mother to 4 little girls and Audrey dead a few hours after she was born. She is a very talented blogger and speaker for the Women of Faith Conferences as well as the creator the online book club community for Christian Women Bloom(In)courage.Her latest book WHAT WOMEN FEAR is a must read ladies!

For more information on Angie :http://angiesmithonline.com/  http://www.incourage.me/category/bloom

LAUREN TOMLIN:

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Lauren is married to Christian singer/Worship Leader Chris Tomlin and recently became the mother of a little Ashlynn. She is the coordinator for ADVENTURES OF HEART WOMEN ( feminine hearts alive)  which organizes Christian conferences and retreats for Women.

For more on Lauren: http://www.adventuresoftheheart.org/fha/home.html

 

 

 

Verset sur la musique et la louange… Verse on music and Worship 27 mars, 2012

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ENGLISH:

 » I will sing of your  love and justice;

to you ,O Lord, I will sing praise.

-PSALM 101: 1-

FRANCAIS:

« Je  chanterai la bonté et le droit;

c’est toi , Eternel, que je célébrerai »

-PSAUME 101:1-

 

 

 

WGM NEWSLETTER MARCH/APRIL 2012 / LETTRE DE NOUVELLES WGM MARS/AVRIL 2012 20 mars, 2012

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WGM NEWSLETTER MARCH/APRIL 2012 / LETTRE DE NOUVELLES WGM MARS/AVRIL 2012 eco-planete-eco-gestes-feter-printemps

ENGLISH :
Hello everyone and Happy early Spring !
There is only one subject I would like to ask us to  pray for:
- The DOVES AWARDS 2012: Christian  biggest awards ceremony April 19th.
This is a great opprtunity to show one more time Christian music is different than any other kind of music.
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To end this short newsletter , I just  want to give  a  little update.
-the new facebook page needs more likes so facebook will  keep it alive so please do like the page if you haven’t and please feel free to comment  and share your favorite  Christian songs!
-        The blog: If you haven’t checked it out  , please do, thank you! :
On the blog  you’ll find music reviews I wrote , or Christian related blogs. Lately , I had some of my friends that are gifted bloggers , guest post! Be sure to check these posts out! And please  do comment and let us know what you think , this is a communisty minsitry! We need you! Also stay tunned for more interviews and gust posts to come…
- Also , I could really  use some help with little things  to keep this ministry going; if you’re  interested in helping with  the minsitry contact me at : maurinorebecca@yahoo.fr
Thank you!

Be blessed !
Rebecca
WGM ministry founder
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FRANCAIS:
Bonjour tout le monde et joyeux Printemps;
Dans cette lettre je voudrez demander de prier pour les Doves Awards.Que cette soirée glorifié grandement le Seigneur !
N’oubliez- pas d’aimer la page facebook si vous ne l’avez pas déjà fait .Merci.
Visitez aussi notre blogs pour des écrits par des invités sur la musique Chrétienne et autres…
Soyez bénis,
Rebecca
Fondatrice du ministère
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