Have you ever wished your worship ministry could have weekly mentoring sessions with one of Cru’s performing artists or communication coaches? Well, now you can – by video. Rock Your Meeting is a video-based discussion series produced by the Performing Artist Team and Communication Resources (the folks who provide communication coaches for Worship Arts Training). Rock Your Meeting has been designed to help you grow in worship leading and in other skills related to weekly meetings on your campus.
The 27 videos are grouped in 5 categories with discussion questions for each video. Whether you discuss several at once or talk about just one at the start of your rehearsal or planning meeting, we think you’ll find valuable nuggets you can put to use right away.
Watch and discuss and let us know what you think on the Rock Your Meeting feedback page – your feedback on this new resource is valuable, and it will help us make it even better.
Coming into college, I knew that I needed group of believers to be around to foster my faith. Over the summer prior to college I reached out to a Cru staff member and got plugged in immediately when I arrived on campus.
I decided I wanted to join the worship team after I attended out Cru Fall Retreat during my freshman year. More specifically, my discipler heard me sing and told me I absolutely had to audition! So I auditioned.
I realized quickly after joining the Cru worship team that this group of students was like a little family, a community within the community. The team I was a part of had their hearts set on making Jesus’s name known through worship and it was incredible. Beyond that, they were people that valued encouraging one another to grow in their skills. But most importantly, I found a group of people that pushed each other in furthering their relationship with Jesus. Our team grew into a group of people that prayed, worshiped, laughed and ate together. It was like having a family in Oshkosh.
In the four years I was a part of the worship team I grew from being a freshmen vocalist that only knew how to sing the melody, to our movement’s worship leader. Along the way I learned a lot about myself, leadership, and how to serve the Lord with excellence and humility.
“God taught me that ministry is a team endeavor, and sharing the work allows others to take steps of faith and grow.”
Not only did my team challenge me, but I was challenged by the Performing Artists staff of Cru. For three years I attended a Worship Arts Weekend in Minneapolis. This was a time of hands on clinics for worship leaders, practical input for music directors, program team planners, sound techs and most importantly a time to connect with other worship teams from the area. It was here that I discovered my passion for the behind-the-scenes work of running a music ministry and teaching people how to invest in their skills. I found a love of the details of planning a weekly meeting and seeing the gathering come to life. During these weekends I was greatly challenged to pursue this passion, met the staff Performing Artist and Communication Teams of Cru, and formed a greater desire to help people foster their gifts to see Christ exalted.
Train Up Others
One of the most significant opportunities I had while involved in Cru was the privilege of training other vocalists and pouring into their hearts. About my sophomore year of college I asked our leader at the time how I could help out more, and he encouraged me to “help out the newbies” so they had someone to mentor them as they served in worship. I began meeting up with each new vocalist individually to get a pulse on their strengths are and weaknesses. One specific new singer we had wanted to learn how to sing harmonies, and boy was it a lofty goal, but we began meeting up every time she was scheduled to sing to learn harmonies. She grew in her confidence, and I grew my ability to coach others effectively. I still remember the first time she sang without asking for any help finding the harmony and the smile on her face was one I will never forget. Our team created at atmosphere that accepted where people came in with their skill set, but strived to push one another to grow in the gifts God gave them. And let me tell you, it was incredible being even the smallest part of their journeys.
Share The Load
Becoming a worship leader is a journey of humility. There were times to let others lead or not be ashamed to ask for help, which was always difficult for me. My senior year of college, my co-worship leader had to take a step down for a while and in that moment I realized that I was officially running things, solo. I was scared. But, being miss “No, I got this,” I told everyone I’d be okay and could go it alone. How hard can it be? I knew how to plan worship sets, create all of the graphics, schedule teams, set up and tear down, help facilitate team bonding, work two jobs and be a full time student. Sure. No problem… wrong.
I quickly became overwhelmed. I so desperately wanted to do everything to prove that I was a strong leader. About a month in, it hit me when one of the vocalists asked me if I could help out with something and I couldn’t because I simply had too much else to do. My pride had gotten in the way of the thing I loved most, building the team. In a way, it had become something I just “did.”
So I asked for help from our former worship leader, I admitted that I needed help and asked for people on the team to take some things off my plate. I felt weak, ashamed and truly like I sucked at being a worship leader. But God taught me that ministry is a team endeavor, and sharing the work allows others to take steps of faith and grow. If I don’t ask for help at times I am not allowing people to come alongside me, and in that I am not allowing myself to be truly a part of the community God had placed me in. It was a hard lesson to learn. After about a month this hardship turned into a time of sheer joy. I stopped singing every week, a new leader stepped up and the Lord’s provision became evident in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I’ll admit it’s a journey I’m still on, learning to accept the provision and assistance from others, but it has been one that I wouldn’t change for anything.
Invest Where God Takes You
Since graduating college about half a year ago I have not given up any of these passions. Through relationships with Cru staff, I have been able to help out with other Worship Arts Weekends. In addition to this, I use the skills that I developed in Cru to serve my church. Currently I co-lead our Young Adults Ministry and regularly serve on our tech team, which still amazes me. I never would have thought I would be regularly making graphic designs, let alone co-leading a ministry, but my time in Cru has given me the tools to do so! Being involved in this ministry has had such an impact on my life, perhaps the greatest way being that it furthered my desire to eventually be in full time ministry. And to tell you the truth, I never thought that full-time ministry would be where I would end up. Even typing this makes my heart beat faster. But I do believe that because I discovered my passions for ministry while in Cru, a future of ministry is where I see myself and I’ll continue to pursue those opportunities as he Lord leads.
Well, the Cru Winter Conferences for the winter of 2018/2019 are in the books!
Cru hosts 7 major student conferences each winter in various parts of the country. This year, we’re celebrating the fact that the two largest conference locations, Minneapolis and Indianapolis, were led in worship by student worship teams. Not only is this an incredible growth experience for our student leaders and musicians, but the students who attend these conferences consistently say one of their favorite things about Winter Conference is being lead in worship by peers from their campuses.
These worship teams were assembled from students who auditioned at two of our fall Worship Arts Weekends, one in Minneapolis and one in Indianapolis. They were given catalogs of 25 to 30 songs, which they practiced diligently throughout November and December. Arriving at the conference locations a few days early, both bands had a short amount of time to rehearse together before the opening conference sessions.
Cru’s Performing Artist Team serves the conferences by providing planning and coaching for the students, and by having on-site music directors to help run rehearsals and work out musical arrangements. We were very pleased with the hard work these students put in, and the result of their labor was nothing short of a highway into the throne room of God for thousands of students. Worship experiences in both ballrooms were powerful, Spirit-led, and defining moments in the lives of students.
Some favorite photos from the conferences are shared below.
For more information about Winter Conference, click here.
To listen to live worship from the Minneapolis team in 2017, click here.
Cru movements across the country and the world gather together weekly to read the Word, build community around the gospel, and worship our beautiful savior. Over the past several years, it has become a primary goal of Cru’s Performing Artists Team to help equip these students and help develop both the heart and art of worship.
Our goal is that this Worship Network would grow deep and wide as we pursue excellence in all we do. One way we hope to do that is through this site, with content related to how we leverage musical worship within Cru’s movements and conference events, as well as platforming artists that exist within or come out of Cru’s movements!