Music is an international language.
It penetrates closed hearts. It moves the immovable.
Music is essential to life and echoes the heartbeats of young and old alike.
It expresses our intimacy and reveals our worship.
Music enhances, completes, comforts and challenges us.
All music began in Heaven. The sounds of our various cultures reflect His unique celebration and love for diversity. Whether we sing, play an instrument, or creatively communicate sounds, it is our response and our reflection of the Heavenly Father.
In preparing to share the good news worldwide it is essential to employ music. We offer courses on improving your musical skills for the beginner to intermediate student as well as seminars on how to develop your existing music ministry.
There are frequently opportunities to tour with musical groups – whether contemporary or classical – getting experience on the road in outreach situations. We have training on songwriting, CD production, musical prayer and booking and touring.
Visit the 'Opportunities' section to find your place in God's plan to use music to build his Church and impact the nations.
How to Launch and Maintain a Worship or Arts Ministry at a YWAM Base
Since 1971 I have been part of the contemporary Christian music community. Through the last forty years I have been able to experience and observe the development of worship and concert ministries in the United States and around the world. I have been both a musician seeking to find my place in the church and in YWAM, as well as a YWAM leader seeking to work with the visions of various musicians and artists.
Through my thirty plus years in YWAM I have heard many “words” that God was going to use the arts to “lead the way” in many situations. I’ve heard the term “The arts are the tip of the arrow that will lead us into nations.” If these were truly words from the Lord, we should seek ways to encourage development.
There are many wonderful ways YWAM worship and arts have glorified the Lord and influenced thousands; and yet, I know some of the sad stories of musicians leaving YWAM because they did not feel there was a place for them to fulfill their calling. In some of these cases, YWAM may not have been the best place for them; however, I believe there are too many cases, where they left because the YWAM leader did not understand how to work with artists or how to point them to a base where their worship or arts calling could flourish. That is the main reason I feel the need to write this paper.
If YWAM leaders can better understand some of the dynamics of working with artists or how to direct them to a part of YWAM who has that call, then worship and the arts can be an even more powerful force within our mission to further the Kingdom of God.
Easterfest 72 Hours of Worship
Friday, 08 March 2013 01:40
Easterfest is launching a new initiative over the Easter weekend in Toowoomba, Australia this year. Over the weekend 'The Chapel' at the Empire Theatre will play host to 72 hours of non-stop consecutive worship.
“I’m excited about the unity that will be expressed through this venue,” says Drew Vallejos, Easterfest City Coordinator. “It’s a chance to claim back territory and see God’s anointing released in the city centre.”
YWAM Toowoomba will be leading worship a couple of sets and also providing some spiritual oversight at various times over the weekend at the venue.
On Sunday evening at the tail end of the 72 hours, the worship will relocate to the Easterfest Mainstage for a 5 Hour Worship Finale with New World Sun, Lecrae, Ascend the Hill and United Pursuit Band to name just a few.
The decision wasn't an easy one to make for Easterfest director Dave Schenk and the Easterfest team:
“When we started to feel like God was taking us in a different direction, it was really hard to wrap our heads around because we were passionate about the Sunday night service – the way it has been for 12 or 13 years.. It’s been amazing over the years – a great chance to celebrate on Easter Sunday, and it was absolutely God-breathed..
But coming into this year, we felt like God wanted us to bring some change and we are excited about the new journey He has us on. It will be a full five hours of worship, celebration and focussing on Jesus. It’s celebration Sunday, right! We’ve got some international artists and some Aussie artists. But the truth is we want the focus to be less on them and more on Jesus."