Byron Spradlin

Artists In Ministry & Missions

Month: October 2015 (page 2 of 2)

The Need to Disciple Worship Specialists


Byron smile 1The story is told of a medium-size church in the Western United States experiencing serious decline every year for better than ten years. The pastor expressed malaise as he explained that worship leaders were out of touch with the heart-strings of the people, had no real heart for any pastoral connect with the people, and they showed no signs of any vital personal worship life.

It seems that the pastor and worship personnel had never received discipling in personal worship. Though he explained he had had good seminary training in this area, he gave the clear impression that the real answer was, no, he had never had any intentional, guided discipleship in personal worship. He was then asked if the two part-time worship-leaders had ever been discipled in personal worship or in local church worship ministry issues. And to that question he clearly and quickly answered, No.  Finally he was asked, Do you have any plans to disciple them in either personal worship practices or the dynamics of local church worship ministry?  As one might imagine, his answer was, No.

This story is anecdotal, and not part of a formal sociological survey. But it still has great relevance. It reveals a situation that is much more the rule of reality than the exception. There is very little intentional effort, let alone interest in or awareness of the need for, discipling worship specialists. And this state of affairs reveals a very large, double-barreled need: the need to revive worship as the central focus of the Church, and the need to disciple worship leadership who can equip the saints for the great spiritual work of service.

ACT Intl

byron tweet picA.C.T. Intl is a Ministry to and for artistic & innovative ministries and missionaries doing Christian work around the world. We exist to address three serious problems facing the Church today:

First, today’s cultures listen better to artists than to preachers.

Second, the Church has not always adequately understood and embraced artistic people, strategies and methods.  So, there are few places that integrate innovative and artistic ministry people and projects.

Third, the Church is losing the assets of some of Her most powerful and effective servants.

We provide artists and innovators the coaching, accountability, organization, non-profit status, and administrative systems they need to move forward in ministry.  And in the process . We are helping the Church embrace artists and the arts for Christ’s work worldwide; and it seems now, we are the largest ministry in the world focusing on this task. A.C.T. Intl is a Ministry to and for artistic & innovative ministries and missionaries doing Christian work around the world.

Artists in Christian Testimony Intl’s ultimate objective is to see people around the world—as they come to Christ—worship God and express their faith in their own language and cultural style, while mobilizing and training church and mission leaders to more effectively worship and communicate the Gospel through music and the arts.



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