Worship leaders urged to ‘crave God’s presence’

Private worship precedes public worship, Kansas-Nebraska worship ministers were reminded.

Worship ministers came from throughout Nebraska and Kansas to attend the annual KNCSB Worship Leader/Family Retreat. It was held Jan. 14-15 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, Kan.

Vernon M. Whaley was the featured speaker. He directs the Center for Worship and is chairman of the department of music and worship at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

He based his remarks on Exodus 33-34 during the opening session on Friday night, Jan. 14. Whaley focused on the “meeting tent” in Exodus 33:7 where Moses and Joshua met with God. He challenged the worship ministers to seek God’s presence in the same way.

“If our ministries are going to be successful, we need to crave the presence of God.”

He warned his listeners against being so busy doing ministry that they neglect private worship.

“Are you so busy in ministry that you don’t have this ‘presence thing’ going on with God?”

He also stressed the need for humility as seen in Proverbs 27:2 and 1 Peter 5:11.

“Humility is a direct reflection of your integrity,” he said.

Whaley reminded the worship ministers to hang onto their calling from God.

“At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is what God has called you to do.”

Whaley is author of numerous books. Retreat participants received a free copy of his book, “Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God’s Call.”

Two other books will be released on June 1—“The Great Commission to Worship: Biblical Principles for Worship-Based Evangelism” (written with David Wheeler) and “Through the Ages: How the Great Awakenings Changed the Way Evangelicals Worship.”