Use Music For God
Start date: 4 January, 2015
End date: 19 June, 2015.
This course is not currently recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework. (This course is recognised for transfer credit with the University of the Nations.)
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A successfully completed Discipleship Training School.
This time is meant to take your musical talent and relationship with God to the next level. You will discover your strengths and grow in your weaknesses as we journey together in knowing how to use music in missions. Our desire for this school is to train and mobilise Christian musicians who have a heart for God, compassion for people, a high standard of artistic excellence, and seriousness for music ministry. We want to see the development and personal growth of the musician's character, ability, vision, skill, and creativity improved which will give them a platform to use music to express their heart to God and the people of the earth.
This school should not be the starting place for a musician, rather, it should be the next step for those seeking to use their music to advance God's Kingdom. This school is for all musicians, of all ages and nationalities, who are of intermediate skill level or higher.
You can expect private tutoring, song writing, recording an album, band practice, live stage performance, weekly personal practise time, and more.
Students will be placed in a band and given time to practice and perform the songs they write. Students will learn effective team dynamics and communication, along with how to effectively run a practise time.
Effective techniques on songwriting will be taught.
Opportunities to practise those techniques will be offered.
You will then record the songs and use them, along with cover songs, in live stage performances.
Local and international guest speakers share on specific topics, painting a picture of who we should be as musicians who love the Lord and desire to use our music for His Kingdom. This is a time of shaping the mind and character as God brings revelation and inspiration. God, the creator of music and creativity, will speak to us, inspire us, and show us how our talent can bring change in the world today.
Outreach focuses on using music and stage performance to communicate the Gospel of Jesus.
Gigs, evangelism, praying for people, teaching and training, prayer and intercession, live stage performances, worship and impacting the spiritual environment are a few of the things you will do on the outreach phase of the school. The focus is to look outside ourselves finding ways to connect with people so that they have an opportunity to know God personally. Our outreach location is different each year, but our God is the same and we can expect Him to show up and do great things as we seek Him and obey.
Musicians are more than just performers, we are people who are called to the Great Commission - meeting felt needs (food, clean water, healthy relationships, etc.) and spiritual need (Jesus). We seek to use our music to draw people to us, which provides the opportunities to show them who God is through evangelism.
Humans all over the world are the same: we all need Jesus. We are called to reach those who don't know God - those who are hurting, seeking, suffering, struggling - and share with them who God is. We love to give people an opportunity to know the same God who has changed our lives, and we do this through evangelism. At the same time we do not overlook those in the local churches who need healing and growth in their own relationships with God.
From playing gigs in pubs, clubs, bars, street corners, skate parks, malls, or any other place you can think of, to leading worship in local churches and on the streets, the outreach portion provides many opportunities to play music and use its influence to tell people who God is.