"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Advice For Worship Leaders
I have to tell you guys that I did not always follow this advice, but I know it works when I did:
1. Pursue holiness: We must first worship God with the way we live our lives.
2. Worship in your secret place: Sing to the Lord, play your instrument, express your worship to Him in a place where there is only you and HIM.
3. Talent is not enough: Our churches are filled with very talented musicians and singers, but they lack the anointing. That is because of a lack of a prayer life and ungodly lifestyles. Keep the message of holiness and purity at the center of your teachings. Create and atmosphere where your team is free to confess and repent and always approach sin with restoration as the goal.
4. Get the rest of the worship team involved: Stay away from the One-Man Show approach in your church services. Let others sing. Be willing to let others lead songs. Remember, it is not about you. The more you sing, the more you are putting on a show. The more others sing, the more you are actually leading others into worship.
5. Get the congregation involved: You may have the most beautiful song coming out of the congregation. The sound of the congregation fully involved in worship is your second most important job. Being a singer or a musician is a ministry like many others and it should be used for the glory of God and for the service of His people. When the people are worshipping, you have done your job.
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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