For most of us, we would define worshipping together with fellow believers as coming together and singing songs that praise God and honor Him. I’m a big fan of including a short Worship session as part of a Women’s Ministry Brunch, or tying in Worship into the schedule for a conference.
There are other ways we can worship God. We can encourage these as individual habits, as well as corporately as a ministry.
- Prayer. Prayer is a very active form of worship. We worship God through our prayer and supplication, as we confess and repent, thank and praise, and even when we put our trust in Him with our petitions. Individually we set an example for others as we pray and share how God has responded to our prayers. As leaders, we can teach others how to pray and encourage them to challenge their prayer life to new heights. Corporately, we can pray as an assembly of believers.
- The Bible. We honor and worship God as we get to know Him through His Word. To know God is to love Him, trust Him, and glorify Him. We make time to commune with God through His Word, it is an act of worship. Individually, we set the example of the value and importance of regular time reading and studying. As leaders, we step into the role of teacher and shepherd. Corporately, we create avenues where the women can learn how to study the Bible for themselves and groups where they grow and challenge one another.
- Obedience. If we are praying and committing to be in the Word, we can’t avoid His truths and His direction. To worship God fully, we must also be in obedience to His call on our life and His commands. Individually, we must set the standard of obedience… but I believe we also need to show how to respond when we recognize that we’ve been out of obedience. Leading the women to do the same, and being obedient in His direction for the ministry. Remember, this is HIS ministry not ours.
- Fellowship. Hebrews tells us that we must not forget to meet with one another, it is important that we are not just having a potluck with our sisters in Christ ever other month. We need to build deep relationships, getting to know others and challenging each other to become more deeply rooted. Individually, this means that we are careful to not isolate our selves from the body but to embrace them; with healthy boundaries of course. As Leaders, we must find the balance between our prayer and study offerings and opportunities to fellowship and have fun with one another.
- Service. We worship God when we serve His people, the ones He knows by name… the least of these. We worship God when we serve those who do not know Him, because we may be seed planters. Individually, we need to be modeling service and missions. As Leaders, we can plan projects or partner up with ministries and organizations to create service opportunities. Corporately, not only can we serve in the capacities together but we can also help the women discover their spiritual gifts and then plug them into serving the church/community with those gifts.
These are just a few ways that we can worship God, as an Acts 2 Ministry.