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Reflections From Hillsong Conference

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Hi, I’m Mallory and I’m a Project Manager for Elevation Worship. This past week, a group of Elevation Church staff- including myself- had the privilege of traveling across the world to Sydney, Australia for Hillsong Conference. Our very own Pastor Steven Furtick was a speaker at the conference, and we were beyond honored to support him as he spoke on a truly global platform. We’ll be unpacking all that we learned for months, but for now I wanted to share one powerful truth specifically about worship while it’s fresh.

Worship is a weapon. I don’t mean that in a figurative, “ah that’s a nice concept” kind of way. I mean quite literally, when we praise God in song, the enemy cowers. He has to. If God inhabits the praises of His people, there is no place for the enemy. At Hillsong Conference, Pastor Louie Giglio reminded us that we have a great adversary on this planet. He wants the worst for us and lies to us to try to wreck God’s best for our lives. (Well, thanks for the uplifting blog, Mallory.) Oh, hold on. There’s good news! We’re armed. The way we combat our enemy is worship.

When Jehoshaphat went into battle, he didn’t hand Gerard Butler a spear and send him to the front of the line. He didn’t ask Mel Gibson to lead the way. No, instead he said, (paraphrased) “Where’s my choir? Come on, get me some singers.” The Bible says their battle cry was “Give thanks to the Lord. His love endures forever.”

Wow. What if we approached worship that way? What if we replied to the devil’s lies with “Let me just sing you a song.” If you check the score at the end of Jehoshaphat’s battle, you’ll notice it was a shut out. Not because his guys put any points on the board. It actually ended up like a 1st grade soccer game- the other team scored on their own goal. The Moabites and Ammonites ended up fighting each other, so Jehoshaphat rose victorious without having to raise a sword. That’s what God wants to do for you. He wants to fight for you. In combat, He’ll do the heavy lifting, and you offer an assault of praise. Pastor Giglio put it this way: ” When you start singing to the devil, he doesn’t sing along. He moves along.”

Friends, your song is a spear. Your beats are like bullets. And your declarations are dangerous to the devil. Take heart, and know that you are not without defense.

 

Mallory

Called, Not Qualified

Monday, June 25th, 2012

People often ask, “What’s it like being a worship leader at Elevation Church?” Big question. But honestly, of all the things that really stick out in my mind, it’s this:  It’s following a calling.  I’m no scholar, but from what I see in the Bible, God calls people to Himself.  He then leads them to a place so they can live out their calling, pursue God, and use their gifts for His Kingdom.

I came to Elevation Church as an intern in 2010. Early on in my internship, I realized that I’m not qualified enough to be here.  Even though I may not have an impressive worship leader resume, I can tell you emphatically that God has prepared every step and paved the road for me to be here.  What God has given me is far better than qualifications. It’s a calling.

Qualifications only get you so far. A calling will completely and forever change the direction of your heart.  Qualifications are based on where you’ve been. A calling is based on where you’re going.  Qualifications depend upon you. A calling depends upon the One calling you.  Qualifications are based on your performance. A calling is based on God equipping you to carry it out.  Qualifications might get you a job. But a calling will see you through a divinely given task that only you are made to do.

God isn’t impressed with my qualifications. He’s impressed by a consecrated heart.  If God picked me because of my resume, that would go against His very nature.  That would mean He would need my help to accomplish what He needed to do through me.  God didn’t come to earth, live a perfect life, die on cross for my sins, and raise again to ultimately share His authority.  He came to take over.  He came to take over my life, to use it for His glory and for the good of the Kingdom.

God didn’t use anyone in scripture because they had an impressive resume.  Qualifications don’t matter in God’s economy, and I’m not sure about you, but for me, that’s great news.

That’s not to say that God doesn’t use our gifts and talents.  He does. He gave them to us.  He is the author of life and the giver of gifts.  He’s selective in having people use their particular gifts according to what they’ve been given.  But, there is a huge difference between me using my gifts on my own and me surrendering my gifts to Him so they could be used to benefit His Kingdom.  Gifts become anointed and callings find purpose in the House of God.

Do you feel unqualified?  That’s probably right where God wants you.  Actually, taking it even further, I think God is looking for those who are so under-qualified that they desperately need a higher power working on their behalf, making their weaknesses strong.  It’s almost like God looks to and fro throughout the earth looking for a person so available that He doesn’t have to share His authority and so weak that He doesn’t have to share His power.

Only in the hands of my Savior am I just who I need to be in the place He has me.  He didn’t place me here based on my resume. He led me here so I could be a part of this house and use my gifts. And in so doing, follow my calling.

 

Jane

Elevation Outreach

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Our church has just launched a new Outreach site that’s dedicated to sharing how we’re making a difference in our community as well as around the world as we give back.  Nothing better than showing off how people are practically and physically carrying the love of Jesus to a world in need. God didn’t call this church to create a lot of new outreach organizations though. Instead, we partner with existing organizations that are already making a difference in our city and the world.  So we wanted to take a day and brag on the great work that’s been done through our Outreach partners here in Charlotte and beyond.

The Stats:

  • In 5 years, we have given over 3 million dollars in financial resources to our strategic outreach partners
  • We started Love Week and served over 44,000 volunteer hours in two one-week periods
  • In Love Week 2011, Elevation rallied 25 churches across Charlotte to serve over 34,000 combined volunteer hours
  • And we created dynamic partnerships with 26 impactful organizations, (20 local and 6 global)

Go have fun seeing how God’s using the generosity of Elevation’s people to change the world.

Sun Stand Still Prayer Experience

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

One of the songs that has really taken hold in our church recently is “Our God” by Chris Tomlin, It is such a powerful declaration of faith, and when we get to the bridge the room always explodes with energy.

“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.
And if our God is with us, than what can stand against?”

What an amazing truth and hope to walk in. That the Creator of the universe is for us. The Almighty God is with us. When we grasp that, audacious faith begins to take root in our hearts. We begin to worship boldly no matter our circumstances.

In light of this, we want to invite you to pray boldly with us tonight at 7pm EST for our first Sun Stand Still Prayer Experience. Pastor Steven and our staff want to join in faith with you in your Sun Stand Still prayer. All you have to do is go to www.sunstandstill.org to join us. You can submit your prayer ahead of time or live at the site.

There is so much power as we stand in faith together with believers all over the world. I personally have seen what can happen when the church rallies around a sun stand still prayer. My girls are daily reminders that our God answers audacious prayers.

So what vision is God stirring up in your heart? What impossible situation are you facing where you desperately need God to intervene?

Let us know, because we want to pray for you!

-Wade

Appreciation Day: Pam Jarvis and Lori Gardner

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Pam Jarvis (left) and Lori Gardner (right)

Well folks, it’s week 2 of our Volunteer Spotlight, and believe us when we say:
WE COULDN’T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT PAM AND LORI!!!

Pam Jarvis and Lori Garnder are in the offices nearly everyday making our Production Department run smooth like silk! They are two of the most dedicated, sacrificial, and talented people we have the pleasure of working with. They line up all of our production volunteers and sound engineers, load our computers with all the right files, get us food when we need it, and basically keep us from going crazy… there isn’t anything they can’t do!!!

Pam and Lori are a huge encouragement to those around them, and they consistently step out and lead without anyone ever knowing what they do. They have never not come through on what they said they would do! AND… on top of this FULL TIME volunteer position, Pam and Lori are loving and committed wives and mothers! They do it all… and we wouldn’t trade them for the world!

Pam and Lori… our Dynamic Duo… you are greatly loved and appreciated!!!

Appreciation Day: Lisa Grantland

Friday, December 4th, 2009

THANK YOU LISA GRANTLAND!

The Worship and Production teams would like to say a big THANK YOU to Lisa Grantland for all of her hard work. Dedicated volunteers like Lisa are the reason we are able to accomplish so many wonderful things here at Elevation. Her willingness to serve and countless hours of work and energy allow us to pull off the unthinkable and advance the Kingdom of God.

Lisa is a happily married, mother of three. She currently serves on the Production team at our Providence Campus as a director in the production trailer. Also, she schedules the volunteers at Providence. Starting out as a video setup volunteer, time and time again Lisa has exhibited great leadership, excitement, and enthusiasm. Even with a call time of 5 am, she always shows up to serve with a smile and with an attitude of excellence!

Lisa, you are greatly loved and appreciated!!!

For all of our readers… make sure to tune in next Friday for another Volunteer Spotlight. Have a great weekend!