Posted by Faye Streek on 1 June 2016

Most of you that clicked on this ‘Vocal Masterclass’ will be singers or musicians of some kind. But - with more than 400 references to singing and around 50 direct commands to do so - aren’t all Christians instructed to be singers?

We have all been given an instrument. Even if you don’t think you’ve got the gift of singing, I want to discourage the myth that you don’t have a voice worth bringing.

As a worship leader, one of my absolute, top-top-top privileges is seeing and hearing a congregation come together to sing their hearts out to our God. I love it when people begin to realise that we are part of an eternal choir, in which every single voice has been bought, adopted and is significant.

While I have no doubt that God wants to use us mightily, let’s not be complacent about this weirdly powerful and expressive instrument that we all carry around with us, all of the time. Without some form of investment, untrained voices are like an artist trying to paint with only one colour.

But spending time training and utilising our voices to the best of their ability will enable us to be more confident, bolder, better able to focus, more prepared and sensitive, and perhaps even more creative and spontaneous. Done right, it is also really good for your health, both physically and spiritually! 

There is something really special about bringing your best to God. From the very first sacrifices in the Bible, to the woman who could only bring a few pennies and even the parable of the talents, we should always try to give all we can and “use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”! (1 Peter 4:10) Let’s each bring our unique vocal identity!

This blog series will hopefully help you continue or even start a journey towards stewarding and using your voice more consciously and confidently – being ready, no matter where you are!

We'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Faye Streek is a professional singer and vocal lecturer at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) and is part of the worship leadership team at Kings Church, Eastbourne.

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