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Words by Nissi Chiasson. 

I came to the School of Worship wanting to learn how to be a worship leader and hoping to deepen my relationship with God along the way. Little did I know, I would gain so much more than that. I was truly impacted by understanding what it means to have a good heart posture before the Lord.  That having that deeper relationship with Him-that is where the outflow of our worship comes from. If we have the wrong idea of the Lord, how can we even begin to worship? If we have the wrong idea of Him, we aren't really knowing Him. We need that deep relationship to begin to understand who He is. Through this school, God taught me to pursue Him, to pursue relationship, as He pursues me with an unending love.  

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In my School of Worship, I also discovered a new found love for the word of God. I realized my need to have it written on my heart in deeper ways. The more we read the word of God, the more we know His Character and through this growth in knowing Him, I began going into the deeper places of worship and letting the song God has put into my heart come forth. My SOW taught me to love the Lord not only with my heart but  with my mind as well.

During our worship times on campus, I found that my heart and mind were being awakened to how great He is.  I learned that it is not about having a stage, as I didn’t always get to be up there and lead worship, and in this, the Lord really humbled me. He asked me  “Why do you need a stage? How does your love for me change from the floor to the stage?”. This question wrecked me to my core. I had become all about being on stage and being noticed, I had forgotten it wasn’t about me. It was about the Lord being worthy of praise- no matter if I had a stage to do it from or not. Our worship shouldn’t change from the floor to the stage, and our recklessness and passionate worship should never be for performance sake. It doesn’t matter if people are around or not, my heart posture should be the same. My worship to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is important because He is worthy of all my praise and adoration. I am so thankful for this season of the School of Worship, it not only impacted me as a worship leader but as a daughter of the King.    

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
— Psalms 23:6

Throughout the Bible, we see the mighty ways that God called and walked alongside worshipers and musicians. Partnering with them as they used their musical abilities to minister. The heart of this school is to establish a lifestyle of leaning into God’s heart and offering up our abilities and honor to Him. Focusing first on strengthening our relationships with Him and then leading and creating from the identity and purpose that He has given us.  

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In September of 2018, the School of Worship at YWAM San Diego Baja will be delving into what it looks like for worshipers and creatives to be fully devoted to serving God and invested in strong relationships with Him. If your heart is stirring to live out a lifestyle of worship, join us as we seek God and grow together through practical musicianship and biblical teaching. This school includes a three month lecture phase of learning from inspiring speakers and cultivating growth in the creative gifts God has given you. Following the lecture phase, you will have the opportunity to serve on a two month outreach where you can step out and share what you have learned and pour into the lives of others. For more information about our upcoming school CLICK HERE!!

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How the School of Worship Influenced my Relationship with God