The South West School of Worship story dates back to over 18 years ago with dreams of having a worship and bible school in the south west being spoken of by a local pastor and worship leader. At this time, our Assistant Director, Claire, was woken in the middle of the night with the word “Expansion of the Church”. This lead to God revealing his heart to resource, equip and enable local worship teams to empower the church to reach the lost and expand His Kingdom. Her heart was stirred for the local church and to resource worship teams. A heart, some 18 years later that, as a leadership team, we all share.
The team is formed of worship leaders and pastors from across the South West who all share a passion for Jesus & to see the local church set on fire for worship. Their individual stories and experiences ultimately testify to the faithfulness of God in seeing the doors open to this vision in 2019.
As our Director, Jon, met with worship teams and leaders from across the region, he noticed that the story of the local church was the same wherever he went. Time after time he met worship leaders and teams who felt discouraged, under-resourced and sometimes ill-equipped to lead their teams, or desired to learn more skills to help move the church forward in the area of worship.
Our heart & vision for the School of Worship is that it would be a programme where those involved in worship in the local church would come to be encouraged, refreshed, equipped and empowered to be and do all that God has created and called them to.