LaCreasha Ruffin is a traveling worship leader currently in the process of putting together a family worship band. Recently, LaCreasha talked to Worship Links about the value of patience, missional worship, and being able to ad-lib when necessary.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions for us. It’s truly appreciated! The first question is an easy one. Tell us a little bit about yourself in five sentences.
My name is LaCreasha Ruffin, and I am a worship leader, speaker, and blogger for CompellingCree.com. I love to sing and I have a heart for hurting people and those who suffer with mental illness and retardation. Worship saved my life, and believe that healing and transformation can take place when we worship Christ. I am wife to an amazing man and mother of four boys. We love Basketball and the Oklahoma City Thunder! #ThunderUp
How did you get started in worship ministry?
I have been singing in church for 22 years; however, worship ministry specifically probably started six or seven years ago.
What’s your basic process for planning a service or worship set?
Well, prayer is first and foremost, then I try to create a theme or create a journey where each song ties into the next. The next step is to make sure that I choose songs that are singable for the average person. After choosing the theme and determining whether the song is singable or not, I work on transitions and plan for what will be shared to the congregation through scripture, testimony, and exhortation.
Desert Island Worship Mix: You’re trapped on a desert island, and for reasons too ridiculous to explain, you can only have one CD with five worship songs on it. What are they?
Man, this is so hard to narrow down. I think I would choose:
- Jesus at the Center by Israel Houghton
- Good Father by Chris Tomlin
- Worth by Anthony Brown
- One Thing Remains by Israel
- Endless Praise by Planetshakers
When we we setting up the interview, you mentioned being recently churchless. What are your next steps in leading worship?
Since I no longer lead as a Worship Leader/Minister of Music for a church, I have decided to become a traveling worship leader who leads at various churches as I am invited. I am a songwriter as well so I hope to have my own worship CD and hopefully lead people to Christ as a worship artist.
What scriptures speak to you the most about worship?
Since worship begins in the heart, I would say Matthew 22:37 is the most complete in explaining what worship is.
If you could give one piece of advice to up and coming worship leaders, what would it be? Conversely, what’s some advice you wish you’d received earlier on?
Wow, well I would emphasize that worship is easy but leading people is the challenge. I feel that most worship leaders’ hearts are in the right place, but you must develop your character in order to lead God’s people. Luckily, God is wonderful at taking over that responsibility. He will mold you into the leader you need to be. Sometimes the journey is painful, but you must let patience have her perfect work.
What do you think worship in the church will look like in ten years?
I am so excited about what God is doing in worship ministry as well as in the church. I believe that the church is going to take on a new identity, and that people will be their own “worship leaders” and will take worship outside of the traditional four walls of the church. I see worship becoming a missional movement and that will require more outreach and less of the typical lights, camera, and action that the church has embraced the last few decades.
Any new worship artists on your radar at the moment?
Oh yes, Travis Greene has been a recent favorite of mine.
What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done while leading worship (that you’re willing to share)?
LOL, I have said “sorry” out loud for making mistakes during worship. I need to learn how to play it off when I forget the lyrics. I need to use my skill of ad libbing to fill in those “blank spaces.”
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