Interview with Rachel Novaes

The Online Sepal Meeting starts today! To prepare for these days of reflection, learning, and growth, we share a brief chat with Rachel Novaes, who will deliver moments of praise and worship. Check the content now, share it and participate in the Meeting! You didn’t sign up? Click on the link at the end of the interview and be part of it as well.

Sepal: How can praise become an instrument for generating empathy and connection between people, leadership, and the community as a whole?

The Bible carries many texts on communion, whether between the brothers or between the church and God. When we gather in community, we are privileged to sing eternal truths that speak about reciprocity, that unite us in the purpose of worshipping, praising, and enthroned the Lord. In this way, in a special way, a connection is established between all. By celebrating the name of Jesus in unity, we sharpen mutual intimacy, submission, and service, generating empathy and building meaningful relationships between people.

The so-called gospel market, unfortunately, can slip in the production of mere artistic products, which aim at profit and fame. How can praise leaders avoid this stance?

I believe that the leader of praise needs to be convinced of his purpose: whether it is to build the Body of Christ or just to be an artist. I see no problem in the fact that a leader of praise becomes famous and goes on to sell million[embora isso seja difícil hoje em dia!]s. But in the midst of work, you cannot forget the call, which is to serve the church.

Those who just want to be an artist will probably seek strategies to sell more, which does not always result in what is transformative. The leader of convinced praise of his mission to build the church is not limited to what is merely commercial, but is dedicated to using his gifts to promote the Kingdom, regardless of financial results or popularity.

Whether composing, singing, or preaching, ministering to hearts requires responsibility. What do the leader of praise and people who work with the arts in the church need to have in mind before writing a song, beginning a worship, or ministering at the pulpit? First of all, they need to understand that they depend on God for hearts to be touched and there to be transformation. Music itself has the power to stir emotions, but in the context of the church, we don’t just want to work with emotions, we want it to create an environment in which the Holy Spirit generates life and works miracles.

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