Featured Class: Worship Leadership

This semester Johnny Zacchio taught our Worship Leadership class. Below is an inside look at Johnny’s heart behind the class.

 

What do you enjoy the most about teaching this class?

What I enjoy most about teaching besides the fun topics that we get to cover, is seeing the passion the students have about true worship and seeing that displayed when we have times of open discussion. It encourages my heart when the students have a passion to see Christ magnified, rather than have their musical skills be the end goal.

 

What is the main theme/ application you want your students to get from your class?

 
The main theme I would love students to come away with is that our role as worship leaders is never to impress, or entertain people with music, but to be committed to shepherding people by magnifying the greatness of God in the person of Jesus Christ. What I’ve been learning personally, is music is incredibly important in the church of God, but never to be viewed as some sort of new mediator; we know that role has already been filled by Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)  Many can lead songs, but few can lead people. God’s heart is that, out of a love for His people, we would skillfully use the vehicle of music to serve others all for the purpose of the Word of Christ dwelling in His people richly. (Colossians 3:16)

 

How has preparing to teach this class affected your spiritual life/ grown you spiritually?

 
I grew up going to church my whole life and always knew that music in the church was a big deal. I always knew that we were supposed to sing to God. Preparing for this class, though, has caused me to understand why. I never really understood why we did things in the church. I maybe knew the purpose of worship through song intuitively, but philosophically it was very difficult to explain and I didn’t know how to communicate it to people. Preparing for this class has dramatically affected my worship of God by driving me to the scriptures to rediscover the foundational things that really matter to God. Things such as: Who God is, what God commands true worship (not limited to just music) to be like in His Word, and the proper place of music in the church. I’ve come to realize more and more that worship is less about what is happening on stage, and more about what is taking place in my heart!

 

Can you give us a short bio about yourself?

I was born and raised in New York. My parents raised me and my sister in the ways of the Lord to love and serve Jesus with all of our hearts. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Faith Zacchio for three years and currently, have one son named Josiah. I graduated from CCBC with an emphasis in Worship Ministry. I have been serving in worship ministry for over a decade, and have a passion for pastoring people and teaching the Bible. I currently am the director of the Music and Media department at CCBC and have the privilege of leading worship weekly for the student body and overseeing the Audio/Visual Ministry. I love learning from and pouring into different students around campus and have a heart for building up other worship leaders! I am thankful for God’s grace for allowing me to partner with Him in such a great work for His glory!

 

Savanah is a student from our Worship Leadership class. Below is her perspective on the class.

 

What did you enjoy the most about this class?

 
I enjoyed that this class was very discussion based. We had a lot of time in class to talk about the material to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of leadership in churches. We were definitely a family in that classroom that we were able to bring any kind of questions or prayer requests to the students and to Johnny.
 

What has stood out to you the most, and how can you use this to benefit you in the future?

 
The thing that stood out to me the most is how the biggest part of being a leader is serving the people in the body of Christ. It has been an eye-opening and humbling class where I’ve learned to love people and appreciate worship with a more genuine heart than ever before. This will benefit me in any type of ministry the Lord puts me in, even if that means the workforce. I will be able to effectively love and serve the people in my life, whoever that may be.

 

How can you practically apply what you have learned to your life?

 
I can practically apply what I have gained from this class in my life because even if I’m not always serving on a worship team I am called by God to always serve others. This isn’t always easy to do, but by being obedient to the Lord in all He says my heart for people can be transformed.

 

If you were recommending this class to a friend, what would you tell them?

 

I would recommend this class in a heartbeat. I would tell them that this kind of a course is one that will stick with you for years to come because the best thing we can do as leaders is to learn to lead like Jesus did and that’s exactly what we did in this class.
 
 
 

Joseph is a student in our Worship Leadership class. Below is his perspective on the class.

 

What did you enjoy the most about this class?

I love the book we are going through as a class, it’s called Worship Matters. We go through the book and discuss our experiences and views on worship and it is really cool to learn from my classmates and the teacher Johnny Zacchio.
 

What has stood out to you the most, and how can you use this to benefit you in the future?

 
Worship is a part of everyday life. We have to remind ourselves that God is the only one truly worthy of our worship.

 

How can you practically apply what you have learned to your life?

I try to make sure that everything I do is for the glory of God because what we do in our everyday lives either points people to God or away from Him.

 

If you were recommending this class to a friend, what would you tell them?

Through this class, you’ll learn more about your relationship with God, and how to honestly worship Him rather than the technical side of leading.  The technical side is covered as well but is not the main focus.