The men of City Harvest Church’s Choir Ministry organize their first-ever men’s meeting.
Contributed By Ryan Sean Flores
On Jan. 23, a group of 50 men attended the very first Choir Ministry Men’s Meeting at Singapore Expo Hall 8. The meeting was organized by the church’s vocals supervisor and worship leader, Annabel Soh, who leads the choir ministry at City Harvest Church. “I believe that being on stage weekly, the men in the choir are visually impacting and thus representing the overall men of CHC—their core values, belief system, attitudes, and faith,” said Soh.
Wu Yuzhuang, one of CHC’s district pastors, shared a message entitled “What A Girl Wants.” It covered seven areas on how a man should lead a woman by being her protector, provider, physician, general, prophet, priest, and king. “Just as Christ is the head of the Church [family], God has also placed the man as the head of the family,” stressed Wu.
“If change does not come from the top voluntarily, it will take place from the bottom by revolution,” he cautioned. “As a result of this, women have no choice but to take on the roles and responsibilities of men, causing them to become bitter and frustrated as they struggle to fulfill the role of the man.”
Wu also stated that many men in society today cease to take up the responsibility of leading their wives and children, resulting in broken marriages and families. “Guide and protect your family. Lead by your ability to serve,” he urged the group, and encouraged them to lean on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to lead their families.
He then pointed out that in the church, many men can be intimidated and afraid to take up leadership roles because of a sense of insecurity. Wu encouraged the men not to be fearful but to be confident in their God-given role as leaders.
The meeting was well-received, judging by the recurrent “Amens” that were heard during the sermon. Those who were present were motivated to strengthen their personal lives and their relationships with loved ones.
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Benjamin Teo, 28, a newlywed said, “Now that I am married, I can apply what I’ve learned in my marriage; which is to not neglect my responsibilities as the leader in my family.”
Isaac Phua, 55, remarked that after 24 years of marriage, the message was still relevant to his life as he could improve on areas as a husband and a father.
Baritone section leader of the choir, Tay Hwee Kwan, 33, shared that he was reminded about the importance of staying connected to God in order to provide direction for the people, whereas younger ones such as Neo Yi Wei, 18, learned that true men lead by example and was inspired to set a good example early in his life.
Through this meeting, Soh hopes to see the men in the choir become leaders in every area of their lives—family, workplace, school, and ministry. She said, “We hope to see men who are mature and responsible, not afraid of failure, and secure enough to make others look good, exhibiting strength through humility.”