Episode 171 – The Intentional Church & Intentional Approach of Worship With Judith Christie McAllister
Episode sponsored by DiverseChurchJobs.com
The last few months has been an incredibly insightful ride. It has essentially been a masterclass in ministry leadership and church strategy. Today, we take it a step further and invite Dr Judith Christie McAllister to the podcast to discuss her life story, insight, wisdom, and thoughts around the most current ideas of churches, reaching new people and embracing the mandate of worship. She tackles the tough topics of gaps in worship, worship ministry challenges and more.
Judith Christie-McAllister is without question one of the most influential music ministry leaders of our time. Born in Harlem NY, this Grammy-nominated choir director, songwriter, producer, author, and Oral Roberts University scholar, is most noted as being a forerunner of the Praise & Worship Movement in the late 70’s. With a career span of over 30 years, Dr. J’s fingerprints can be found on the hearts and lives of millions across the globe.
Dr. J’s music-alone has broken social and racial barriers in the church as her signature songs like, ‘High Praise’ and the ever popular, ‘Hallelujah You’re Worthy’ can be heard around the world in multi-racial, Sunday morning worship services. Her theory is, “Worship is the answer to racism.”
A portion of Judith’s incredible catalog of music includes 4 albums: Sound The Trumpet (Judah Music, 2011); Raise The Praise (Judah Music, 2007); In His Presence (Judah Music, 2002); and Send Judah First (Judah Music, 2000). Judith’s recording collaborations include: Bishop T.D. Jakes (Woman Thou Art Loosed-Run to the Water…The River Within), Tye Tribbett-Stand Out, J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise-Exalted, and most notably, West Angeles COGIC Mass-No Limit, just to name a few.
Dr. McAllister served for 17 years as the worship leader for West Angeles Church of God in Christ and 13 years as the church’s Executive Director of the Music & Worship Arts Department. (Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. is the pastor of the 25,000 plus member church.) It was at West Angeles church where she initiated and co-produced West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir’s project, No Limit, in which she earned a Grammy nomination.
In 2009, McAllister was elevated to the office of Departmental President and Minister of Music for the 6.5 million-member, Church of God in Christ denomination. The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States; with more than 12,000 congregations. In this assignment, she oversees the music ministry for major conferences and works with music leaders within various jurisdictions in the U.S. and around the world.
As Minister of Music and leader of the legendary COGIC International Mass Choir, Judith has produced 4 music projects: The St. Louis Experience; The St. Louis Experience LIVE DVD; This is the Church of God in Christ (Single); and the recently released, We Must Never Forget (Full Album), a tribute to COGIC’s heritage and founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. Judith also wrote a book entitled, Harmony, a music ministry guide to aide music and worship leaders in personal and professional development.
Judith, a loving wife and mother of 3, is the CEO of 3 entities: Judah Music Group LLC, Inheritance of Judah Ministries, and Never Ending Worship (N.E.W.) Enterprises LLC. Her mission is to unite and advance the Kingdom of God through the vehicles of education and music.
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Christopher J. Harris, a native of Palatka, Fla., is currently Executive Pastor of Crossover Church of Tampa, Fla. He is also the Director of Administration & Vision Implementation working collaboratively with the Presiding Bishop’s Office and Administration for Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. He’s served at ministries in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Chicago,IL. He’s an author and blogger with two books, Temporary Assignments and Church Strategies and Ministry Systems. He’s an alumnus of Florida State University, University of South Carolina, special studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University. He is the Founder / CEO of DiverseChurchJobs.com, a platform helping people of color in ministry to find ministry opportunities. Harris currently resides in Florida with his wife Dr Carmen J Harris and their children.
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