In math, 180 degrees represents a straight line; figuratively it means to make an about face and go in the opposite direction. The latter is the basis for which visionary Andre Byrd founded Degree 180 Enterprises. The vision for Degree 180 Enterprises was birthed in 2009 and en grafted with the message of deliverance that everybody can live a sinless life while on earth. An inherent call for repentance, encouraging young people that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus; they can turn their lives around and go forward in Jesus’ name.
Degree 180 Enterprises looks to push the movement further be more visible in 2014 and got things started at The Sound of the Pure Imagination event on October 25th. The night was a forum centered around music/worship ministry with an anointed set of panelists; Pastor Thomas Warren Jr., Joel Lester, Danielle Lewis-Johnson, Melissa Best, Pastor Vernel Samuel, and Pastor Nelvern Samuel. The night began in prayer and a time of worship setting the atmosphere for God to speak throughout the night. A spirit of unity was evident in the building from the first exclaims of praise that went forth.
Value the presence of God in yourself -Danielle Lewis-Johnson
A song by Danielle Lewis-Johnson entitled “Your Glory” was led by Andre Byrd, further focusing hearts and minds on the Lord. After the time of worship, the panelists took their respective places to delve into the topic of the evening. The first question posed for the night was “What are three important components of being an effective worship ministry?”. Pastor Vernel “Jay-R” Samuel (Hungry 4 God) stated the right heart, the anointing, and practice. He quoted a portion of scripture found in Psalm 24, which declares, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol” (v. 1-4). Pastor Samuel pointed out that although the components are distinct they work hand in hand with each other in order for one to be effective.
The world is waiting for your sound -Melissa Best
The other panelists chimed in on the opening question with responses such as a passion for the presence of God, a genuine relationship with God, a spirit of excellence, a lifestyle of consecration, being humble, and being honest. The remainder of the night flowed seamlessly as the panelists shared their hearts and imparted godly wisdom in the area of music ministry. A key point touched upon by all the panelists is the importance of being in tune with one’s pastor. The pastor as the shepherd of the house sets the tone and has the vision for the church. Therefore, it is imperative that the worship leader knows how to flow in line with the pastor’s vision.
No one can fake your voice. You have your own voiceprint to God -Pastor Nelvern Samuel
Pastor Warren shared that the whole service on Sunday should be the sermon, not just when he steps to the pulpit to preach. A seamless flow should occur at our services, to the point the pastor does not even have to preach. The glory of God is able to fall when the house is in one accord and focused on Him. “Echo the pastor”, said Pastor Warren.
You must sing a song that you have lived! -Pastor Thomas Warren Jr.
A sentiment echoed by all panelist was knowing one’s purpose. The call to lead worship and be in music ministry is not for everyone. One who leads, must do so navigating the balance between vertical and horizontal worship. The balance is important for an effective corporate worship time as well as individual worship unto God. The ‘sound’ was definitely heard by the end of the night, as God assured His people that He is their Sabbath rest. A God ordained launch of the Degree 180 movement.