LACREASHA RUFFIN

Exhorter/Worship Ministry Director/Communicator

Experience

MARCH 2020 -Present

Founder and Visionary. Provides spiritual direction and guidance for worship experiences. Shepherding, teaching, and exhorting for worship teams, worship leaders, and worshippers in general.

March 2016 - february 2020

Worship & Communications Director for Covenant Church OKC

Responsible for the Music Ministry and Communication for Covenant Church. Duties include leading and directing all aspects of the worship service. Training and managing volunteers, directing band and vocal rehearsal, Full service production, graphic design, creative arts, livestream, social media, website, email/text communications. 

2017

Worship Assistant for Acts 2 UMC/One Church

Recruit, train, schedule and support worship volunteers and staff. Support graphic designers and assist as directed with design and creation of sermon series banners and clings. Prepared on-screen graphics with Propresenter. Design and print bulletins. Plan and setup all worship services. Assist with worship services as directed by supervisor and pastors.

2015

Worship Director for Ware Chapel CME Church

Responsible for the Music Ministry. Duties include leading and directing all aspects of the worship service. Training and managing volunteers, directing band and vocal rehearsal, Full service production.

2013-2014

Worship Director Assistant/Lead and Backing Vocalist/Production Member (volunteer position) for People's Church

Responsible for assisting the Worship Director for the Midwest City Campus, Ashley Peters. Responsibilities include  assisting with gathering music for rehearsals, coordinating meals, and securing childcare for the worship team.

2016-Present

Compelling Worship Services

Started my own business called Compelling Worship Services with 2 parts: Compelling Cree and The Worship Artist. Compelling Cree is the speaker/public figure platform while The Worship Artist is the worship/church consultation business for ministries and churches.

In the past Compelling Cree/The Worship Artist was centered on Communications. Became the lead graphic and campaign manager for different businesses and organizations. Developed landing pages and websites for clients. Held online coaching events and live training. Facebook Page/Group manager and creator. Facebook Ad Manager.   

Contact

  • cree4hymusic@gmail.com
  • (405) 831-1363
  • www.compellingcree.com

Education/TRAINING

The Gate Church OkC- 2018-2019

Executive Timothy Team

Liberty University School of music- 2018

Master of Arts in Worship Studies (Worship Techniques)

Life strategies Now- 2016

Certification in Life Coaching
Specializing in Worship Ministry

University of Oklahoma- 2003

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Courses

JOHN ECKHART

Impact University - Prophetic School

UDEMY

DSLR Video Production

Social Media Management

The Complete Video Production Bootcamp

Skills

Singing 88%
Planning Center Online 82%
Music 79%
Garageband/Audition 70%
Band/Vocal Rehearsal 85%
Leadership 86%

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

  1. Exhortation
  2. Prophecy
  3. Sheperding

Strengths by Gallup- StrengthsFinder

  1. Restorative
  2. Empathy
  3. Adaptability
  4. Connectedness
  5. Developer

 My passion can be scripturally described by Luke 14:27 which says, “”Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.” The keyword I would like to focus on is “compel.” For the last 3 years, I have had the blessing to be a worship director, and what I discovered in the early years of that development was my emphasis on creating a compelling ministry inside and out. A few of my strengths which support this is creativeness, empathy and learning. 

I would characterize myself as being a creative. Even my name LaCreasha has the root word “crea” in it. I have a knack for good design, communication, and encourage inventive imagination. I find little justification for maintaining the status quo. How this relates to me being a worship leader/director/pastor looks like that worship will never be boring, old, or regular. When I have the opportunity to plan out a worship service, I bring variety, innovation, and pay attention to detail for a compelling service to draw people into worship. 

It is all about communicating your heart as a worshiper which brings me to another strength I have which is empathy. I am naturally aware of and interested in the feelings, experiences and problems of others. In worship, the awareness of the heart is crucial. The Bible has numerous things to say about the heart. The Old Testament has the word “heart” in it over 500 times, which speaks volumes about its importance. In the book of Proverbs, we are instructed to, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Our hearts are so precious to God; so precious in fact, that he even connects our hearts to our worship. We are to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is the key to genuine worship. Compelling worship has to connect with the heart. 

Lastly, a compelling ministry is a learning ministry. Another strength I have is in the area of learning. I am an active learner, always seeking new information that can add value. I often see others as sources of information which means that everyone’s thoughts and ideas are meaningful, pertinent, and valuable for the ministry as a whole. Being a learner also implies that the church will stay relevant and up-to-date. 

 

Ashley Peters

(405) 487-7714
ashley@peopleschurch.tv

Dan Thomas

(405) 638-6155
danathomasjr@gmail.com

Annabel Martinez-Grant

(405) 761- 0048
martinez_annabel1109@yahoo.com