A Day In The Life at Romania’s School of Worship

NOTE: This post continues my  Mission Trip 2012 series.

Scoala de Inchinare Class of 2012

Scoala de Inchinare Class of 2012

The Scoala de Inchinare (School of Worship) in Timisoara is a 4 week  intensive worship training school hosted at Timisoara Christian Center (Agape Church). I’m honored to have taught “Practical Theology of Worship” and “Songwriting” at all 7 editions of the school since it began in 2006.

Young adults come from every geographic location and denomination (including Orthodox) in the nation. Most of the students are housed and fed on campus.

This post is a slice of  student life at the Scoala de Inchinare.

7am Prep

Dawn begins before 6am this time of year in the Balkan region of eastern Europe.

Worship Dude grabs a pic for Facebook.

Dawn from my room in Timisoara, Romania. The view includes communist-era apartment buildings.

Dawn from my room in Timisoara, Romania. The view includes communist-era apartment buildings.

By 7am, Raul is up and headed down to the bucătărie (kitchen) to supervise the breakfast crew.

A 2008 alum,  has returned for his second stint as Staff. He’s a translator as well as serving in a role similar to an RA (Residential Assistant), he helps oversee student life in the dorms.

Raul represents the culture of leadership that has evolved and returned to serve the growing school. There are now over 200 graduates serving the Lord throughout Romania. 

7:30 – 8:00 Devotions

Personal Devotion Time for the students. The Scoala is on a daily bible reading plan. Today’s reading was Numbers 5 and 1 Corinthians 1:1-17.

The assigned Old and New Testament scriptures are required reading.

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

Breakfast is only for the students living in the dorms. It’s a simple, European continental offering. Today was salami, tomato, cheese, bread and jam.

Breakfast: Salami, Bread, Jam, Jam, Cheese

Breakfast: Salami, Bread, Jam, Jam, Cheese

Sorry, there ain’t no eggs, bacon and grits ’round here. What’s a country boy to do?

8:45 Devotional Intercessory Prayer

This is the first group meeting and students are required to be on time. Character and discipline is held to a high standard. Two students will share a devotional thought based on the scripture reading and then lead a prayer based on the theme.

Every day begins with intercessory devotional prayer.

Every day begins with intercessory devotional prayer.

This a fervent prayer time!

9:00 – 9:30 Morning Worship

The first week worship was led by various accomplished worship leaders, either graduates or other local leaders. From the second week onward, worship is led by student groups.

Student led worship!

Student led worship!

Morning worship is minunat (wonderful!)

9:30 – 10:45 Lecture Class #1

Students are instructed in these courses:

  • Practical Theology of Worship – Level I (Rob Still)
Rob's Level 1 Theology of Worship Class

Level 1 Theology of Worship. “The Bible is a big book with a lot of information.” By the end of the week we will know it all. NOT.

  • Identity (Costel) – no pic available

 

  • Worship Leadership (Pica)
  • The Heart of The Artist (Pica)
Pica teaches Worship Leadership from his new book "Steering Through Worship"

Pica teaches Worship Leadership from his new book “Steering Through Worship”

  • The Leaders Freedom (Tom Johnson)
  • Mentoring Leaders (Tom Johnson)
Tom Johnson teaches Leadership for Level 1 and Level 2 classes

Tom Johnson teaches Leadership for Level 1 and Level 2 classes

  • Discovering Worship (Genu)
  • Music Theory (Genu)
Genu Teaching Theory

Co-Director Genu Teaching Theory

  • Practical Theology of Worship Level II (Rob Still)
Rob Teaching

Rob Teaching

We moved Level 2 class outside, it was too hot inside

We moved Level 2 class outside, it was too hot inside

Level 2 Students are back for their second year, of course we are more mature!

Level 2 Students are back for their second year, of course we are more mature!

 

11:00 – 12:15 Lecture Class #2

Classes rotate or continue per schedule.

12:30 – 1:30 Lecture Class #3

Classes rotate or continue per schedule.

1:30 – 2:30 Pranz (Lunch)

Everyone has lunch together. In eastern Europe this is the biggest meal of the day.I have a bunch of much pics, they are so good!
Authentic home cooked Romanian soup & main course

Authentic home cooked Romanian soup, sweet pickles & main course

Kitchen Crew
Kitchen Crew rocks!

Kitchen Crew rocks!

Students are assigned chores to help with the meals, cleanup, etc.
It's Edy's turn to wash the dishes!

It’s Edy’s turn to wash the dishes!

Lunch usually includes a delicious homemade soup,  a home-cooked Romanian main course, bread  and fruit or desert. The fruits and vegetables are fresh and delicious!
The lunches are fantastic!

2:30 – 4:30 Voice and Instrumental Instruction

These classes rotate.
  • Vocal Group A (Randy Morgan)
Vocal Instruction with Randal Morgan

Vocal Instruction with Randal Morgan

 

Randall Morgan, SOZO Founder and great vocal coach!

Randall Morgan, SOZO Founder and great vocal coach!

  • Vocal Group B (Cristy )
Critsi coaching Vocal Group B

Critsi coaching Vocal Group B

Cristi's Vocal Class

Cristi’s Vocal Class

  • Acoustic Guitar Beginner (Johnny Kui)
  • Acoustic Guitar Advanced (Johnny Kui)
Guitar Class with Alumi Johnny Kui

Guitar Class with Alumi Johnny Kui

  • Keyboards Beginner (Florin )
Keyboard Class with alumni Flori

Keyboard Class with alumni Flori

Keyboard Lab with Florian

Keyboard Lab with Florian

  • Keyboards Advanced (Darius)
Alumni Darius coaches advanced Keyboards

Alumni Darius coaches advanced Keyboards

  • Drums (Emi Kui)
Tobe (Drums) taught with alumni Emi Kui

Tobe (Drums) taught with alumni Emi Kui

  • Bass (Pica)
Bass instruction with Pastor Pica Menger (Co-Director)

Bass instruction with Pastor Pica Menger (Co-Director)

4:30 – 5:00 Break

The team leading afternoon worship will set-up and sound check during this time.

5:00 – 5:30 Afternoon Worship

This has frequently been led by a local church team, often involving graduates from the school.

Afternoon worship is energizing!

Afternoon worship is energizing!

Generally loud and rockin.

5:30 – 7:00 pm Songwriting

I taught the first week using a fair amount of show and tell.

Rob teaches songwriting

Rob teaches songwriting

Beck Corlan was a special guest on Friday.

Beck Corlan special guest at songwriting class

Beck Corlan special guest at songwriting class

Then Zoli taught in Romanian Mon – Wed of second week.

Zoli teaches songwriting basics  in Romanian

Zoli teaches songwriting basics in Romanian

 

Students are assigned to write songs. This class is casual and a a lot of fun.

I employ a lot of the ideas from the Belmont Songwriters guild to encourage creative expresson.

The grads are writing great songs in Romanian that churches are singing. 

7:00 CINA (Dinner)

This is a simpler fare, usually one dish, bread and a fruit or desert. Only for residential students.

8:00 – 11:00 Free Time

Students hang out, play games or take a walk to town.

Rec time!

Rec time!

Foosball

Foosball

or just hanging out in the dorm …

Hanging out in the dorm

Hanging out in the dorm

Life on campus is fun

Life on campus is fun

11:00 Lights Out

As you can see the days are long and intense. The Staff is very serious about the lights out policy.

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13 thoughts on “A Day In The Life at Romania’s School of Worship

    • Hey Randy thank you so much. I was talking to Tom Johnson and I've love to chat with you when I get back. Maybe a google+ hangout next week? Cool?

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    • Hey Claudiu, thank you for the wonderful comment and multsemesc!

      Bless you my friend and we'll see you next year – maybe as staff? Dah?

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve learned through your blog that your passionate about serving around the world. How did you first hear about this ministry and get involved with it?

    • HI Adam, great to have you on the blog! Thanks for the question!

      Along time ago in a land far away there was an missions trip with my church to serve eastern Eur0pe through SOZO Festival in Hungary. I first taught songwriting, then worship leading and eventually became the worship director.

      Through those relationships the idea for the school of worship in Romania was born. I've been blessed to part an instructor since it began 7 years ago.

      I tell more of the story on this blog post: http://www.robstill.com/how-you-can-go-on-a-missi

      God bless you and thanks for commenting!