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Pastors speak about praise and worship

caines | 6/13/2013, 7:04 a.m.

Congregation show spiritual growth Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens, Psalms 150: 1, says. And if one were to visit New Generation Missionary Baptist Church, something that would stand out to that visitor is the churchs praise and worship. When we say praise and worship, its not just singing and music, Rhonda Thomas, assistant pastor of the church, said. Dance is a part of praise and worship, giving is a part of worship as well. As a team, married couple of 23 years, Rev. Ranzer and Rhonda Thomas have led the church for several years. The church was named South Floridas best earlier this year in a local liturgical Ranzer said praise and worship is important at the church because it not only sets the atmosphere, but it is also biblical.He referenced the story of the lame beggar, who was healed by Peter, when Ranzer discussed the topic. The same man who was outside and lame, he is now inside the temple praising God and giving worship unto God for what He has done for him, Ranzer said. Along with praise and worship, the church is known for their social justice ministry. New Generation has hosted rallies and marches to speak against violence and other injustices that have impacted the community. Rhonda said it is important for the church to be a ministry that steps down from the pulpit and goes into the community to help make a difference. The churchs mission of ministry is to win over the lost for Christ and then to help enhance members lives spiritually, socially and economically. New Generation has many events approaching, such as their womens conference [later this month] and the annual dance showcase, June 14th. The pastors have noticed spiritual growth, which is the churchs top priority, in their congregation. The dance mime ministry have fasted both Facebook and computer usage, as their dance showcase approaches. Ranzer explained that the dancers arent merely performing, but they are ministering. Its an anointing which deeply impacts the lives of others when they minister, according to Ranzer. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com