hero-mobileWorship isn’t a job. It’s not a skill, a craft, or a career.

Worship is a life in pursuit of Jesus. And that’s what I talked about with Steffany Gretzinger from Bethel Music.

Steffany is an incredible artist, songwriter, and worshiper who has just released her first album, The Undoing.

What I love about Steffany is how she is completely dialed in to the heart of her music. It’s not just about the business. She loves Jesus and wants others to experience his presence.

Don’t miss our conversation!

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2743081060_60ae839a48_zCorporate worship can have its awkward moments.

  • Worship leaders can say “crap” instead of “clap”.
  • Capos might be on the wrong fret.
  • Nobody may know any of the songs
  • The worship leader “talk” might not make any sense

(Of course, none of this has happened to me).

The more I lead, the more I realize that a good leader works hard to avoid awkwardness.

That’s why they are a leader. Good worship leaders minimize distraction, focus attention on Jesus, and get out of the way when that starts to happen.

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MichaelNeale-ABOUTUS-2If you’re creative, there’s a tension you walk every day.

“How am I supposed to get all my ideas…done?” It’s challenging to balance a busy life with big dreams.

That’s why I wanted to chat with Michael Neale. Michael is a worship leader, bestselling author, award winning songwriter, speaker, and entrepreneur.

In this interview we cover a lot of ground – from being a creative in the local church to songwriting to worship leading to making your entrepreneurial vision happen. Guys, this is really valuable content.

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gungorGungor. Vicky Beeching. Mark Driscoll. David Yonggi Cho. What do all these names have in common?

Controversy.

Of course, a blogger like myself could not go silent on these issues.

When situations like this arise, we are challenged, confused, disillusioned. We often resort to bashing, freaking out, and being disgusted (or excited) when a Christian celebrity falls.

When I think of the aforementioned names, I think of children of God who followed the call of God, were used mightily by God, and are being honest with their struggle.

Mistakes have been made, power has been abused. But that’s no excuse to write people off.

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BFitts08“The harder you try to be ‘good’, the worse it gets. The more you look at how good your Savior is, the more you will flow as an artist.”

This and more was a part of my conversation with Bob Fitts.

Bob has been a worship leader for over 30 years, having recorded albums with Integrity and Maranatha music.

Bob travels the world extensively to lead worship in many nations and I’ve always appreciated his passion for the love of God.

This was a great conversation as we tackle his start in worship ministry, what he’s learned about the worshiping church across the world, as well as plenty of golden nuggets for worship leaders.

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13470015975_20eb417838If you’re a musician, you want to be original.

To have your sound. To be unique. The problem with being original is that it’s a myth. We are all a product of our influences.

Those who are considered the most original are those who know how to wield seemingly incompatible influences into something unique.

We all desire this. If you’re a worship leader, you want to lead with a unique style that is honest to your personality.

If you sing, drum, play guitar, or cello, you want to discover your unique tone and style.

But how do we “find our voice”? How do we discover our uniqueness?

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identity-crisis-300x300Today’s podcast is all about being over doing. Who you are over what you do. Being a worshiper over worship leading.

You would think as worship leaders, we would naturally be a worshiper, right?

Not always the case.

God is more concerned about who we are as people than what we do as worship leaders.

This is a calendar appointment you can put on repeat. A todo you can put on your task list every day. This is a life calling that never goes out of style.

We are worship. We are worshipers. And if we miss this we miss everything.

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6563902327_80f08226a2_zI crave the real thing.

I don’t know about you, but I want the manifest presence of God in my home, life, and church – not just manufactured, emotional experiences with great songs.

Of course, I am not opposed to production. I love it. I love a creative, well-rehearsed band. I love the pursuit of ever-expanding creativity.

In the context of worship, I believe it’s important for creatives to explore how their art can help to inspire and serve and help people see more of God’s glory. I’m all about that.

But I’m also all about dialing back. I’ve had a few conversations with some leaders in the worship community who agree.

Sometimes we need to simplify to see where our heart is.

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2296855678_f348e0d954_zA few days ago, a member of my worship team asked me a question,

“Dave, what should I be working on? How can I improve as a worship leader?”

Being the seasoned, experienced worship leader that I am I started to rattle off a list of improvement tips.

I told her to become a student of other worship leaders. I told her to listen to a lot of worship music. I told her to practice behind closed doors.

All good things, right? Sure – except for the fact that I missed probably the most important discipline she could “work on”, and that is knowing the Bible.

There’s nothing that brings context to worship leading like God’s Word.

The Bible helps me lead worship like nothing else. It’s scary, but I can know all the worship songs in the world but completely miss the point if I don’t know my Bible.

Worship Leader, know your Bible.

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14753371285_b2c5c46aa5_zWhen I woke up this morning, I was anxious.

I didn’t know who I was. No, not in a scary, schizophrenic kind of way. I wasn’t at peace with who I was, my identity, and what I was called to do.

Every morning is marked by this stress, but especially Monday morning – the morning after I lead worship.

When worship goes well, Monday morning feels empty. I miss the compliments of the crowd. I miss the feeling of a job well done. I feel alone.

When worship is a train wreck (yep, it still happens sometimes), I feel like a failure. I feel like I shouldn’t be doing the things that I do. I’m a fake…a phony…I don’t have what it takes. It’s probably time for a new career.

Monday mornings. It’s quiet. And the silence is deafening to my ears.

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