We know worship is more than music.
Leading worship is more than leading songs. But what is the missing ingredient?
It’s shepherding. Through our song choice, speaking, leading, and behind the scenes work, we are shepherding our congregation in their pursuit of Jesus.
In this episode, I talk with Michael Olson about how he does this at Christ’s Church of the Valley, a 20,000+ member church in Phoenix, Arizona.
Michael was a recording artist with Rocketown Records, Michael W Smith’s touring drummer for 6 years, and now a worship leader at Christ’s Church of the Valley. An incredible songwriter, musician, and worship leader.
The conversation flows in a lot of interesting directions. Don’t miss it!
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What You’ll Learn in this Episode
- What it takes to lead worship for a large church
- What it takes to lead a large worship department
- Multi generational worship
- Leveraging your gifts to raise others up
- The importance of detailed, intentional planning
- How to maintain a sensitive heart after God
- How to attract more talented people
- Why paying musicians is a good thing
- How to cast vision as a leader from your instrument
- How recruitment happens at Christ’s Church of the Valley
Resources Mentioned in this Episode
- Music: Michael Olson
- Website: Christ’s Church of the Valley
- Website: Todd Fields
- Music: Andrew Peterson
- Music: Andy Gullahorn
- Song: Jesus Only Jesus
- Book: How God Became King by NT Wright
- Book: Margin
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Question: What was your biggest takeaway from the interview with Michael? Let’s talk in the comments. It’s always better that way.