#82: The Wonder of Worship, The God of the Old Testament, & The Value Of Hymns with Andrew Greer & Ginny Owens



So honored to have some new friends on the podcast this week. Andrew Greer is a Dove award-nominated singer/songwriter and Ginny Owens is a 3 time Dove award winning artist. What’s interesting about this interview is both of them are first time authors, here to discuss their new book Transcending Mysteries: Who is God and What Does He Want from Us?

I loved the twists and turns in this conversation: songwriting, book writing, knowing God, hymns, leading worship: it’s all here. Enjoy!

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What A Congregation Needs From Their Worship Leader


Ever been caught in the middle of an awkward conversation?

You don’t know what to say, you feel trapped. You can’t wait for it to end.

Corporate worship can feel like this sometimes, right?

No, I’m not here to make fun of specific worship leaders. I’m not here to label you as awkward. But I do believe there is too much at stake for us to be a hindrance rather than a help to worship.

Your church doesn’t need you to be a rockstar. They don’t need you to be the best in world. They don’t even need you to impress them. They just need you to create a safe place.

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#81: Matt Maher On The Movement Of Jesus, Creative Limits In Our Gatherings, & A History Of Christian Worship [Podcast]



Ever get frustrated by how simple worship music is?

Maybe it’s not such a bad thing. And is it possible to be too creative in our corporate gatherings? This and so much more is covered in my conversation with Matt Maher. He has tons of wise, enlightening, practical advice to share with us today. His new album Saints & Sinners has just released and is amazing.

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Changing The World Is Easier Than You Think

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Last week I was down. Discouraged. Depressed. Ever been there?

It’s not that anything major happened. It’s not that I failed, forgot something, or fell on my face. It was just one of those days – the natural, emotional ups and downs of being an imperfect human in an imperfect world.

I don’t always feel like this – some days I feel on top of the world. I feel like a success where everything is going my way. This was not one of those days.

But something happened that changed it all for me. It was nothing magical, nothing massive. Matter of fact, it was a simple text message.

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#80: The Worship Leader’s Identity, How To Lead With Time Constraints, & Coming Back to the Heart with Worship Mob



When was the last time you worshiped because you wanted to?

Not because you were told you should. Not because it’s your job. Not because you have a responsibility. You just wanted to be with God – receiving His love, hearing His voice, being with Him.

Not many worship leaders do this. We do it because we have to and can easily lose our first love. That’s why I love what God is doing at Worship Mob, a weekly gathering of worship leaders and worshipers who are simply hungry for God.

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#79: The Pastoral Artist, Stretching Your Creativity, And Tips For Recording & Touring with Aaron Strumpel [Podcast]


I don’t know about you, but I love discovering new worship music.

Especially worship music that is creative, real, challenging, honest, and different. Welcome to the music of Aaron Strumpel. Aaron is very prolific artist who wastes no time creating great art over the last 8 years: 6 solo full length albums, 5 solo EPs, 6 collaborative full length albums, and plenty more.

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Why Every Musician Needs To Think Like A Producer


Ever get frustrated by another musician you work with? If you haven’t, you’re lying.

Think about it: musicians of different generations, unique styles, different preferences, varying degrees of skill, different goals – all placed on the same stage. There’s nothing like a worship team!

This weekend I was having a conversation with one of the drummers on my team, a great friend. He’s a good drummer – passionate, great feel, good sense of time, loves Jesus, and has the kind of attitude any worship leader would envy.

But even with all these positives in place, something was amiss. Something sounded off.

So began a great conversation that changed everything.

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#78: Why Worship Leaders Need To Cultivate A Massive Imagination [And How to Grow It]

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This week’s podcast is all about keeping things fresh.

Without a doubt, we all get stuck in ruts. We go through the motions. We get stale in our leadership. In order to be a great worship leader, we need to cultivate a massive imagination – to see more and more of God in His Word and in the world, to learn new musical ideas, to step into what is unknown.

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