As a Christian artist...

 I love being a part of the stories of God's faithfulness as we all long for joy that lasts, a peace that satisfies and a hope that doesn't disappoint.  Being a Christian artist allows me to inspire others to see and know what Christ means to us and to the world! 

As a Worship leader...

My job is to point people to Jesus and in a musical setting, to give people a song to sing.  Our hope is that, in word and sacrament, in communion and Christian community, people encounter Jesus in a powerful way.  We frequently remind our musicians and singers that the worship team is here to empower the song of heart and voice of the people and one of the most beautiful moments within worship is when the people are empowered to sing it joyfully and loudly.  As someone who helps lead in public/church worship, part of my job is to build an "us", a sense and reality of community.  That under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and within the scriptural perspective of the day, our shared experiences in worship build up relationship among the people who are part of worship.

We are made for a Common Union with Jesus and for a Common Unity with others on the foundation of Christ.  Worship is one of the rare places where the two intersect in a significant way and my role is to lift up the person and history of Jesus and to give people a song to sing as we praise, proclaim and encourage one another "In Christ". 

Here's the difference between an artist and a worship leader...

In a concert environment, the audience comes to the artist and gives them permission to "take us on a journey".   The artist has the opportunity to craft songs and stories that do just that, based on what the artist has to bring to them for that event.  As a worship leader my role is to be a servant of the message and the people, understanding why they have come and their desire to hear from Jesus, not me.  I am sensitive to the expectations of the congregation and the native "worship language" they speak.  While both environments seek to point people to Jesus, the expectations of the audience/congregation are different in these settings and I am grateful for the role to lead or to serve in both of these environments.

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