The Walk: Devotionals by Worship Leaders

Worship Leader Magazine

Worship Leaders are more than just musicians and performers. These leaders and creatives walk with God daily and can bring a good word to the Body of Christ. The Walk is a podcast that gives our featured guests a platform to share their experiences in the form of a devotional. Listeners will travel along with a different influential guest each week and learn how God has grown them through the practice of worship leading. The Walk is a production of Authentic Media's Worship Leader Magazine. Emmy Award-winning producer and editor Matt McCartie teamed up with host and Authentic Media partner Joshua Swanson to bring this podcast to life.

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Paul Wilbur: A Worship Lovesong to Jesus
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Paul Wilbur: A Worship Lovesong to Jesus
Once in a while when you tell a story, even if that story is decades old, the emotions you experienced come rushing back and it’s as if you’re right there reliving that experience again. In this episode our guest, Paul Wilbur, tells a beautiful story about when he met “Yeshua, Jesus” for the first time and then dedicated his life and music to “knowing Him and making Him known.” Paul’s inspiring story begs the question in all of us; Was there a moment when you knew God was calling you to use your gifting for His purposes? “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23–24 (ESV) Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader Magazine. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found here. Who is Paul Wilbur? Paul Wilbur is an internationally-acclaimed messianic worship artist, song writer, speaker, award-winning author, and Dove Award nominee. Paul has sold over three million albums globally and has recorded albums in several languages. He's been sharing a unique Kingdom message that reaches beyond cultural, social and political borders for more than 40 years. Whether he’s singing to packed soccer stadiums throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia, or bringing his message directly to the people of Israel, his distinctive songs of prophetic praise and worship have reached millions. Read more...
Paul Wilbur: A Worship Lovesong to Jesus
5d ago
Paul Wilbur: A Worship Lovesong to Jesus
Once in a while when you tell a story, even if that story is decades old, the emotions you experienced come rushing back and it’s as if you’re right there reliving that experience again. In this episode our guest, Paul Wilbur, tells a beautiful story about when he met “Yeshua, Jesus” for the first time and then dedicated his life and music to “knowing Him and making Him known.” Paul’s inspiring story begs the question in all of us; Was there a moment when you knew God was calling you to use your gifting for His purposes? “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23–24 (ESV) Please subscribe to our social channels for more information and great content surrounding building a lifestyle of worship. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader Magazine. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found here. Who is Paul Wilbur? Paul Wilbur is an internationally-acclaimed messianic worship artist, song writer, speaker, award-winning author, and Dove Award nominee. Paul has sold over three million albums globally and has recorded albums in several languages. He's been sharing a unique Kingdom message that reaches beyond cultural, social and political borders for more than 40 years. Whether he’s singing to packed soccer stadiums throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia, or bringing his message directly to the people of Israel, his distinctive songs of prophetic praise and worship have reached millions. Read more...
Elias Dummer: Is It Worship or Performance?
Aug 1 2022
Elias Dummer: Is It Worship or Performance?
So many Worship Leaders are so concerned about being accused of “performing” and not actually leading worship. Questions like “are we doing it well?” and “how did we sound?'' come before the important question of “did we see lives changed?'' and “did people meet Jesus?” There’s a tension that exists between the space of worship and the space of performance. Accusations of “that church just puts on a show” are prevalent within the western Church and our megachurches have spent lots of tithe money on creating a highly produced Sunday service. One might even say that the light show on Sunday helps keep the lights on the rest of the week. Elias Dummer knows a thing or two about this topic of worship versus performance. As a former successful CCM artist and lead singer of the band The City Harmonic and as a songwriter and Worship Leader for his local church, he has a unique perspective based on his years of experience. In this episode he addresses this issue by bringing us back to the basics of how we were created. Hopefully, through this episode, our tribe will be able to remove the fear of creating a performance culture and just focus on doing worship well and connecting the congregation with God. This podcast is brought to you by Authentic Media and Worship Leader Magazine. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found here: is Elias Dummer ? Elias Dummer co-founded and fronted one of Canada’s most acclaimed worship bands, The City Harmonic. As the group's principal songwriter, he helped pen such hits as “Holy (Wedding Day)” and “Mountaintop,” as well as “Manifesto,” which served as the theme song for 2011’s National Day of Prayer. The City Harmonic earned 12 GMA Canada Covenant Awards and a Juno Award (Canada’s GRAMMY® equivalent), before disbanding in 2017. Dummer released his solo debut, The Work Vol. I, in 2019 and was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2020 Covenant Awards. Both as a solo artist and with The City Harmonic, Dummer’s music has garnered more than 100 million streams to date. His latest album, The Work Vol. II, released July 29 and features collaborations with such artists as Sandra McCracken; Citizens’ Zach Bolen; JJ Heller; and Land of Color.
Cheri Keaggy: Losing a Parent & Surviving Grief
Jul 25 2022
Cheri Keaggy: Losing a Parent & Surviving Grief
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Charles Billingsley: Final Words of a Dying Man
Jul 18 2022
Charles Billingsley: Final Words of a Dying Man
"The Christian life is a fight against a never ending struggle against evil. It is not an earthly military campaign, but a spiritual battle." Can you imagine being in jail and knowing that you are “at the end of your journey?” Paul was awaiting his death and looking back at his life and taking stock when he wrote 2 Timothy. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 This episode is an encouragement to all Believers to finish the race and keep the faith. Charles encourages listeners to first recognize that there’s a daily battle going on for your soul. Put on the armor daily. Next, to run towards the presence of God and live in the moment with the Holy Spirit as your guide. Let’s not leave this world with regrets, but instead run the race for Christ as if each day is your last so we can “finish well.” The Walk is brought to you by Worship Leader Magazine , an Authentic Media brand. More episodes can be found here:   More About Charles Billingsley    From the stages of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to numerous events and conferences around the country, Charles Billingsley has been one of Christian music’s most distinctive artists for nearly 30 years. Beginning his career as a lead vocalist for GRAMMY®-nominated genre giant NewSong, Billingsley has since headlined more than 3,200 concerts, released 24 recordings as a solo artist, and garnered seven #1 Inspirational radio hits. Charles and his wife, Shae, have been married for 28 years and they have two sons, Caleb and Cooper.
Kurtis Parks - Faith and a Lyft
Jul 4 2022
Kurtis Parks - Faith and a Lyft
Kurtis Parks is a father and husband, a church planter, a worship leader, an author*, and a songwriter. We are blessed that he had the time to share this incredible devotional with us all about faith. Christians can always use a little bit more faith and it’s a topic that, no matter how many times it’s covered in any format, it’s relevant. Sometimes God rewards our faith with tangible experiences that we can’t deny are a result of His intervention. This episode has just such a story and it will truly blow your mind. God is so good and so alive. Today’s episode is one of those worth listening to…twice. More about our podcast can be found on Worship Leader's website. References Hebrews 12:26-29 About Our Sponsor - Next Sunday future generations find a church worth fighting for? A great reckoning is underway in the church today: a naming and exposing of the exclusivity, abuse, racism, patriarchy, and unchecked power that have marked evangelical Christianity for far too long. What kind of church will emerge on the other side? Like many families, the Beaches have been wrestling with this question. Together, Nancy and Samantha represent two generations: Nancy, a boomer, was a key player in the megachurch movement that revolutionized global ministry during the '80s and '90s, while Samantha, a millennial, is willing to abandon those massive buildings and celebrity cultures and find out whether the foundation holds. Each chapter offers their individual experiences and perspectives on a challenge facing the church and considers the way forward. Filled with deep introspection and keen insight, Next Sunday is a vulnerable conversation about what the church has been—and what it can be. Go here for more on the book: website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn affiliate commissions when you click through the affiliate links on our website. Contact us with questions. More About Kurtis Parks Having written over 1200 songs in every genre since the age of 13, and being a worship leader since the age of 13, Kurtis truly understands the gift of music, and the potential for it’s impact on our world today. Some may recognize him as a top 50 finalist on American Idol’s fourth season. Kurtis has also appeared on the Fox Morning Show, BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel Hour, and his song “Forever Changed”, written for his beloved Virginia Tech community after the April 2007 tragedy was featured on NBC News and CNN. His song “Burn it All Down” hit Billboard’s Hot Gospel top 20, written with Joel Buckner, fellow worship leader. Kurtis wrote for and was featured on Integrity Music’s “ONE a Worship Collective”, which hit #1 on Soundscan in it’s first week in 2013. In Summer 2017, Kurtis was featured on the #1 album “The Emerging Sound Vol. 3”. With his latest solo release “Hymn Like” Kurtis hit Billboard Christian charts, and the songs are making their way to audiences of all ages, and churches of all styles. Many of his worship choruses are being sung around the world in churches every weekend. Read more…