The Walk: Devotionals for Worshippers

Worship Leader

Worship Leader’s devotional podcast platforms guests that are passionate believers with a great story and an even better message for our large audience of worshippers. Our guests are creatives who walk with God daily and bring a great word to the Body of Christ. They include worship leaders, pastors, educators, speakers, and artists. Listeners will travel along each week and hear an intimate first-person story and learn how, through that story, our guests have built a lifestyle of worship.

Full Episode List: https://worshipleader.com/podcasts/

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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Episodes

Kim Walker-Smith Devotional: Mama
May 10 2024
Kim Walker-Smith Devotional: Mama
The Walk Podcast Celebrates Mother's Day: An Inspiring Conversation with Kim Walker-Smith In a heartwarming special edition of The Walk Podcast, hosted by Worship Leader Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Joshua Swanson, listeners were treated to a profound discussion with renowned worship leader, artist, and songwriter Kim Walker-Smith. This Mother’s Day special not only honored mothers but offered insights applicable to all listeners, underscored by Kim's personal journey into motherhood and her reflections on parenting as a sacred honor. The Legacy of Family Kim shared her initially reluctant journey to motherhood, marked by fears and uncertainties that resonate with many. Despite her successful career leading worship globally, she revealed a pivotal moment when God shifted her perspective towards the legacy of family. This revelation came through struggles with her firstborn, Wyatt, whose sleep difficulties in his early months highlighted deeper fears Kim harbored about failing as a mother. Her candid recount of feeling abandoned by God, only to realize it was a moment of profound personal growth and healing, was particularly moving. Your Role as a Parent Her story is a testament to the transformative power of embracing one's role as a parent. Kim discussed the ongoing commitment required to connect with her children's hearts, a task that varies in difficulty as they grow but is always worth the effort. Her narrative is an encouraging reminder for parents in the worship community that their primary ministry begins at home, with their children. The Devil Wants Your Children The discussion also touched on the broader spiritual warfare over the family unit, urging parents to remain vigilant and proactive in their children's lives. Kim's powerful prayer encapsulated a blessing for all parents, invoking God's presence and guidance in their journey of raising children who are deeply connected with their faith. Listeners were also invited to check out Kim's new song "Mama," a fitting tribute available in the show notes at worshipleader.com. This episode, supported by Planning Center and Life Audio, is not just a celebration of mothers but a call to all parents to cherish and fight for their sacred role. - - - - - - - - - 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. More episodes can be found at the links below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://kimwalkersmith.com/https://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.worshipleaderinstitute.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Kim Walker-Smith? Kim Walker-Smith is celebrated for her exceptional vocals and spirit-led worship anthems. Kim emerged as a prominent worship leader for the Jesus Culture movement in the 2010s. With massive hits like "How He Loves", "Spirit Break Out," "Protector" and “Throne Room,” Kim has amassed over 400M streams and a combined social following of almost two million. Kim’s influence extends beyond music as she is a sought-after speaker and an influential faith leader. She and her husband, Skyler, reside in Montana and have three children, sons Wyatt and Bear, and daughter Maisie. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Meredith Andrews Devotional: Worship Is Warfare
May 6 2024
Meredith Andrews Devotional: Worship Is Warfare
Welcome, esteemed readers and devoted listeners, to another enriching exploration of worship as a dynamic spiritual practice and a formidable form of spiritual warfare. In the latest devotional podcast from The Walk, hosted by Joshua Swanson, Editor-in-Chief of Worship Leader Magazine, we are privileged to hear from Meredith Andrews, a revered voice in the worship community. Her insights not only delve into the personal and communal aspects of worship but also highlight its profound impact on confronting the spiritual and existential challenges we face today. Worship as Warfare Meredith Andrews, with heartfelt conviction, articulates worship as an essential strategy in spiritual warfare, not just for worship leaders but for every believer contending with life’s battles. She draws on poignant personal experiences and biblical narratives, emphasizing that worship is not merely a ritualistic engagement but an active, powerful stance against spiritual adversities. Her reflections are anchored in the scriptural account from 2 Chronicles 20, where Jehoshaphat and the Israelites, facing overwhelming odds, turned to God in worship before engaging in battle. This narrative underscores the pivotal role of worship in achieving divine victory, even when physical battles loom large. The Role of Personal and Corporate Worship Andrews’ experiences on the worship platform illustrate the dual nature of worship—it is both a personal encounter with God and a communal experience that strengthens and unifies the body of Christ. She recounts moments of vulnerability, where the act of worship became a conduit for God’s grace and power, providing peace and strategic guidance amid turmoil. Her testimony is a vivid illustration of how worship can transform personal fear into a declaration of faith and authority. As we reflect on Meredith Andrews’ insights, we are reminded of the transformative power of worship—it is not only a response to God’s glory but a declaration of His sovereignty over our lives and our circumstances. Worship as a practice transcends the confines of church walls, touching every aspect of our lives,and empowering us to confront and conquer the trials we face. In closing, let us carry forward the mantle of worship as our spiritual armor, emboldened by the truth that our worship not only reaches the heart of God but actively participates in the spiritual realm, bringing the Kingdom of God to bear on our earthly journeys. May you find encouragement and strength in your walk of faith, and may our collective worship rise like a sweet fragrance to the heavens, declaring God’s sovereignty and love over every aspect of our lives. - - - - - - - - - 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. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://meredithandrews.com/Planning Center University: https://tinyurl.com/m3u4fn4nhttps://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.worshipleaderinstitute.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Meredith Andrews? Curb | Word Entertainment recording artist Meredith Andrews is passionate about writing and leading songs that keep people’s hearts and minds set on Jesus. Over the course of her career, the Dove Award-winning artist has been using her musical gifts, love for God, and her huge heart for His people - to teach and remind us all about the enormity of our awesome and loving Savior. Andrews was previously part of the Vertical Worship team, and more recently Belonging Co., her home church in Nashville. As a gifted songwriter and recording artist, she has been a part of multiple songs sung by churches across America such as “Open Up The Heavens”, “Lamb of God”, “Not For A Moment”, “Spirit of the Living God,” and “Faith and Wonder.” Andrews often leads worship at major women’s and worship leader conferences across the U.S., and has toured with Matt Maher, Natalie Grant, Big Daddy Weave, Vertical Worship, Phil Wickham, and Michael W. Smith, among others. Meredith’s latest album, Heaven's Frequency, released on March, 22, 2024. Scripture References 2 Chronicles 202 Corinthians 10:3-5 Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Byron Stinson About Red Heifers
May 1 2024
A Conversation with Byron Stinson About Red Heifers
A Texan's Journey with Red Heifers and Biblical Prophecies In today's exploration, we delve into a riveting conversation from the latest episode of "The Walk," hosted by our Editor-in-Chief, Joshua Swanson, with the distinguished Byron Stinson, a Texas native. This episode invites us into the profound layers of a project that’s stirred significant global interest among various faith communities—the transportation of five red heifers to Israel. A Mission Rooted in Prophecy The endeavor that Byron Stinson has embarked upon is not just a logistic challenge but a profound fulfillment of Biblical prophecies, resonating deeply with both Christian and Jewish eschatological traditions. As Joshua introduced Byron, we were reminded of the scripture's call for a red heifer in Numbers 19—a requirement for the biblical purification rites essential for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. A Divine Call and Response Byron's narrative is a powerful testimony to a divine calling. At the tender age of 14, Byron heard what he believed to be a conversation between God and Lucifer, foretelling his future involvement with the Jewish people. This experience set the stage for his lifelong commitment to this cause, despite not knowing any Jewish individuals at the time. His story is a vivid illustration of faith’s journey from prophecy to action. Engagement in Israel Byron’s contributions to Israel began in earnest in 2007, funded by an unexpected boon from gas wells on his property. Instead of personal gain, Byron chose to dedicate these resources to fostering closer ties between Christian pastors and Jewish scholars in Israel. This initiative reflects a broader vision of unity and mutual enrichment between the faiths, grounded in shared reverence for sacred texts and histories. The Red Heifer Project The quest for the red heifers involved not only meticulous planning and coordination—engaging ranchers across Texas through modern technology—but also a significant spiritual and communal effort. The selected heifers, particularly distinguished by their pure red color, symbolize more than just animals; they are a bridge to fulfilling ancient rites that hold profound contemporary significance. Interfaith Relations and Future Hopes Byron passionately discussed the implications of the red heifer project on Christian-Jewish relations, emphasizing the covenantal relationship with God that both faiths cherish. He views these efforts as a step towards realizing a scriptural prophecy that envisions a unity in worship among all of God's children on the Temple Mount, promoting peace and mutual respect among the Abrahamic faiths. A Call to Action The episode was not just a recounting of past deeds but a fervent call to action for Christians to engage more deeply with their spiritual heritage and support the Jewish community in tangible ways. This aligns with our magazine's vision of nurturing a house of prayer for all nations, drawing us closer to the divine promise of peace and reconciliation. As we reflect on Byron’s endeavors and the theological underpinnings discussed in this episode, let us consider how we, too, can contribute to this grand narrative of faith, hope, and unity. May our paths be guided by wisdom, and our actions be a testament to the love and obedience we owe to our Creator. - - - - - - - - - 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. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.bonehisrael.com/https://www.christianity.com/wiki/end-times/is-the-red-heifer-tale-in-israel-biblical-fact-or-prophetic-fiction.htmlhttps://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.worshipleaderinstitute.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Byron Stinson? Byron Stinson, alongside his wife Tammy, are devout Judeo-Christian adherents of the God of Abraham and the Messianic promise through David's lineage. Byron diligently serves as an international fundraiser and advisor for Boneh Israel, an organization dedicated to the restoration and building up of Israel, as inspired by prophetic scriptures such as Ezekiel 37:16. This passage symbolically unites the tribes of Israel, signifying their divine reunification. Residing on the southern edge of Jerusalem with a picturesque view of the Shepherd’s fields near Bethlehem, Byron, Tammy, and their youngest son, Isaac, also maintain a charming farm along the Brazos River in Glen Rose, Texas. In 2007, the couple established the Father’s House Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that promotes mercy ministries and organizes educational pilgrimages to Israel. The Stinsons, blessed with eight children and over seventeen grandchildren, find profound joy in serving the Lord and contributing to their various enterprises, including Glen Rose Transportation Management Inc. and National Fleet Tracking LLC. Their careers are supported by a dedicated team, ensuring integrity and value in their services. Byron’s leadership extends beyond business, having chaired the Glen Rose ISD Board, the Somervell County Library Board, and other significant roles within his community. He has contributed as President of The Promise in Glen Rose, the parks and recreation department of Somervell County, a central education district encompassing 40 schools, and as a member of the Somervell County Central Appraisal District. He also served as a constable in Somervell County from 1976 to 1979. In a notable recent development, rabbis from Jerusalem authenticated 21 red heifers in Texas, overseen by Boneh Israel, marking a significant step in their journey to Israel, aligning with scriptural prophecy and the Stinsons' faith-driven initiatives. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Lucy Grimble on The Walk Podcast
Apr 24 2024
A Conversation with Lucy Grimble on The Walk Podcast
The Spiritual Genesis of Lucy Grimble In a delightful and insightful episode of The Walk Podcast, Lucy Grimble, a gifted U.K.-based worship artist, sits down with Joshua Swanson, the sagacious Editor-in-Chief of Worship Leader Magazine. Together, they unveil the tapestry of Lucy's spiritual journey, intertwined delicately with the rich heritage of Anglican worship and the profound, transformative encounter with the Toronto Blessing. Lucy’s narrative begins in the quiet suburbs of London, within the venerable walls of a Victorian Anglican church, where the unsuspecting formality was lovingly interrupted by a divine wind — the Spirit's touch. It was in these tender years that Lucy encountered the tangible reality of God's presence, shaping her path and beckoning her into a commitment to Christ — a decision uniquely her own, stepping beyond familial faith. The Heart of Authentic Worship As we eavesdrop on their conversation, Lucy's artistic voyage surfaces as one marked by authenticity. Her songwriting, a sanctuary of honest dialogue with God, resounds with the depth of psalms and the rawness of personal pilgrimage. She shares the emergence of her craft amidst faith's awakening, melding the two in a harmonious expression of devotion. Diversity and Desire: The Church in London Swanson probes the landscape of Lucy's context, the Anglican communion in London, rich with diversity and a universal thirst for the Spirit's outpouring. Lucy’s experiences across the ecclesiastical spectrum — from high church ceremonies to Pentecostal vigor — bear witness to a collective desire for God’s transformative work in society. Artistic Integrity in the Shadow of Industry Amidst the richness of their dialogue, Lucy recounts the challenge of nurturing creativity in an environment divergent from the commercial hub of Nashville's Christian Contemporary Music scene. With integrity and a desire to preserve the freedom of her artistic voice, Lucy embraces her roots in the U.K., savoring the earnest purity found in the fellowship of local artists. The Birth of a Testimony Through Melody The podcast glides into the reflective tones of Lucy’s latest album, a contemplative project birthed from the crucible of pandemic-driven despair. Here, in the tension between darkness and light, she finds a canvas for her testimony, painting with the hues of endurance and the brushstrokes of divine faithfulness. A Word of Encouragement to Worship Leaders For fellow worship leaders, Lucy imparts a resonant encouragement: the intrinsic worth of pursuing the beauty of the Lord, the enduring anchor of our soul's adoration. Her words, steeped in wisdom, beckon us to seek renewed revelation of Christ's splendor. Lucy Grimble's story, shared with humility and vibrance on The Walk Podcast, is a beckoning call to encounter grace in the unlikely — to see God's spirit move in unexpected places and to sing a new song, one that resonates through the formal aisles of tradition and into the vibrant streets of contemporary life. - - - - - - - - - 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. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://lucygrimble.com/https://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.worshipleaderinstitute.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Lucy Grimble? In the heart of London, UK, stands Lucy Grimble, a worship leader and songwriter whose decade-long tenure has been marked by an unyielding commitment to crafting spaces of divine love and unity through music. With over ten years of experience, Lucy has honed her art as a solo performer and as the linchpin of a band of adept musicians and vocalists. Her music transcends mere performance; it is an invitation to experience the love of God, an embrace that dissolves barriers and kindles a deep-seated love for the divine, self, and neighbor. Lucy's latest concept album, "Between the Shadow and the Sun," is a poignant chronicle of her three-year odyssey through the valleys of creativity, spirituality, and mental resilience. Born amidst the global pandemic's uncertainty, this collection of songs delves with rare sincerity into themes of trauma, doubt, unrest, and loss, capturing the collective human experience against the backdrop of recent global events. The album is an exploration of the coexistence of darkness and light within the human journey, reflecting the dichotomy of struggle and hope that defines the contemporary Christian experience. "I found that pain and suffering cannot be divorced from the Christian walk," Lucy reflects, her insights informing the very sinews of her album. The project lays bare the process of learning to trust in God amidst trials, with introspective pieces like "Shedding Skin," "Ready for the Dawn," and "Plans" juxtaposed against the uplifting resonance of "Hope (Again)" and "Spacious Place." The soundscape of the album is a rich tapestry of intricate piano arrangements, layered vocal textures, and a folk-meets-synth melody line, creating an auditory experience with a wide appeal, particularly for those wrestling with their faith. Lucy's fervent hope is that her listeners will find solace in the album's narrative, drawing from the well of God's unchanging kindness and mercy. She invites her audience to find a friend in the great darkness and to trust in the constancy of God's presence. "Between the Shadow and the Sun" is more than an album; it's a testament to hope, a narrative of wrestling, and ultimately, a chronicle of finding God's light in the darkest of places. When Lucy is not immersing herself in songwriting and music production, she dedicates her time to guiding others through workshops on songwriting and worship, sharing her journey and fostering a new generation of worship artists. Her career is not merely a series of records but a continuous outpouring of her soul, with more creative projects eagerly anticipated in the pipeline. Lucy Grimble stands as a beacon in the realm of worship music—a lyrical alchemist who transforms the raw materials of life's experiences into golden threads of melody, inviting all to partake in the beauty of God's eternal song. 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A Conversation with Mac Powell
Apr 8 2024
A Conversation with Mac Powell
In this episode of “The Walk” podcast, Joshua Swanson, our esteemed Editor-in-Chief, engaged in a profound dialogue with the artist and worship leader Mac Powell, whose seasoned wisdom shines through the tenure of his journey in Christian music.  Powell, with grace akin to the silver strands in his beard, reflects on his newfound role as an elder statesman in the industry. He fondly recalls the influence of stalwarts like Michael W. Smith and Stephen Curtis Chapman, now passing the baton as a mentor to the newer generation of artists.  Divine Redirection in a Time of Global Pause Amidst the unforeseen global pause brought by COVID-19, Powell found a divine redirection of his path— from touring to becoming an artist in residence at a local church in Atlanta, joining hands with Dr. Michael Youssef. This transition unearthed treasures of fellowship and community, contrasting the transient connections of touring life. As a solo artist and a worship leader, he basks in the continuity of nurturing relationships within the body of Christ.  Humility and the Fame Conundrum His humility, a byproduct of his faith and family life, repudiates any notion of fame going to his head. Powell shares how the acknowledgment of not being "good enough" serves not as a defeat but a testament to Christ's sufficiency. Confronting Lies with Gospel Truth In his battle against the lies of inadequacy, Powell holds onto the gospel truth that his value and capabilities are firmly rooted in Jesus Christ. His fervent prayers and walks symbolize an ongoing pursuit of closeness with the Savior, an honest reflection of his dependency on God for every breath. Mentoring the Next Generation Powell's insights into mentoring the younger generation reveal his excitement for the fresh voices rising in the Christian music space. He observes the vibrant faith of youth, their growth, and their commitment, which bodes well for the future of worship.  The Indispensable Church Addressing concerns about the relevance of church for young people, Powell articulates the foundational Christian doctrine of communal worship—pointing to the scriptural mandate not to forsake gathering as believers. He sees the church as an irreplaceable forum for mutual edification and spiritual growth. Personal Goals and Spiritual Leadership As a leader in the worship music domain, Powell's goals remain steadfast: deepening his faith and understanding of Scripture, a journey inspired by his wife's dedication to studying the New Testament. His focus on personal spiritual growth aligns with his mission in ministry and music. Music's Role in Spiritual Warfare Speaking on spiritual warfare, Powell acknowledges its reality, emphasizing the vital role of music in the spiritual battle. He references scriptural instances where music and worship played pivotal roles in God's plan, and shares his own practice of incorporating hymns into worship, a tribute to the rich theological heritage they carry. Family Ties in Ministry Finally, Powell expresses the joy of touring with his family, where his children occasionally accompany him as part of his band, underscoring the intertwining of his faith and family life in his ministry. As Powell left with a Chick-fil-A-inspired "my pleasure," we too are left with nourishment—but of the soul, fed by the earnest testament of a life devoted to worship, humility, and the stewardship of Christ's legacy in music. - - - - - - - - - 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. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.macpowell.com/https://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.worshipleaderinstitute.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Mac Powell? Hailing from the heartland of Alabama and relocating to Atlanta, Georgia during his high school years, Mac Powell would go on to establish the influential Christian rock ensemble, Third Day. This iconic group would not only shape the Christian music scene over their illustrious twenty-seven-year run but also amass a following that led to over 10 million album sales. Their accolades include capturing four Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, a remarkable twenty-four Dove Awards, and an esteemed induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.  After the band's farewell tour in 2018, Powell embarked on a solo journey, leading to the triumphant release of his album "New Creation" on October 15, 2021. Debuting at the summit of the Top Christian & Gospel album chart, "New Creation" marked Powell's continued resonance in the industry. Its lead single "River of Life" surged into the Top 10 on Christian radio, while the album's titular track "New Creation" remained a fixture in the top 10 for 19 weeks, peaking at No. 2 for 7 of those weeks. Powell's commitment to his faith extends beyond the recording studio, as he serves at the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. There, amidst the vibrant congregation, he weaves life with his beloved wife Aimee and their children, fostering a home where music and ministry intertwine.   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Aaron Shust
Apr 1 2024
A Conversation with Aaron Shust
The Transformative Power of Scriptural Songwriting Aaron Shust, a prominent voice in Christian music, offers an enlightening perspective on the role of Scripture in songwriting. His creative process, deeply anchored in biblical texts, transcends the mere composition of music. It is an act of faith, believing that the Word of God, when melded with melody, will accomplish its divine purposes in the hearts of listeners. Shust's commitment to this principle is particularly evident in his work with psalms, where he crafts musical expressions that resonate with both familiarity and spiritual profundity. His approach is not about creating from a deity's perspective but embodying the worshipper's voice, akin to David's psalms. As he quotes Jesus in Matthew 11, Shust underscores the inherent power of divine words that work beyond human capacity to inspire or evoke emotion. A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Worship Shust's pilgrimage to Israel in 2016 was transformative, deepening his understanding of biblical events and their present reality. He recounts how walking in the footsteps of Jesus across the historic landscapes of Israel imprinted on him a profound sense of the Scriptures' authenticity and the enduring significance of these sacred sites. This experience not only enriched his personal faith journey but also influenced his music, infusing it with the weight and spiritual significance of the Holy Land. The Ongoing Relevance of Israel in Worship In a world striving for equity and sensitivity, the unique role of Israel in God's divine narrative continues to captivate Shust. The mysterious choice of Israel and its people plays a pivotal role in the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, as well as in the unfolding of God's ultimate plan. Shust passionately conveys his desire to stand with Israel and acknowledges the intricate plans God has for all nations while maintaining a balanced love for Israel and its neighbors. Generational Leadership in Worship Reflecting on intergenerational dynamics within the church, Shust emphasizes the need for authenticity in worship across age groups. He challenges the next generation to inquire and engage with the practices of worship passed down to them, fostering a dialogue that respects tradition while allowing for evolution. As someone who now finds himself in the role of the mentor rather than the mentee, he seeks to inspire younger worshippers to contribute meaningfully to the church's legacy. The Sanctity of Gathering Shust highlights the beauty and necessity of the Christian community coming together in worship, echoing the early church's unity and fervor. He sees the gathering of believers as a fundamental expression of the church, vital to its spiritual vigor and reflective of the inherent human need for connection and shared faith. Worship and Relevance in Songwriting Navigating the delicate balance between timeless and contemporary, Shust aims for his music to hold relevance for all generations without alienating any. He aspires for his creations to be recognized as timeless classics, pairing eternal content with melodies that stand the test of time. The Journey to Songwriting as a Calling From his first song at the age of 11, Shust's songwriting journey has been one of spiritual and emotional exploration. His process, richly influenced by his musical education and personal faith, led him to discover the profound satisfaction of setting Scripture to music. His story is a testament to the power of creative expression as a means of worship. Words of Wisdom: Advice to the Younger Self Reflecting on his younger years, Shust would advise his younger self to embrace the present, trust in God's direction, and value the present ministry over future aspirations. His growth as an artist and believer underscores the importance of faithfulness in small things and the recognition of God's sovereignty over our life's path. Artistic Creation as Ministry Shust advocates for a ministry-focused approach to artistry, ensuring that creative works serve to edify others and glorify God. He encourages artists to consider the impact of their art on the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of their audience, moving beyond self-serving motives toward a ministry that points to the divine. Leading Worship with Imperfection In his humility, Shust acknowledges that worship leaders, like all believers, are flawed vessels. Yet, he has witnessed God's grace in using imperfect individuals to lead others in worship. Striving for a clean heart and pure hands is a continual pursuit for Shust, highlighting the necessity of confession and dependence on God's mercy. Aaron Shust's dialogue in "The Walk" reminds us that worship is both a personal devotion and a communal experience. Through his music and reflections, he illustrates the power of authenticity, scriptural grounding, and the beauty of shared faith. His journey encourages us to seek deeper connections with our heritage of faith, to honor our traditions while welcoming fresh expressions, and to cherish the act of gathering as a cornerstone of worship. - - - - - - - - - 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. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.aaronshust.com/https://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.worshipleaderinstitute.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Aaron Shust? Aaron Shust's musical journey is marked by a profound connection with both the art of music and the spiritual depth of God's Word. From his early days at the piano, Aaron has been deeply engaged with the nuances of sound, melody, and musical structure. His commitment to exploring the complexities of Scripture has been equally significant, delving into the narratives that portray the messianic figure of Jesus. Shust's discography, including hits like “My Savior My God,” reflects these core passions, earning him accolades such as the 2007 New Artist, Songwriter, and Song of the Year awards. His personal trials, including his son’s Down Syndrome diagnosis and family health battles, have deepened his reliance on faith, echoed in anthems like “My Hope is in You” and “Ever Be.” Aaron’s exploration of his faith led to a rich connection with the Messianic Jewish community, deepening his understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures and Jewish customs. This journey profoundly influences his music, as evidenced in the project Heaven + Earth: The Psalms Project, where Shust integrates traditional Hebrew elements and collaborates with Israeli artists to bring ancient biblical praises to life. Residing in Nashville with his wife Sarah and their children, Daniel, Nick, and Michael, Aaron Shust continues to weave his life experiences, faith, and musical talents into a tapestry that not only entertains but also spiritually nourishes his audience.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Jennifer and Marty Goetz Devotional:  I Will Fear No Evil
Mar 25 2024
Jennifer and Marty Goetz Devotional: I Will Fear No Evil
In the latest episode of The Walk podcast, we find ourselves in a rich conversation with the artists Marty and Jennifer Goetz, whose lives have been a tapestry woven with the threads of faith, music, and heritage. One cannot help but be moved by the authenticity with which they share their journey. Embracing Heritage and Faith Marty Goetz, a man who embraces his identity as a Jewish gospel singer, captures our imagination as he recounts his aspirations to be like the musical icons of his time. Yet, in the heartfelt and humble recollections shared with his wife, Jennifer, we are gently reminded of the transforming power of the Psalms and the timeless relevance of worship. The Transformative Power of Partnership Jennifer's voice in the conversation serves as a testament to the supportive and integral role she has played in their ministry, as well as a witness to the personal and spiritual transformation that unfolds when one encounters the divine amid life’s tumult. The Journey Through the Psalms Their story is a narrative of discovery, with each chapter marked by a Psalm—like milestones along the path of their faith walk. The most profound of these Psalms, Psalm 23, becomes a lens through which they view their past and present, a scriptural anchor that has seen them through the shadows and into the light. Rediscovering Worship The Goetzes' reflections serve as a devotional roadmap, inviting us to consider the profound depths of Scripture and the personal relationship we can have with its Author. Marty's anecdote of rewriting Psalm 23, which was first sung out of a new believer's passion and later out of the wisdom of experience, challenges us to approach familiar passages with fresh eyes and renewed hearts. Finding the Altar at Home In the crucible of life's hardships, from cancer to the isolation brought on by a global pandemic, Marty and Jennifer discovered an altar in their home. They transformed their space into a House of Worship, rekindling their spiritual fervor and refining their ministry to reflect a more intimate and communal worship experience. The Ministry of Song Their conversation is a witness to the fact that the valleys and mountaintops of our faith journey can lead to a deeper, more profound worship—a worship that goes beyond the walls of churches and into the very heart of our daily lives. Anticipating "Shepherd of Israel" Their upcoming release, "Shepherd of Israel," holds the promise of a song born out of both tribulation and triumph, encapsulating their shared story and the stories of many who will find solace in its melody. As we take our leave from this episode of The Walk, we carry with us the resonant truth that, like David the Psalmist and the Goetzes, we are all invited to sing a new song to the Lord, a song that rises from the narrative of our lives, echoing the faithfulness of the Shepherd of Israel. - - - - - - - - - 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. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.martygoetz.com/Planning Center University: https://tinyurl.com/m3u4fn4nhttps://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Jennifer Yaffee Goetz? Jennifer Yaffee was born in New York City into a conservative Jewish family. In her mid-twenties she began traveling with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and many other musical icons of the sixties. She was immersed in a pop culture lifestyle that anyone looking in would likely covet, yet she found herself empty and unfulfilled. At the age of 25 she gave her life to Yeshua, and in 1984 she married Marty Goetz, another Jewish believer in Jesus. Within that same year, Marty recorded his first album and the two have built Marty Goetz Ministries together from the ground up, traveling and singing all over the world to share the good news of Yeshua with both Jew and Gentile alike. Who is Marty Goetz? Emmy-nominated, Marty Goetz has been called a ‘Modern-Day Psalmist.’ His songs are scriptures beautifully set to music, leaving listeners spiritually moved, inspired and edified.  He has partnered in ministry with many others, including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Greg Laurie’s Harvest Christian Fellowship, Jewish Voice Ministries International, and numerous Christian and Messianic organizations throughout the world. Marty became a 'Jew born anew' when, provoked by the increasing number of 'born agains' in his life, he began reading the Bible, “looking for loopholes." A few short weeks later, sitting alone one night on a friend's balcony, he realized with certainty that “the Jesus of the New Testament was the Messiah my Jewish people have been longing for.” Marty has been recording music steadily since 1985, and today lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Jennifer, who also is a Jewish believer in Jesus. Their daughter, Misha, is herself a worship leader and recording artist, and lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband Joshua and their children Caleb, Samuel, and Lillian.  In March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, Marty and Jenny began a live stream broadcast from their home every Tuesday and Friday at 7 PM (Central Time). The broadcast can be found on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube. Their online gathering called ‘House of Worship’ is a time of worship, prayer, and fellowship that continues to this day. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Sean Rodriguez Devotional: Leading With Purpose
Mar 18 2024
Sean Rodriguez Devotional: Leading With Purpose
In the recent episode of The Walk listeners were treated to a profound and heartfelt devotional by Sean Rodriguez, a worship leader and artist renowned for his breakout pop anthem "Center Stage" and his participation in the 2023 Winter Jam Tour. With an evangelical heritage that shapes his music, Rodriguez is dedicated to celebrating God's transformative power and majesty, making him a fitting guest for a discussion on the essentials of worship leadership. Sean Rodriguez's Personal Journey and Insights Sean Rodriguez shared his personal journey, rooted in a rich church upbringing under the guidance of his grandfather, a pastor in Denver, Colorado. His narrative revealed the dual nature of church life, highlighting both its challenges and blessings. Rodriguez stressed the significance of growing up in a church environment, which instilled in him a deep-seated understanding of serving, leading, and the importance of aligning one's leadership with prayer and the pursuit of God's will over personal ambition. The Heart of Worship Leadership Central to Rodriguez's message was the concept of self-examination for worship leaders and team members alike. He urged individuals to reflect on their motivations for leading worship, emphasizing the need for authenticity and a heart aligned with God's purposes. This introspection extends beyond the leaders to encompass the entire worship team, fostering an environment where serving others becomes a primary focus. Rodriguez advocated for leadership through servitude, drawing on the biblical principle that true leaders are the foremost servants. Facilitating Congregational Participation Rodriguez also touched upon the dynamics of worship settings, challenging leaders to create spaces that encourage active participation rather than passive observation. This involves demonstrating worship through actions and attitudes, thereby guiding the congregation in their worship journey. The episode served as a reminder of the sacred responsibility entrusted to worship leaders and teams, urging them to approach their roles with reverence, humility, and a steadfast commitment to fostering environments where the presence of God is palpably felt, and hearts are drawn closer to Him. As we reflect on Sean Rodriguez's insights, let us carry forward the reminder that worship leadership is not merely a role but a divine calling to facilitate encounters with the living God, where the hearts of His people are united in adoration and reverence. May we embrace this calling with gratitude, diligence, and a ceaseless desire to see His will done in and through our lives. - - - - - - - - - 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. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.seanrodriguezmusic.com/Planning Center University: https://tinyurl.com/m3u4fn4nhttps://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Sean Rodriguez? Sean Rodriguez, previously known as Sean BE, has experienced a remarkable surge in visibility and impact within the Christian music scene, particularly highlighted by his role as a featured Pre-Jam artist during the 2023 Winter Jam tour—a significant event in the Christian music calendar. This new chapter in his career not only advances his musical endeavors but also pays homage to the evangelistic legacy his grandfather established over four decades ago. Before immersing himself in the music industry, Rodriguez dedicated his efforts to guiding young minds as a children’s pastor and youth leader. His 2023 hit, "Center Stage," has captured the hearts of a global audience, boasting over 2.5 million streams. Signed with WieRok Entertainment, Rodriguez has had the honor of sharing stages with luminaries like Michael W. Smith, for KING & COUNTRY, KB, and Cain at prestigious festivals such as Lifest, Big Ticket Festival, and Off The Charts Music Festival. His recent works include "The Unbelievable," a worshipful pop song that magnifies the transformative power of God, and "Glory," a hip-hop flavored track with Holly Halliwell, celebrating the divine majesty. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Consumed by Fire
Mar 13 2024
A Conversation with Consumed by Fire
From Asbury to Authenticity: The Walk Podcast Explores Revival with Consumed by Fire The latest episode of The Walk, hosted by Worship Leader Magazine's Joshua Swanson, shines a spotlight on the Ward brothers of the band Consumed by Fire. The brothers share their fervent commitment to spreading the gospel through their music and discuss their spiritual journey influenced by their ministry-rich family heritage. A Revival of Hearts: The Asbury Awakening Discussed The conversation takes a deep dive into the recent revival movements, especially the one that began at Asbury University. The brothers reflect on the genuine thirst for God’s presence that is igniting a wildfire of faith across the nation, marking what they consider the precursor to the greatest revival yet. The Church's Relevance in Contemporary Times The podcast touches on a provocative question about the church's place in today’s world. The Ward brothers challenge the cynicism facing modern faith communities, advocating for a resurgence of expectation and divine wisdom as the antidote to doubt. A New Generational Flame: The Fiery Faith of Youth Today The discussion shifts to the remarkable traits of the upcoming generation of believers. The Wards express their admiration for the youth's unapologetic worship and innovative spirit, recognizing them as a potent force for the future of Christianity. Balancing Ministry and Artistry: Worship Leading vs. Christian Performance Navigating the complexities between ministry-focused music and the identity of a Christian artist, the Wards elaborate on their ministry-first mindset, emphasizing the power of music to usher listeners into the presence of God rather than glorify the performer. Brotherhood and Bandhood: Navigating Life on the Road The interview concludes with the Ward brothers recounting humorous and heartfelt stories from their life touring together, highlighting the realities of familial relationships intertwined with the vocation of ministry. Closing Thoughts The episode concludes with an acoustic rendition of "First Things First," symbolizing the band's commitment to their calling and the power of surrendering to God's will in their ministry and music. -- -- -- -- -- -- 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://consumedbyfire.com/Planning Center University: https://tinyurl.com/m3u4fn4nhttps://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Consumed by Fire? No strangers to the nomadic lifestyle intrinsic to their craft, the emerging Contemporary Christian Music ensemble, Consumed By Fire, embodies their moniker in a refreshingly authentic manner. This trio, hailing from Oklahoma, consists of Caleb Ward, whose voice leads the charge; Jordan Ward, who adds depth with harmonies and percussion; and Josh Ward, whose guitar strings complement the vocal harmonies, thereby fulfilling the divine purpose woven into their very existence: to disseminate the message of God's grace through the universal language of music. Caleb articulates a profound truth, stating, "Ministry, in any form it might have taken, is our innate calling." This calling is audibly reflected in their music, a melodic legacy influenced by the diverse musical palate of their father. Their current radio single, "First Things First," is a testament to the trio's familial synergy and the all-encompassing love bestowed upon them by their fathers—both earthly and divine. As this track ascends the radio charts, accolades from esteemed platforms like KLove and Air1 Radio have already begun to spotlight Consumed By Fire for their "deft lyricism and tight harmonies." With an arsenal of new music and a calendar of tour dates on the horizon, the band stands on the cusp of a thrilling and musically abundant year. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Sarah Reeves
Feb 28 2024
A Conversation with Sarah Reeves
In our latest episode of The Walk podcast, we had the honor of delving into the heart and mind of Sarah Reeves, a multifaceted artist whose journey in music is as inspiring as it is instructive. Herein, we provide a comprehensive look at this illuminating exchange. Welcoming Artistry and Worship Joshua Swanson, our erudite Editor-in-Chief, sets the stage by introducing Sarah Reeves, an artist who entered the music scene at the mere age of 18. With a career burgeoning with versatility and fervor, Sarah epitomizes the blend of artistry, faith, and vocation. The episode begins with gratitude to Planning Center and the Worship Leader Institute for their invaluable support to the community. The Essence of Worship Sarah defines worship as an everyday lifestyle, permeated with sacrifice and surrender, extending beyond church walls into the minutiae of daily living. She advocates for a worshipful life marked by gratitude and a constant consciousness of God’s presence, whether in passing interactions or in the creative process of songwriting. Balancing Sacredness and Career In the nexus of worship's sacredness and the demands of a music career, Sarah candidly addresses the complexities she faced. From youthful band competitions to record deals and ministering through music, she navigates the challenges and temptations of the music industry. A poignant moment of self-reflection led her to pause writing worship music, recalibrate her intentions, and return with a renewed focus on serving the church and its congregants. Challenging Christian Music Labels Sarah expresses a desire for Christian artists to transcend the confines of labels like Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and worship music. She aspires for a world where Christian artists freely create and perform across genres and settings, infusing their work with authenticity and spiritual depth that resonate with believers and seekers alike. Creative Process: Pop vs. Worship The creative process, for Sarah, remains fundamentally the same regardless of genre. Each day's emotions and reflections may give rise to a worship song or a pop melody. Collaboration and conversation fuel her songwriting, whether for the mainstream or the church. Encouragement Against Burnout With burnout prevalent among Christians, Sarah offers solace, advising rest and the importance of supportive community. She emphasizes the value of seeking counsel, focusing on healthy relationships, and guarding against isolation and negativity. Advice to Her Younger Self Reflecting on her journey, Sarah would advise her younger self to embrace patience, accept failure as a part of growth, and appreciate the beauty in life's trials. She underscores the importance of authenticity and the power of lived experience in songwriting. A Vision for the Next Generation Sarah's enthusiasm for the emerging generation is palpable. She admires their candor and yearns for their fresh perspectives to invigorate the church. She encourages them to maintain their innocence, avoid the pitfalls of comparison, and harness their unique God-given gifts. - - - - - - - - - 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://sarahreevesmusic.com/https://www.instagram.com/sarahreevesmusic/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Sarah Reeves? Pop artist and songwriter Sarah Reeves signed her first record deal at age 18. Since then, in addition to pursuing her own artistry, she has dedicated a vast portion of her career to writing songs for other artists for TV and film. Her music has appeared in Disney Plus and National Geographic’s six-part original series “Welcome To Earth,” starring Will Smith; Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon international trailer; promos for “American Idol” and UFC; and on television series across major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Hallmark and Netflix, among others. Reeves has also been featured on tracks by high-profile DJs, including: Gattüso, Laidback Luke, R3HAB, and Armin Van Buuren. The Curb Records artist has garnered over 174 million global streams with music featured across multiple formats of radio across the globe including the U.S., Germany and the UK. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Misha Goetz Devotional: A Time for Everything
Feb 19 2024
Misha Goetz Devotional: A Time for Everything
A Time for Everything: Discovering Faith's Seasons with Misha Goetz In the latest episode of The Walk Podcast by Worship Leader Magazine, listeners will be graced with an intimate and moving narrative by musician Misha Goetz. Host Joshua Swanson introduces us to the Nashville native, whose story weaves through the tapestry of deep personal loss, unwavering faith, and the transformative power of music and worship. The Impact of Personal Loss Listeners will learn about the profound impact of the global pandemic on personal lives as Misha shares her heart-wrenching experience of miscarriage during that challenging period. Her story is a testament to the struggle and beauty of faith as she navigates through the seasons of grief and healing. Misha's Messianic Jewish Heritage As Misha recounts, her journey is deeply rooted in her Messianic Jewish heritage, having been raised in a household that celebrated Jesus as the Messiah, a faith that blossomed from the Jesus Movement in the 1970s in Southern California. This episode provides a rich context for understanding the complexities and depths of Messianic Judaism, particularly through the lens of music and worship. The Call to Music The episode will also offer insights into how Misha's unexpected path led her to a career in music, inspired by her familial lineage and spiritual calling. The listeners will hear about her creative process, which is as much about divine inspiration as it is about artistic discipline. Misha emphasizes the importance of identifying and prioritizing one's season in life, a concept that she has explored in her latest project, "A Time for Everything." Navigating Life's Trials with Faith Moreover, this podcast episode serves as a guide on how to navigate life's trials with grace and faith. Misha encourages listeners to seek God’s direction in every season and to be diligent in the callings they receive. Her personal anecdotes provide a blueprint for anyone looking to balance life's many roles while staying anchored in their faith. The Power of Prayer and New Life Misha's narrative culminates in the power of prayer and the miracle of new life, as she shares the joy of welcoming her child Samuel after a period of uncertainty and sorrow. Her story is a powerful reminder of the cycles of life and death, joy and sorrow, and the ever-present hope found in faith. Seasons of Life In closing, this episode of The Walk Podcast promises to be a soul-stirring encounter with one woman's journey through the valleys and mountaintops of life, deeply intertwined with the threads of worship, heritage, and the pursuit of God’s heart in every season. Ecclesiastes 3:3-8 3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. - - - - - - - - - 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://itsmishamusic.com/https://www.youtube.com/@MishaGoetzhttps://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Misha Goetz? For over a decade Misha has dedicated her life to the art of music and the ministry of worship.  Growing up as the only child to modern day psalmist Marty Goetz and his wife Jennifer, Misha’s earliest memories formed in Nashville behind the piano where she composed her first recorded song at the age of eight. “As a Messianic Jew, my dream is to unite Christian and Jew in worship of the Holy One of Israel,” says Misha. Her style of worship builds upon decades of her father’s ministry and yet incorporates her own youthful style and anointing.  Her first full-length album, Weight of Glory, was released summer 2013 to critical acclaim. Her debut album is a blend of Messianic and Christian worship styles with most of the songs written and produced by Misha herself.   Above all, Misha’s desire is that her music would penetrate to the heart and usher people into the presence of the Adonai. Her heart is to see a generation touched and transformed through surrender in worship. Her most recent full-length project is a DVD and CD she produced with her father titled Marty Goetz & Misha: LIVE from Jerusalem. It was filmed and recorded in Israel, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem with a 26-piece orchestra.  Currently, Misha resides outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband, Joshua, their seven-year-old son, Caleb, their two-year-old, Samuel, and their baby girl, Lillian. Her second solo album was released in October of 2022 and is available now everywhere you listen to music! Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
"How Great Thou Art (Until That Day)" Matt Redman and Matt Maher
Feb 7 2024
"How Great Thou Art (Until That Day)" Matt Redman and Matt Maher
The Reimagining of "How Great Thou Art": A Conversation with Matt Maher and Matt Redman In a compelling episode of "The Walk," hosted by Joshua Swanson, Editor-in-Chief of Worship Leader Magazine, contemporary worship music luminaries Matt Maher and Matt Redman delve into the profound legacy and innovative revival of the venerable hymn "How Great Thou Art" through their collaborative work, "How Great Thou Art (Until That Day)." This year marks the 75th anniversary of the hymn that has profoundly impacted worship across the globe, evidenced by over 1,600 recordings and billions of streams. The History of “How Great Thou Art” The episode provides a fascinating journey through the hymn's history, its unwavering relevance, and the personal connections and creative processes of Maher and Redman. They share insights into their long-standing friendship, intertwined with their musical journeys, and the serendipitous moments that have marked their collaborative efforts over the years. Maher introduces an intriguing perspective on art and music, suggesting that while art decorates our physical spaces, music uniquely adorns time itself, offering a timeless medium through which worship can transcend temporal boundaries. This concept beautifully encapsulates the enduring appeal of "How Great Thou Art," a hymn that not only recounts the majesty of God's creation but also resonates with the human spirit across generations. A New Rendition The new rendition, "How Great Thou Art (Until That Day)," emerges as a heartfelt response to the current global landscape, particularly the strife in Ukraine. It intricately weaves new lyrical and musical elements into the classic hymn, reflecting a deep yearning for divine intervention and hope amidst turmoil. Redman and Maher's collaborative effort aims to honor the hymn's rich legacy while addressing contemporary realities, embodying the hymn's capacity to bridge historical and modern-day worship. The project is underscored by a profound sense of community and purpose, extending beyond artistic expression to encompass humanitarian aid for Ukraine and Eastern Europe. The collective endeavor of Maher, Redman, and their partners exemplifies the power of worship music to not only uplift spirits but also mobilize support for those in need. Transformative Power of Worship Music In essence, this episode of "The Walk" encapsulates the transformative power of worship music, celebrating the fusion of tradition and innovation in "How Great Thou Art (Until That Day)." It serves as a testament to the hymn's enduring legacy and the unifying force of music in worship, transcending time and circumstances to touch hearts and inspire hope. - - - - - - - - - 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://mattredman.com/https://www.mattmahermusic.com/https://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Matt Redman? Matt Redman stands as a beacon in the landscape of worship music, his talents having earned him a GRAMMY® Award. Over the past two decades, his contributions have significantly shaped the hymnal of the global Church. Redman's spiritual odyssey has led him across continents—from the vibrant landscapes of South Africa to the serene settings of Japan, the rich cultures of India, the expansive horizons of Australia, and the historic ambiance of the Czech Republic. His voice has filled some of the world's most renowned venues, including the iconic Madison Square Garden, the vast expanse of Wembley Stadium, and the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Moreover, his creative endeavors have seen him recording in legendary studios such as Abbey Road in London and Capitol Records in Los Angeles. Among his most cherished compositions are "The Heart of Worship," "Blessed Be Your Name," and "Our God," with "10,000 Reasons" achieving the distinction of winning two GRAMMYs. His recent collaborations include "Do It Again" and "Build My Life." Redman's talents extend beyond music; he is an accomplished author and, in 2021, ventured into the world of podcasts with 'Redman & Riddle,' co-hosted alongside fellow worship artist Jeremy Riddle. A milestone in his career is the announcement of his fourteenth full-length album, heralded by the debut single "Son of Suffering," set for release in mid-2023. Originally hailing from England, Matt Redman has since made California his home, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and their five children. Who is Matt Maher? Since embarking on his journey with a major label in 2008, Matt Maher has firmly established himself as an influential figure within the realms of artistry and song composition. Esteemed as a nine-time GRAMMY® nominee and recipient of three GMA Dove Awards®, his contributions to worship music have resonated widely, leading to several radio hits. Among these, "Lord, I Need You" stands out, reaching the Top 5 on the CCLI chart, alongside other celebrated singles like "Because He Lives (Amen)" and "Alive & Breathing." Maher's creative prowess extends to hits such as "Hold Us Together," "Christ Is Risen," "All The People Said Amen," and "Your Grace Is Enough," with six of his compositions achieving the No. 1 spot on radio charts. His songwriting talents have enriched the repertoires of artists across the Christian music spectrum, including Crowder, Hillsong, Casting Crowns, and Chris Tomlin, contributing to multiple entries on the CCLI chart’s Top 500 list. Maher's discography, boasting over 600,000 units sold, has been recognized with prestigious RIAA certifications, including a Platinum® for "Lord, I Need You." With ten studio albums under his belt, including the GRAMMY-nominated "Echoes" and his ventures into seasonal music with "The Advent of Christmas," Maher's artistic journey is both diverse and impactful. As an official Steinway Artist, he has led his own tours and graced significant Catholic and Evangelical gatherings, such as the World Youth Day events, with his presence. His participation in major tours and festivals, including those led by Chris Tomlin and Tobymac, further highlights his integral role in contemporary Christian music. 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A Conversation with Lindy Cofer and Andy Byrd from The Send
Jan 31 2024
A Conversation with Lindy Cofer and Andy Byrd from The Send
From Worship to Action: The Send's Rallying Cry for a Missionary Generation In today’s exploration of the vibrant world of worship and mission, we delve into an enriching  "Conversations on the Walk," where Joshua Swanson, Editor-in-Chief of Worship Leader Magazine, engages with Andy Byrd, Founder of The Send, and Lindy Cofer from Circuit Riders. This dialogue orbits around the nexus of worship, evangelism, and the galvanizing of a generation for missionary work. What Is The Send? The Send emerges as a beacon, rallying individuals from various walks of life to their missionary callings, with a particular emphasis on reaching every corner of society. Their event in Nashville, not just a gathering but a launch pad for action, underscores the imperative for spiritual awakening and transformation across generations. The Send crafts a strategy pivoting on large-scale gatherings that empower and train believers to innovate and expand their reach. This strategy is as adaptable as it is dynamic, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries, from America to Norway, South Africa, and the Philippines. A Commitment To Unity Andy Byrd elucidates the Send's dedication to unity among diverse denominations and Christian organizations. A meticulous campaign of collaboration, mobilization, and empowerment that culminates in impactful training and follow-ups is the crux of their mission. This unity is not just theoretical; it manifests in tangible outcomes and sustained efforts in mission fields. Challenges Faced by The Send One of the profound challenges The Send has faced in America, particularly post-COVID, is rallying the body of Christ. However, the success stories, like the emergence of Christian clubs in high schools and the unity movements among pastors, are a testament to the triumphs over these challenges. For Andy, leading The Send has been a faith-stretching journey, drawing him closer to Jesus amidst balancing the pressure and the incredible fruit.  The Send and Worship Lindy Cofer, a beacon of worship and mission, emphasizes the centrality of worship in The Send's mission. She draws from Isaiah 6, highlighting the transformative power of worship in knowing and exalting Jesus, thus commissioning believers. She envisions worship as a potent tool for evangelism, breaking down barriers to the knowledge of God, and igniting a passion for mission through music. Lindy's spiritual journey has been deeply shaped by leading worship at The Send, experiencing the unifying force of collective, heartfelt worship. She anticipates a shift towards discipleship within the worship movement, steering away from celebrity culture towards a purer, more authentic expression of worship that magnifies Jesus and fosters transformation at every level of society. The Send Nashville As the conversation concludes, we are reminded of The Send’s upcoming event in Nashville, a clarion call for the church to step into their daily mission fields. The commitment of individuals like Andy and Lindy, and their innovative approaches to worship and evangelism, continue to inspire and activate believers worldwide. In anticipation of the waves of change and revival that such movements will bring forth, we await with eagerness the new sounds and songs that will mark the continued move of God in our time. - - - - - - - - - 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://thesend.org/https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1B005E517E6123F8?CAMEFROM=SEND_WEBSITEhttps://www.planningcenter.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Lindy Cofer? Lindy Cofer is a mom, wife, and worship leader, and has a passion for foster care, adoption and advocacy for vulnerable children. Lindy and her husband, Chase have given their lives to activate and empower the Church to rise and be the solution for the 3.2 billion that have yet to hear the gospel in this nation and in the nations of the earth. They currently work full time as missionaries with The Send and YWAM Circuit Riders located in Huntington Beach, CA. Who is Andy Byrd? Andy Byrd and his wife Holly have dedicated their lives to spiritual awakening in the nations and in this generation. They work with a group of lifelong friends committed to consecrated community, Christ-centered living, revival, and cultural reformation. Andy is part of the leadership of the University of the Nations, YWAM Kona, and has been with YWAM for 25 years traveling to many different nations with a heart to raise up a revival generation. Andy and Holly have helped to pioneer Fire and Fragrance ministries, the Circuit Rider Movement, and The Send. One of the greatest joys of their lives and primary area of focus is their six children Asher, Makana, Hadassah, Rhema, Valor, and Chanel. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Artist, Advocate, and Soldier Yair Levi
Jan 28 2024
A Conversation with Artist, Advocate, and Soldier Yair Levi
The Melody of Duty: Yair Levi's Journey from the IDF to Worship In the bustling heart of Nashville, a voice whispers a tale of longing—a longing for home, family, and heritage. Yair Levi, an Israeli Orthodox singer, carries within him the legacy of the ancient Levite tribe, a lineage of sacred service. But Yair's service extends beyond the spiritual; he is also a former captain in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), a role that has shaped his life as deeply as his music. On a recent episode of "Conversations on the Walk," host Joshua Swanson delves into the story of Yair, a man whose life's work is a symphony composed of contrasting yet harmonious parts: artist, advocate, and soldier. The episode, rich with the echoes of history and the rhythms of faith, takes us on a journey through the many seasons of Yair's life. Yair speaks with the intimacy of a man well-acquainted with sacrifice. Every Israeli joins the IDF at eighteen, but for Yair, it was not just a duty; it was a calling. His years in an elite unit akin to the American Navy SEALs were marked by secret operations and life-risking endeavors. Yet, it was in these moments of peril that Yair found clarity—a connection to his ancestors' dreams, the biblical patriarchs, and the divine promise given to his people. Transitioning from military to music, Yair's story takes an unexpected turn. The heartbeat of his songs resonated unexpectedly with Christian audiences, stirring a curiosity within him about these new listeners. Through social media and shared melodies, Yair discovered common ground, connecting deeply with Christians moved by the Hebrew roots of their faith. His music, imbued with translations and teachings, became a bridge between cultures, a celebration of shared heritage. But Yair's story is not without its somber notes. The war's outbreak forced him to don his uniform once more, stepping into the role of advocate. With poignant tales of loss and bravery, he sought to tell the truth of Israel's struggles, rallying support amidst the cacophony of global voices. Swanson's conversation with Yair Levi is an invitation to witness a life where duty and devotion harmonize, where music becomes an anthem for unity and peace. As Yair dons his uniform in Tel Aviv, sharing stories of his service and his hopes for collaboration across faiths, we are reminded of the power of a single voice to inspire change and understanding. "The Melody of Duty: Yair Levi's Journey from the IDF to Worship" is not merely another episode of a podcast; it is a narrative symphony that celebrates the multifaceted nature of faith, the shared journey towards peace, and the universal language of music. - - - - - - - - - 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.yairlevimusic.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Yair Levi? Yair Levi, a Tel Aviv-based Jewish Israeli artist, seamlessly blends the roles of singer, songwriter, and music producer. Born into the lineage of the Levites, descendants of the Tribe of Levi, Yair's heritage profoundly influences his musical creations. His eight-year service as a Major in the Israeli Navy Seals has infused his work with a depth and resilience that is rare and captivating. In his music, Yair masterfully intertwines the soulful essence of Jewish tradition with his deep-seated faith and Biblical values. His songs are more than mere melodies; they are a revival of ancient music, reimagined and brought into the contemporary world. This unique blend has not only endeared him to audiences within Israel but has also resonated across cultural and religious boundaries. Yair's musical journey has been marked by significant collaborations with some of Israel's most esteemed musicians, expanding his influence beyond the Israeli borders in recent years. His ability to connect with diverse cultures and faiths through music is a testament to the universal language of art and belief. One of Yair's most impactful works is 'Refa Na' ('please heal her'), inspired by a verse in Numbers 12:13. Composed in 2020 as a heartfelt plea for his ailing grandmother's recovery, the song has touched millions globally, transcending language barriers with translations in Chinese, German, Spanish, and more. This song's overwhelming success has catapulted Yair into the limelight as a surprisingly versatile and influential figure in the international faith music scene. A particularly noteworthy rendition of 'Refa Na' was performed by Lebanese Christian singer Carine Basilli. In a beautiful gesture of unity and peace, she collaborated with Yair to sing the song in Arabic. This version stands as a powerful prayer for peace in the Middle East, bridging divides and fostering harmony through the shared language of music and faith. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Calvin Nowell on Diversity and Authentic Worship
Jan 22 2024
A Conversation with Calvin Nowell on Diversity and Authentic Worship
Calvin Nowell's Musical Journey: Embracing Diversity and Authentic Worship In the latest episode of "Conversations on the Walk," host Joshua Swanson welcomed the multifaceted talent Calvin Nowell. A figure synonymous with diversity and authenticity in Christian music, Nowell shared insights from his personal journey, reflecting on a career that includes collaborations with icons like Stevie Wonder and Michael W. Smith. Intention In Worship Nowell's narrative is a testament to unexpected beginnings and the transformative power of intention in worship. He began singing in college, not from a cultivated talent but through a desire for community and connection. His voice was first recognized not in a church or a studio, but during a talent segment of a personality contest. This revelation of his singing ability not only surprised his family but also set him on a path of spiritual and musical exploration. Authenticity in Worship The crux of Nowell's approach to worship is rooted in authenticity. He advocates for a heartfelt expression over technical prowess, influenced early on by a colleague at a telemarketing firm whose soul-stirring voice taught him to "concentrate" – to fully inhabit the message of the song. This philosophy has evidently resonated with others, distinguishing Nowell in recording sessions and worship settings alike. Michael W. Smith The Mentor Interestingly, Nowell's growth as a worship leader was self-navigated, as he didn't have a direct mentor. Instead, he observed and learned from the likes of Michael W. Smith, who demonstrated the art of leading worship by stepping aside to let the spirit lead. Nowell imbibed the subtlety of letting the heart lead more than the voice, which has become a signature of his ministry. Looking back, Nowell wishes he had known the importance of relaxation and self-acceptance at the beginning of his career. He acknowledges the pressure to attain perfection and compete, but emphasizes the significance of recognizing one's inherent value and unique contributions to worship. Global Worship Movements In terms of the global movement of the Holy Spirit, Nowell noted a focus on learning and collecting experiences to understand God's work in the world. He emphasized the need for mental health awareness, prayer for nations, and quality time with family – all dots that the Holy Spirit helps us collect to understand our life's narrative. He's passionate about the evolution of church worship, particularly the trend towards diversity in music and congregations. Nowell sees this as a response to a divine call for variety and a reflection of the multifaceted nature of God. He encourages churches to pursue intentional diversity, to seek out what and who is missing in their communities, and to learn from other cultures. Diversity in Worship Regarding tradition, Nowell shared his journey from predominantly black churches to predominantly white ones, advocating for a worship space that embraces both expressiveness and reflectiveness. Post George Floyd, he observes progress towards diversity but acknowledges there's much work to be done. Nowell sees today's churches creating their own music as a thrilling development. He believes in the power of individual stories shaping unique worship songs and the importance of capturing a true expression of God for impact. The Worship Music "Industry" Navigating the intersection of worship and the music industry, Nowell has found balance in compartmentalization, separating business and ministry to maintain the sacredness of worship. His ultimate focus is creating environments where everyone wins, particularly God. Calvin Nowell's story, shared on "Conversations on the Walk," is a compelling narrative of discovery, diversity, and dedication, offering a mirror to the evolving landscape of Christian worship where the heart's authenticity reigns supreme. - - - - - - - - - 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.instagram.com/calvinnowell/?hl=enhttps://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Calvin Nowell? Calvin Nowell's tapestry of talents is as rich as it is varied, painting him as a Renaissance man of the modern music industry. With a resume that sings as harmoniously as he does, Calvin has graced stages and studio sessions alongside Grammy-winning luminaries such as Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, and Michael W. Smith, to name-drop just a few. He's lent his branding brilliance and vocal virtuosity to these icons, all while shaping the sounds and spirits of congregations across America with his heartfelt worship leadership and songwriting prowess. Yet, Calvin's artistry extends beyond the microphone and the sanctuary. He is a maestro of marketing, a speaker who captivates, and an influencer with the charm and acumen to elevate the most innovative of ideas. At the helm of Cmon Creative, his advertising agency, he orchestrates campaigns for both Fortune 500 companies and top-tier entertainers, turning visions into visual and visceral victories. Based in the vibrant town of Franklin, TN, Calvin's life is a symphony of service, creativity, and leadership. Whether it's through a soul-stirring melody or a groundbreaking marketing strategy, his true passion is in ushering others toward their fullest potential, making the intangible tangible, the silent sing, and the unseen seen. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with "You've Already Won" Songwriters Shane and Shane
Jan 15 2024
A Conversation with "You've Already Won" Songwriters Shane and Shane
In the latest episode of The Walk Podcast, titled "A Conversation with 'You've Already Won' Songwriters Shane and Shane," listeners are welcomed into the thoughtful and heartfelt world of Shane Barnard and Shane Everett. They delve into their experiences with family, faith, and the shaping of young believers in a culture teeming with dissatisfaction and longing for something more fulfilling than what the world offers. Evolution of Shane and Shane's Ministry Joshua Swanson, the host, sets the stage for a profound discussion on the evolution of Shane and Shane's music ministry, the vision behind their Worship Initiative, and their undiminished influence on worship music. The Shanes speak on the challenges and beauty of guiding the next generation towards compassionate faith, emphasizing the need for empathy and care for those who struggle, regardless of the nature of their struggles. Technology and Younger Christians Both men express concern over the accelerated pace at which the younger generation experiences life due to technological advances, leading to a quicker realization that worldly pleasures do not satisfy the soul. They discuss the importance of the church community in a world that views the church as irrelevant, arguing that true contentment and joy are found in Christ alone, who fills the emptiness no earthly thing can. Shane and Shane on Mentors Shane and Shane share personal stories of their spiritual mentors who fostered their faith, and the transformative power of authentic Christian community. They stress the significance of songwriting and worship in conveying the truths of God, shaping the believer's identity in Christ, and maintaining the sanctity of worship amidst the business aspects of their ministry. The podcast episode also touches on team dynamics within their organization and the challenges of fostering unity during transitional phases. The Shanes candidly share the struggles and learning curves associated with leadership and the stewardship of their roles. "You've Already Won" Listeners are treated to the backstory of the song "You've Already Won," born out of the hardships and victories of life, encapsulating the message of hope and ultimate triumph in Jesus. The conversation concludes with a focus on their heart for equipping worship leaders through The Worship Initiative, aiming to empower and resource those who lead the church in worship. The episode is a profound exploration of the intersection of worship, discipleship, and community in the Christian faith, offering listeners a glimpse into the ministry and heart of Shane and Shane. - - - - - - - - - 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.shaneandshane.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Shane and Shane? Joining us on The Walk are none other than Shane Barnard and Shane Everett, collectively known as Shane & Shane. This dynamic duo, united by their faith and a shared first name, embarked on their musical journey together after meeting in college. Over 15 years have passed since then, and their commitment to crafting worship music that glorifies the Lord remains unwavering. Shane & Shane have distinguished themselves not only through their harmonious blend and heartfelt performances but also through their dedication to writing music that is deeply rooted in Scripture.  In addition to their artistic endeavors, Shane & Shane have devoted themselves to nurturing and supporting fellow worship leaders and their teams. Through The Worship Initiative, they have established a vibrant community that serves as a resource for equipping and encouraging those involved in worship ministry. This initiative reflects their heart for mentorship and their desire to foster a culture of worship that is both spiritually authentic and musically excellent. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Philippa Hanna on The Walk
Dec 18 2023
A Conversation with Philippa Hanna on The Walk
Philippa Hanna Shares Her Journey, Songwriting, and Ministry Mindset In a recent episode of "Conversations on the Walk," Worship Leader Magazine had the privilege of engaging with Philippa Hanna, a talented worship leader and songwriter hailing from the UK. Editor-in-Chief Joshua Swanson led the conversation, delving into Philippa's unique experiences, insights, and her approach to songwriting in a post-Christian world. Encountering Revival Philippa shared her personal encounter with revival, emphasizing that her salvation experience at the age of 21 was her own revival, a resurrection from spiritual death. Regardless of prevailing trends, Philippa's songwriting remains focused on reaching those who don't know Jesus or need a deeper connection with Him. The Role of Worship Exploring the role of worship in her church expression, Philippa highlighted its purpose to bring people into the presence of God. She stressed the importance of songs that not only encourage and give life but also serve as a form of teaching, ensuring they align with sound theology to reach diverse audiences. Social Media's Double-Edged Sword When asked about social media's role in her life, Philippa acknowledged its impact on mental health and wellbeing. While recognizing the potential pitfalls, she emphasized the platform's value in teaching, vulnerability, and sharing life stories responsibly. Relevance of Church to the Youth Addressing the perception that church may not be relevant to the youth, Philippa encouraged young people to actively contribute to making the church relevant for themselves and their peers. She challenged them to be the change they want to see, even if it means writing the unsung songs or speaking the unspoken truths. Cultural Perspectives on Church Drawing comparisons between the American and UK churches, Philippa appreciated the cultural diversity in the UK, where the gospel can be a fresh perspective. She cautioned against losing the significance of the message amid cultural familiarity and emphasized the timeless truth of Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. A Journey Through Worship Philippa shared her diverse experiences as a ministry-minded artist, adapting her ministry to different seasons. From touring with mainstream artists to coaching worship leaders, her journey culminated in a season of worship, expressing her faith in a vertical, honest, and open manner. Closing Words of Encouragement In closing, Philippa encouraged listeners to embrace authenticity and not second-guess what God has placed on their hearts. She emphasized the importance of creating community, relationships, and love within the church, urging believers to focus on what brings life to those around them. Philippa Hanna's insights offer a rich tapestry of faith, worship, and ministry. Her journey serves as an inspiration for worship leaders, songwriters, and believers alike, reminding us to stay true to God's calling in every season of life. Who is Philippa Hanna? Philippa Hanna is an established UK singer-songwriter whose independent career span over 17 years and culminated in her signing a recording contract with Integrity Music in 2020, marking the release of her first worship project ‘Stained Glass Stories’. Her music frequently draws upon her experiences of a turbulent youth and the Christian faith she found in 2004, crafting songs that ooze with honesty, authenticity and vocals that are as powerful as they are heartfelt. Philippa Hanna is recognised as a leading light in the Christian & Gospel scene in Europe and has a lot of experience in the mainstream music industry. Beyond being a gifted writer, worship leader, and storyteller, Philippa Hanna has been invited to open tours for household names including Lionel Richie, Little Mix, Leona Lewis, Wet Wet Wet and Anastacia, highlighting the broadness of her appeal. Two of her albums took the Official Christian & Gospel Charts #1 spot, with 'Come Back Fighting' peaking at #10 on the Official Country Chart. After the pandemic and becoming a mother, the singer songwriter has been gearing up to a new season of music. She released an acoustic project revisiting some of her most significant worship songs in late 2022, pointing to the continuation of her journey in this new chapter of her life as an individual and an artist. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Mike Janzen Devotional: Trust is Built On Honest Prayers to God
Dec 10 2023
Mike Janzen Devotional: Trust is Built On Honest Prayers to God
Finding Solace in Psalms – Mike Janzen's Journey and Planning Center's Serendipitous Genesis In the latest episode of The Walk, hosted by Joshua Swanson, two captivating stories unfurl—a testament to the transformative power of faith and music. Mike Janzen, a multifaceted Canadian musician, recounts a profound devotional journey rooted in the Psalms, while Aaron Stewart, co-founder of Planning Center, reveals the serendipitous origin of the premier church service software. Their narratives intertwine tales of resilience, inspiration, and unwavering faith. A Head Injury and The Psalms Mike Janzen's odyssey toward his Psalms-based album was marked by adversity, beginning with a severe head injury. His candid narrative reveals a period of isolation and physical struggle, during which the Psalms became his lifeline. Psalms, notably 42, guided him through the darkest days, reminding him of God's abiding love and presence, even in the depths of despair. His words echo a resounding truth—that God draws near to the brokenhearted, a sentiment profoundly felt during Janzen's darkest hours. As he wove through lament and trust, the Psalms became a sanctuary, offering solace and reminding him of God's unwavering affection. Janzen's story serves as a poignant reminder to cherish moments of hardship while acknowledging the significance of supporting others in times of struggle. Mike’ mention of the role of music in healing evokes a call for worship leaders and songwriters to craft music resonating with those navigating adversity. Write songs focused on healing prayers! The Genesis of Planning Center with Aaron Stewart Transitioning to Aaron Stewart's narrative, the genesis of Planning Center emerged from a need for organization and accessibility in church services. Stewart and his collaborator, Jeff Berg, combined their tech prowess and worship leadership, inadvertently birthing a game-changing software suite. Their story is one of accidental innovation, transitioning from handmade solutions to a digital platform that revolutionized church service management. Stewart's journey is a testament to embracing challenges and leveraging technology to serve a larger purpose, culminating in the birth of Planning Center—a vital tool for numerous congregations worldwide. Faith and Community Support In essence, both narratives underscore the importance of resilience, faith, and community support in navigating life's tribulations. Janzen's reliance on the Psalms and Stewart's tech-savvy ingenuity serve as beacons of hope and inspiration for worshipers and church leaders alike. As the episode draws to a close, listeners are left with a powerful reminder—God's unwavering presence in adversity and the transformative potential of faith, music, and innovation. It's a narrative of finding solace in the Psalms and embracing unforeseen opportunities in the most unexpected of places. The Walk continues to weave compelling tales of faith, resilience, and creativity, leaving its audience enriched and inspired by the profound journeys of its guests. - - - - - - - - - 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.mikejanzentrio.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Mike Janzen? Melding jazz, pop and classical styles, Mike Janzen brings an imaginative and fresh voice to the current music scene. From soul-stirring songwriting to mesmerizing piano solos, Mike’s music is approachable and hits the deep places of the heart.  The JUNO- and GMA-nominated musician has performed in concert halls, churches and festivals across North America, combining undeniable talent with a desire to create music that draws attention to the Maker.   Music has informed and shaped Mike’s entire life. A gifted jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, his diverse career took a unique direction with the double-album release The Psalms Project (2021/Independent), a collection of Psalms-inspired sacred songs that emerged during his long period of recovery from a serious concussion injury. Described by GRAMMY-winning mixer John Bailey as “salve for the soul”, the music ebbs and flows with nuanced artistry, reverence and authenticity. Guest performances by some of this continent’s finest musicians (Steve Bell, Laila Biali, Erin Propp, Joey Landreth and Abbie Parker) lend enchanting musicality to the 19 thoughtfully crafted songs. Live audiences were enthralled by recent performances of The Psalms Project in both Toronto (Koerner Hall, 2022) and Winnipeg (Burton Cummings Theatre, 2023). In Songs from the Canyon, Mike traverses new ground with his third album of Psalm interpretations (Nov. 2023/Independent). Vivid, powerful textures emerge as he explores creation’s awe-inspiring landscapes as well as the deep, plunging canyons of life’s suffering. Produced by the award-winning Timothy Abraham, the album has a profound sonic diversity, resonating from soaring strings to a belting gospel choir. Rich cinematic textures grace these 11 innovative compositions that feature guest performances by Chicago-based Dee Wilson and Indigenous artists Coco Stevenson and Jonathan Maracle.  Mike’s diverse portfolio includes a variety of original and commissioned compositions: music for television (GLOBAL News 2021), choir (True Christian Faith 2023), and film (Jason Hildebrand’s Microfilms 2022; CBC’s documentary Pure Intentions). His orchestral arranging skills are showcased in numerous collaborations: with Steve Bell (Winnipeg Symphony, Toronto Symphony and the Nashville String Machine); the CBC-commissioned piece Bending Hendrix; and an entire orchestral show, Reimagining Broadway, with singer Sarah Slean. First debuting in Winnipeg in 2014, Reimagining Broadway has been performed across the country and is now slated for April 2024 performances with the Orchestre Symphonique in Quebec City. Mike has recently released neoclassical solo piano compositions (under Michael Janzen) as well as a few singles Breaking Through (2021) and The Great Congregation (2022; feat. Nashville-based Abbie Parker). Since 2006, he has headlined a jazz trio that features bassist George Koller and drummers Davide Direnzo or Larnell Lewis. The Mike Janzen Trio’s 2010 album Try to Remember was hailed as “distinctive and sublime” by the Jazz Times. Mike’s talents earned him a 2017 JUNO Jazz Album of the Year nomination for his album Nudging Forever (2015)—original compositions blending lush orchestral sounds with the spontaneity of jazz. Mike currently lives in Toronto with his family where he dabbles in gardening, paddle boarding, and tiny rink building.  Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Benjamin William Hastings
Dec 4 2023
A Conversation with Benjamin William Hastings
In the latest episode of "Conversations on the Walk," Worship Leader Magazine's Joshua Swanson sits down with the talented Christian songwriter and artist, Benjamin William Hastings. Hailing from Ireland, Hastings shares insights into his life, Christmas traditions, and the profound journey of faith that has shaped his music. Rediscovering the Presence of God Hastings begins by discussing the challenge of keeping God at the center of our lives. He emphasizes the importance of recontextualizing God's presence, sharing a personal practice inspired by the Lord's Prayer that helps him maintain a focus on the divine in daily life. Christmas Traditions and Influences The conversation takes a festive turn as Swanson delves into Hastings's holiday traditions, including quirky Christmas Eve present rituals and the absence of a nativity set in his home. Hastings also reflects on the influence of growing up in Ireland, with its rich poetic tradition and his exposure to hymns that continue to shape his songwriting. The Art of Songwriting Hastings opens up about his songwriting process, narrating a humorous tale of attempting to craft a worship song based on calculated criteria. He shares a pivotal moment in his journey when a prophetic encounter redirected his focus to writing songs that are first and foremost expressions to God, rather than adhering to predetermined success formulas. Navigating Faith's Valleys The conversation takes a more serious turn as Hastings shares his recent struggles and questioning of foundational beliefs. He reveals a journey of wrestling with doubt and the tension between leading worship while grappling with personal faith challenges. Hastings' upcoming album reflects this internal struggle, offering an honest portrayal of his journey through doubt, imposter syndrome, and the pursuit of light in the midst of darkness. Encouragement from the Millennial Generation The interview concludes with a look at the encouraging aspects of the millennial generation. Hastings praises the generation's pursuit of honesty, truth, and transparency, citing a cultural shift towards authenticity. He acknowledges the potential shadows of this pursuit but expresses optimism for the positive impact it can have on faith communities. In this candid and insightful interview, Benjamin William Hastings opens up about the complexities of faith, the creative process, and the ongoing pursuit of worship. As we eagerly await his upcoming album, Hastings's journey serves as an inspiring testament to the resilience of faith in the face of doubt and the transformative power of authentic worship. Links: https://www.benjaminwilliamhastings.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who Is Benjamin William Hastings? Benjamin William Hastings, a gifted Northern Irish songwriter, singer, and worship leader, found his musical and personal calling on a unique journey that spanned continents and genres. Raised in Belfast, he spent a transformative chapter of his twenties in Sydney, Australia, where he not only discovered a passion for music but also fell in love with Jessa, a kindred spirit who shared his love for words. Their early attempts at songwriting as a couple proved challenging for their marriage, leading them to focus on building a family instead. Blessed with two perfect children, the Hastings family, including their beloved dog, later made a significant move to Los Angeles, CA, where Benjamin, a member of Hillsong UNITED, and Jessa, a renowned author, continued to pursue their individual crafts. Benjamin's musical journey intertwined with the influential Hillsong UNITED, a church crowd that happened to include some of Jessa's childhood friends. Through collaborations, recordings, and tours, he became an integral part of many chart-topping songs, including Hillsong UNITED's "So Will I (100 Billion X)," Cory Asbury’s “The Father's House,” Brandon Lake’s “Gratitude,” and Hillsong Worship’s "O Praise The Name (Anástasis)." Transitioning into a solo artist, Benjamin released his debut self-titled album, a collection of 25 songs that delve into the various facets of his life – family, love, faith, struggles, and the complexities of the human experience. In January 2023, he followed up with the Songwriter Edition, providing deeper insights into the backstories of his songs. Benjamin's honesty shines through his music, offering listeners a raw and authentic experience. His lyrics explore themes such as the ongoing wrestle of exercising faith, confronting fear and doubt, finding and fighting for God in the midst of life's challenges. As he aptly puts it, "What better way to outwork an existential crisis than through a diary of song?" Reflecting on his creative process, Benjamin shares, "Songs started coming out of me that didn’t feel like they belonged anywhere but didn’t feel like they should die either. I felt like there were things that needed to be said, and I needed to be the one to say them." The album encapsulates this sentiment with a poignant lyric from the first track, inviting listeners to "Hold onto your hats, hold onto your hearts. We’re gonna lie in the dirt but we’ll stare at the stars." Benjamin William Hastings' musical journey is not just a collection of songs but a testament to the power of honesty, self-discovery, and the courage to share one's true self through music. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
A Conversation with Darlene Zschech
Nov 27 2023
A Conversation with Darlene Zschech
In a candid and spirited conversation with Worship Leader Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Joshua Swanson, Darlene Zschech, the renowned Australian musician, songwriter, worship leader, and pastor, shares insights into her life, Christmas traditions down under, the state of worship music, and the heartbeat behind her recent songwriting. This intimate dialogue, captured on video, offers a glimpse into the heart of a woman who has left an indelible mark on the world of worship. Christmas Down Under: A Unique Blend of Heat and Holy Moments Darlene Zschech kicks off the conversation by unraveling the mysteries of an Australian Christmas. The beach becomes their sanctuary, where they sweat through a hot turkey meal, inspired by Hallmark movies. She paints a vivid picture of their unique Christmas tradition, where the juxtaposition of hot turkey and sandy beaches creates a memorable holiday experience. Amidst laughter, Zschech shares her family's not-so-epic nativity set, humorously acknowledging the reassembled baby Jesus, who bears the signs of a few mishaps. Her favorite Christmas dish, a delectable French creation made with puff pastry, caramel, and custard, adds a touch of sweetness to the festive season. When asked about her favorite Christmas carol, Zschech passionately expresses her love for O Holy Night, particularly Josh Groban's rendition. Yet, what truly captivates her during Christmas is the universal singing of scripture.  Navigating the Currents of Worship Music Transitioning to the state of worship music, Zschech delves into the cultural nuances that shape worship around the world. Drawing a sharp contrast between the persecuted church, where worship is a matter of life or death, and the comfortable Western world, she emphasizes the need for accountability to maintain the purity of worship. Acknowledging the challenges that comfort poses to the Western Church, Zschech urges believers to stay hungry and avoid becoming complacent. She passionately advocates for the importance of the church body, emphasizing the need for open dialogue to uphold the purity of worship and prayer. Sharing her involvement with Open Doors, an organization dedicated to supporting the persecuted church, Zschech sheds light on the sacrificial commitment of individuals like her husband's cousin, Wayne, who prioritizes sharing the gospel over personal safety. Worship Beyond Music: Living a Lifestyle of Worship Moving beyond the confines of music, Zschech reflects on the concept of a "lifestyle of worship." She narrates a poignant encounter with a young boy in Rwanda who challenged her to abandon the phrase in favor of simply calling it life. For her, living a life of worship involves maintaining a constant conversation with God, creating margin for the Holy Spirit's leading, and fostering an environment where worship extends beyond musical rehearsals. As Zschech articulates the essence of worship, she underscores the need to empty hands of worldly attachments, embracing a posture that aligns with Romans 12—a holistic offering of one's entire being. Navigating the Industry and Staying True to Worship With a keen eye on the challenges within the worship industry, Zschech emphasizes the importance of compassion over criticism. Addressing the industry's struggles, she advocates for pioneers who explore new avenues for artists to earn a living without compromising their convictions. In a world that often pits generations against each other, Zschech challenges the older generation to champion and support the creativity of the youth. Instead of feeling threatened, she urges believers to create room for the next generation's fresh expressions of worship. Championing the Next Generation: A Call to Unity Expressing her admiration for the younger generation's no-nonsense approach to faith, Zschech lauds their demand for authenticity. She sees their creative contributions as a revitalizing force in the church, urging the older generation to make way for the vibrant ideas and expressions of the youth. In a powerful call to action, she challenges believers to champion the next generation, fostering an atmosphere of encouragement and support. Rejecting the notion of a divided church, Zschech envisions a united body where each generation contributes to the rich tapestry of worship. From Worship Leader to Pastor: A Journey of Surrender As the conversation draws to a close, Zschech reflects on the unexpected journey into pastoral ministry. Recounting a pivotal moment with her husband, Mark, she shares their 'Hineni' moment—a willingness to say 'yes' to God before fully understanding His plan. The decision to pastor a broken-down church, marked by humility and a desire to set a table for everyone, became a testament to their commitment to a unique vision of church life. In her closing remarks, Zschech expresses gratitude for the privilege of living in this pivotal moment of history. With unwavering faith, she envisions a church that operates like a family table, where all are welcome, heard, and fueled to go out and make a difference in the world. Darlene Zschech's conversation with Joshua Swanson offers more than a glimpse into her world; it provides a roadmap for a generation seeking authenticity, unity, and a vibrant expression of worship. As the heartbeat of Christmas and the soul of worship converge in this dialogue, Zschech's life becomes an invitation to embrace the sacred dance of surrender, authenticity, and a pursuit of God that transcends cultural boundaries. - - - - - - - - - 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. Our host is Joshua Swanson and the show’s co-producer and editor is Matt McCartie. More episodes can be found at the link below. - - - - - - - - - Links: https://www.darlenezschech.com/https://www.instagram.com/worshipleader/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/https://authenticmedia.company/https://worshipleader.com/all-podcasts/our-host/ Who is Darlene Zschech? Darlene Zschech is an Australian Pentecostal Christian worship leader, singer-songwriter, pastor, author, and speaker. She is known for her work with Hillsong Church, where she served as the worship pastor from 1996 to 2007. She is also the co-founder of Compassionart, a charity that helps to raise money for orphans and widows. Zschech was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1965. She began singing and performing at a young age, and by the time she was a teenager, she was leading her own band. She came to faith in Jesus Christ in her early twenties, and soon after, she began using her musical talents to lead worship in churches. In 1996, Zschech joined the worship team at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. She quickly became a key member of the team, and her songwriting and leadership helped to make Hillsong one of the most influential worship teams in the world. Zschech has written over 80 published worship songs, including the popular hymn Shout to the Lord. She has also released several solo albums, including "Kiss of Heaven" and "Change Your World." In 2008, Zschech co-founded Compassionart, a charity that helps to raise money for orphans and widows. The charity has raised millions of dollars and has helped to provide food, shelter, and education to thousands of children. Zschech is also a gifted speaker and author. She has written five books, including "Extravagant Worship" and "The Kiss of Heaven." She is a regular speaker at conferences and events around the world. Zschech is married to her husband, Mark, and they have three children. She lives in the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.