Out With the Old, In With the New

It’s been almost two years since I left my last professional position as a worship leader, a career that spanned 32 years.  Do you love what you do?  I did, and would have been happy doing it for another 20 years.  I’ve got a hard head… God has always had to move me on when it was time.  He’s got His ways, though, and here we are.  My love of worship isn’t diminished; only now I’ll be mentoring, not leading.  Not much, anyway; I’m pretty good at filling in when a leader needs a break.

I have a heart for church leaders, and have seen about everything that happens with a church staff or elder board.  I’d count it a privilege to be the neutral party when conflict requires an outside perspective.  It isn’t rocket science, really; sometimes we just need someone with no dog in the fight to help us see clearly enough to do what’s right.

The growth and development of worship over the past 30 years has been astounding.  Each generation has their own voice as new praise songs are written, and wonderful expressions of love, faith, and theology come from contemporary writers.  Yet there’s a deep desire surfacing to find our place in the ongoing history of the church, connecting with song and hymn writers from the past.

Church culture has changed as well.  Back in the 80’s, I knew a pastor who raised a scandal wearing hiking boots when he preached.  I caused a ruckus a few years back when I led worship with a baseball cap on – backwards.  It’s not that foot or headwear are anything, it’s that we’re willing to try to let go of stuff that doesn’t matter so we can effectively share with our world what does matter.

My experience and perspective can be very helpful.  Check out the web site for a better idea of who I am and what I do.  It’ll be an honor serving the body of Christ in these ways.




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    Looking forward to reading your thoughts as you share with us all.

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