Back At It

Like I mentioned in my last post, we are hitting the ground running. The new semester is here, and the work load definitely shows that.

This week I have been editing drum videos for the resources that will go along with our new record that will soon be released! (The record is called This Glorious Grace and will be released Oct. 13th!) With each record that we release at The Austin Stone, we also provide resource videos to help worship leaders and musicians around the world learn to play and lead the songs for their local church. (You can see examples of this here.) We do everything from live videos of the song being lead, videos of the writer of the song explaining the story behind the heart of the song and what scripture it is based from, and also videos on how to play that song on drums, guitar, bass, piano etc. These resources helped me as a worship leader and guitar player when I was first starting out, and so it’s humbling to be able to be the guy that now sends those out to help equip others.

We also had something this week called Open Worship Huddle. Once a month we invite worship leaders from the area to join us for a morning of hanging out, worship, prayer and teaching. It is an extremely encouraging time to gather as people doing the same thing, fighting the same fight, and encourage each other with the Gospel.

Open Huddle

The Pastor of Worship at The Austin Stone, Aaron Ivey, spoke this week on communicating vision and leading a team. It was an extremely encouraging time to be reminded that we ourselves are not responsible for vision, that God provides that, and that we are just responsible to communicate that to the people He has given us to lead. And that character is a crucial part of being a person with a platform, and always outweighs competency. That we must love Jesus above everything else and the Holy Spirit of God will give the power to do the things that He wants to do in your tribe.

Thursday night we had our first Worship Collective of the fall. The Worship Collective is a monthly gathering for anyone that helps facilitate corporate worship at the five campuses of The Austin Stone. We have a vibrant and collaborative team of worship leaders, musicians, production teams, visual artists, songwriters and storytellers that are leading our church every single week in adult worship, kids worship, and students worship. And most of them are volunteer! The Worship Collective is the time where we get to serve and pour into our team. We eat amazing food, then worship through singing, praying, and receiving communion together. We do this because we think it is necessary to have a culture of togetherness in our team, and that includes the volunteers who serve tirelessly. So we take this time to serve them.

Like always, you can keep up with what we are doing at Austin Stone Worship on our website or through our social media.

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This last weekend, I got to drive home to Wichita Falls (for about 36 hours) and spend some time with Addison and our families for her birthday! We also found out that Addison received the position of Executive Director at The Arc of Wichita County! This is a huge blessing from God, and we are totally blown away. Also, my brother took a couple of engagement photos for us. IMG_2520IMG_2540IMG_2536IMG_2523IMG_2539


Prayer

Please pray for me in these areas:

  • I’ve been reading a lot in the book of Acts, and trying to decipher what it is we are actually called to do and to be as the church. Pray that God would speak to me through His Spirit.
  • I’ve also been reading a book called “A Praying Life” by Paul Miller and have been convicted about my lack of prayer, and how much I actually live in self-will instead of in prayer, allowing God to mold me into the image of His son.
  • Continue to pray for my transition to Wichita Falls in a few months, and that I would find a job!

Summer

The summer season for Austin Stone Worship is a weird one. A lot of our team is either out leading for camps or on vacation for pretty much the whole two-to-three month period. So I personally am glad that it is wrapping up!

This week is one of the first weeks that our team is getting back into a regular rhythm of meeting and gathering together to accomplish the things the Lord has given us to do. And it has been refreshing, yet full of things to do.

This summer has definitely been a crazy but fruitful season. I was blessed to be able to go on vacation with my family, and it was rest that the Lord definitely knew I needed. I have also had the opportunity to lead worship a few different times at churches in College Station as well as for a group of Pine Cove leaders here in Austin. This season at The Austin Stone has grown me immensely as a follower of Jesus as well as a leader of worship and shepherd of people.

I also got to go on a trip with some other people on the worship team as well as some church planting residents to Tacoma/Seattle, Washington. We partnered with a church plant in Tacoma called Pathway. They are a relatively new plant, and doing great things! While we were there we got help them do outreach events in their community and they also taught us about church planting and all of the things that come with it. It was an incredibly long, tiring yet encouraging week. It was truly a blessing to be able to serve and learn from those brothers and sisters.seattle

(Prayer and worship time on the beach at the end of our trip)

We have two big projects that I’ve been working a lot on in the past few months. One is the Austin Stone Worship Conference that we are having in November! #ASWCon will be a time when almost 500 worship leaders, pastors and artists from around the country gather together to worship, pray and learn how to better pastor, shepherd and lead the people at their local church. The Austin Stone has been blessed with incredible leadership and God has given us a platform in order to share this knowledge and insight with other leaders. We believe that God is going to do big things in the lives of the men and women that come for the conference, and we are really excited about it! Please begin praying with me for that time and that leaders would grow in their love and passion for Jesus and take that back with them along with practical skills to lead their people, back to their home churches.

We have also been working on creating and organizing curriculum for Worship Leader Development Online! In the past, Austin Stone Worship has had an in person, classroom setting version of Worship Leader Development. However, there has been interest, from people around the country and the globe, in being apart of this program. So we are currently organizing all of our content and creating syllabi for this course! We are excited to see all that God does through this program. Our goal is again to help equip and train pastors and worship leaders in order to point their people towards Jesus.

I’m also excited to announce that I’m engaged! I proposed on July 17 in Wichita Falls, and will be married on January 1st! I’m excited that God has blessed and trusted me with this, and can’t wait for this new season of life with Addison!

 proposal

 

Prayer

Please be in prayer for:

  • Remaining time with The Austin Stone and that I would continue to grow, develop and seek Jesus and what He has for this time.
  • Transition back to Wichita Falls (housing, job, etc.)
  • Future Marriage – that I would lead and provide for my family both physically and spiritually the way that God calls us to and exemplifies for us.

I am extremely thankful to each of you and how you have supported me both prayerfully and financially. Feel free to contact me anytime and let me know if there is anything I can be doing or praying for you!

I plan on posting way more these last few months of my residency with photos, written posts and videos!

-DRR