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.
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.
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.
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!