A few thoughts on the future and being all in for the long haul

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I realize it has been a few weeks now since I’ve posted. I suppose that’s because I’ve done a lot of thinking lately. This may not be as much a post as a little stopping point for evaluation and reflection.

My wife commented to me a couple of weeks ago that she didn’t the “The Quick & Dirty Worship Leader” was really the right name for the blog anymore, and I’m realizing she’s right.

What motivated me to start this blog was my concern over what I perceive as a bad trend in some church worship teams, putting “professionalism” over intimacy, setting the bar so high that people have no place to find their place if they don’t already come ready for the role.

That is still very important to me, but I suppose it says more about what I’m against than what I’m for. I’m for relatively simple approachable worship for a church, that leaves room for growth without closing the door to beginners.

If I had to sum it up, I would borrow and roughly paraphrase John Wimber by saying I’m interested in becoming more and more thoroughly a disciple of Jesus. If I never lead another worship team again, I want that to still be true of me, and while I am leading worship, I want that to be more and more true. At the end of my life I want to be far more like him than I am now. I want to be more free of sin and mediocrity in life. I want to finish strong.

I want to help others to do the same, and I want to find broader ways of doing that. As much as my writing and musicianship helps that, I want to use those gifts. If they don’t help anymore, I don’t want to do them. I don’t want to be owned by my gifts any more than by my money or my desires.

In light of all this, I’m planning on posting more consistently and more often. I spent a couple of days at Jon Acuff’s Start Conference a couple of weeks back and I am still working on how best to share about that experience. I’m pushing myself to live a life full of the right kinds of risk and free from fear. The Start Conference was very helpful for me in that regard, and I can’t wait to share more information. I also celebrated 10 years of marriage to Anna Schulte this past week. I want to share more about what it’s been like to lead worship with her – the good and the bad. And there’s so much more to come.

I’m done for now, but I do want to thank you for continuing to read. I’m excited to share more with you!