What do you feel like God is saying or doing over young people right now?
What captured you about the Presence of God?
How do we get young people to engage in worship?
“Practically it’s really important as a worship leader that you’re not just singing a song, but you are leading the room and knowing when the room is with you and when they’re not. If you’re the head of the train and no one is connected you’re just taking a ride. You want to make sure the room is connected to you and ways to do that is valuing the people you lead. They know who I am because I‘m there every week and they know they can trust me. I can do some crazy things but I think the majority know I love them. It’s okay to coach kids. Sometimes they honestly just don’t know what to do, and I think it’s okay to tell them to raise their hands and encourage them. Don’t become controlling, but actually pastor the room. I like to mix it up and get creative because if we are doing the same thing over and over they get bored. Its encouraging to say ‘You have permission to do this, come do it with me.’”
How do you start a youth worship team?
Find the kids that God is highlighting. They aren’t going to be ready. We all had to be developed. When we started, it was terrible, but the Lord showed up. Find those people who are teachable and pour into them. Those are the ones that are going to be faithful and contagious. They’re going to be so passionate it’s going to be contagious. Find those that can be developed.
How do you develop excellence?
How would you incorporate pastoring your youth when you don’t have a youth service?
How do you capture the heart of unchurched kids?
“Be aware of who is in the room. We assume that everybody knows what we are talking about. There’s actually a lot of people that come that may have gotten invited by a friend. Some people get saved at a night of worship. Be real and think about what you’re saying. We use a lot of Christianese fillers instead of being honest. Really thinking about what God wants to say to the room.”
What do you do when kids are on the their cell phones during worship?
He asked Danny Silk how to get kids off of their cell phones. Danny said, “It’s hard to get the kids off of their cell phones, when all the senior leaders are doing it.”
“You can influence and inspire but we can’t control them. If the kid is not pulling away from the atmosphere, I come up and love on him and tell him it’s so great he’s there. If their actions are pulling away from the atmosphere then we say, ‘We love you, but when you’re acting like that you are disrupting the room.’ As a father though, I feel like I have the authority to confront things from the microphone in a way that’s not condemning but inviting them into a deeper reality.”
Who is your biggest hero and why?