On September 1st I started my second year as a worship resident at the Austin Stone and so much has happened already! I've had the opportunity to lead at both our North and West campuses over the last few months which has been truly humbling. Also, last week our church released the very first Austin Stone Worship KIDS album. This album, titled "Only Jesus," is one my kids have listened to nonstop and Jessica and I love it just as much!
Speaking of Jessica, she is absolutely killing it with her new photography business. If you haven't seen her work yet, you really need to (jessforeman.com)! She works so hard and it's so obvious the Lord has gifted her with the eye and the ability to capture moments. I'm so proud of her!
We're so thankful for all the Lord is doing, and feel humbled to be used by Him in such great capacity. Read on to find out more about what we've been up to lately...
Over the last few months I've had the opportunity to lead worship at our North and West campuses. I love that I'm able to continue leading people to see the glory of Jesus through song every week, especially at our church. Below are some videos of me leading "How Great Thou Art" from this past Sunday at North campus and "The Lord Our God" a couple months ago at West campus.
KIDS Worship Album
Last Friday Austin Stone Worship released our very first KIDS Worship album titled "Only Jesus." Over the years I've heard a fair share of KIDS Worship albums, but this one is by far the best one I've ever heard. And I'm really not being biased - from the theology behind the songs, to the resources (including dance videos and family devotionals), to the songs themselves, our family absolutely loves this record! It's one of those kids albums that Jessica and I still listen to in the car, even when the kids aren't with us! :)
Check out this link to see more about the album and to download it. I promise you'll love it, and your kids will too! onlyjes.us
Once a quarter Austin Stone Worship holds an event called Worship Intensive. The Austin Stone Worship Intensive is a full 2-day training with a small group of worship pastors from different churches across the country. We invite them to gather together and join with our worship staff at our weekly worship huddle and monthly worship collective, as well as having uninterrupted time with our leadership.
We hold 3 different round table discussions where we share information about our vision, culture, and team. I had the privilege to lead one of these round table discussions with worship leaders Justin Cofield and Jaleesa McCreary to talk about the importance of Development within a worship team.
Our hope as a team is that these Intensives help to serve other worship ministry leaders by not only talking through some of the difficulties and challenges they face but also encouraging them as well.
Thank you to all of our supporters who have not only helped us through our first year but are continuing into our second. Your support both financially and in prayer has been such a huge blessing that I really can't even put into words!
At this point we are about 75% towards our second year goal and definitely need some new people to join our team. If you're reading this and have an interest in joining our team, please click here to check out our Partner Page to find out more info. We moved to Austin a year and a half ago knowing that the Lord was calling us here. He's been faithful time and time again in providing for us and we know He will continue to do so through the generosity of others. We can't wait to see the Lord work in and through us for the glory of His name in Austin over this net year!