Why a Residency?
I've been serving as a Worship Leader for the past 9 years in a variety of settings including student camps, retreats, conferences and mainly in the local church. Serving the Lord through Worship Ministry is a calling that has been placed on my life and my desire to serve Christ faithfully through that calling is extremely important to me. Much of what I've learned has been from experience and while this has been extremely valuable I also feel the need to sit under and learn from worship pastors who I already love and respect. After serving on church staffs I've realized the need for faithful, biblical and Christ-exalting worship leaders.
In February 2013 the Lord brought our family to Community Life Church in Forney, Texas as their Worship Pastor. This multi-campus congregation gave me a tremendous platform to lead and pastor people in worship to see the glory of Jesus Christ. We saw incredible growth in our ministry and in the church during that season as the Lord continued to be faithful in building His kingdom.
However, we began to sense what we would describe as a holy unrest and feeling out of place in the ministry position we were in. This unrest was also coupled with some burnout in ministry, so we began to pray for the Lord's guidance and what this meant for us moving forward. Through our fervent prayer, God began releasing us from c|Life and into a new opportunity and a new season of ministry.
Which brings us to the Austin Stone.
The Austin Stone is a church launched in 2002 by Pastor Matt Carter. Over the last 14 years, the church has reached thousands in Austin and around the world. They currently have 5 campuses in and around the metro Austin area and minister to over 9,000 people each week. The Austin Stone is also the largest missionary sending church in the country! It is an incredible church with passionate vision for the Gospel and the nations.
After much prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit, I applied for the worship residency position and got accepted! And by God's grace, not only did I get accepted but because of my previous experience in ministry they created a residency position specifically tailored for my growth as a leader. CLICK HERE for an update about our first year in the Residency.
Our first year has been more than just doing amazing things. The leadership of Austin Stone Worship has been intentional in discipling and pouring into me for the purpose of healing and spiritual growth. This has been a critical piece in our move to Austin, an opportunity to heal and be invested in as a minister and disciple. Not to mention my ministry trajectory has forever been changed as I've grown immensely as a pastor and worship leader.
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