6 Music Ministry Ideas | Maturity Over Production

As the music director at Center Church in Irvine, CA, it’s hard to overemphasize the importance of developing team members. In fact, the Bible says the purpose of church is not to merely fill a production role, but to bring members to maturity. Check out Ephesians 4:11-16 (NASB)… And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping …

Be Perfected | Integrity, Flourishing, Christmas

On Christmas Eve of 2017, I delivered a sermon entitled “Be Perfected” at Center Church Irvine; here it is, adapted into article format! The sermon audio + outline can be found here: http://www.centerchurch.org/be-perfected/ What do you think of when you hear the word “perfect?” I think of three parts of my life, which inspired me to speak on this topic. …

Discipleship and Jazz Transcription | Learning Kingdom Language

(Originally published with the Art of Worship, Jan 2016) About a year ago, I decided to study jazz. I had seen a few of my friends play background music at a restaurant, and realized that learning this genre would allow me to take different kinds of gigs, rather than just really loud rock-and-roll. Plus, I’d be able to play an …

Discipleship and the Red Stratocaster | The Gospel in Our Everyday Moments

(Originally published with the Art of Worship, Sept. 2016) I grew up playing music. I went through elementary and middle school singing and playing the piano, clarinet, and trombone, and didn’t think too much of it. It was probably because it was required in school (or because my parents were paying the private teacher large sums of money). So despite …