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Writing Songs

God labels us as his “masterpiece.” We have been intentionally created in the image of our Creator, and we are called to create.

For some of us, this creativity reveals itself through songwriting.

It is such a privilege to write with my teammates in Saddleback Worship.

We try to write songs for our congregation that support the vision and direction of our church while having open palms for what Jesus wants to say through lyric and melody. We place an emphasis on the sound of celebration, staying current and relevant, and remaining true to who we are in our writing.

But these songs aren’t always revealed neatly in the first few drafts — it takes time.

It takes wrestling with combinations of lyrics and melodies, writing and rewriting, sorting out differing opinions among team members, and above all spending plenty of time in prayer.

This journey is joy-filled and fun, but it is also taxing. No matter what stage of songwriting we’re in, we must remember why we do it.

unity

I heard someone say once: “If you aren’t fighting for unity, you are losing unity.” After serving on staff at a church for two years and being neck deep in ministry, I find that statement to be so incredibly true. Unity is essential to a healthy church. I have been to many of our Saddleback campuses from Irvine to Berlin, and whether I’m leading worship from the platform or participating out in the house, I have often had that moment of “whoa, we truly are one church!” And it is so cool.

When you are as big and as spread out as our church — staying unified takes a lot of hard work and intentionality. I believe one of our key roles as leaders is to protect the unity of the church. How we lead on the platform, in the green room, and in rehearsals helps build unity. And sometimes those are the exact same physical spaces where ugliness can sneak in and destroy that culture of love and “better-togetherness” that we are trying to build. You know what I’m talking about — comparison, competition, selfishness, pride, gossip — they are unity killers.

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The days leading up to weekend services are full of preparation – my heart, body, and mind must be ready to fulfill my call. I orient my weekly schedule around three key factors that encourage me as I prepare each week: Find rest in him, perfect my craft to honor him, and posture my heart to bring others to Him.

Find Rest

Monday is reserved as a Sabbath day. It is essential to schedule time away from work and music. For me, this means completely unplugging as I spend a personal day devoted to rest, recharging, and reconnecting.

Psalm 116:7 “Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.”

Perfect My Craft

The remainder of the week is spent meeting with our team, pouring into volunteers, finalizing set lists, and rehearsing. It’s undoubtedly hard work, but by preparing in advance, I can focus on my ministry when I step onto that stage.

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Posture My Heart

Each Saturday morning, I like to cook breakfast, spend time in Scripture, and read a devotional that will help prepare my heart for worship. When…

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