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Joyful, EDM-Flavored Worship Songs Follow “Impossible Things,”

“Lion and the Lamb” Singles; Precedes Seven More Songs To Come

Songs Are Co-Writes With Chris Tomlin, Brian Johnson, Mac Powell, Leeland, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, Pat Barrett, Jason Upton, More

Grammy, Dove Award-nominated singer / songwriter Brenton Brown, one of the most prolific writers of modern worship, is intending to “put the joy” back in worship. Over the next several months, he will be releasing EDM-inspired songs one at a time about every four weeks with the song “Hosanna in the Deep” set to release Nov. 15, “You Will Not Fail Us” Dec. 15 and “Worth It All” Jan. 15 from Squeakyseat Music / Right Angle Music.

With all songs produced by Grammy-nominated Jonny Macintosh and the Fun Kids, “Worth It All” was co-written with Jacob Sooter and features background vocals by Harvest Bashta, “You Will Not Fail Us” was written with Housefires members and “Hosanna in the Deep” marks the third single to release in this series of 12 songs from Brenton. The first single, “Impossible Things,” was co-written with Chris Tomlin and Chris McClarney and releasedAug. 11. “Lion and the Lamb” was co-written with Leeland and Brian Johnson and releasedSept. 29.


Creatively, the idea behind the new songs is to #skiptotheremix; to go straight to a remix flavor for each of the tracks. Three of the songs are dance versions of Brenton’s more recent congregational co-writes, including “Impossible Things,” the Dove Award-nominated “Lion and the Lamb,” and the soon-to-be-released “Soul on Fire,” which was written with Mac Powell. “Soul on Fire” was first recorded by Third Day, spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on Christian Hit Radio and received a 2016 Grammy nomination. The rest of the upcoming singles are brand new songs.

“I have such a deep affection for joyful worship and have missed that lightness and joy in some of my worship sets. A joyful heart is good medicine!” exhorts Brenton, quoting Proverbs17:22. “When I listen to EDM with headphones on, it literally blows my mind and makes me extremely happy. This new music sounds different from anything I’ve ever done.”With seven more songs in this series to be announced and that have been co-written with such acclaimed artists/songwriters as Mac Powell, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, Pat Barrett, Jason Upton, Marc James, Jordan Frye and more, Brenton says the music was inspired by his daughters: “I’ve been driving to school every morning for the last couple years. Their love for EDM has changed me!

Brenton also shares a taste of his love for EDM on the “Jason’s Voicemail” track that is literally built around an encouraging, Godward voicemail message Jason Upton left for Brenton. The track can be heard now at

For more Brenton Brown information, including tour dates, chord charts/lyrics, etc., go to and follow him on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

About Brenton Brown:

A South African-raised Rhodes scholar who studied at Oxford University, was worship pastor in England’s Vineyard Church and now resides in Malibu, CA, Brenton Brown is an award-winning songwriter known for favorites like “God My Rock,” “Joyful,” “You Will Not Fail Us,” “Worth It All,” “Your Love is Amazing,” “All Who Are Thirsty,” “Hosanna (Praise is Rising),” “Humble King,” “Glorious,” “Holy,” “Our God Saves,” and many more being sung by millions in places of worship all around the world. His song “Everlasting God” was honored by ASCAP as one of the most performed songs in the USA in 2007 across all genres, marking the first time that a worship song has been recognized with such an honor. He has released four albums, including God My Rock, which Worship Leader calls, “True musical art in the genre of worship.”




Thankful for FREE Media

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Happy November everyone! Seeing that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, with all the turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, biscuits and butter we can eat, I figured we could get a head start and talk about some things that we are thankful for. So what are you thankful for? There are so many things, there’s no way we could list them all. Well here are a few things we can be thankful for: 1. Free Media  2. Cooler days  3. Family  4. Friends  5. Free Meida  6. Football season in full swing  7. Grilling on charcoal  8. Free Media  9. Starry nights  10. Free Media!  As I said, so much to be thankful for. So let’s dive in and get right to the free media we’ve all been waiting for. You’re going to love what we have for you this month. Go ahead and check them out and then send them to your media loving friends! Can you believe you can get all this for free? Amazing!

Study Cinemagraph by Journey Box Media

This cinemagraph is great for making announcements about Bible Studies or Lifegroups. Cinemagraphs bring still images to life, and are an eye-catching way to communicate necessary (but often, boring) information.

Invite 2 by The Sound Tank

Invite 2 by The Sound TankNo other institution or organization Christ has given this commission to reach out to the community to make them part of his body. Taking the commission seriously, we all need to invite some one to go to church so that they to will have the opportunity to the God the Creator who died to save them. This short, humorous video is another installment in the popular “Invite” series. This time we learn to reach across barriers to invite people on a weekly basis. Another great ending!

It’s Christmastime by Yancy Ministries

It’s Christmastime is A fun song by Yancy! This pack includes both the English and Spanish versions. Both versions include 2 Files: Full and Instrumental.

Change the Room by Ryan Emerick Media

As Christ-followers, the Bible challenges us not to be changed by our environments, but to change every environment. A great opener for a message or small group discussion on relationships, holiness, or evangelism.

Reflection Motion Background by Playback Media

Clouds drift over a mountain landscape. A reflection of the mountains sits in a circle on top of the landscape. This is a modern background that can be used any time of year and is part of the Reflection Collection.

Free Video from Lightstock


What to Do When a Volunteer Is More Skilled Than You

As a tech director, I want to be at the top of my game. If a volunteer has a question or needs help trouble shooting I always try to have the answer right away. It’s not a pride thing. It’s about always learning, growing and giving my volunteers the confidence that they won’t be hung out to dry. But what happens when a new volunteer comes on board with more experience than you on a certain station. It may be a college student that’s helping out over the summer who’s been studying lighting all year. Or a sound engineer that moved from another city and has had the past experience to mix in a professional theater. Or even a new member that works at the local news station and can run circles around you on the video system. As intimidating as this may be, its pretty much the best situation you can find yourself in. You learn from them, let them train others and yet maintain your role as Tech Director.

This is the greatest opportunity for you to teach other volunteers how to learn. Imagine seeing a leader humbly hand over the reins to another volunteer. Not in a waving-the-white-flag-in-surrender way but as a leader who seeks the best for the whole. If you want volunteers that listen, respond to constructive criticism and approach everything as a student you must show them how to do it as their leader. Once you’ve released control, you can now learn from them and get better yourself. Soak in everything they do, ask questions and show your appreciation for them being on the team and their willingness to pass on what they know.

This next part gets a little tougher. Now that you’ve handed over the reins, invite other volunteers of the same station to join in as you learn. By inviting volunteers into this you can avoid two things. Other volunteers would catch on and will stop looking to you as their leader. The second can be even worse as the more skilled tech would feel used and unappreciated, especially if you learn new techniques and then pass it on as your own knowledge. The more you pour out encouragement the closer your team will grow in relationships. The more they will encourage others. You will see their skills soar.

Steve Jobs did not create the Apple empire by himself. Jobs let other people take the lead in design and growth. I can easily name Tim Cook (even before the passing of Steve Jobs), Jon Ive and Phil Schiller. Good leaders encourage and lift up more leaders. As your volunteers grow, you will grow. Shake the fear that someone could take your position or become more important than you. That kind of thought is a downward spiral.

Embracing the strength of your volunteers will take your team to the next level. It will make other people want to join the team. You will grow in your knowledge as will your volunteers. They will follow your lead as an encourager and student.



It’s Time to Fall Back: Media to Help Your Church Remember

Daylight saving time is about to end. I know. I know. It’s a bit sad. The days are going to be shorter. We’ll be driving home from work in the dark. It can be a bit of a bummer if we let it. But I refuse to get down over setting our clocks back an hour. I refuse to hang my head and let my shoulders droop because the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and the sun just isn’t staying out as long. I ask you to stand with me and look at the bright side. By turning our clocks back an hour, we are another day closer to springing them ahead. That’s right, we’ve got to think of the long game here. It’s not that we’re losing daylight. It’s that we are getting closer to the spring and summer when the days get longer and weather gets warmer. So no more slouching. Let’s get out there and use this media with passion and announce to our church that though Daylight Saving time may be ending, we are getting closer to that day when we can spring ahead again!


Fall Back Reminder: The Clock Shop by Skit Guys Studios

Fall Back with Johnny and Chachi by Igniter Media

Fall Back with Dumb Riddles by Media4Worship


Fall Back Motion Background by Graceway Media

Fall Shades Fall Back Motion Background by Life Scribe Media


Fall Back Still Background by Playback Media

Painted Autumn Fall Back Still Background by Centerline New Media


Fall Back Countdown by Playback Media


Failure as the Starting Place for Worship

The pressure to be a worship leader today is intense! If someone who does not go to church started looking around at worship gatherings today, I think a general statement they could make would be that worship leaders are rock stars. I think that’s an easy assumption to make because I could make the same statement as well! But is that the goal? Is being a worship leader equal to being a rock star? I sure hope not. And Zac Hicks has a few things to say about this topic.

In Zac’s book, The Worship Pastor, Zac challenges this notion by sharing his own personal journey in this area and by digging into the Scriptures to give us a solid, biblical picture of what it means to be a worship leader. In this brief excerpt, Zac gives us a glimpse into where we should begin in our new venture into understanding what it means to be a worship leader.

Failure as the Starting Place for Worship

For the same reason, failure is the great and perpetual starting place for worship too. The worship of God begins only when the worship of ourselves ends, and acknowledgment of our failure hastens that ending. I imagine this is why hymn writer Joseph Hart (1712–68) included this verse in one of my favorite call to worship songs:

Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
is to feel your need of Him.4

What does God require of His worshipers? What is our entry ticket into wor- ship? What’s the password? It’s “I need you, God.” As C. FitzSimons Allison said, “Restlessness, uneasiness, and dissatisfaction with ourselves is the only qualifica- tion for worship.”5 We can properly look up only when we are flat on our backs. Failure leads to a life-giving shift in posture, a change from looking downward and inward to looking outward and upward. And then the very hill that we know we can’t ascend becomes the mountain on which our hope lies:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord.
– Psalm 121:1-2

It is atop that same mountain that the angel took a despondent apostle John when he was weeping over the unworthiness of the whole world. And as their eyes ascended the hill, an elder cried, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able.” And John turned, lifting up his eyes to the mountains, and saw “a Lamb, looking as though it had been slain” (Rev. 5:5–6). Atop the hill we could never ascend, the hill of Calvary, hangs the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world—the One with clean hands and a pure heart.

Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? The Lamb answers, “I.”
And suddenly, our failure is swallowed up in worship.

4. Joseph Hart, “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” (1759). Public Domain.
5. FitzSimons Allison, Fear, Love, and Worship (New York: Seabury, 1962), 27.

Taken from The Worship Pastor by Zac Hicks. Copyright © 2016 by Zachary M. Hicks. Used by permission of Zondervan.

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Zac Hicks is Canon for Worship and Liturgy at Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, Alabama).


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