Hey everyone! The first of many Vertical Podcasts was released last week with a great interview with our friend, Paul Baloche. Enjoy!
Night of Worship Tour
The Events are free, but you need a ticket. Get yours here. We will be taking a love offering to support the tour each night.
ALSO in many of these cities we will be doing a Worship Workshop. If you are a worship leader or in a worship band or part of your church’s worship services at all, we would love to have you there. Our friends from Loop Community will be joining the Vertical Church for this workshop. Register here.
hey. Andi here – Last night on #Roadshow14 we were in Bossier City, Louisianna. It’s been a great run of 4 events and a great honor for us to be on the road with a big touring group of bands and crew. They are really legit people – friendly, fun and professional. Walking onto a stage every night in a room full of thousands of people is a great weight to carry. I don’t feel nervous but i do feel the same responsibility as i do at home, to lead the people to Jesus. We’re out on this tour because Vertical Church Band is about leading people to worship, to look up, to experience the manifest presence of God and whether in a room of 10 or 10,000 like last night, it’s the same task for us. A highlight for me has been hearing Pastor James’ voice boom out across each arena at the beginning of our set. It sets the tone so well for what we do and who we’re doing it for. People are responding well to the new songs and although for many, they are hearing them for maybe the first time, they quickly catch on and join in with us. Technically, the band has been playing great. We’ve had a guest guitarist on stage for us who works for the Third Day crew and we’re all locking in together. We’ve also been so blessed by the volunteers helping us out each night with our product table. Last but not least, when we get to meet people at the end of the night, that’s a huge highlight for me. We’ve met so many sweet people, encouraging us, wanting to know more about our music and our church. A lot of people have come to tell us they are playing our songs at their churches too – wow wow wow! Tonight is our last event – we’re in Lubbock, Texas… pray for us and for safe travel home to Chicago through monday too… cheers….
We believe church is first supposed to be for God. Ephesians 3:21 says “to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Church is for God. I know that doesn’t sound too complex, but it’s really important we start with that principle. I know that I have been guilty of taking secondary principles and making them the primary. But everything, even our service in ministry, flows from our relationship with God. If there is no passion in our hearts, no fervor to glorify God, then we won’t have a fire that will spread to reach the lost. If we don’t have God’ glory as our desire, then we will opt out of walking down a difficult path though it’s what the Lord would want at times. When we ascribe worth to the Lord, glory comes down! This is what we have set off to do across the country these past few weeks. As we have put God first, He has poured out his blessings so graciously over us. Tonight as we were playing on stage it dawned on me that I’m not getting tired of singing the same songs. Sure the music is slowly getting to be super familiar. But my heart continues to be overwhelmed by the fact that God would dwell with us; both by manifesting himself as we worship him and by dwelling on this planet as man to enable us to know Him and experience Him. May that never become routine for any child of God. Ever.
…Off to Mobile, AL!
Someone asked me yesterday what my greatest memory of Roadshow was, and it’s a tough question because there are so many… One of my fondest memories will most certainly be working with some great people who volunteered their time to help us at our product table. I cannot say “Thank you” enough. They worked so hard, with a smile and great enthusiasm. What a blessing it was to get to know each of you!
Another favorite is getting to see how the music is personally impacting people. As a group, our prayer was for Jesus to use the Truth of what we are singing to move in the hearts of the people. And wow, He did! I’m reminded of 1 Thes 5:24 “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” I was so blessed to hear stories of what the worship meant to each person who stopped by our booth. When I hear that, it is such an encouragement and reminder that what we are doing is not for ourselves but is for and because of The Lord.
My take away: people are hungry for worship!
One of my favorite moments in life is when I’m behind a drum kit playing for worship. I say that because I am so moved by God choosing me to be part of what is happening in the church through VCB. I’m humbled and wrecked by what God is doing in us and through us as we travel to all these different cities. With that said, the Roadshow tour has been phenomenal over the past couple days. Every night God’s name is lifted high and lives are transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.
As the drummer I get the best view up of both the worship team and the crowd worshiping our almighty God. Every night I’m in awe of what God is doing in the hearts of the people who show up to these events. While I’m worshiping up there, ever so often I look up and watch the crowd to see their hands raised high and singing their hearts out to God. That fires up my faith. I’m reminded constantly about the sovereignty and power of God over everything. It is very humbling to be part of the life changing, God exalting experience called worship. I cannot believe that this is my “job.”
Madison Wisconsin, a land of fine cheeses and frigid, unforgiving weather! For us in VCB it was a fun day back to the tour schedule. Being just two hours from home, the drive was quick and painless. It was a special day for us. Being so close to home, our Harvest volunteers from all over the Chicagoland area came out in numbers to see the show. It is such a blessing knowing we have a strong and loving support base back home that helps make all of this possible. To those of you who came out, we say “thank you.” To those of you who are lifting us up in prayer from afar, we feel your prayers and sense the Holy Spirit with us. We look forward to all that Lord has in store for us in these next few cities. Keep praying!
I am the newest member of the Harvest Bible Chapel Production Staff. I have an unlikely passion for both pastoring people as well as live production. Those two passions have been equally exercised in the past 3.5 years as a full time student at Liberty University. I studied Pastoral Leadership while simultaneously mixing FOH 3-4 times a week on the road and on-campus. The past 3.5 years have been full of growth, learning, and excitement, but God has burdened my heart for the local church. Like many of you I started off doing ministry in the local church and I can’t get enough of it. There is something challenging and uniquely rewarding about being apart of the very church body you are ministering to.
So I have come from a culture that is very young, institutional, and very routine. Now I am moving back into the local church culture, moved to a different city/state, with people I haven’t known. Whether it was a new school, a new job, or even a new church I am sure you can all relate to being the new guy at some point. We all know that your first impression and the way you handle decision making and absorbing information those first few weeks is vital to how your leadership will respond to you. So what do I do? First and foremost you need to recognize that every church no matter how big or how small has a “DNA” or a paradigm that it lives and breaths from. Your job from before you even arrive is to dial-in on what that paradigm is and adapt it for yourself. Then as you dial-in on that paradigm your second job is to humbly submit. Before you can own certain responsibilities and become a leader, you must be a faithful follower.
Today the Roadshow lands us in Omaha. It is so exciting to know that hours from now the seats in the arena we are currently parked outside of will be filled with people and lives, each with their own story, their own struggles, their own hurts and needs, and we will have the opportunity to lift high the name of Jesus as the answer to every question life presents to us. There is something surreal about knowing that you have been given such an incredible platform, and along side of that, there is a weight to it. A responsibility to it. A responsibility to steward every moment well on stage and off of stage. To ride the line between entertaining and engaging in worship. Pray for us if you have time. We are truly blessed to be here and thankful for each one of you who have supported us along the way.
The order of our set is Open Up The Heavens, The Rock Won’t Move, Forever Reign, and Jailbreak. Pray that the truth of God’s Word housed in these songs would be used by the Holy Spirit to move and stir and encourage the hearts of everyone who comes tonight and every night ahead. We are thankful for you!
I’m currently sitting in a van on the way to Nebraska as I write this post. It has been an amazing first week of the Roadshow tour for us! Gathering with God’s people to worship God will never get old for me. We get to play a 15 minute worship set drenched with our worship philosophy. Every night we have asked God to show us His glory…and He has!
When I was preparing the music for the tour, I started thinking about what a 15 minute worship set could do. I was thinking of all the quick conversations Jesus had with people that left them completely changed for life. I thought of the woman at the well, the sermon on the mount, and Saul’s conversion experience. And it quickly became evident that if the presence of Jesus is filling these arenas, a 15 minute worship set can impact lives in the same way.
As you think of us, pray that God’s glory would come down from heaven every night as we worship Him. Pray for the people who are coming to these events that need to see the Lord manifest His power. Pray that our worship set would point people vertically to God. Pray that our 15 minutes of being on stage will have impact into eternity.
“Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,