I received my copy of Worship Leader magazine today and the Worship Leader Profile this time around happened to be a local worship leader in town: Jonathan Stockstill. Jonathan leads worship at a church called Bethany World Prayer Center that is actually just outside Baton Rouge in Baker where his pops is the pastor. His brother is involved in things as well but I can’t remember in what.
…I’m not sure how to really feel. I’m totally excited a worship leader from our lil end of the nation is featured in a nationally read magazine like Worship Leader. I’ve noticed ads in there about Bethany before and he’s even had a song on their SongDiscovery CD before! But it’s weird though you know because it’s a church that I’ve tried out before and have been to functions before and have known people who go there and it’s not for me. So in a sense, it’s also a bit odd for me that they’re getting recognition. Does that make sense? I think I’m in a funk…maybe it’s the weather.
The article is pretty good. They misspelled his name in the title which is really inexcusable. I mean how did that slip by? It’s his name for crying out loud and they misspelled “Jonathan” the easy one! Other than though it was a decent article. A very informative, ‘behind the scenes’ story of how Jonathan came up to be a worship leader, his thoughts on having his pops as the Senior Pastor, and his take on song writing. I’m curious as to how I might answer those questions. Would my article be any more colorful? Our stories are just that: our stories. We can’t make them up, they’ve made us up. But it leads me to the question: How would I answer those questions? What would I say to:
- How would you describe the makeup of your church?
- What made up your journey as a worship leader?
- How would you describe your connection/relation to your congregation and worship team?
What would you say?