Really, “with one voice” is my attempt to bring as many as possible to the table for discussion, observation, encouragement, and more as we seek wisdom and strength from God’s Word and from each other. Most of our discussion will focus on worship, leadership, and resources for those involved in ministry – both full-time and volunteer. I hope that you will join me in this new venture and that we will all benefit from it.
Who am I?
Basically, I am a “church guy”. From growing up in a pastor’s home to having served in full-time ministry positions for all of my adult life, I have a love for God, the church, and ministry types. I have served as a Minister of Music/Associate Pastor/Office Manager/Administrator at smaller-in-attendance churches and much larger churches. I’ve been in situations when we thought our church was not going to last another week (seriously, the staff didn’t plan more than a week ahead because of this) and I’ve also been in churches where God blessed in such a way that we literally had to save space so the pastoral staff could have a place to sit during our corporate worship.
I’ve been there when deacons, staff, and yes, the pastoral staff has been asked to leave, but I’ve also seen God restore churches and individuals in a miraculous way. In short, like many of you, I’ve seen God at work in his church in many different situations. As I mentioned before, I grew up in a home where my father was a pastor and my mother was his strong partner in ministry. I understood then and now that the church is not perfect, but I also knew that my parents loved the church because Christ did. I was fortunate to come from that experience with a love for the church and God’s people.
Along the way, I completed at BME at Oklahoma Baptist University, a MM at Pittsburg (KS) State University, and a DMin from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Illinois.
Currently, I am the Music & Worship Specialist at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. It is my privilege and honor to serve alongside churches across Oklahoma in whatever ways are needed, but of course, especially in the area of worship and music.
What’s in a Name?
The Apostle Paul writes these words to the church in Romans 15:5-6: “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (ESV)
I want to encourage the church to function in such a way that when people outside the church community think of “the church” they think of a people that love God and care for each other. I believe that the great distraction of the past years of worship styles, preferences, etc has taken us away from our priority of worship and disciple making. It is my prayer and plea that the church come together to raise it’s voice as one. Not in unison – we all don’t have to sing the same notes, but at least brothers and sisters should be able to make harmony. As a musician it’s easy to pull out the references to “harmony” and “with one voice.” However, this was not written as a word to musicians, but to the church at large. Let us be known as believer’s that allows our voice to speak as one to our neighbors and community. Let’s find ways to unite – not divide – as we come against cultural and societal pressures. We do this – not for our sake, but as Paul writes, so that we may bring glory to the “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”