I remember many years ago when I was first hired at Faith Center to be the Worship Pastor. I was a tad younger (no gray hair) full of energy (a little less fat) and my focus was solely on worship. I was bringing in new songs every week, building teams and spending every last moment praying and seeking God for direction concerning our worship services.
The exciting thing was people fully embraced the new direction and allowed me to dream, make mistakes, grow and enjoy every moment of worship. Some songs and ideas were fantastic and some were just awful (hahaha). All that to say lets flash forward 12 years.
I have been very excited about the changes we have made in worship the past few months. We have watched God bring freshness to our vision, new people on our teams and a ton of new songs that speak to the heartbeat of who we are. My passion has been reignited and it made me think of my younger years.
One of the biggest changes was bringing Chong on board to be a worship leader. This was hours of prayer and discussion with our staff and elders. I met Chong when I began giving him music lessons when he was a teenager. We have been playing music together with Narm for many years. Chong’s passion, talent, excitement, vision and desire reminded me of a younger me (just less pretty, ha-ha). His heart and love for Jesus is contagious, alive and a blessing to our church and me. Our church family has embraced him as a leader and a friend. You have given him room to dream, make mistakes, grow and find his own path that God is leading him on. There is no question among our Pastoral staff and Elders that Chong was called, anointed and released to lead us.
I am still the Worship Pastor; I don’t want people to get confused. You’re all stuck with me for a while J. Bringing Chong in has allowed me to focus more time at Southside and step into other ministries.
Thank you church family for allowing Chong and I the freedom, honor and joy to lead you in worship and chase the dreams God has given us.
In His Grip