This coming Fall I’ve been selected to become a worship resident at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. The Austin Stone is a church serving about 7,500 weekly attendees at 7 locations in the city of Austin – a place where 7 out of 8 people do not attend a church. I’ve been given an amazing opportunity to serve God in a place where faithful gospel witness is dearly needed. For more details on the church you can check out their website here.
When I first began looking into the position I thought the same thing that’s probably running through your mind – what is a worship residency, exactly? I’m glad you asked. I’ll start by sharing the Austin Stone’s vision for the worship residency:
“The Worship Residency program is a two-year residency for young worship leaders who want to grow in both the spiritual and practical implications of their ministry. This program provides leadership experience and pastoral growth as well as musical, theological and character development. In addition to being a part of our team, residents go through our Leadership Development Program and are paired with a Worship Leader at The Austin Stone in a mentor-type relationship that helps foster personalized growth throughout the two-year period.”
The residency will provide a safe place for me to do tangible, meaningful ministry in the city of Austin while equipping me for future ministry full-time at a church. Here’s a few specifics that I will be doing during the time of my residency:
- Being discipled and trained by a full-time worship pastor at the Austin Stone, Logan Walter. Logan is a Godly, talented guy who loves his church and his family. I’m excited to learn everything I can from him. More info on him here.
- Leading worship for Austin Stone Students and Austin Stone Kids (the student ministries) at one of the church locations.
- Helping facilitate worship at events, conferences, and mid-week services.
- Coaching a group of men through Austin Stone’s Men’s Development Program and discipling young men in the church.
- Participating in a musician development program that will help me to grow and mature as a musician from world-class musicians in Austin.
I believe the worship residency at the Austin Stone is the best way for me to be a faithful steward of my potential as a worship leader. I will be challenged to grow and mature in my abilities while doing real, meaningful ministry in the city of Austin. I am very excited to have been accepted to this position and ready to work hard to become the best worship minister that I can be for God’s glory! The residency is a support-raised position, which means I’m looking for people to partner with me in ministering to the Austin community and investing in my future as a worship leader! You can give here.
I explain more here about my decision to pursue worship ministry and how that decision led me to the Austin Stone. I’d appreciate your prayers and encouragement as I move forward in this process. Thank you!