Today is March 15, which means it is my 3 year anniversary at Highpoint Church! Looking back over the past 3 years, I've grown a lot. I've become a pastor, been ordained, engaged, married, put out 3 records, traveled all over, & grown in just about every area I can think of. In reflection, I've put together 5 things I've learned since working at Highpoint. I'm gonna try my best not to be too wordy or over the top.


1. People don't need a worship leader, they need a worship pastor.

I know many worship leaders. I know very few worship pastors. People don't need to be led in songs once a week, they need a friend. Life is hard. It has it's ups and downs. As a pastor who is literally on stage every week, people often feel that they know me on a completely different level than I feel I know them. That doesn't matter. My pastor hat is on, so if we've never met before and you wanna talk about the crisis you're currently going through, bring it. I'm here to be an ear. I'm here to be a shoulder. As I've grown in my love of our Savior, I can't help but grow in love for His people.

2. If you ain't got a team, you ain't got nothin.

We've pulled off the impossible. All nighters, crazy deadlines, huge projects, records, print pieces, videos, and hundreds of over the top events… we got it. I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you're an 9 out of 10 guitar player but have a trash attitude, JUST STAY AT HOME. I'd rather have a 5 out of 10 with a great attitude. I can work with that ANYDAY. Our team's values are HUMILITY, HONOR, & JESUS. We know what we are here to do and we do it with no questions asked. I love my team. I'd die for my team. They have my back and I have theirs. One of my priorities in life is COMMUNITY. I feel like in the past 3 years, I've gained one of the most special communities any guy has ever had. These men and women are going to be friends for eternity.

3. How to have a Priority Time.

Man, I still struggle with this so often, but never before have I been here in my walk with the Lord. I understand the importance of getting into His Word daily and listening. Chris Conlee has modeled this out for me in a way that no man in my life ever has. His passion for God's Word is contagious. I understand that I can't lead people to the heart/throne of God if I don't know who God is. I understand this will be a journey that will last me for the rest of my life, but I'm proud to say that I'm in the healthiest place I've ever been.

4. No compromise, you must live in your strengths.

I had lunch with a small group of very Godly people on Monday. An older lady in the group said "I don't know how to say this… at Highpoint, do you feel restrained at all… or set free to be who you are meant to be?" With tears in my eyes I told her that I've never for one second had to live outside of who God has made me to be. Not only are my strengths accepted, they are embraced. My leadership here dares me to dream bigger, faster, and better than I ever have before. I wake up knowing exactly who I am in Christ and can hold my head high knowing that God has me exactly where He wants me. I literally am doing what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. I don't desire to be on the radio, playing concerts, on a tour bus… I want to be doing THIS. Yes, I have dreams for more… but within this context. He gave me a vision… I said yes… He made a way. Here we are.

5. Love Works.

I've always loved the broken, screwed up, messed up, & dirty. Why? Cause that's who I am. That's who you are. Whenever I realized that Christ died for me while I was still a sinner, it changed everything. Is it not time to stop pointing our fingers and just land on the fact that God's grace is for ALL OF US. Yes, Highpoint is the perfect place for imperfect people. No, that doesn't mean Highpoint is the Church for "Celebrate Recovery people." It means Highpoint is a great place for human beings. I've tried being right. I've tried being tough. I've tried getting my way. Nothing works like Love works. After all, that's how they will know us and the God we serve… by the way we LOVE.

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