I am so blessed to be the worship pastor of this group pictured here and the many more they represent from Sunridge Community Church. Fifteen of us took a 35 mile road trip to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA thanks to an invitation from Tony of Saddleback Church. Tommy Walker led a worship class with a couple hundred or more folks from various church worship teams in the area.
Tommy Walker surely is a gifted musician and worship leader, but simply hearing him share right from the heart was a treat for us. Tommy shared a bit of his story about being an 11-year-old who felt called to lead worship. My 14-year-old worship leading daughter on the way home said, “Dad..I was 11 when I knew I wanted to lead worship, too.” That made the trip worth it for me to hear her say that!
Our team has such community and being a rowdy bunch we know how to have fun. Mike, our band leader, behaved himself…sort of. What an awesome night: everything from mini-pranks such as driving away in someone else’s car to the fun time at dinner at Wahoo’s to the nice words Rick Muchow had for our bunch. David Upton was also there hanging out with us.
Thanks to the Saddleback team for offering this to us! We had 15 of us drive over the 91 to Saddleback. That is a group of volunteers who are committed to Jesus and to learning more about the craft in leading worship through music, tech and video. What’s not to love about that!