Near the end of my time in Chicago, my wife and I attended Harvest Bible Chapel out at their Aurora campus. One morning, Andi and his team organized an acoustic set in the round, and ever since that morning, I’ve been following Andi closely.
I really dig guys like Andi, because it’s obvious in the way that he leads that he LOVES Jesus. His work with Vertical Church Band is inspiring and many of the songs they’ve written are sung in churches all over the world.
Andi was kind enough to take some time out to give us his responses to the 5 Questions, and he does not disappoint. Buckle up and soak up some solid wisdom!
Also, stick around to the end of the post to find out how you can win a FREE copy of Vertical Church Band’s most recent album, Church Songs!
Congrats to Jonathan Claytor for winning the FREE copy of Church Songs from Vertical Church Band!
Name || Andi Rozier
Church & Role || Harvest Bible Chapel, Pastor of Worship
Main Instrument || Acoustic Guitar
Fun Fact || When I was 16, I flew a plane.
(All Emphasis from Chris)
1. How did you learn to/get into leading worship?
I grew up in South London, UK, and at 16, I attended a church summer camp. The worship leader gave his testimony one night which led me to make my own decision to follow Christ. All my musical efforts at school were now transferred to church and I wanted to be involved.
I started listening to live worship recordings, writing to worship leaders and seeking council, asking the Lord for opportunities to serve, writing songs, reading books about theology and started my own ministry in the UK leading worship at various events. Then i was given an opportunity to serve at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago and I’ve been there for 14 years now.
2. What is the most helpful habit you have developed as a Worship Leader?
Be myself on stage. I fear for Worship Leaders who think there is a ‘cool persona’ that needs to be adopted in leading worship. God blesses the humble, not the talented.
Love God with all your heart, be accountable to your leadership, learn how to play your instrument and sing without distracting people, then get up on stage and lead people into God’s presence in songs and forms as ‘yourself’ and because you genuinely want them to worship God and not be wowed by you.God blesses the HUMBLE, not the TALENTED. - @andirozierClick To Tweet
3. What has helped you develop as a Worship Leader?
Staying in God’s word and spending time in the secret place. Paul Baloche once said to me “there’s no secret to worship leading besides the secret place and that you spend time there.” You can’t pour out of an empty cup. You can’t breathe out before you breathe in.
Your input as a worshipper is the source of your output as a leader. And stay humble and teachable cos in the work of leading people in the worship of God, when you receive loving critique it’s often not that person trying to sharpen you but ‘you know who.’ 🙂
4. What’s one thing you wish you would have known 10 years ago?
That my metabolism was slowing down. 🙂
That the more responsibility you have, the more admin there is. That the road of developing as a leader doesn’t get easier. That I would lose friends because I had to make a stand for the gospel or what I knew was right.
And that there is a sweet blessing for those who have longevity in ministry in one place. Sorry, that was 5, oops.
5. If you could only give one piece of advice to a growing Worship Leader, what would it be?
It’s not your kingdom you’re building, it’s God’s, so make decisions for Him and not for you, stay humble, love His people more than you love your music and you’ll really sense that He is on your side. 🙂 He loves you.Your INPUT as a worshipper is the SOURCE of your OUTPUT as a leader. - @andirozierClick To Tweet
I literally took some notes on this one. So much wisdom here, especially with regard to how to have a healthy ministry life. If we’re not connected first in our relationship with God, spending time with him when no one else is looking, then we are absolutely no good to anyone else.
Also, I could preach a whole sermon on “Love His people more than you love your music.” Yes sir.
I want to encourage you to take a minute to check out all of Vertical Church Band’s releases, including Church Songs and Live Worship from Vertical Church. Featuring some awesome songs like Do What You Want To, Lamb of God, & Not for a Moment, you’d be helping yourself and your team by checking this out.
Since Andi was so generous to join us for 5 Questions, I wanted to give away a FREE copy of Vertical Church Band’s most recent album, Church Songs!
All you need to do to enter is simply sign up for the cdenning.com Newsletter by CLICKING HERE. That’s it! If you’re already signed up, you’re already entered. You have til Friday, October 16th at 12pm to enter, and one member will be chosen at random!