5 Questions with Chad Jarnagin

5 Questions - Chad Jarnagin

I had the pleasure of meeting Chad a few years ago right after I took my first full-time Job at a conference in Nashville.  I was so new to everything, that I was a freaking sponge, trying to soak up as much as I could.  I’m glad Chad was around that week for me.

Chad is not only talented and thoughtful, but he also cares deeply about the people he’s leading, which comes across in how he speaks to people from stage.  It was very helpful for me to see someone be more than a song singer, and then to be a normal person off the stage as well.  I was grateful to see that you didn’t have to fit into a specific mold to be an effective worship leader. 

Chad is a recognized musician, songwriter, liturgist / worship leader, speaker, and consultant.  He is the Founder of LUMINOUSproject (Contemplative | Sacramental | Liturgical) and Pastor of Luminous {Anglican Parish}, a church plant in Nashville launching in early 2016.

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Chad Jarnagin


Name || Chad Jarnagin

Church & Role || I lead worship and consult with several churches across the US, so I guess I’m a free agent till church plant begins.  I have been a Worship Arts Pastor for over 10 years.

Main Instrument || Electric, Acoustic Guitar, and vocals.

Fun Fact || I was on Late Night with David Letterman one time.

Links || chadjarnagin.com, @chadjarnagin

5 Questions

(All emphasis from Chris)

1) How did you learn to/get into leading worship?

After touring for several years (performing), I sensing a stirring to lead people toward responding to God in worship… versus relatively worshiping me.  My first opportunity was with a youth ministry that grew from 175 to over 500 in less than 2 years.  Crazy, its amazing times when God uses dudes that don’t have a clue to lead young people to Him.

2) What is the most helpful habit you have developed as a Worship Leader?

Contemplative prayer and meditation.  

Observing silence and communing with God in this fashion has changed everything about everything.  This enables a heightened awareness of the Spirit’s work and leading, as well as sharpens the fruit that come from our communion with our Maker.

3) What has helped you develop as a Worship Leader?

In addition to the above, practical mentorships have been a treasure.  Wise counsel from seasoned people is a gift to be pursued.  Be a lifetime learner.  You NEVER have anything mastered.  When you feel like you do, it’s time to change something up.

4) What’s one thing you wish you would have known 10 years ago about leading worship?

Not to be so pretentious.  The more broad my gained sense of God, the smaller I become.  Also, I would have liked to have been more sensitive of those whom I was leading.  You can never assume you know the weight of burdens in the crowd.

5) If you could only give one piece of advice to a growing Worship Leader, what would it be?

Listen.  Listen to wise humans.  Listen to the Holy Spirit.  Listen first.  You may not need to speak once you listen.

I’m a HUGE fan of Chad’s thoughts on being a lifetime learner, listening way before you speak, and contemplative prayer & meditation.  If you would like to hear more about Chad’s thoughts on these things & more, you need to go check out his blog at ChadJarnagin.com.

You should also check out some of Chad’s music, especially the stuff he’s done with Luminous City, like their self titled release LuminousCITY as well as the instrumental version of the album.

Chad’s also available for consulting and speaking, so if you’d like to have him come and speak life into your team or church, you can contact him here.

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