One thing I love about living in the greater Charlotte area is the incredible amount of Worship Leaders who live in the area. Not only that, there are some incredible Worship Pastors who are dedicated and rooted deeply in the churches they love and serve. Daniel Hodges is one of those guys, and one I’m proud to call friend.
Daniel has a great story, a beautiful family, and has an awesome church family over at One Life Church in Concord, NC. They recently moved into a new physical home for the church, and they are doing some incredible things over there. I recently had the chance to go over and hang with Daniel for lunch, and had a great time getting to know each other and just being encouraged by what God’s doing in each other’s lives.
Daniel has a heart to lead the church, not only in music but pastorally as well. I love it when someone is about more than what’s in it for them or their craft, so I’m excited to help you get to know him today. Check out the bottom of the post to learn more about Kinetic Worship, whom Daniel leads and writes with, some really great music coming out of there.
Name || Daniel Hodges
Church & Role || One Life Church – Worship Pastor
Main Instrument || Guitar
Fun Fact || I was born in Gaza, Palestine.
(All Emphasis from Chris)
1) How did you learn to/get into leading worship?
I grew up on the mission field in Palestine and Israel as a missionary kid. My parents were amazing and they always involved me in ministry. I remember the joy of serving wherever I was allowed from kids ministry to music. When we came back to the US, I chose to attend Appalachian State University and got plugged in to Campus Christian Fellowship.
Though I didn’t know it at the time, a worship leader at the campus ministry discipled me into a role to fill his position when he graduated. A few years later through the wonders of God’s direction and without submitting a single application to work at a church I was asked to join a church planting team destined for Charlotte, NC.
2) What is the most helpful habit you have developed as a Worship Leader?
Worship, love, and fear God out of a place of honesty and transparency.
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear Him who, after He has killed, has the authority to cast you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrow.“
3) What has helped you develop as a Worship Leader?
My very first year working in full time ministry our church took a trip to a conference outside of Atlanta. Louie Giglio gave, what ended up being, the most impactful message of my life on faithfulness. Our western culture does not have a great track record of it. We change jobs, friends, houses, and cell phones about as often as we change our toothbrush.
This of course has lead to people never really knowing us as people deep down, much less as Pastors. I knew right then and there God wanted me to make my best effort to stay somewhere long enough to be known and of course inevitably sharpened by the people around me.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
4) What’s one thing you wish you would have known 10 years ago?
I can’t narrow it down to one but I will at least give you some short videos and encourage you to read or watch these full versions of these clips:
5) If you could only give one piece of advice to a growing Worship Leader, what would it be?
Take responsibility: for discipling those around you and being discipled.
Love how focused Daniel is on discipleship. Once you’ve been a part of a discipleship relationship that works, you can’t help but want to lead others in that way. I think he made a great point about not only discipling others, but ensuring that you’re being discipled as well. Great stuff!
I want to make sure you’re aware of Kinetic Worship, which Daniel is a part of leading. When I asked him about Kinetic, here’s what he had to say:
“The Lord told me 7 years ago to shift my focus and write songs exclusively for the Church. One thing I have been learning over the years is the power of obedience. If God says to do something keep doing it until He says to stop, much like your parents when they told you learn your room as a child. Even if you haven’t heard from Him in a while, DON’T YOU DARE STOP. Though the thick and thin, we tried our best to obey God’s request, and have now recorded 3 albums of songs from our church, for our church.”
I’m a HUGE fan of churches who take the step to write songs for their church family to sing and express their hearts during the season they’re in. You need to check out Kinetic’s most recent recording, “Art of Love,” which was produced by Elijah Mosely (John Mark McMillan, Jonathan & Melissa Helser). Be sure to check them out TODAY!