This is a guest post that I asked our student ministry worship leader to write. This is his testimony and his journey with Christ and how the Lord led him to lead worship at the Grove student ministry. This is the first of a 2 part blog that I have asked him to write. The second will come out soon entitled, “Things to remember when leading students in worship.” I encourage you to check back often to see that. You can connect further with Kevin here: 
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“I’ve been a leader in The Grove now for about 10 years and 2 of those 10 as worship leader.   I remember so many nights being at my table/small group singing at the top of my lungs during our worship.  I can also remember thinking that I would LOVE to “help” with the music in some way or another, but was afraid to ask.  I wanted to help, but didn’t pray about it or ask about it because I didn’t want it to seem like I was trying to gain anything for myself.  During this time we had one of our students, yes I said a student who had been leading our worship for several years, Nate Clonch.  Nate began leading when he was only 16.  He is now studying to become a missionary and when he left we were without a worship leader.

Now I can honestly say that it never even entered my mind to ask about it or anything and was completely unaware of the events going on.  At the time I had my own issues to deal with while I was going through a lay off at work.  You see even though I desired to help in some way, the job that I had prior to my lay off didn’t allow it because of the long hours.  I was good just to make it to The Grove at the last-minute much less be there an hour earlier for practice.  But God; don’t you just love that?  God had other plans.  I really believe that God stepped in through all these circumstances.  Leading Nate to the mission field, and yes even me losing my job.  The job was the only thing that I lost, but I gained much more.  I have a family life again and time to enjoy things at a little slower pace.  I lost a few things, but God replaced them with so much more.

Music is a huge part of my life and who I am.  I listen to the words, not just the sound or the beat.  I often look up the words to a song just to have them and so I can sing along, and in doing so the song so often takes on a whole new meaning.  I like to study songs and songwriters to find out why the song came about.  So here I am driving home from work one day(much earlier than the other job I may add), the phone rings, “what’s up home-slice”? says Pastor Josh.  So he begins to tell me about Nate leaving, and this and that and my name had come up several times in conversation, etc., etc., etc.  And then he asks me if I would be willing to lead worship in The Grove.  So here is the thing that I desired, but didn’t think I was good enough to do, or had enough courage to ask to do.  But God, He had other plans for me.  He also had to get me to a place where I was broken and could listen and discern His will for my life.  I didn’t want to lose my job, money, friends, my pride, status symbols etc.  All those things were standing in the way of me serving God.  He took a lot of things away from me, but replaced them with so many more, and so much Joy.

To enter into the presence of the Lord before His throne to worship, we must have clean hands, and a pure heart.

Psalm 24 3-6- “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.”

Leading worship is a job and sometimes it’s hard, but it’s very rewarding at the same time.  May my worship always be more than just a song.”

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