30 Days of Thankfulness: Worship & Production Staff

Many years ago, when I first began attending Daystar Church, there was one guy in charge of all things worship and tech. That guy is now my husband. Things have changed quite a bit since then, which gives me a huge appreciation for Chris, Kierre, Trevor, and Steve.

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In addition to creating videos for Daystar, Trevor is also over the college ministry.

The biggest change since having these guys join the staff, is the fact that my husband no longer has to be at all the things. He still goes to most things because he loves his work, but there is a huge difference between going because you want to and going because there is no other option.

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Steve with his lovely wife, Rachel, and their precious new baby in the background!

But let me make this clear. This option doesn’t exist simply because there are more people on the Worship & Production staff. It exists because they are trustworthy people who are good at what they do. For instance, here is just a taste of what these guys are up to on any given day:

  • Service planning. This involves making sure everything flows smoothly, works for all teams across all campuses, ties in with the message, and ultimately brings people to worship Jesus.
  • Making new music. Have you heard Daystar Worship’s album, King of Glory? Phenomenal. This team oversaw the writing of the lyrics, music, rehearsals, putting on concerts, lighting, sound, making videos…all with excellence.
  • Creating a culture of worship. No matter the situation (Cultivate, Sunday morning, Revival, Concerts) these guys make the focus of the event all about bringing glory to God’s name. They encourage each other and their team. Worship is not about being in the spotlight, it is about honoring the the name of Jesus. These guys do a fantastic job at keeping the focus where it should be.
  • Raising up leaders. One of the most important things any leader can do is raise up the next generation of leaders. The Worship and Production staff are constantly investing in the lives of their team members as they train them musically, technically, and spiritually. I have seen so many people transition to leadership positions as they have grown in this ministry.
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Chris, Kierre, and my hubby. They are proud of their second album release: King of Glory!

Of course, this just touches on their responsibilities. The newest stage design at the Downtown Campus is amazing. At least one, if not all, of these guys will be at any given service at Daystar; including Sunday morning, the Spanish Campus, the youth service, the college ministry, and special events. Then there are things like making sure all of the equipment is taken care of and is in proper working order. Also, have you seen the awesome videos produced at Daystar?

Chris, Kierre, Trevor, and Steve: thank you for all that you do. I see your sacrifice and I see your heart for the Lord. It is so great to have you on our team!

30 Days of Thankfulness: Daystar Worship & Production Teams

My husband was telling me about a special experience he was able to witness this past weekend. The team that plays for Daystar’s youth group, VERT, had the opportunity to lead a worship set for an FCA event at Mount Zion on Saturday. Eric was able to watch as people all over the auditorium began to respond to God’s presence as they followed the example of the team on stage. Three individuals ended up coming forward to give their lives to Christ.

I do not possess a natural musical talent. I am not one to sing in front of people, I don’t read music, I’m not familiar with the technical needs, and I don’t play a musical instrument. But you don’t need any of those things in order to see that the heart of the worship teams at Daystar is to lead people to worship Christ.

No matter your background, whether you’ve lead worship in front of thousands or whether you are just learning your instrument, every person goes through the same process to be part of this community of worshipers. Applicants are asked to go through  Growth Track on Sunday mornings, fill out an application, audition, and then work with the leaders at Cultivate.

Cultivate is a very special opportunity that allows musicians to discover the unique culture that is the Daystar Worship team. The length of time that one is in Cultivate varies from person to person. There is training available for each instrument and technical responsibility. There is a time of worship, a time to gather to encourage others, and a time for teaching from the Word. Being part of Daystar Worship isn’t about giving someone a chance to shine on stage, it is about bringing glory and honor to the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Cultivate apprentices leading worship for the rest of the team.

Being a member of the Daystar Worship teams requires a significant sacrifice of time. In addition to leading worship during services (including Sunday mornings, Sunday night, the high school and college ministries, and special events), the team is required to attend rehearsals on Thursday nights and set up and tear down the stage at the portable campuses.

It’s a lot of work, but it’s easy to see why they do it. There is such a great fulfillment of purpose in seeing people give themselves in worship, and ultimately give their lives to following Christ.

To everyone who has a part in Daystar Worship, whether on stage or off, thank you. Thank you for your hard work and your sacrifice. Thank you for using your lives to bring glory to God. Daystar Church simply wouldn’t be the same without you.