As the local church continues to reach a global platform through their music ministries, the team at NewSpring Worship in South Carolina is working hard to ensure that their focus remains on their congregation's needs, believing that ministry will happen outside their walls when the needs of those that attend their church are heard and written about.
On the heels of their new single, "Your Freedom," NewSpring Worship spoke to us about that mission and how it's shaping the future of their music.
What are some things that get you excited right now as a worship ministry?
First, we are really excited about where our church as a whole is heading. We are in a season of greater clarity of vision and unity among our teams than we've ever experienced before. This has given us vision and a great passion for how we can align what we are doing as a worship team with what God is stirring in our church.
How have things changed with you all as a worship ministry since Difference Maker? What's the same?
We have a very clear vision for how our upcoming albums will be birthed right from the heart of the vision and values of NewSpring Church. The beauty of this approach is first and foremost that our writing is a response to what God has revealed to us. Ultimately, the songs are going to bless people, but our greatest desire is that we write songs that God wants to hear. We are writing in response to where He is leading us. A by-product of this is that our songs will absolutely be a tool for connecting the church to the heart of God. God's Word is alive and active; it does not return void. When His Word is put to melody, the same is true.
We just returned from a songwriting retreat with a very intentional goal and were blown away by the fruit that was yielded from this time together. We left with a very focused and unified spirit around five upcoming album projects. We are already working towards the first, but I will tell you that all five are connected, will build upon one another, and will be more connected to the vision of our church than ever before. We can't wait to share more soon!
Your church has been reflecting on the promises God makes us. Talk about how this focus has affected your church, as well as your songwriting.
In 2017, our church began talking about four promises God makes to His people. In Exodus 6:6-8, God promises to save us, free us, and give us purpose--all of which leads to a life that's overflowing. Salvation is just the starting point to a life lived from overflow and that has given new life to our church and our songwriting. We've really begun to write from our church, for our church. Writing a timely song rather than a timeless song has become our focus.
God promises to save us, free us and give us purpose. You're talking about freedom with the new song. Do you have songs about the other promises coming? How are these focuses finding their way into your music?
We are always trying to write new music, especially if God is opening the eyes of our hearts to a new revelation of His promises and His character. We have recently been working on some ideas about God as a good shepherd and his promises to protect us and lead us, and our hope is that singing these truths will create faith in our people as well as in people outside the walls of our church.
Your latest single, "Your Freedom," comes out of reflecting on the promise God makes to free us. What does that promise mean to you guys?
So often in modern-day Christianity, we see salvation get celebrated as the pinnacle of our faith when in fact it is just the beginning of our faith and our journey. We see this when God delivers the Israelites from Egypt and just a few days later they would rather go back into captivity and slavery instead of recognizing and enjoying that God had a land PROMISED to them that they would get to enjoy freedom in forever. God has a freedom for us enjoy forever, but 'do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.' (Galatians 5:1). I get to decide today to walk further into freedom and choose not to turn around and miss slavery.
You've found NewSpring Worship to have gone far beyond just South Carolina. Talk about the balance between being active locally while being globally minded.
We are so thankful that the Lord has chosen to allow our influence to expand to the global church. It's no secret that songwriting is one of our greatest passions. We don't separate this passion of songwriting from our greatest passion of serving our church and being worship pastors to our church. When we have our finger on the pulse of the people in our church, we can then write songs as a way of pastoring them. Therefore, our songs become a way to shepherd people and shepherd our worship environments. Our greatest focus is the local church and we know that if we are faithful to care for what God has given us here at NewSpring then He will expand the influence beyond South Carolina for His Kingdom's sake. NewSpring has and will continue to be a church that wants to bless and resource the global church. From our NewSpring Network to KidSpring to the songs written by NewSpring Worship, we are one part of the body of Christ and want what God does here to bless the whole body.
How can people be praying for you, your worship ministry and your church?
Isaiah 66:2 says, 'this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.' As a church, worship ministry, and individuals, we are learning that humility attracts the presence of God and pride repels it. Join us in praying that we can continue doing everything possible to align ourselves with the servant leadership and humility of Christ. In return, our church will experience greater depths of the presence of God!
Marcus Hathcock is a husband to Savannah, father of three and a worship leader living in Boise. He has released an EP, Songs For Tomorrow, and occasionally blogs at mheternal.com.
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