If you lead or pastor a worship team, or you're involved in one either as a singer, musician or in tech support, then this collection of thoughts, devotions and articles is written just for you. When Matt took over as worship pastor of a growing multi-congregation church on the South coast of the UK, he established a new vision for the team - to carry God's presence to His people, and to carry God's people into His presence, through character and creativity. Having a vision is one thing, it's another thing for people to actually understand it and run with it. So Matt used the weekly team emails to share a thought about how that vision could be worked out within the service and ministry of the team, writing about heart attitude, leadership, serving, character, responsibilities and expectations, practical issues, and much more. This book is the collection of all of those thoughts, plus many other articles that Matt has written for his team and church (Family Church, Portsmouth) and for his blog at worshipteam101.com. These inspiring and thought-provoking devotions are based not on style or denominational method but on the Word of God, and are drawn from over twenty-five years experience of leading worship and leading worship teams.
Matt Lockwood is a child of the 70's, born in Woolwich, London. He started playing guitar in the summer of 1990, and joined his church's worship team later that autumn, playing for morning services, house groups and youth meetings. He has since served as worship leader and worship pastor in small and large churches, as well as speaking and leading at the occasional conference, and coaching other worship team leaders. He met his wife Ali in 1992, and they were married in 1995. They have three children - Zach, Caleb and Matilda, and live in a small seaside town on the South Coast of England. Matt juggles being a house husband (Ali is a primary school Headteacher), graphic designer, publisher and worship pastor of Family Church, a multi-congregation church based in Portsmouth, UK. He loves reading, cooking, Star Wars, The Office (US), Owl City, Michael W Smith, and his family. His worst mistake was blending the words 'crowned' and 'wrapped' whilst leading worship. #awkward.