Paul Baloche is one of the modern church’s most acclaimed songwriters. A three-time Dove Award winner, Paul is best known for penning contemporary hymns like “Above All,” “A New Hallelujah,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Hosanna” and “Your Name” that are sung by millions of worshipers around the world. His songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns and Matt Redman and are featured on 14 of his own albums including Your Mercy, The Same Love, Christmas Worship, A Greater Song and Our God Saves.
In addition to writing, recording and facilitating “LeadWorship” workshops around the world, Paul has created a variety of teaching DVDs, along with free resources designed specifically for worship leaders and musicians. He has also written the books The Same Love: A Devotion and God Songs–How to Write and Select Songs for Worship. Additional information is available at http://www.leadworship.com.
The idea that worshiping Jesus Christ is best done not when we just sing about Him or what He has done or what He will do in the future. The highest and best worship is modeled by what the angels do: sing to God about God. Vertical.
Vertical Worship is a collection of people who play every week in places all over Chicagoland as part of Harvest Bible Chapel, a place that believes singing isn’t a warm-up for the sermon; singing is a warm-up for heaven. So the faces may change. The style may evolve. But the aim will stay the same. Vertical.
Scot Longyear is the Sr. Pastor of Maryland Community Church (one of the fastest growing mega churches in the US) and serves as the Pastor for the Experience Conference. Residing in Terre Haute, Indiana, Scot lives to encourage, disciple, and resource people so they can take one step closer to Christ. Drawing upon decades of experience as a worship pastor, Scot authored Worship Leading Essentials. This tool has been used by leaders around the globe to build effective worship team. His daily radio feature, Scot’s Daily Word, provides quick inspiration for listeners who want to deepen their faith, even if they are short on time. In addition to Pastoring MCC and the Experience Conference, Scot has a teaching ministry where he keynotes conferences, retreats, and special events.
Without the support of his wife Stephanie, daughters Mariah and Madison, (and their spoiled mutt Nestle) Scot would be lost. They encourage him not only in ministry, but also in his adventuring spirit (he loves scuba diving and motorcycling). His family also puts up with his horrible video game skills and irrational fear of needles. Follow Scot on facebook and Twitter (@longyear). Check out www.scotlongyear.com to subscribe to his podcast, browse resources, and hopefully take a few steps closer to Jesus.