This weekend marks the retirement of Ray Ortlund – pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville. I’m hoping to have Ray on the podcast at some point in 2020.
Recently the church shared the call to worship that ray uses at the start of services. It exudes the grace of God and is well worth a listen. In fact, if you are a church leader I imagine Ray won’t mind if you borrow it for this Sunday morning!
To all who are weary and need rest; To all who mourn and long for comfort; To all who fail and desire strength; And to all who sin and need a Savior — This church opens wide her red doors in the name of Jesus, The friend of sinners.
In the second part of the interview Jonathan describes the impact of a serious health crisis and – in a section of the interview that will be of special interest to people involved in church music – he discusses some of the things he listens for in choosing new songs.
As you listen, you may like to reflect on these questions:
If you are involved in church music, what do you think of Jonathan’s view that what we sing needs to combine theology and emotional engagement? Do you tend to one side or other?
Are you the kind of leader who is more likely to have a 5 year plan, or is your leadership more about responding the opportunities God gives you?
This week’s guest on the Leadership Journey podcast is Jonathan Rea, the Creative Director of New Irish Arts, a charity working to be a Christian presence in the arts and an artistic presence within the Church.
In this first part of the interview, Jonathan discusses his journey, both as a Christian and as a musician – two paths that have obviously converged in his life and work, not least as he has taken on leadership of New Irish Arts.
Jonathan mentions the potential of peer influence, specifically in his friendship with Keith Getty: how would you assess your peer relationships in this regard?
As a leader, are you more of an entrepreneur or someone who picks up an initial idea and runs with it?