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him into your already dynamic mix?
What was most inspirational and
encouraging about that experience
and how did he help to shape Organic
Gareth: Yes, Mr. Crowder is an
incredibly kind and encouraging man.
He co-sang “Faithful” on the album,
which was an honor as he is definitely
one of our heroes. He wasn’t involved
apart from that, but the fact that
he said ‘yes’ and believed in us,
encouraged us to keep going.
CCM: With titles like “You Bled,”
“Movements” and “Broken Bread,”
you are creating songs that do not
necessarily follow in the footsteps
of congregational worship. How and
where do you go about “speaking from
[your] hearts [to] line up with God’s
heart for his people?”
Gareth: In some ways we aren’t
following what has gone on before in
congregational worship, but we lead
in churches all the time and [I think]
people are starting to “get” us. It’s so
encouraging to see the body of Christ
lost in worship, using songs that we
wrote—it’s a very humbling thing!
God’s heart for his people is to know
[that] He loves them passionately. He
wants us to lose our lives in living out
his dreams and spend time enjoying
Him. Throughout the album the
songs we write are inspired by these
We finished the album with a song,
“Find Your Kindness,” which talks
about finding the kindness Christ has
put in us. In Amos 5, when it says,
“away with the noise of your songs…
let justice roll like a river,” we were
encouraged to not just be about
singing, but giving our time, love and
money to the lost and the least.
CCM: Apart from the verses in
scripture that support Rend Collective
Experiment as a worship group, are
there any verses that speak personally
to you, igniting your spirits and
energizing you to continue singing
to, writing for and uplifting the Jesus’
Gareth: In Matthew 16:24-25, when we
are told to follow Jesus [and to] lose
our lives and shoulder our cross, stirs
our hearts. May God save us from a
safe and easy gospel.
By Emily Hoernschemeyer
Real Life—We encounter it everyday.
It sparks uncontainable joy, laughter,
tears and strife. Still, despite its
uncertainties and unknowns, it is
what inspires us, challenges us and
makes each individual journey worth
Sounds like it should be easy, right?
Wrong. And acclaimed worship leader
and recording artist, Lincoln Brewster,
would be the first to agree. Haven’t
heard of him? Well, then maybe you
would recognize one of his #1 singles,
“Everlasting God” or “The Power of
His seventh album is titled
Real Life. Brewster worked closely
with other gifted songwriters and
musicians like Paul Baloche, Jason
Ingram, Mia Fieldes and Kari Jobe,
co-penning nine out of the ten tracks.
“It’s definitely the most transparent
project I’ve ever done, combining
elements of worship and real life
experiences,” says Brewster.
“[The album contains] a lot of my
vulnerability about life—from hard
times growing up in Alaska to the
responsibility of being a husband and
father now,” Brewster explains.