Bren McLean


by on Aug.14, 2013, under Worship

Music can be a powerful expression of the gospel and a great encouragement for the church (Colossians 3:16). In 2011, LIVING DEVOTION was recorded live at spch. Since then, over 20 original songs have been introduced and embraced by the congregation.

This year, under the leadership of Rich Thompson and Jonny Robinson, the songwriting ministry has grown dramatically. Jonny’s CLARITY document on lyrics, for example, has proven to be a great tool for songwriters.

Often I am asked when will these new songs be available to the church. A product must be about quality over quantity, so I always reply, “when we have enough songs”.


Rich shared some exciting news last week about an upcoming live recording:

When – 23 February 2014

Where – St Paul’s Church, ‘in the round’

Producers – Nathan Finochio and Jim Monk. Their experience with The Royal Royal and Hillsong Live, combined with their desire to support the local church will be invaluable to us!

Why – to resource the church and to provide an outlet for those with the gift of songwriting



Originally planned for October 2013, a few more months gives us precious time to pray, to plan and to write for a project that will be “all killer no filler”!

God is already bringing together a formidable team. Men and women who pursue excellence and believe that the church needs consistently strong congregational songs.

It reminds me of the construction of the Tabernacle. God told Moses to contact Bezalel and described him as a man whom “I have filled with the spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship.” (Exodux 31:1-11)

We too need faithful volunteers from a number of creative departments (Music, Production and Design) if we want to achieve the high standards that people are use to nowadays. And, I believe God deserves our very best!

How will we fund it? I’m glad you asked.

We will ask the Church Warden’s for a short term loan. Sales from the recording will then be used to pay off the loan over a 12-18 month period.

This recording will also see the launch of a new artist name for St Paul’s Castle Hill. Post your suggestions for the new name in the COMMENTS section. Any questions about the project?


PS. For those of you who might be considering your own recording project, there are a number of factors to consider. Here are some pointers from the guys at Worshipleader:


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