On today’s episode, I had an awesome conversation with Lydia Bricker – a singer and songwriter, worship pastor and mother of four out of South East Michigan. Can you talk about a busy schedule? We talked about her early inspirations, leading worship at 13, attending Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM), becoming a worship pastor, and inspiring the nest generation of worshipers.

My favorite thing that I’ve learned in leading worship is that you are meant to be the thermostat and not the thermometer.

lydia bricker

Talking with Lydia one of the things that stood out the most to me was the importance of investing in others. Her parents invested in her at an early age while being pastors of their own church. From personal experience and seeing other PK’s go through the same thing, sometimes the calling of being a pastor is so big and demanding that family, and family time is sacrificed. But Lydia’s parents wanted her starting point in ministry to be their ceiling… let that sink in for a moment… because that is deep!

Now Lydia is doing the exact same thing with the people that she leads at her home church. Pouring out what she has learned over the years to inspire the next generation of worshipers and giving them a platform to not only learn and grow, but also to experience failures in a safe space. Sometimes the fastest way for us to learn is to teach others, you’ll be surprised about what you learn about yourself.

Who are you pouring into? Who are you teaching some of the things that you know? Sometimes I think that we need to be at a certain level, or have credentials after our name in order for this to happen. But the knowledge that we have is unique and has the potential to unlock the door to someone’s destiny, so pour it out.


EPISODE DETAILS

Icebreaker Questions:

  1. What is one song you have on repeat right now?
  2. What is your favorite snack to eat while watching a movie?
  3. If you could only keep 3 apps on your phone, which ones would you keep?
  4. What is your favorite pizza topping combination?
  5. What year has been the most memorable for you?

Episode Timestamps:

  • Putting Words to Feelings, Being a PK, and Learning from Parents – (14:31)
  • Fear in Leading Worship and Tapping Into God’s Presence – (21:17)
  • Lessons Learned at BSSM to Becoming a Worship Pastor – (26:37)
  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – (33:54)
  • Vision for Music and Inspiring the Next Generation – (42:31)
  • Finding Rest – (47:56)
  • New Releases and Upcoming Projects – (52:22)

keep shining bright;

On today’s episode, I chatted with Will, releasing music under the name STILL – he’s a singer, writer and an up and coming producer in the making out of Pennsylvania. If you go and check out STILL’s Spotify or Apple Music page don’t let the number of releases fool you – it’s all about quality over quantity, and releasing music in the right season.

We had a chance to talk about the inspiration for STILL’s sound, the right season and time for releasing music, the impact of the Christian creative space, and being on social media.

The solution to my heart feeling heavy is finding my rest in God.

WILL, STILL

I love where the Christian music space is currently at, it’s grown immensely in the past decade, but I think more specifically in the past five years there’s this sense of abandoning traditional genres. And that’s totally alright and amazing at the same time. Because we are so interconnected with our ideas, likes, and influences that has showcased itself in music. You have R&B elements mixed with EDM, alternative and hip hop, experimental indie mixed with lo-fi.

The scene has become the perfect melting pot, where we’ve thrown away putting things into a silo. And we’re in a sense saying let’s re-write the story to what it means to be a creative. And that is awesome to see!

I’ll speak for myself in this regard, music has such a strong emotional connection. I listen to it for everything, and there’s some songs that bring me back to a difficult time in my life, or even a time where I felt overwhelming happiness. So thank you to every musician who has laid it on the line with their lyrics, who bared their soul as a way to encourage us, who dared to push the boundaries on what it means to glorify God.

Thank you.


EPISODE DETAILS

Episode Timestamps:

  • Releasing Music and Just Going For IT – (2:01)
  • STILL’s Sound Inspiration – (12:28)
  • Be STILL and Know… – (16:10)
  • Producing and Collaborating – (20:38)
  • Meaning Behind the Music – (26:21)
  • Community Impact, Social Media and Being Patient – (35:06)
  • Upcoming Projects – (49:17)

keep shining bright;