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How to Become the Next Kari Jobe

How to Become the Next Kari Jobe

By Wisdom Moon on August 05, 2014

“I’m the worship leader at my church, but my real dream is to be an artist and tour for a living.”

If I had a dime for every time I heard that… 

I’m a worship leader and a songwriter, so I know what it’s like to be a creative person. I totally understand that when you create something, you want to share it with the whole world. It’s a normal desire.

However, I believe there is danger in trying to make stuff happen when it is not the right time and season. I remember about seven years ago interviewing Kari Jobe on the All About Worship Podcast. She wasn’t well-known at the time. I actually only found out about her through a church member who attended CFNI and raved about her, and later also saw her on Paul Baloche’s vocal DVD.

During my interview with Kari, I asked her what she thought about self-promoting or sending demos to record labels. I asked because I was getting so many people asking about how they can send their music to record labels. She stated that she does not like to self-promote. She wants to just allow God to open the right doors and not force doors to open. 

I was so glad to hear her say that, and wondered, at the time, what the future held for her. Today, as we all know, she is a household name. Maybe it’s because she waited on God to open whatever doors HE wanted to open instead of trying to force stuff to happen on her own?

I think there are too many worship leaders today who are trying to force doors to open. They are handing out demos left and right at worship conferences, moving to Nashville in hopes to get discovered, or trying to become friends with label people on social media.

Whether it’s a church of 10 people or 10,000 people, God wants you to be content and faithful where He has you.

Instead of putting so much of your time and effort into trying to get discovered, what if you put all that time and effort into loving the people in your church that you are called to serve?

I am not saying you shouldn’t record your songs or market your songs. Marketing is actually a big part of how I put food on the table for my family, and I enjoy recording my songs in the studio when I have the opportunity.

What I want to challenge you with is this: (Click them to tweet them!)

Be faithful with what God has put in your hands right now.

Seek God's face; make HIM your top priority. 

Be willing and ready to die to your dreams of getting discovered.

Know this: If God wants you to use your music to impact nations, He WILL open the door. You won't have to force it open. I can tell you many real life testimonies of this...including my own.

Serve where you're planted. Grow where you're planted. Be faithful where He has you and you'll see your desires begin to mold to His. 

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Wisdom Moon

Wisdom Moon

Wisdom is a husband, father, worship leader, songwriter, and Founder/CEO of All About Worship. He was born in South Korea, but spent most of his life in Silicon Valley (California), and currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and three kids. Wisdom has been involved in worship ministry for over 20 years. For more about Wisdom, visit WisdomMoon.com